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pier and added a new public amenity. we have improved the crosswalk in front of the exploratorium on the embarcadero on green tv an area that was a very arched turn and speed could provide a dangerous path of travel for those crossing the street the muni erline from the cal train station to fisherman's wharf. this was a pilot project during the event. this is an accessible historic streetcar and the mini platforms, along the embarcadero are often chained off and those chains will come down to access the historic streetcars in the summer and we have changed some of the signal timing and some of the streetcars themselves to make that happen. and also bike sharing,
something that we have been talking for a long time. where you can check out a bicycle, like a library book for a half an hour, an hour or a day and return it to a different location and use it to get about town k. we have made some enhancements to the transit system, the e-line, the finish line that we just discussed. and another one from the marina green area to market street and market to pier 27-29 shuttle to follow the f-line tracks, all accessible muni vehicles and adding the capacity where we need them most between the venues. we have also been working with our regional partners at golden gate transit, adding the number 4 bus service, which goes from the north bay to downtown and services some of our venues.
the presidio, who took folk around crissy field, et cetera. there are three meters spaces that will be for use for paratransit service, once you disembark from paratransit, it will be a smooth path of travel from the pier and all points in the venue. we have been doing site planning with our partners to
make sure there is accessible travel between marina green for services and facilities, retail, food and beverage and just viewing. there are bleachers along marina green, which has a portion dedicated to accessibility and for partners at that site as well as ramps and guardrails as we learned through our last summer of racing. we're doing some piloting of taxi stands and one conversation we're having with the operators of ferry buildings to have a better taxi stand at that location, and allowing easy drop-off in that highly used area. and then looking at other ways to prevent multi-modal conflicts, coordinating our bus lanes with our bike lanes with
taxi stands and bus and shuttle locations to avoid conflicts between different modes of travel. pedestrian-bicycle side we have a new way finding system, which indicates distances to each venue from key modal hubs with times to walk from that location. we're going to pilot a temporary bike corridor along the embarcadero and along the northern terminus of van ness through aquatic park and bike parking, so if you bicycle to events you can leave your bikes much like you do at at&t park for a giant's game and have somebody watch it and secure it. on transportation demand management, we're really trying to get the message out early, the best way to get to and from these events prior to people
getting there and we have a series of maps and brochures that are actually due to be delivered today and we'll get that out to your staff, which indicates maps for enhanced transit routes, bike lanes, pedestrian paths. there is a dedicated site on 501 whether you are coming from caltrain, bart, muni or other modes how to get to those enhanced services to get to the venues . we have been making some clipper improvements and there is a graphic on your screen of the new clipper card with the america's cup catamaran on it. we have developed parking site with the last-mile transit connections and training mta and america's cup event
authorities and ambassadors to answer questions. as part of that training we have been doing sensitivity training and the mta is leading that charge, making sure that people are aware of varying needs as they need to cross a street or access a bus or get to any special needs that they might have. so we're getting close. i look forward to your questions. some of the lessons that we have learned is really to engage our partners in advance, including everyone from local and regional to public and private and this has and a multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional approach and will greatly inform the city's efforts to do other big events such as the america's cup. we have used the environmental review process to inform our transportation studies and are applying them to projects such
as the warriors arena on piers 30-32 and some of the other developments south of marketa and we're using pilot projects to test effectiveness. some of the examples include talking about bus rapid transit along van ness and geary. we're going to put a 47-limited bus in service that will serve that route and give us valuable data for mta, as an approach to bus rapid transit and there are examples of the solutions that we're looking to pilot during this event. we mention the mta's special events team and sustaining the positive legacy of some of
these projects. so with that, i just wanted to give you a broad overview of some of the various things we're doing and wanted to see if you had specific questions for me, and if there is anything that i don't have direct knowledge of, i am happy to follow-up with some of the disability staff throughout the city that are working on the operational details. >> you have to bear with me, i have to remember to turn on the mic. thank you very much. we're going to open it up for council member questions first, and then staff and then we'll go to the public. okay? thank you. so we open it up to the council. skip? >> i have a question. for you mr. van de water and actually i have two. thank you for your presentation.
caltrain to the wharf, will it go all along the embarcadero to pier 39 or whatever the last one is? >> yes, it will. so currently there are historic streetcars that go from market to the north or from market to the south. so this will be the one that will actually combine the two. we have had calls for this from various constituencies for some time now. and this is our chance to pilot it during the events. so mta has been putting into service some of the double-ended historic streetcars that can operate in both directions without a full-loop turnaround. >> now will those be running just during the event, during the america's cup event or will pilot hours be for other parts of the day or other times? >> it's currently scheduled to be piloted during the events.
though, you know, as i mentioned with positive legacy, if there is a demand for that type of service, that can justify the expense of putting it into service, that is what we want to test going forward. so if there is a constituency that would look to use that longer term, we would look to meet that demand. >> my other question is with respect to the bike sharing, bike renting, bike sharing. when you said that people could rent a bike for half an our or an hour or whatever. where will those be located? and will there be bikes that are mechanically altered for people with mobility problems to use the bicycles? mobility challenges -- will there be bicycles available to suit people with disabilities there? that is much better. >> excellent question. the bike-share is being managed by the mta, and there are several hundred bicycles planned for rollout in august of this summer.
primarily centered around the financial district, downtown, and we have been encouraging a spur along the embarcadero along the north to accommodate the special events. so my knowledge there aren't mechanically altered bicycles as part of the rollout, but i am happy to check with the mta to confirm. i know there are different ways to meet bicycle needs and one is bike-share and one is park-wide, which also exists in our park system where you can rent a bike by the hour or the day and others, if people have their own personal bicycle will have self-park, where you come and lock it up in a location that is secure and convenient and others that is bike valet. so if you wanted an attendant service where they take your bike like a coat-check and you take a ticket you can do that as well. as far as specifically mechanical, i would have to follow-up. >> i would appreciate if you would.
thank you. >> thank you. i have to apologize, chip, please forgive me, i will get it right. i wanted to ask the question about are there jobs available for people with disabilities? are there jobs available period? and where do people go and look for that? >> it's an excellent question, the workforce side of our office of office of economic and workforce development is coordinating all entry level employment opportunities from internship with the event authority to food and beverage hospitality, transportation, volunteer ambassador and others physically developing the bleachers and venues and they
are hosting a series of job fairs. there are others forthcoming and i would encourage you to check in with ian fernando. >> his number? can you send it to the office? >> i can send it to carla. >> thank you very much. we would appreciate that. roland. >> thank you. i would like to find out if the website is updated with the maps? because i found them very useful at last summer's america's cup. and where are the accessible pathwaysin the paratransit drop-off? i noticed it wasn't in the presentation, but it's very useful to have that, so
people can visually also see where the key points are. >> absolutely, good point, council member wong. the people plan, which i have a copy here, and can show you the cover is currently available on our weekend at oewd.org as well on the sfmta.com and americascup.com has the link and also i believe the plan is shared with 411. the digital resources should be there for you and if not, take my contact information for copies and they have just been uploaded this past week and i can leave a hard copy with staff. >> thank you. >> staff, is there any questions? >> yes. hi. mr. van de water, thank you so
much for your presentation and updates. i just wanted to ask a question. if members of the public knew to contact someone to ask for assistance for a particular policy or accessibility concern that came up, who would they contact and is that individual apparent in your website materials? for example, in many of our events we say for accessibility questions or concerns please contact so and so at this number and email, do you have something similar in your website or your materials? >> it's a good question. i think there are a number of answers to that question. i received a question from your office about an individual looking to attend one of the concert series. and some special considerations that they would need for getting through the security line there. i directed them to live nation,
who is the live vendor operating that venue in the evening and their specific security detail to let them know they were coming and also sent that to our police department. if it's transit-oriented, it would be the mta, who is coordinating not only mta service and working with our regional partners as well and i would probably send the contact to the director of special events, lee, who has her finger with all of the contacts within mta, whether it's light rail, paratransit, bus, cab, personal vehicle, pedestrian or it's parking control officer question within the site venue. so i will share her information with staff and make sure that all the council have that as well. >> thank you very much. as you can tell, as we can all tell, this is a very multi-agency, complicated,
massive event, and you can of course understand the importance of having a single point of contact, who can then help direct the public to the appropriate agency. so thank you very much for that primarily point of contact will be very helpful. >> one good number. because when we get on the phone, we don't want to call five to six numbers and that event, there are a lot, a lot of people and getting in contact with one person would be awesome. please, one number. do you guys have a coordinator? >> no. >> a person with disability coordinator for the america's cup? >> there is not a designated accessibility coordinator. there are a number of event professionals with specific expertise in ada, who are familiar with all the various guidelines. but there is not a one single ada coordinator. >> maybe next year put that on
the agenda. thank you very much. is there any more questions? >> sure. and through the chair, thank you for the opportunity. thank you adam for a very comprehensive overview of the accessible future at the america's cup. we heard a lot of great things about the event last year and i know that some of our council members attended and got to view those beautiful boats out on the sea. and i just appreciate the willingness on your part to take the lessons learned from last year, and to just make this event so much better, too. so i am very, very appreciative of that. i think we have heard some good suggestions today, too about having a single point of contact and that is a good suggestion and i hope you take that back as well. >> i am happy to share that, thank you, director johnson. this event, we are really striving to make the most accessible international sporting event that the city
and the world has ever seen and this is the first time that the america's cup has been visible from shore in it's 162-year history and that in and of itself means that you don't have to have a boat, helicopter or a live data feed to see the event and you can go down to a public site and see this event. on top of that, we're taking very seriously the various needs that the thousands of spectators we expect who will use this event and making sure we have smooth paths of travel, multi-modal access so everyone has an enjoyable event. last year it was 45' boats and these will be 75' boats and if you haven't seen them, they are 130' to the top of the mast, going 50 miles per hour off the edge of pier. so it will be quite a spectacle and i hope you can join us.
>> i was wondering is it going to be televised for people who can't get out of house? how will it be televised? what channels? >> they have a contract with nbc and key dates and comcast bay area will do some of the less peak days and they have a contract with youtube to live stream the races online. >> is thank you very much. we're going to open up for -- excuse me. council member wong. >> i wanted to ask, what is the best area for disability seating? >> there are two answers to that question. one if you want to be part of the event, but not see the racing directly upfront, would be more at the america's cup park at 27-29, where they have the jumbo-tron and live action
and a lot of the foot andfood and beverage and amenities and if i want to see the races, the marina green, there will be bleaches there, many of them tickets and many of them free and many accessible and those will have the view of about 80% of the course area. >> thank you. >> is there any more questions from the council or staff? seeing -- miss tatiana. we need your mic. thank you. pull it closer. >> will there be people in the area to acknowledge and help people with disabilities? >> yes, absolutely. there will be two teams from mta, the municipal transportation agency is going to be training ambassador along transit modes and making sure
people can make their connections and the america's cup authority will have volunteers circulating within their venues. >> would you have anybody that does sign? or something with big lettering so people can see? >> i believe there is plans to do sign. in the summer events of last year, there were video broadcasts that had both sign language and captioning of those broadcasts. mta is currently working with the event authority and their volunteers to identify these sort of issues and make sure that people have the proper training and background. and this being an international event, there will be people speaking various languages and i imagine there will be some sign language interpreters, though i don't know how many and in what locations. >> thank you. >> thank you.
is there any more questions? okay, seeing no more questions, we have time for the public now to ask questions. so please, if you would like to ask questions, you can come to the mic. anyone from the public? is there anyone on the bridge line? >> no, madame chair. >> okay. seeing that there is no one from the public with any more questions, you guys it is exactly 2:00 and we're going to take a 15-minute break right now. 10-minute break. i'm sorry, a 10-minute break right now, and we will be back. thank you very much. thank you for >> thank you everyone and welcome back to the second-half
of our meeting; which is going to be exciting. welcome back, council members. we are pleased to have five presentations on this next half. we're going to ask if you would keep your public comment until after the presentations are done. and then we will take public comment from the council first and then the staff and then the public. this month is mental health awareness month, and we are so glad to have so many different presenters this month. and it is a pleasure to have language matters, resources, mental health veterans and on and on. so you guys, today to start it off, we have language matters, doing the presentation today is terri byrne the solve
program coordinator and gillian croen, advocate for mental health association of san francisco. please come to the mic. mike are you first? you spoke? i am so sorry. okay, you guys first we have up today mr. michael gause, resources and supportive services for hoarding and cluttering challenges. an overview of the services, supports and resources in san francisco for both individuals with hoarding and cluttering challenges, stakeholders, advocates, providing services, presentation today by michael gause, deputy director mental health association of san francisco. please welcome to the mic mr. michael. >> thank you, council members and thank you idell.
madame chair, in particular who has done an amazing amount of work for almost five years now and probably longer as part of many of our efforts. thank you. we have a couple of tag team efforts from mhasf today because i have to take off a little early. i am going to give a quick 8-10-minute overview for hoarding and cluttering challenges and joining me is my colleague gillian, who will share some specificks about our peer-based services and i will time myself here. so as chair wilson said, as idell said i'm the deputy director with the mental health association of san francisco and very delighted to be back here today and thank you to joanna for inviting us back today. to start things off, you know, i think just as a point of
reference, i have a wealth of materials, we can provide the council members and public afterwards. a quick background on mha, we're a non-profit based in downtown san francisco. we do not provide direct clinical-based services. we are an affiliate of the national mental health association. we provide a lot more services based in education and advocacy, research, training and increasingly peer support services. so another thing to know about us, we are a consumer-run organization, a mental health consumer-run organization. so it really gives us a unique perspective on the work we do on behalf of folks in san francisco. to just talk briefly about our work with hoarding, i guess
it's been about 15, 16 years, close to 16 years that mental health association of san francisco has worked on hoarding and cluttering challenges specifically i have been here at four years and worked ten years ago on prop 63 when it was first put op the ballot. back then, it was a much smaller organization and it came about by a group of advocates and consumer advocates who identified hoarding and cluttering as a unique challenge to san francisco in particular and this was well-before the tv shows and before it had a lot of notoriety and brought out in some circumstances and it was a group of folks, advocates in our office, to deal with these challenges and we need a place to come and meet and talk about it and give each other peer support. that is really a testament to the amazing advocacy of people who have worked on this, who have directly experienced challenges with hoarding over the years. so we ran a support
group for many years. we still run it on a weekly basis, drop-in, peer support group. and then we kind of branched into had a conference. so we have had the biggest conference on hoarding for the last 15 years, in the united states, and quite possibly the world. we just had it back in may. one of our specialtis that we see yourselves doing is really bringing together advocates and people directly affected by hoarding and cluttering challenges and stakeholders such as researchers and clinicians and throughout the world, really acting as a hub of resources here in san francisco. so i would say that as far as specific resources that are offered around hoarding and cluttering challenges san francisco, we have, i think, through mha and our colleagues we have more to offer than other locations in the country.
as an example, we have the conference that attracts around 400-500 each year and a weekly support group that anyone in san francisco can come to, if they are identify as someone who has experienced challenges with hoarding and cluttering and i should back up, when they talk more about language and why that is so important, when we talk about mental health conditions. so we'll use the word "hoarding and cluttering" now, but there is quite a bit of thinking on our end and other national leaders how to change that, because "hoarding and cluttering" is not the nicest term and loaded with stigma itself and we would like to look at a different way to phrase that and maybe it's "collecting and acquiring." things like that. it's still known as "hoarding and cluttering" now and we have