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to our travel forecasting model, and also updates on fund programming activities and project delivery progress. with that, i'll be happy to take any questions. >> chair: are there any questions for mr. sanna? seeing none -- oh, commissioner yee. >> supervisor yee: just curiosity in terms of looking at the transit. the bus speeds. did you break it down into -- the difference between bus speeds before we had those red lanes? did it actually increase it that much, when we put the red lanes in -- as a factor? >> i think we did the last cycle we looked at how the red lanes
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might have impacted transit speeds, especially on mission. and we found that there seems to be improvement. however, the frequency that we monitor this is once every two years. and there are a lot of changes happening over those two years, especially with land use and population, in addition to transportation changes. so there are a bunch of factors that go into these changes. but we did find evidence that the lanes are improving transportation speeds -- of transit speeds on mission. >> supervisor yee:s that the percentage improvement any different from -- of different lines that didn't have the red sort of lanes? >> most of the lines have just remained steady. that's what our average speed
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shows. and improvement is always better than just being steady. >> supervisor yee: well, i mean, that would be really interesting to know, because we're making investments in these lanes. and i assume that it will -- this study should show that it's having some marked improvements in terms of the speed of the buses itself. an idea to look into more carefully. >> gentleman. we have the ability to look at transit speeds during specific periods, before and after an intervention. and we just have to drill down the data to be able to make that assessment. for the condition management program itself, we have a fixed monitoring period in spring and we do that every two years. >> if i might just add, too,
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commissioner, the m.t.a. has documented benefits to the red lanes. we'd be happy to bring in information update to you or send you information. in fact, the muni reliability working group, the performance working group that several of us are working on together with m.t.a. and the mayor's office, that's reporting out one of those findings that was of interest as well to that reliability working group. i'll just mention that when bark mentions 8 miles an hour. if you look at under slide 4, muni bus speeds have been basically flat over the past several cycles from 2011 to 2019. and we we do attribute that to the muni forward and the transit priority treatments, including the red lanes. in order to maintain even a flat speed on average city wide, we have to do those types of projects in face of all of the growth that otherwise is affecting the car speeds, which you see next to that, which had
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been slowing down. so just even maintaining a flat speed is kind of a win, that we do attribute to the benefit of the red carpet lanes and other muni-forward treatments. >> supervisor yee: thank you. i think we need to continue highlighting that to the public, not just me. because people are asking why are we making these investments if nothing is really improving. we just have to keep it in their sights. >> yes. thank you. >> chair: thank you. commissioner haney. >> supervisor haney: thank you for this report. so would it be accurate to say the biggest driver of congestion in the last i'd say eight or nine years would be t.n.c.s? >> well, we have completed a more in-depth study of what's driving these changes.
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and we call that t.n.c.s and congestion study. and in that we found that t.n.c.s have contributed about 50% of the increase in congestion. population and jobs make up the other 50%. >> employment growth is 23%, and t.n.c. growth is 51%. and i see that there was a study that the looked at 2010 to 2018 in terms of t.n.c. growth and the impact on congestion. is there any updates in terms of what we've seen over the last few years or any other further analysis of t.n.c.s or growth of t.n.c.s since then? it would seem to me, since 2016 through the end of 2019, we're probably seeing a lot more
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growth and impact on the situation on our roads. >> right. for 2016, we were able to complete the study, because we got t.n.c. trips data set from their a.p.i.s. >> what's a.p.i.s? >> it's the application programming interface, that the cell phones use to communicate with uber and lyft systems, to connect with drivers. >> so they gave the data set in 2016 to us, but haven't given us any more data since then? >> well, they did not give us the data. we were able to paint the a.p.i.s and get that with the help of research. >> if i might also add to this answer, commissioner, yes, in
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2016 we did the study and we were able to gather the data independently from the two companies. subsequent to that, they themselves have reported their trip data and it's for the more recent two years. it's an even higher amount of trip-making. they're estimating 13.2% of the m.t. or vehicle miles traveled in the city being with thed for by lyft and uber trips. that's a higher percentage than we even estimated in 2019 and the two additional years of growth, as well as they've included all trips, including regional trips. whereas our study only studied trips that happened within san francisco. so your answer, yes, trip growth within the last two years, released by the t.n.c. companies themselves. >> is there a plan to do -- i know there was the t.n.c. and congestion follow-up report. and one in 2017 and 2018, seems to look at data through 2016. is there a plan to do a further
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in-depth analysis? it seems like there's been a lot more of growth and a deeper impact on congestion i'd imagine. and maybe not that much that we've done to address it. other than obviously the great -- you know, some small but important fee that we put on these trips, through prop d. >> right. that has been one of the recommendations coming out, was to do -- looking at a per-trip fee, looking at congestion pricing in general. looking at curb management. so the sfmta is taking a lead on that last item, curb management. and those are the types of responses that cities are doing. in addition to just dedicating more and more street space to the efficient modes, whether that's transit, whether that's bike-share and micromobility scooters and what not. that's sort of the tool kit, the congestion tool kit. if you'd like, we could come
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back with more proposals for how we might study the t.n.c. issue in particular. but i do think it's a broad economy-wide issue as well. again it's probably both the t.n.c.s and the general continued strength of the economy. >> yeah. i mean, it seems like the report with the analysis that was done in 2018, it looked at through 2016. and then it would be great to know what happened since then, what sort of follow-up. >> right. >> what more data are we collecting on an ongoing basis, how are we seeing that. how are we using that in our decisions. >> right. so this study that you're seeing here today takes us to the data set, as recently as 2016. >> right. >> okay. that's the limitations of our sources. >> we collaborated with m.t.c. recently to do the data. we have an sample of t.n.c. users. the data has just come in. we'll be able to report more on t.n.c., an update to mode share
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at the very least, using that data set. >> okay. >> i hear you. i think we're hearing that you'd like us to continue to update and refresh that congestion analysis, with respect to t.n.c.s and in general. >> yeah. i mean, i think it's pretty clear that at least through 2016, i mean, as compared to any other factor, t.n.c. growth was over, you know, the majority -- by far the number one driver of congestion. so if we're looking at congestion on an ongoing basis, particularly in my district, and supervisor peskin's district, you know, this is sort of the key driving issue here. it seems to me we need to have much more of a handle on it and what we're doing about it. >> chair: certainly what a heat map would indicate. are there any other questions from members? seeing none, why don't we open this up to public comment.
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mr. finebalm. and ms. lee, you are welcome to testify again. >> thank you, bob finebalm from save muni. we all agree i think that one way to mitigate congestion is to get more people on to public transit. and for years our organization, as well as others, has favored a regional bus system, because it's widely recognized that if you can offer people a one-seat ride, so that they don't have to transfer, it's much more likely that they will take public transit. so m.t.c. is now onboard with a regional bus system. however, i think san francisco could play its part as well. one of the things that, at least i have explored with a.c. transit, is the possibility of
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running some a.c. buses, not only to the transbay termal, but to selected destinations in san francisco. i understand there's some obstacles to that. they did that to civic center a.c. transit, used to run to civic center a while ago. they've abandoned that. so i would ask that in your study of congestion, or updating the congestion plan, you consider allowing both a.c. transit and other transit agencies to operate more fully on the streets of san francisco. [bell dings] so that they can offer passengers from not only the east bay, from from marin and the peninsula a one-seat ride to san francisco. and in that connection, i would hope that when you're studying
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market street, you would also consider allowing sam traps and golden gate, at least, to run some buses on market street, because that would be very helpful for their service. thanks. >> chair: thank you, mr. fine balm. next speaker, please. >> once again, you know, when we take public transportation and we've been here like for 35 years or 40 years, in the last five years, sometimes we get stuck on one block for 45 minutes. so what the gentleman is saying is he's talking about uber and lyft and these are companies that we don't have to trust. we've trusted them because we gave them tax breaks, but they've got nothing. and now they are capable of giving us sick information.
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you may all laugh at it or think that it's a little bit whatever. but uber and lyft is not where we have to go. it's not holistic. now nowhere in the discussion has the gentleman spoken about construction. construction on many of the thoroughfares impedes. i heard the chair say heat and nobody paid attention. okay. that's that red light that tells you where there's traffic and we have it from our media, our networks. we do not have the ability to do again a needs assessment. we gave $100,000, $200,000 to a consultant and he gives us whatever we want to and makes us happy. i even saw somebody tried to intercept once or twice.
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no. [bell dings] san francisco is the worst city when it comes to congestion. this is a known fact. so what the hell do you have to say about that? what the hell do you have to say about making it easier for the seniors and those to take public transportation. nothing. so we have to wake up with our heart in the right place, so go to the right place. thank you very much. >> chair: seeing no other members of the public for this item. we'll close public comment. is there a motion to approve the congestion management program, made by commissioner yee, seconded by commissioner mandelman. we have a different house. roll call, please. >> clerk: on item 8, commissioner brown? >> aye.
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>> commissioner haney? >> aye. >> commissioner mandelman? >> aye. >> commissioner mar? >> mar. >> commissioner peskin? >> aye. >> commissioner ronen? >> aye. >> commissioner safai? >> aye. >> commissioner stefani? >> aye. >> commissioner walton? >> aye. >> commissioner yee? >> aye. >> we have first approval. >> chair: thank you, mr. clerk. could you please items 9 and 10 together. >> item 9, accept the audit report for the fiscal year ended june 30th, 2019. action item. item number 10, approve the revised debt policy and ratifying the investment policy. also an action item. >> chair: ms. fong. >> deputy direct for finance and administration. i'm happy today to bring before this commission the results for the fiscal year 2019 financial audit. and the results from the single audit of the interchange project and bridge structure project.
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i'm going to call up the auditor in charge. here we have the audit partner. >> chair: thank you. >> good morning, commissioners. thank you for having me. this is the comprehensive annual financial report, the scope of the audit is to ensure the financial statements are fairly stated, it's a process in which we test the controls and confirm the balances reported on the financial statements. we confirm your sales tax, we confirm your cash and we perform tests of controls, that's to the manner that you process contracting, payroll, various items within the financial statements. we have a clear opinion on the financial statements, they're fairly stated. the agency also undergoes a single audit for a compliance audit, has the unique requirements and they passed and they did not have any
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significant deficiencies or material weakness. i want to thank management for helping us through the confirmation process and through the audit process. it was an easy process and we expect that the financial statements will receive that in the upcoming year. with that, i'll be more than happy to take any questions. >> chair: thank you. are there any questions from members. ms. fong, anything you would like to add to either item? >> i just wanted to thank the finance and administration staff. each year it takes many numerous hours and weeks to prepare this financial audit. i'd like to thank the entire division. we worked much smarter than we have in the past years. just i would also like to open up any questions to the changes to the debt policy and investment policies. we had public finance, our financial advisers review them and had squire boggs, our disclosure counsel, review these items as well. >> chair: thank you, ms. fong. i also want to thank you for the
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private briefings that you give me in my capacity as chair, that i imagine you give to other commissioners that wish to avail themselves. and i want to thank you for once again keeping our financial house in the best of order. you have been a great chief financial officer and we appreciate your work. are there any members of the public who wants to comment on items 9 and/or 10? >> i would like to thank the chief financial officer, is that your title? >> chair: that is the title. >> for -- i watched her for many years. and she's very astute, has the tenacity and the fortitude and i want to thank you on behalf of all of the citizens of san francisco. >> chair: thank you. that was lovely. and actually her real title is
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deputy director for finance and administration. but with that, we will close public comment. is there a motion to approve items 9 and 10? made by commissioner mar. seconded by commissioner brown. and we still have the same house, same call. [gavel] those items are approved on first read. we will now go to introduction of new items. and we will start with commissioner mar, who has an important request, as it relates to a bill in the california state legislature, senate bill 50. commissioner mar, the floor is yours. mar thank you, chair peskin. colleagues, as you know, in april, the board of supervisors passed a resolution opposing senate bill 50, unless amended to address seriouserns -- serious concerns about the affordability crisis. last week the board further amended that resolution to
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clarify the changes san francisco needs in order to support it. and through all of this focus on transit-oriented development, i wanted to ensure that we take stock of the transit side of that conversation and look at the potential negative impact of s.b.-50. it raised the concern that by tieing zoning standards to transit service and infrastructure, it could create an incentive for jurisdictions throughout the state to suspend transit service enhancements or avoid planning for increased all together. sfmta and sfcta raised another concern, not identified by planning. that many of the transit lines and stations targeted by sb-50 in our city are already overcrowded or are deficient in their state of repair. upzoneing creates more demand or impact on the already inadequate transit services and infrastructure.
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to be clear, we want equitable transit-oriented development. in order for housing density to be a step forward for equitable development, instead of backwards, with he need to invest in transit service improvements alongside new housing development. transportation authorities need to have a say on real estate development bills, impacting and tied directly to their work. so today i'm requesting that the san francisco county transportation authority draft and present to us a resolution on the transit impacts of sb-50, with mid gages options to expand transit service in conjunction with new developments through incentives and creative multi-source funding strategies. we need to plan for complete communities. and i look forward to continuing this conversation and ensuring that transit isn't forgotten in transit-oriented development. thank you. >> chair: thank you, commissioner mar. and seeing no other requests for
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introduction of new items, i would like to adjourn this meeting. i'd like to commend our outgoing colleague, commissioner vallie brown, who i have served with in so many different capacities under various colleagues and then as a colleague. but on behalf of the staff and this body, ms. chang would like to say some words and present you with our highest honor. ms. chang, the floor is yours. >> thank you, chair peskin. commissioner brown, it was such a pleasure to work with you and your office. we want to thank you and express our sincere appreciation for your leadership on transportation, your years on the transportation authority. as well as your years supporting your boss', previously on the authority. your work this past few years has been very reflective of your commitment to sustainable transportation and safe streets. not only in your district, but
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citywide. we have a nice sort of framed graphic here, that captures you working with kids on safe streets and safe routes to school. i think it was walk to school day and we have a bike to work railroad day photo with many of your colleagues at city hall. you were always very enthusiastic and strong advocate and continue to be. including most recently in the neighborhood around hayes alley and octavia boulevard for these types of improvements, as well as the graphic down here that celebrates. we really want to express our appreciation to you for the hard work of you and your staff to improve transportation in the city. in particular it's been a pleasure working with derek from your staff as well as the whole office. so best wishes to you and thank you again. [applause] >> supervisor brown: thank you. thank you, chair peskin. thank you. thank you. it's so sweet. i just want to say thank you to
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the t.a. staff. i mean, we really ask a lot of you. and we want to see it faster than, you know, a lot of times it gets done. but i'm always amazed at how professional you are and your staff. and how you work to get it done on a timeline that makes us happy. and i have to say in the 16 months that i've been supervisor, i have asked for a lot. i have asked for traffic studies, for market octavia, i have asked for protected bike lanes on page and octavia. we actually had a ribbon-cutting yesterday on octavia boulevard for closed streets. and no cars and bicycle, pedestrian-only around the green, which is such an amazing thing to do. and it happened really fast. i have to tell you that. it happened very fast.
