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i would really like driver education in these matters and didn't hear it mentioned about wider sidewalks. that would help pedestrians get along on the streets. that's pretty much all i have to say and with folsom that's a dangerous block there. i'm sure attention will be paid. >> clerk: next speaker, lordes figueroa. >> my colleague will speak later on but i'm katrina lewana for the philippinas heritage district and here in support because it's in line with our overall community's vision for police making. the filipino cultural district
has been living in soma despite fatalities and half our population disappearing. we need to address what our residents have been concerned about regarding their safety. we worked with sfmta and they have shown leadership in organizing community planning workshop in collaboration with sfmta for the cultural district to give community ownership and prioritizing location for pedestrian safety and key opportunities like culturally significant crosswalks that are highly visible to reflect the existence in our district soma philippinas and have visible
signs and entry way that says welcome to soma filipinos and commemorating heroes and she-ros and honorary straight names. we're looking forward to getting the community's idea in of cultural resilience. thank you. >> clerk: lydia ladia or yuniela. >> i'm lee anne and i support the folsom and howard k product. they have conducted community planning workshop for the folsom and howard streetscarape projec gathering community needs and
public improvements for the cultural district that will empower and give community ownership like prioritize location for pedestrian safety improvements and key opportunities like design crosswalks utility box and plant species that reflect the culture and plaques. it will reflect the cultural identity of the community and give a sense of ownership. we have design and transport needs. we hope that the work we gather to benefit the youth and families will no go in vain. we had eight outreach workshops and 550 participants. moving on we need to work with sfmta more to make it a
possibility for folsom and howard. you've seen the presentation and seen our faces in the community engagement projects but i do hope it's not just a token gesture. i hope there's actual follow-through and results. thank you. >> clerk: next speaker, please. >> good afternoon. as a community member and resident of district 6 and family case worker in here in support of the howard and folsom streetscape project. it's important it embodies the
community here and they have been asking for reduced speed limits and a safety net around the areas there are schools and an elementary school and middle school. the families have been asking for this over a decade. the streetscape project has committed to some of our voices and committed to planting an additional trees with species reflecting our cultural heritage where possible. we hope they work with the community and this is an opportunity for sfmta to commit to what the community is asking for and has been asking for a long time. i hope sfmta commits to the voice of the community because it's us that make up these parts. thank you so much.
>> clerk: next speaker, please, marie clara ma -- mablay. >> i'm with the south community action network and residents of the south of market. i live on 6th street between mish and howard -- mission and howard. when i first started i was a safety coordinator. community engagement is a key component when you're planning on redoing major streets like folsom and howard and it's important for residents to get to and from whatever distinction -- destination they're going to. for the last four years we've engaged seniors to youth and children through community meetings, workshops. as a district result specific
designs like increased pedestrian lighting build h -- building-outs and lanes. there's a big difference between checking off that you've done outreach and actively engaging people in the process. as a beautiful example is the bilingual flash cards on utility box we're creating in partnership with the sfmta and bessie carmichael within the special youth district. as a folsom and howard street scape project moves forward we're moving forward to continue worki working with sfmta on streetscape and transportation project projects. thank you. >> clerk: next speaker, alina omiktin. >> i think i made the "k" look
like an "l." i'm a student in speak in support of the project not only because it will bring much needed safety improvements but community engagement made sure it will help affirm and root soma's cultural history when the neighborhoods are in constant change. i want to read this because it's not been mentioned prior to some filipina folks speaking but as they move forward on the detailed signed phase tomorrow identify cultural markers and other public realm improvements in partnership with somecan's research and engagement has shown things like bilingual flash cards on utility box and patterns at crosswalks and honorary street names will be more than just interesting design aspects. they'll empower residents and community members and inspire
future generations to preserve the heritage. making sure residents feel a sense of ownership in the community are important and often overlooked aspects of urban design and planning in this city. it's exciting sfmta and public works promised to incorporate culturally significant designs in the project. i'm encouraged by the commitments made and i hope they'll be honored as the project moves forward. thank you so much. >> clerk: way suh followed by fiona tay. >> my may is way and i live in western soma in support of the folsom and howard project. first i want to thank you all for building out an awesome biking infrastructure in san francisco. it's allowed me to give up my
car and not rely on car-sharing services. in the two years i've started biking, i've got more exercise and feel better. that said in the two years i've been bike, i've been doored twice and barely able to avoid the car door by swerving on the street in folsom and the second time there was a collision and damage to the vehicle and my bike. i strongly support the parking protected bike lanes and look forward to moving forward. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker fiona tai followed by yoland nedler. >> good evening. my name is fiona tay and long-term member of the bike
collision and part of the san francisco transit riders. i live in the city and work downtown in soma. up to three years i bike commuted to airbnb which is where we were commuting to a few months ago that morning. i'm here to improve bike infrastructure and of course i'm in support of the changes because i think it's really tragic we don't have these protections in place for residents and users of these streets. i'm excite had we have met short term improvements and believe it's an improvement in quality. we need to invest in streets because this is key infrastructure for san francisco residents and workers. it's a busy neighborhood as many have already said including uber
and trucks so it's doubly important to make sure we protect people on the streets in these kinds of neighborhoods that can be very heavily trafficked. and also, i'm excited about improving the situation for muni because i think along with the bike lane improvement it will set us up for credible efficient transit network the next few decades. they connect the transit center and embarcadero and other points of interest in the city. it's a true game changer and raises the bar on street infrastructure. now is the time to seize day and i beseech you to take this project and thank you for your attention today. thank you. >> clerk: next speaker, hannahed your yurdler followed by
mr. schroeder. whoever else is ready come forward. >> my name is tom schroeder and 75 years old and still biking and required because i have danish heritage. i've had two accidents or more and one driver just wasn't paying attention and hit me in the bike lane from behind and the other left me with a seven-hour operation with 10 screws and two hinges in my face. though they did a great job. i just want to say as another option for some bike lanes that we have the reserve lanes like at pole being street and did the same thing in sun set i go on the left side because there's
less on regular streets there's busses and people turning right but when i can make lots of eye contact with the people turning off the street and i find that making me safer. i can decide if they're not going to stop or i have to stop and that would help people with the reserve flow. one thing i feel bad about is they don't mark bike lanes in the intersection which is the most dangerous place. in denmark those things go right through the intersections and i'd like to see that too.
sometimes people two who ride bikes drive cars so thank you.w bikes drive cars so thank you.o bikes drive cars so thank you. s drive cars so thank you.who rid drive cars so thank you. >> commissioners, i'm the manager of the yerba buena consortium and here to ask you to delete the last block between 4th and 5th street on howard. the reason is the current two-way cycle track design termite nats at 4th presents a serious danger to the health and safety of the seniors 250 elders that live at the wolfhaus apartments at the corner of 4th and howard. there's now a white zone there and heavily used by transit vehicles, taxis and friends and family to pick up and drop off seniors there every day.
with the new design, all of them will have to cross the two cycle track to get to a new white zone. the staff can explain the details but what's important to know is half the seniors in that complex have mobility impairment and sensory impairment and a significant amount have cognitive impairment. you cannot safely assume they're going to see bicycles coming from both directions as they go to the white zone and in fact what you can assume is that a significant number of the time, they won't see them coming. as you know well, any fall, accident for a senior can be very dangerous if they strike their head it can be life threatening. if they break their hip it can leave them incapacitated for the rest of their lives. we brought this to the attention of the staff. we asked that not be approved
today so a new design can be done that avoids this problem. what you should know is we're a plaintiff on a litigation of an environment impact project and it's holding up $6 million in development and a few thousand housing units but if this project goes ahead it will be years before anything ever gets built. >> commissioner: thank you, any additional public comment? >> board of directors, i'm hannah. i work in s.f. and moved here years ago and want to tell a personal story. i was living in the south bay my life and when i got a chance to move to the city i was very excite about the ability to bike wherever -- everywhere and got
involved in s.f. and the nightlife and involved in teaching coding to women and also got involved in the s.f. bicycle coalition last year when i was hit by an 18-wheeler the first thought wasn't thank god i'm alive is well, this is going happen and i later realized it's ludicrous i should have the same expectations whether i'm driving, biking or walking. to spend time explaining how difficult life was after an accident to put on a shirt or wash dishes because you need two arms. four months after the accident i ended up back in the bike lane because i think it's important to be the change you want to see and i also believe in a better system and i think what the changes have done so far are amazing and we can continue making it better. i think you can understand the importance of the folsom and
howard streetscape projects and pushing forward the two-way bake lines and intersections will continue to make things safer for myself and all people because the plans include muni lanes and bike walks. >> commissioner: thank you for sharing your story. i'm glad you're doing well. any additional public comment? >> i'm scott lagake a soma resident and take public transit when i can but i'm one of these people that i don't work full time in this city and don't always have the luxury of taking public transit and i don't have the luxury of cycling to work. so i had a hard time finding the details of this on the website.
i like the protected bike lanes. i've seen improvements along folsom. it's been great. the one thing i'm curious about and i didn't information about the two-way protected bike lanes. i'd be curious the effects on pedestrian safety and things like that and if there's been research done on that just because i've had plenty of times i've lived basically 5th street and folsom. there's plenty of times i've had to use the pedestrian lanes across folsom and i have to cross that bike lane. pedestrians have the right of way over bikes but sometimes the riders don't necessarily see it that way so i question the two-way bikeway and if there's
been research on pedestrian safety aspect of it. i'm concerned with the red transit only lanes just increasing the traffic problems and making it harder for the people who do live there and do have to drive when they have to leave the city or get into the city. there can be plenty of times -- >> commissioner: you're time is up. >> it take an hour to get to my house. thank you. >> commissioner: are there additional commenters? if not, public comment is closed. mr. park, maybe you can talk a little bit between 4th and 5th street and what you've been talking about and are some options. the boarding islands seem to be successful along valencia street. is that something we can apply
here. >> each has its own characteristic and we have areas where we've tailored designs to meet the needs of the land use. so we have talked to mr. abilene a few times and willing to meet with him on a number of occasions and find a design through our detailed design phase he feels is satisfactory. >> commissioner: so approving this doesn't not preclude changes. i think if we make an amendment just to gratify that intent. i'd love to hear what other members of the board have to say. >> based on your recommendation? >> commissioner: sure, maybe the
amendment is resolved the sfmta board of directors direct staff to work to identify specific design solution to address safety concerns for seniors and people with disabilities with a particular focus to access the wolfhaus apartment at 801 howard street and staff will report quarterly to the sfmta board of directors on progress until such time the issue is much l -- mutually agreed to be resolved. wonderful. any other discussion among board members? >> i first want to complement you on the outreach. that was a good outpouring of support on this and i particularly want to thank the denmark family for coming. i know the changes we're making now will impact these young ladies for decades and decades to come. i'm jealous you'll have
protected bikeways your entire adult life and it's a reminder to us how big the changes are. somebody mention the scooters. we have to consider everything a bike and scooter lane now. the pavement will be completely redone when the project is totally completed, yes? >> that's correct. >> commissioner: it will be better smooth pavement like we've seen some where else and to go back to mr. heminger's concerns with the ebikes. we haven't seen them spike yet. talk to me about the concerns around that and what will happen once we have more ebikes on the city streets. >> we have to design the bike lanes for different aabilities and with that -- abilities and with that comes different speeds. if you're adding the component of an ebike is another element on top of that as well. i think one thing that in
designing the two-way facilities is we allow for passing so if you are a cyclist who's a little more advanced and love to ride at a quicker pace or riding an e inform bike with a faster speed you'll have the ability to pass somebody riding more slowly. >> >> and nothing to stop a strong ebike rider from going in the traffic lanes. they're not required to stay in the bike lanes. good, that's great. i look forward to a time where we'll have more youngsters in our bike lanes. and seeing these designs just makes me and reminds me how disappointed i am in polk street we don't have something this amazing and it encourages me because we're not that many years past polk street and getting to this level of community engagement and acceptance two or three years maybe longer than that after the
polk street discussion but again it reminds me that polk street could have been a lot better not faulting staff at all. that was a failure of leadership and maybe now that we have a supportive supervisor in that district we can revisit polk street and make changes that will keep the cars from parking in those protected bike lanes which i'm reminded aren't really row -- protected they're just a suggestion to cars to stay out of. thank you for the great outreach and all the support was impressive. >> i want to acknowledge bradley dunn was the p.i.o. on the project and did a fantastic job of getting the support and finding out who he needed to talk to in the community to make it a success. >> any questions for mr. stanis? all move to approve. >> second?
>> commissioner: you have to second the motion. >> commissioner: let's vote on the amendment read into the record. all in favor. opposed? amendment passes. now we'll vote on the entire motion. all in favor of the amended motion overall. opposed? passes unanimously. thank you. now we'll move on to item 12. presentation discussion of connectsf.
>> good afternoon, i'm a principle transportation planner in sustainable streets and the project manager for connectsf the long range program. today i have an informational update on the work in the past year focussed on identifying the key challenges for our plan to address. i'll start with background, connect sf is a multiagency long-range plan that will define a program of large-scale transportation improvements for
san francisco. these improvements could range from new infrastructure projects like rail lines and bike way to policy initiatives that improve the sustainability of our transportation system. for this significant undertaking we have brought together the city's transportation and land use agencies to work together toward our common goals. in the spirit of that partnership i'm joined today by tam trahn and linda nicole from the transportation authority and keith tanner also from sfmta. to give context, one previous time the city developed along-range plan of this scale was in 1995 when the four corridors plan was adopted. like connect sf it sought to develop a program of major transportation project that would help shape san francisco's future. today, we can recognize the lines on this map as familiar
projects like the t third and central subway, geary brt and when done properly can provide a generation of transformative projects. our planning is guided by the five goals which we worked with community members throughout san francisco to develop. these goals will help us establish the connect sf vision where san francisco is a growing, diverse and equitable city. there's a multitude of transportation options affordable to all and a faster project delivery result from strong civic and governmental engagement. the steps we'll take to make that mission a reality are shown in the diagram. the statement of needs tells us the challenges we need to address with our current
transportation system to achieve the goals i just outlined. to meet these challenges, which i'll discuss in more detail in a moment, we will develop concrete improvements for our transit street and freeway networks and then decide on priorities and implementation strategy. to help us understand the challenges we're facing, we used the robust travel model to see how our current transportation system will function in the year 2050. this will help identify the areas that need improvements to develop projects and policies to address them. the key things the analysis told us is the growth we've experienced in the last several decade is likely to continue. while the existing transportation system provides a high-level of access and sustainability, we will need to make more investments to meet the aggressive goals that we set
for ourselves as a city. based on our planning assumptions, san francisco wilton grow in the future. -- will continue to grow in the future and the bay area by a greater amount. it tells us accommodating growth will be a key challenge for our transportation system to adapt to in the future. it's likely most of the growth will occur in the relative few areas of san francisco growing today. mostly along the eastern side of the city. one of the benefits of that growth pattern which builds jobs and housing together is people won't have to travel as far to reach employment opportunities. the model shows the number of jobs reachable by transit and autowill increase in the future but auto will still perform better and the strategies we
develop should adapt our transportation network to make more jobs available by transit and other sustainable modes. the travel model also shows us that though commute times will improve many neighborhoods could see commute times get longer if we don't improve their transportation connections. among those neighborhoods, many have high percentages of lower-income communities as well as minority populations. and this signals the transportation projects and policies we connect should address the disparity and ensure everyone benefits equitably from the transportation system. this shows some of the same information we saw in the previous map. the term communities of concern abbreviated here as c.o.c.s is the metropolitan transportation commission's measurement of
disadvantage. when we apply that to our commute time results we see jobs access increase is less in these communities if we don't improve the transportation system. it reaffirms for us our continued focus on equity and jobs access will be a critical part of connectsf going forward. san francisco is already one of the most sustainable cities in the country when it comes transportation. we set aggressive goals for ourselves like 80% sustainable trips by the year 2030. the model results show driving is still projects to comprise a significant share of travel in san francisco in 2050. so we'll need to invest further in our sustainable loads to achieve our goals. in particular, we'll need to create more capacity on our highly used transit systems to make room for the additional sustainable trips we expect to see in the future.
the model results also project an increase in traffic congestion on many corridors in the year 2050. it tells us we'll need policies to manage congestion and make better use of our limited roadway space. to recap the model results we just saw, the key challenges that connectsf will center on forecasting in the bare area and i am -- in the bay area while improving equity and sustainability. we can achieve this by developing new policies and investing in transportation infrastructure and it will likely take the form of muni forward or the muni service equity strategy coupled with larger transformational projects like the one from the four corridors plan in the past. to determine what those policies
in investment should be, we're currently kicking off a pair of studies, the transit corridor study and the streets and freeway study. the studies will identify and prioritize projects and policy to meet the challenges we've laid out. later on in phase 3, the projects and policies will be formalized in the san francisco transportation plan and the general plan transportation element update. those projects and policies will in turn turn into the region's long range transportation plan. that's how san francisco's priorities will be translated to regional ones. there also be a robust outreach project including work shops in locations across san francisco. one of the interesting features is the new interactive maps we've posted on our website.
using those you can do more exploration of the data i've presented today. we have maps on topics like jobs and housing growth, transit crowding, vehicle miles traveled and others. there's six in total. find them on the link on the slide. we'll also be doing individual presentations to community groups so any groups who would like to request a presentation can contact us using an e-mail address at the bottom of the slide. and with that, my colleagues and i would be happy to answer questions you have. >> commissioner: thank you very much. does the board have any questions? >> one quick question, i appreciate the work so much and i have been involved and known about connectsf from the start. it's confusing to the public and myself. how is the work you're doing affordable housing the actions that we're taking now?
i understand it's a living document as the city tons change. at what point we say we're doing this because connectsf says this neighborhood's going to grow or shorten the commute time. >> connects future -- connects sf assumes the models are in place and we'll use the information and policies developed there to start helping to inform the next steps we take. >> commissioner: people were talking about the lack of sfr g sfrshg -- infrastructure coming on and when will this be a meaningful metric in doing planning and building transit
oriented housing but maybe transit that's not ready for it. >> there's a strong land use component with kconnectsf and w did the land use and transportation together to support the growth we're seeing and it will start affordable housing projects as the analysis comes online. >> more for like 2050. so we're not thinking of embedding it in our shorter-term plans or is the planning department starting to add it to their project evaluations in the short term or anything like that? >> good afternoon, sarah jones planning district municipal transportation agency. the kconnect sf effort is betwen
the transportation authority. with regard to current efforts going on and development, we have a team focussed on working on the shorter-term development projects the ones raised earlier balboa reservoir is one where the sfmta is working in partnership in the planning around it. for all time frames we recognize how important it is to work together hand in hand. i think the work on konect --
connectsf it intended to reflect that partnership over the course of time. >> commissioner: right now we have a transit impact development free and it's a flat fee but maybe in an area where there's more growth they'd be scaled differently or the projects would be required to build out transportation infrastructure. do we see that as the direction of the future? we haven we haven't delved into that particular example but in central soma with the folsom howard project was captured within the same environmental impact report and sfmta and the planning department worked together around many aspects of that plan to talk about what the level of the impact fees should be and where they should go. that's the kind of koorms -- cooperation we're working towards. >> commissioner: great. any other questions? >> madame chair, i wanted follow
up on your question because it seemed like a slide show and the fact you got the planning department involved in the work obviously emphasizes trying to link the subjects. the regional strategy you're trying to connect to is both a transportation and land use strategy. and this presentation made it look like you're just going take whatever the assumptions are about land use and run transportation scenarios. am i missing the thrust of this? even the words, connectsf. connect is a transportation word. sounds like one. >> the effort is intended to identify what the long-range transportation investments need to be to support the city that we hope to achieve in the future
and the vision that the community developed. the effort itself is very much a partnership across planning and transportation. it's intended to help in decision make around the big transportation investments. it is one piece of how we are feeding in to as a city the planned city process. we're participating in that effort in a lot of different ways across the departments in the city as well. >> so i guess the question is when does that land use work get done? is that waiting for some general
plan revision by the city generally or what is this? these are two variables that influence each other and if you choose a different land use strategy you'll have different transportation needs. >> the modeling that occurred one of the basic assumption starting points was land use modeling done in close cooperation with the planning department around it. and we went through a lot of consideration of what those land use scenarios might be. we worked through from land use scenarios based on different assumptions. there's a lot of zoning changes that have been in the works that
have been going forward and the planning department weighed in a thoughtful way around what their future work program looks like in terms of the city zoning needs and changes. >> commissioner: well maybe at a minimum highlighting that more in the presentations you're making because what struck me about what you showed me today was it was all transportation. and land use was input decided time ago. i had one small comment on your 13 slide you segregated the modes by sustainable and unsustainable. you lumped carpools into unsustainable and i'd quibble with that. if we changed our travel persons around here and everybody was in a four-person carpool you'd see a radical difference on our
streets and i know we rather those not be gas powered but i think carpools still belong on the other side of the ledger. >> certainly that would be more sustainable than solo driving. given we're multiple agencies working together there are different measures and thresholds of sustainability at play. the point i was trying to make with that slide is that solo driving is still a large percentage of the travel projected to occur and that's the thing we need to work on. >> commissioner: are there any additional comments among the directors before we open it for public comment? >> >> i'm wondering if the modeling took into account the demographic shift and how it may impact the availability of the sustainable transit modes for instance. if you have an aging population,
maybe we need to think more broadly about what our biking infrastructure needs to look like, infrastructure. things like that. i'm wondering if it's capturing modelling shift to inform that. >> the travel model does not capture demographic shifts however, we do have [no audio] >> we have identified a number of additional goals that aren't captured by the travel demand model such as liveability and changes in travel patterns. so we would capture some of those concerns there. >> commissioner: i guess just to follow-up on that when i was in washington some statistic was every demographic except for one in the united states has shown a decline in holding driver's
licenses and only the 70 and over population was the only one continuing to hold driver's licenses at a large rate. i want to point that out and we know millennials aren't getting driver's licenses and preferring other modes. i hope we're able to capture the real things happening in terms of behavior and things like scooters and pogo sticks or whatever it is. the shift is away from people driving themselves places. with that i'll open it for public comment. are there any public commenters in the room? >> clerk: no one's turned in the speaker card. >> commissioner: all right, will that we'll close public comment. these big picture thinking things we have less comment on. with that i think that brings us to the close of our agenda. are there any other items?
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>> hello now we can begin. this meeting will come to order. welcome to the june 28th, special meeting of the joint city school district school district and city college select committee. our clerk today is erica major. i would also like to thank san francisco government t.v. for staffing this meeting. madame clark, please call the role. >> the call of the role... [roll call] mr. chair, you have a quorum. >> i would like to acknowledge commissioner lopez who has joined us here as well. madame clerk, are there any announcements? >> please make sure to silence l
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