South San Francisco Downtown Plan and new Caltrain station approved

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...

SVBC San Mateo County Committee meeting

The SVBC San Mateo County Committee is composed of cyclists and advocates from all over the county. The Committee meets on the first Thursday of each month to discuss current issues, events, and infrastructure in and around San Mateo County. The social hour takes place from 6:00 to 6:30 pm and the agenda is discussed from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The official meeting end time is 8:00 pm for those who need to catch Caltrain. Meetings occur the first Thursday of each...

SVBC San Mateo County Committee meeting

The SVBC San Mateo County Committee is composed of cyclists and advocates from all over the county. The Committee meets on the first Thursday of each month to discuss current issues, events, and infrastructure in and around San Mateo County. The social hour takes place from 6:00 to 6:30 pm and the agenda is discussed from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The official meeting end time is 8:00 pm for those who need to catch Caltrain. Meetings occur the first Thursday of each...

Menlo Park El Camino Real Community Workshop

Join City of Menlo Park for their next community workshop on Thursday, October 2nd in the Oak Room of the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Read more about SVBC’s campaign for bike facilities on El Camino Real in Menlo Park. We are hoping through this process to make El Camino Real a more complete street. The workshop will be structured as an open house with three stations, as follows: Survey Results. See the results of the online survey, which contained questions about travel habits and desired street improvements. Take the survey yourself if you haven’t yet. