Mayor’s Reappointment of Vice Chair Cheryl Brinkman to MTA Board

sfmta – excerpt

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 – Tom Nolan, Chairman of the Board of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), today issued the following statement congratulating Cheryl Brinkman on her reappointment as Vice Chair of the SFMTA Board of Directors.

“Cheryl Brinkman is a champion for transit and sustainable modes of transportation and her reappointment to the MTA Board of Director symbolizes this city’s commitment to achieving our transit first goals. Her work thus far has resulted in the support of effective policies, strong community partnerships, and sustainable strategies that have ultimately improved our transportation network. I certainly look forward to relying on her valuable experience and insight as a regular transit rider and transporation advocate as we work to secure two transportation funding measures on the November 2014 ballot. These potential new and stable funding sources would help support smoother roads, improved transit reliability, reduced crowding on Muni, pedestrian safety enhancements, and better defined bikeways.”

Brinkman was sworn in by Mayor Ed Lee today… (more)

Mayor Ed Lee apparently has no concern over conflicts of interests where Ms. Brinkman is concerned. Her husband’s company benefits directly from the North Beach tunnel project, and she has economic ties to the SFTMA and the SF Bicycle Coalition and the other “non-profits”  that profit from the city’s many contracts from  managing housing to  street calming and car sharing.

‘Contraflow’ bike lane opens on Polk Street as bike month gets into gear

by : sfexaminer – excerpt

San Francisco city leaders and bike advocates kicked off Bike Month this morning with the opening of a “contraflow” bike lane at the corner of Polk and Market streets.

The $2.5-million project came together in the past year to build a smooth connection from Market Street to northbound Polk Street by funneling bicyclists traveling against traffic onto a green bike lane that passes City Hall.

The city’s Department of Public Works director Mohammed Nuru joined San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency transportation director Ed Reiskin and San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim to cut the ribbon on the lane as dozens of riders perched on bikes watched…

Most of the funding for the new ($2.5 million) lane came from Proposition B, the $248-million Road Repaving and Street Repair bond, which San Francisco voters passed in 2011, and from the SFMTA’s 2009 Bike Plan… (more)

Voters please note what the Prop “B” (sold as a Road repaving and street repair bond) bond money was spent on and vote accordingly the next time SFMTA wants more money.