The Great Highway Caper

by Sebraleaves

Great Highway Overview photo by zrants

San Francisco has thousands of people living on the street in need of food and medical care. We have a rising crime rate and our schools and colleges are underfunded. Why are city authorities wasting precious time creating new problems to mitigate by closing streets? Don’t our supervisors have more important things to spend their time and money on than creating programs to fix? This feels like a diversion to hide the fact that they don’t know what to do about car break-ins and home invasions. The key to staying in office is not to always fight for change. The cheapest, safest and easiest thing to do is nothing…(more)

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https://www.openthegreathighway.com/
Sign the petition: https://www.change.org/p/residents-of-san-francisco-open-the-great-highway

Converting the Great Highway into a Great Walkway makes no sense

By C. W. Nevius : sfexaminer – excerpt

It seemed like a no-brainer.

In April of 2020, the Great Highway, the four-lane road that runs parallel to Ocean Beach, was closed down for sand removal. And then, with more outdoor recreation areas needed because of the pandemic, it stayed closed and was available to bikers, hikers and dog walkers.

But as fall approached and schools finally began to open, Mayor London Breed made the decision in August to reopen the Great Highway to car traffic on weekdays.

To say it was an unpopular choice for biking and pedestrian advocates is to understate the case. Two urban planning activists filed an appeal to block the reopening. Channeling Critical Mass, bicyclists have staged protests, where they block all the lanes and ride slowly, tying up traffic…

So, when the Board of Supervisors takes up the issue this year, we can expect some lively hearings.

That’s why it might be helpful to take a good, squinty-eyed look at the numbers. Because some of them don’t add up.

For starters, the Great Highway is one well-traveled road. According to a city study from this July, before the pandemic between 18,000 and 20,000 cars used the road per day…(more)

Share your comment on the source and write the Board of Supervisors.

Debate on opening JFK to traffic

Debate on opening JFK to traffic on Savesfmuni.wordpress.com

SaveMUNI Meeting…with ZOOM information – UPDATE on the Debate

Howard Chabner will present the argument to re-open the park to cars on JFK Drive.
Andy Thornley of MTA/Bike Coalition will be arguing in favor of closure.

This is your chance to learn more about the future of Golden Gate Park and join a discussion about this important issue.

Please come to SaveMUNI’s monthly meeting on Monday, October 18, 5:30 pm.
We’re hosting a debate on the closure of JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park. Speakers supporting and opposing the closure will explain their positions and answer your questions.

This is your chance to learn more about the future of Golden Gate Park and join a discussion about this important issue. The debate will be followed by a discussion about the MUNI 2022 service plan.  We look forward to seeing you on the 18th.  And please share this announcement. https://savesfmuni.wordpress.com/

Newsom vetoes bills to decriminalize jaywalking, allow cyclists to avoid stops

By Dustin Gardiner : sfchronicle – excerpt

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday night vetoed a pair of bills designed to make streets more welcoming to non-vehicular modes of transportation, including a measure that would have decriminalized jaywalking and another that sought to allow bicyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs.

AB1238, by Assembly Member Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, would have decriminalized jaywalking throughout the state when no cars are present in a roadway until 2029, when the law would have sunsetted…

Newsom said he vetoed the bill because California has a high rate of pedestrian fatalities, the eighth highest per capita, and he worries the measure would encourage people to unsafely cross streets…

Newsom also vetoed AB122, by Assembly Member Tasha Boerner Horvath, D-Encinitas (San Diego County), which would have allowed bicyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs.(more)

Muni Service Could Be Impacted Around Outside Lands Weekend If Unvaccinated Muni Drivers Don’t Get Shots

By Jay Barmann : sfist – excerpt

The SFMTA is warning of possible service cuts in the coming weeks due to the still large number of transit operators who have not reported being vaccinated — with the city’s deadline for all city employees to be fully vaccinated approaching on November 1.

Around 300 Muni drivers and light-rail operators — representing 15% of the total number of transit operators employed by the SFMTA — have either refused to be vaccinated or have not yet reported their vaccination status to the agency. That’s as of this week, and the city has set a deadline of November 1 for all city workers to receive both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot…(more)

Might they need to drive and park for the event if the Muni service is not sufficient?

Organizers of Outside Lands want to keep the Great Highway open all day Friday Ocober 29, 2021 and they want support for their request.

From facebook

Hi everyone! I just received a call from Emma, who is one of the organizers of Outsidelands. The production company is going to ask the BOS to keep the Great Highway open on the Friday of Outsidelands (10/29/21), all day- no early closure. This is a very specific one-day request, but certainly important. She is looking for stakeholders to possibly talk to the BOS, and she’s collecting names right now.If you are interested, would you please send her an email? emma@anotherplanetent.com.

Give your name, phone number, email address, and why you are a stakeholder (small biz owner, kids in school on either side of the park, resident of Sunset or Richmond, work on opposite side of park…).

Thank you! This is a small step in the right direction. That weekend is going to be so difficult anyway…

How will SF authorities treat disruption on the Great Highway after Golden Gate Bridge protesters were arrested this morning?

THIS MORNING AUTHORITIES ARRESTED PROTESTORS ON THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE FOR STOPPING TRAFFIC FOR 20 MINUTES. WILL CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE SOCIETY CYCLISTS BE ARRESTED FOR DISRUPTING TRAFFIC ON THE GREAT HIGHWAY?
ASK YOUR SUPERVISORS?

Call and email to complain (again). 

Phone:Supervisor Mar: 415-554-7460
Mayor London Breed: 415-554-5977 Taraval SFPD: 415-759-3100

Mayor London Breed: MayorLondonBreed@sfgov.org
To be sure that your correspondence becomes a part of the public record send a copy of everything for the supervisors to: board.of.supervisors@sfgov.org
D-1 Connie Chan, District Supervisor – ChanStaff@sfgov.org
D-2 Catherine Stefani, District Supervisor – Catherine.Stefani@sfgov.org
D-3 Aaron Peskin, District Supervisor – Aaron.Peskin@sfgov.org
D-4 Gordon Mar, District Supervisor – Gordon.Mar@sfgov.org
D-5 Dean Preston, District Supervisor – Dean.Preston@sfgov.org
D-6 Matt Haney District Supervisor – Matt.Haney@sfgov.org
D-7 Myrna Meglar, District Supervisor – MelgarStaff@sfgov.org
D-8 Rafael Mandelman, District Supervisor – MandelmanStaff@sfgov.org
D-9 Hillary Ronon , District Supervisor – hillary.ronen@sfgov.org
D-10 Shamann Walton, District Supervisor – Shamann.Walton@sfgov.org
D-11 Ahsha Safai District Supervisor – Ahsha.Safai@sfgov.org call for action today!

SAMPLE LETTER:

Again, the entitled bike lobby will be closing down the Great Highway AGAIN tonight at 6 pm. What will it take for some action from city officials and police authority to stop this? The law-abiding WORKING PEOPLE trying to get home from their work day will AGAIN be trapped, with no way of the highway if they have any kind of emergency. AGAIN it will look like this, see video and the police do nothing? You do nothing? For shame. Every time this happens you lose votes. People are fed up with the antics of these people who truly believe, like all fanatics, that they have some sort of divine right to have this highway all to themselves, all day and night, forever. This is so ridiculous and wrong i don’t understand why this situation is still existing, causing mental anguish for thousands of people in the Sunset and Richmond. Does the Bike Coalition run San Francisco? I would have to say, absolutely. 

September 9, 2021, a group of bicyclists decided for the third time to trap commuters on the Great Highway. Call for action by Great Walkway Civil Disobedience Society today?

Great Walkway Civil Disobedience Society
@safestreetrebel
A communication’s hub for organizing around saving the Great Walkway, Car Free JFK and the whole dang planet.

Golden Gate Park Access and Safety Program: Virtual Information Session 2

Sunday, October 3, 2021 – 10:00am Zoom Video Conference

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) and the SFMTA have jointly launched the Golden Gate Park Access and Safety Program, an effort to determine the future of bike and pedestrian priority routes in Golden Gate Park. During 2020, when the pandemic brought about a need for increased options for biking, walking, and recreating outside at a safe distance, RPD and SFMTA established a cross-park route dedicated for cycling and pedestrian activity, with limited vehicle access…

For more information and to visit the StoryMap, visit the Golden Gate Park Access and Safety Program project page. ..

Public Meeting Agenda:

  • Introduction of the Project Team
  • Presentation
  • Public Questions and Comments

Join by Computer

Join the Virtual Open House via Zoom

Webinar ID: 842 7608 4757

Phone Participation, Public Questions and Comments

See below for dial-in information. We also encourage you to participate during the Q&A session of the Open House using the instructions below. For those who choose to participate, each caller will be provided with two minutes to ask a question or provide comment. 

To join by phone or to comment, please dial669.900.6833 and enter the code 84276084757#

Providing Public Comment 

  • Ensure you are in a quiet location 
  • Speak clearly 
  • Turn off any TVs or radios around you 

California Expands Road Mileage Tax Pilot Program

By Elaine S. Povich : pewtrusts – excerpt

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, signed legislation Friday expanding a pilot program that charges drivers a fee based on the number of miles they drive instead of a gasoline tax.

Oregon and Utah launched similar pilot programs in 2015 and 2020, respectively, that yielded mixed results. Few people volunteered for the programs initially because of privacy and equity concerns, but the states have since seen more participation after addressing some of those problems.

Federal and state gasoline taxes fund road construction and repair and have been consistently declining. Drivers increasingly are turning to more hybrid, electric and fuel-efficient cars.

Between 1993 and 2020, average fuel efficiency improved by approximately 26%, according to a 2020 report by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, a liberal think tank, meaning drivers on average can go an extra 75 miles between fill-ups. “Those 75 extra miles of driving are generating wear and tear on the nation’s roads, without requiring any offsetting gas tax payment to cover the cost,” the report found.

Under the new California law, which Newsom signed last week, volunteers for the program will get bills for the number of miles they drove in the state and be refunded for any gasoline taxes they paid. The plan relies on odometer measurements or GPS tracking to determine the number of miles. The earlier version of the program used mock bills that simply showed how much a driver would owe…(more)

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Statewide Driving News Headlines from National Motorists Associations