Bicycle friendly Downtown Station Area Plan in South San Francisco
South San Francisco is effectively divided by Highway 101 and the adjacent Caltrain tracks. The City is currently working on developing their Downtown Station Area Plan and SVBC is working with the Great Communities Collaborative on a shared platform to ensure that the plan addresses this major barrier. SVBC supports the moving of the Caltrain station and the proposed pedestrian and bicycle tunnel to provide better access between downtown South San Francisco and the east side of the city, which is home to many large businesses. This tunnel, along with other bicycle facility improvements, would encourage more biking between public transit and places of employment as well as between those employment centers and downtown restaurants and shops.

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South San Francisco Downtown Plan and new Caltrain station approved

The City of South San Francisco recently passed their Downtown Station Area Plan by unanimous vote. Just a week later, the San Mateo County Transportation Authority (SMCTA) voted authorize allocation of $49.1 million in original Measure A funds to the City of SSF for Caltrain Station improvements. SVBC has been working as part of the South San Francisco Community Benefits Coalition for over a year now in support of these two things. The South City Community Benefits Coalition worked over the course of three years with a dozen community and labor organizations and hundreds of city residents to develop a community consensus around a four-point platform that included: Greener and healthier development alternatives, Affordable homes and homelessness solutions, Efficient affordable public transit with bicycle and pedestrian transportation options, and Building businesses and creating good jobs in our community. The final plan is great for bikes. The plan builds upon the City’s 2011 Bicycle Master Plan by planning for key east-west and north-south routes, including a new bicycle and pedestrian tunnel to the relocated Caltrain station, bike lanes on Grand Avenue (the main commercial street), a Colma Creek Canal Trail over the train tracks, and other bike lanes connecting to the east side of the city. This plan hinges on the relocation of the Caltrain station south to line up with Grand Ave. and the completion of a pedestrian and bicycle undercrossing that would connect downtown to the Caltrain platform as well as the east side of the city. I attended the SMCTA meeting in which they approved the funding for this important project to speak in favor. I was...

Campaign update: Bicycle friendly Downtown Station Area Plan in South San Francisco

South San Francisco released their draft Downtown Station Area Plan last month after months of delay. Over the last year, SVBC has been working as part of a Community Benefits Coalition to ensure positive bicycle improvements in the Station Area Plan. We are pleased with the results of the Draft Plan. The Plan builds upon the City’s 2011 Bicycle Master Plan by planning for key east-west and north-south routes, including a new bicycle and pedestrian tunnel to the relocated Caltrain station, bike lanes on Grand Avenue, a Colma Creek Canal Trail over the train tracks, and other bike lanes connecting to the east side of the City. We are working with the Coalition to draft a detailed analysis of the Draft Plan with recommendations. We welcome you to read the Plan and add your comments below. While we think the routes are great, we would like to see the City put a little more effort into extra improvements that will really encourage those who don’t already bike to do so, like buffered or protected bike lanes and way-finding signage with key destinations. The City will be holding community workshops to gather feedback about the Draft Plan in the next few...

South San Francisco walking tour highlights areas for improvement

This post was written by Adina Levin of Friends of Caltrain On March 22, over 30 people, including all city council members and several planning commissioners gathered in downtown South San Francisco for a walking tour of sites that show the important decisions that will need to be made for the upcoming South San Francisco Downtown Station Area Plan. This event was organized by a coalition that Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition is a part of that has been working on, including better bike access in the Downtown Station Area Plan, among other benefits to the community. At the South San Francisco Caltrain parking lot, Lawrence Henriquez, an Associate Civil Engineer with the City of South San Francisco talked about the City’s plans to improve connections between the Caltrain station to the downtown and industrial area, uniting the two parts of the city. The photo below shows the challenge of station access today – behind the shuttle, you can see the multi-story metal staircase needed to climb to reach the sidewalk, which is adjacent to a freeway offramp. The project will add an undercrossing for pedestrians and bicyclists, move the station southwards, and separate the northbound and southbound platforms for safety. The City has recently won a grant to update the design for improved station and pedestrian undercrossing, and is applying with Caltrain for federal funding to implement the project. Council member Karyl Matsumoto spoke about the importance of the improved station to the future of the downtown area. In the business park area to the East of the train station, (the area where Genentech is headquartered) Dan Sherman, a...