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the community was behind it. we took away parking, as is always the scary thing, taking away parking. people go a little sideways. i think once everyone saw that it was, you know, the cars were gone, people could walk through there, they absolutely thought this was the right thing to do. so i just want to thank you. i know it's been years. i have worked with you on all kinds of things. the wiggle. i remember when we first started working on the wiggle. yeah, 12 years ago, 13 years ago. so i just want to say thank you for everything that you do for this city. and i know a lot of times you guys, all of you get a little beat up by community and us. but you really do an amazing job. and i'm so proud to be part of this city and have you represent us. thank you very much. >> chair: thank you, commissioner brown. are there any members of the public who would like to make general public comment? seeing none -- come on up, sir. all right.
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first in time, first in right. >> okay. so i have spoken before about san bruno avenue. and it took us 16 years to get a traffic light. but there's one traffic light on san bruno and now it's causing congestion. whereas many as nine muni buses back up during peak hours. so there again you need somebody who knows about traffic management. it took somebody like three weeks not to paint the crosswalks and then i had to come here a couple of times, say whatever i have to say, and that was fixed. but the most important thing is all of you geniuses, how can you take away 46% of the parking, without having no outreach, no meaningful meetings and even our supervisor was asleep at the
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cockpit. but now she's woken up, writing some letters, thinking thinkinge can do some miracles and hopefully she can. but this is my point. when you have seniors and they have nobody but their car, and they want to do shopping, they go to san bruno. and if you look at your empirical data, that is if you have it, from the years 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, when we had a spiraling of the economy, these shoppers kept san bruno alive. we should take that into account. [bell dings] our seniors -- don't treat our seniors like whatever. please. and i want to see some ratification about this stupid 46% and what -- what are the reasons they want to remove the parking and have removed the parking without informing people. then, you know, you talk about
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the bicycles. they put some bicycle racks and nobody uses them. [bell dings] nobody uses them, you have to remove those racks and maybe take them somewhere else that they can use them. thank you very much. it's not very easy to speak in two minutes. but i thank you, gentleman, who is controlling that thing that you've given me a few more seconds. thank you very much. >> chair: all right. bob finebalm again. >> two quick questions. number one, i'm a member of the tcpa c.a.c. at our last meeting in november, we heard lewis. and lewis said that in december, this board was going to consider an $11 million request for engineering for phase 2. you have one more meeting. so i'm asking the chair and tilley whether that will be on the agenda for december 17th?
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>> chair: mr. finebalm, the way this works is we actually don't, pursuant to the law, answer questions. but ms. chang will approach you, as soon as this gavel goes down and answer your question. >> good. i have one more thing. and i remember at the beginning of the year, chair peskin asked for a report about the siemens l.r.v.s. and the defects. >> chair: we'll be having that early in the new year. >> oh, that will be coming shortly. thank you very much. >> chair: seeing no other members of the public, public comment is closed. the sfcta is adjourned. [gavel]
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>> good morning everyone. let's get started. i am tom mcguire, i am excited to be here today to christen this brand-new increasingly car-free space in hayes valley. remember the freeway over our heads. we took that down. we didn't stop there. we have been working with the neighbors and residents from the
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city to make patricia's green and octavia boulevard to have more space to walk and enjoy the valley. we have several speakers sharing about the opening or closing to traffic and opening for people of this section of octavia. i want to thank the mayor, whose leadership has been very strong. i will introduce the district five supervisor valley. >> this is amazing, isn't it. it was interesting because i was standing in the street, and i thought i am in the street, i have got to move. my aid says it is blocked off you don't have to worry. we are conditioned in streets to watch out. the city is dangerous that way.
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to actually now be able to stand on this part of octavia boulevard is a dream come true. i remember i was one of the activists when i first started being an activist when we talked about taking down the freeway. i remember so many said you can't do that because the west side of the city needs the freeway. maybe not. i also want to remember patricia walk up. she was the one that really inspired us all to think different and say, no, just because it was that way doesn't mean it is right and it doesn't mean it has to stay that way. when i think about this, i think about the hayes valley neighborhood association and a lot of them are here. they are a neighborhood that says let's do something different.
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we don't have to do things the way the city has always done them. take the parcels here. i was a legislative aid when we were discussing these parcels. one of the things people said, and people in the city. i won't say who. they said i think we should keep them fenced off until we put housing. the neighborhood and people said let's try something new. then someone said i will take ahead of that. i will take that forward. now you have all of this space that everybody loves, and you know down to the beer garden. remember the actual neighborhood garden that we had. all of those spaces that were activating this neighborhood. now with the situation how can we make octavia and the neighborhood safer for
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pedestrians, bicycles, and this a lot of you know page street is going to have a protected bike lane now, which is something we have been talking about for years, also. it will be one way going up. it is not be a freeway feeder any more, which will make a huge difference for the people living here. one thing we don't want is everyone from all over the city rushing to octavia boulevard to get on the freeway. one of the first things i did when i got into office is asked for a major traffic study for the area. it had been over 10 years since they had one. to go all the way up to see how can we divert traffic from this area? people on the west side if they need the freeway, they can get there. they don't all have to get into hayes valley to go to the freeway.
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this portion of octavia came up. how can this be safer. as we know, and we have seen so many people walk from the coffee shop with coffee and phone in hand, not looking and walking across to the park. not a safe way to do it, but it just happens all of the time. how can we make this safer? we looked at closing it off, and making it a bike lane. this has always been a bike lane. if you have ridden your bike on page street or down from page street it is not safe. people are looking for parking and everything else so when i look at this now and look at what is happening and how fast you actually did this s.f.m.t.a. because so many things take so 0 years. this moved fast. this is something that i think
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people need to be thanked for advocacy and what they have done. i want to thank the whole team at s.f.m.t.a. they made this a reality. i want to say thank you. i know you get beat up a lot when you come to neighborhoods for new ideas. we thank you because we see the difference. walk sf and the bike coalition, thank you for being there to doing better for people who want alternative transportation. phil ginsburg and steve at rec and park said let's try new things. to look at the park extending over is something they really encouraged, also, and supported. as i said, the hayes valley neighborhood association. thank you very much for everything that you do. you have made this an amazing neighborhood because people a
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lot of times think it is the city. it is the community and the community activists that make the neighborhood amazing. i want to say thank you very much. the merchants association. right now i want to bring up someone, lloyd silversteen from the hayes valley merchants association to say a few words how he feels about this space. where is lloyd? thank you very much everyone. [applause] >> thanks everybody for coming this morning on an overcast day. i want to say a few thank u.s. i am the new kid in the block. i moved from union square where i had a four generation business and i am thrilled to be here. i want to thank the mayor and supervisor brown and s.f.m.t.a. and gail baugh for dragging me
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in, kidnapping ne, a labor of love and it makes these things move forward. i wanted to speak from personal experience. when is this happened i thought it would have a negative affect on the business. the city was smart enough to do trial runs to see how it was going to work. whoever they hired to do the traffic studies nailed this. most of the traffic that comes this direction off octavia is going east or west. if they are going north, not this way. in point of fact, when the streets were closed off for the trials we on linden so no impact. this was our first and hopefully not the last living alley. part of the beautification of this street was to encourage pedestrians and merchants.
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i think we were able to accomplish both by blocking this off without a big impact. this is a bunch of thank u.s. from me and the merchants. i encourage the city to keep the open space here. housing is something we all need, but protecting the open space is a good thing. the day this opened there was a bunch of skateboarders and it was cool to watch. that is all i had to say. i am going to introduce bryan from the bike coalition. he can say a few words. thank you everybody for making this happen. [applause] >> thank you so much, lloyd. i am the executive director of the san francisco bicycle coalition. it is my distinct pleasure to be here on a beautiful san francisco day to celebrate this space improved and remade for people right here in hayes
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valley. i will thank you, super visor brown. your leadership on this project and improvements throughout district 5 during your time in offers and during your time on staff for supervisor breed has been inspirational and key to getting the kinds of safety improvements we need in this neighborhood and across the rest of san francisco to improve biking for all residents. deep appreciation from everybody who rides a bike in this city. thank you, supervisor. i want to extend that thanks to mayor breed. her leadership provided support for this project. i am excited to see that continued leadership spread to more projects in the city. i want to thank walk san francisco. this doesn't just benefit people who bike in the city but all of us who walk, that is about
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everybody here today. our community partners at the heys valley neighborhood association and merchants association. you have been a pleasure do work with. our memberships overlap. our office is here and we are members of the hayes valley neighborhood association. thank you for your support. this project, it has been said, really goes back to reimagining what the streetscapes look like with the teardown of the central freeway two decades ago now. that certainly thinking about that started over two decades ago. that dream of streets and neighborhood spaces that put people first is continuing today right here on octavia boulevard at patricia's green. we celebrate the beautiful space now open for peak walking and biking but the bike lane behind us is going to allow people biking to have a safe connection
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northbound on to octavia to continue their journey. this is really, i hope, what is the start of a trend that we are going to see across san francisco that we can think creatively about the streets as active transportation thoroughfares and places for people first. we have a small space here we are starting with. the two blocks on either side on octavia. i want to see and the members want to see this kind of space expand across our city. to take what hayes valley knows works and prove that it can work in other commercial corridors and other neighborhood streets across the city. i couldn't get up here today and speak without mentioning the great changes we are going to see coming on page street and to thank as well the hayes valley
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neighbors and merchants and supervisor brown for your leadership with a key connector for those who bike and transforming it to a safer place and not a freeway off and onramp. i can't wait to ride my bike on this street and with that i want to introduce or neighbors here and the great space that we are standing in front of. douglas burn hum from the proxy. >> hello everyone. i am the founder of envelope, texture andy sign. we are the crea turs and curators and stewards of proxy. today i am here as a witness. a wit to an exemplary public process by the s.f.m.t.a. on this street closure. kc and mark and the whole
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s.f.m.t.a. team have been incredible leaders in this project. i want to sort of give my take on it. their process here. they had a rigorous pace of public meetings and information sessions that looking at my e-mails went back almost five years of just when this discussion about this closure began. they implemented live prototyping of this street closure, very low cost way to kind of test whether the closure would be possible and what the impacts would be. they have been in constant communication with the neighbors, with the businesses, and with the neighborhood on this developing idea of the closure.
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kc, mark and the s.f.m.t.a. along with mayor breed, the hayes valley neighborhood association, vallie brown and sf park and rec. they have a vision for the city for a safer public realm. we have been questioning the outside role that the automobile has had on the city over the last century. they have been responsive to the negative impacts the constant stream of vehicles on this public space has had. they have been responsive to these emerging public spaces. there is an implicit understanding that the city, though it appears to be incredibly fixed and rigid, is a
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flexible thing that can be responsive to the citizens and to community input. i would like to end as a temporary steward of this place to thank everyone for their tire less vision and for this closure and for making possible this safety improvement for the enjoyment of the citizens and visitors of san francisco. thanks. i will hand it back to tom. >> thank you all for the kind words. i think it is time to get the scissors out and cut the ribbon. three, two, one. (applause).
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valencia has been a constantly evolving roadway. the first bike lanes were striped in 1999, and today is the major north and south bike route from the mission neighborhood extending from market to mission street. >> it is difficult to navigate lindsay on a daily basis, and more specifically, during the morning and evening commute hours. >> from 2012 to 2016, there were
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260 collisions on valencia and 46 of those were between vehicles and bikes. the mayor shows great leadership and she knew of the long history of collisions and the real necessity for safety improvements on the streets, so she actually directed m.t.a. to put a pilot of protected bike lanes from market to 15th on valencia street within four months time. [♪] >> valencia is one of the most used north south bike routes in san francisco. it has over 2100 cyclists on an average weekday. we promote bicycles for everyday transportation of the coalition. valencia is our mission -- fits our mission perfectly. our members fall 20 years ago to get the first bike lane stripes. whether you are going there for
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restaurants, nightlife, you know , people are commuting up and down every single day. >> i have been biking down the valencia street corridor for about a decade. during that time, i have seen the emergence of ridesharing companies. >> we have people on bikes, we have people on bike share, scooters, we have people delivering food and we have uber taking folks to concerts at night. one of the main goals of the project was to improve the overall safety of the corridor, will also looking for opportunities to upgrade the bikeway. >> the most common collision that happens on valencia is actually due to double parking in the bike lane, specifically during, which is where a driver opens the door unexpectedly. >> we kept all the passengers -- the passenger levels out, which is the white crib that we see, we double the amount of commercial curbs that you see out here.
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>> most people aren't actually perking on valencia, they just need to get dropped off or pick something up. >> half of the commercial loading zones are actually after 6:00 p.m., so could be used for five-minute loading later into the evening to provide more opportunities or passenger and commercial loading. >> the five minute loading zone may help in this situation, but they are not along the corridor where we need them to be. >> one of the most unique aspects of the valencia pilot is on the block between 14th street. >> we worked with a pretty big mix of people on valencia. >> on this lot, there are a few schools. all these different groups had concerns about the safety of students crossing the protected bikeway whether they are being dropped off or picked up in the morning or afternoon. to address those concerns, we installed concrete loading islands with railings -- railings that channel -- channeled a designated crossing plane. >> we had a lot of conversations
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around how do you load and unload kids in the mornings and the afternoons? >> i do like the visibility of some of the design, the safety aspects of the boarding pilot for the school. >> we have painted continental crosswalks, as well as a yield piece which indicates a cyclist to give the right-of-way so they can cross the roadway. this is probably one of the most unique features. >> during the planning phase, the m.t.a. came out with three alternatives for the long term project. one is parking protected, which we see with the pilot, they also imagined a valencia street where we have two bike lanes next to one another against one side of the street. a two-way bikeway. the third option is a center running two-way bikeway, c. would have the two bike lanes running down the center with protection on either side.
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>> earlier, there weren't any enter lane designs in san francisco, but i think it will be a great opportunity for san francisco to take the lead on that do so the innovative and different, something that doesn't exist already. >> with all three concepts for valencia's long-term improvement , there's a number of trade-offs ranging from parking, or what needs to be done at the intersection for signal infrastructure. when he think about extending this pilot or this still -- this design, there's a lot of different design challenges, as well as challenges when it comes to doing outreach and making sure that you are reaching out to everyone in the community. >> the pilot is great. it is a no-brainer. it is also a teaser for us. once a pilot ends, we have thrown back into the chaos of valencia street. >> what we're trying to do is incremental improvement along the corridor door. the pilot project is one of our first major improvements. we will do an initial valuation in the spring just to get a glimpse of what is happening out here on the roadway, and to make
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any adjustments to the pilot as needed. this fall, we will do a more robust evaluation. by spring of 2020, we will have recommendations about long-term improvements. >> i appreciate the pilot and how quickly it went in and was built, especially with the community workshops associated with it, i really appreciated that opportunity to give input. >> we want to see valencia become a really welcoming and comfortable neighborhood street for everyone, all ages and abilities. there's a lot of benefits to protected bike lanes on valencia , it is not just for cyclists. we will see way more people biking, more people walking, we are just going to create a really friendly neighborhood street. [♪].
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>> hello, good afternoon. i would like to call the meeting of the san francisco public utilities commission to order. may we please have the roll call madam secretary. [roll call] >> thank you. the next item is the approval for the minutes from november 26th. is there a motion and second? any comments on the minutes? hearing none, all those in favor? >> aye. >> those opposed? motion carries. next item please. >> general