by Aaron Bialick : sf.streetsblog – excerpt
Ever since the Embarcadero was uncovered from beneath a freeway more than two decades ago, San Franciscans’ appetite for a more people-friendly waterfront only seems to have grown.
At a series of recent public design workshops this month, groups of attendees were asked to put together a display of how they’d re-allocate street space on the Embarcadero. The main idea was to figure out how to provide a protected bikeway, so that riders of all ages can enjoy the popular waterfront without having to mix it up with either motor vehicles or crowds of pedestrians on the shared sidewalk.
At one of the workshops, two groups suggested that half of the roadway, on the waterfront side, be dedicated primarily to walking and biking, even if it includes a shared-space zone where delivery drivers can move through slowly for loading. Finding a design that allows deliveries to safely co-exist with the bikeway seems to have been the main challenge since the SFMTA launched its redesign process in July…
If you want to keep your lifestyle alive, you better get out and let the SFMTA and your Supervisors know that roads are not for walking and biking. Most of the people are still getting around by cars and if they want to get more people out of their cars, they should quit cutting Muni service.
The Supervisors to contact about this plan are:
You can also contact the SFMTA project managers if you can figure out who they are. We couldn’t find any information. You can always send your comments to the Mayor: firstname.lastname@example.org, Ed Reiskin: Ed.email@example.com and the MTA Board members: