Small Business Commission and the MTA joint meeting and agenda

December 9, 2013 at 4:30 AM
Small Business Commission and the MTA Board, City Hall Room 400 – agenda


Merchants should go and let the MTA know how they are effecting economic vitality of your business or send a representative or write comments or a letter detailing how the parking and traffic problems are effecting you business. Copy the supervisors on the letter. contacts here.
5. Explanatory Documents: Slide presentation by Office of Small Business staff; Slide presentation by SFMTA staff. Presentation by Regina Dick-Endrizzi, Executive Director of the Office of Small Business, and Ed Reiskin, Director of Transportation of the SFMTA.
6. General Public Comment: Allows members of the public to comment generally on matters within the Commission’s purview, and suggest new agenda items for the Commission’s future consideration. (Discussion Item)

NOTE: The Small Business Commission requested more parking garages. We need to talk to them. We want parking transit hub garages near freeway exits with Muni, taxi, bike, and shuttles and jitneys. This needs to be a part of the plan.
SBC requested more frequent contact with the MTA to work out issues as they arise, especially with regard to the immediate plans SFMTA has for implementing further parking restrictions on Polk and other areas. The commissioners want to work out some compromises to mitigate the loss and lessen the effect it will have on the merchants in the effected areas.

Other comments that were made and concerns raised:

  • Delivery services are not being met in the scheme of things. Someone pointed out that Polk is not like Valencia. Many merchants on Polk rely on large service vehicles to unload groceries, hardware, and other heavy supplies on a regular basis. Everyone agrees this is a city-wide problem that is not being solved in any of the current TEP or other city street designs.
  • There is an eagerness on the part of SFMTA to reduce curb cuts, which means off-street parking egress. That is a backdoor mechanism they have to reduce off-street parking options. We need to stop this maneuver on their part. Let you supervisor know that you know what this means and you oppose it.
  • There are so many things in the presentations, try to watch the tape to see what you find that you support and what alarms you.
  • The SFMTA agreed to meet on a more regular basis with SBC and it appears the plan is to meet every two months within the MTA’s Policy and Governance Committee to review specific issues that are plaguing merchants. So, merchants should inform SBC about your SFMTA issues.
  • Hopefully we will have opportunities to write letters and show up in person to those meetings when the need arises.

San Francisco Bike Laws


Yield to People Walking. Whether they’re in a crosswalk or not, ALWAYS yield to people walking.
Stop BEHIND the Crosswalk: Always stop behind the line at traffic signals and stop signs.
Stay on the Street: It’s illegal to ride a bike on the sidewalk unless you’re younger than 13 years of age.
Ride in the Direction of Traffic: If you can’t go with the flow, it’s okay to WALK your bike on the sidewalk!
Obey Traffic Signs & Traffic Lights: Just like other vehicles on the road, obey all street signs and signals.
Be Seen: Rear reflectors and a front light are REQUIRED when riding in the dark! Red tail lights are strongly recommended.
Avoid Distraction: No headphones, calling or texting while riding – it’s the law!(more)

Lets hope the cyclists learn the laws.

Bicycle Rules of the Road
Download the Rules
2009 San Francisco Bicycle Plan Update

The 2009 San Francisco Bicycle Plan outlined 60 improvement projects and long-term opportunities for bicycle route upgrades.
The following is a list of near-term projects that remain and are anticipated to be constructed within the five years following the completion of the Bike Plan’s final environmental review:

  • Project 2-1: 2nd Street bicycle lanes, King Street to Market Street
  • Project 2-3: 14th Street eastbound bicycle lane, Dolores Street to Market Street
  • Project 2-7: Fremont Street southbound bicycle lane, Folsom Street to Harrison Street
  • Project 3-2: Masonic Avenue bicycle lanes, Fell Street to Geary Boulevard
  • Project 3-4: Polk Street northbound contraflow bicycle lane, Market Street to McAllister Street
  • Project 5-6: Cesar Chavez/26th Streets corridor bicycle lanes, Sanchez Street to US 101
  • Project 5-13: Bayshore Boulevard bicycle lanes, Paul Avenue to Silver Avenue
  • Project 7-1: 7th Avenue at Lincoln Way intersection improvements

SFMTA issues $75 million bond for infrastructure needs

by : sfexaminer – excerpt

Last month, Mayor Ed Lee’s 2030 Transportation Task Force recommended a $10.1 billion investment into The City’s transit system over the next 15 years. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency announced last week it had raised $75 million toward that goal through a bond issuance, a power voters granted in 2007… (more)

” Repayment of the bonds will come from the transit agency’s operating budget.”
They are borrowing money to pay the interests on the outstanding loans. Is this a good idea?

Why not pay for it with the developer’s fees instead of allowing the in kind deals. Do you really want to spend the bond money to finance the debt of the bulb-outs and bike lanes? Or would you rather spend the money to keep the Muni lines you depend on?
If you are fed up with this approach, consider signing our Petition to Stop SFMTA and join us in our fight to take back our streets.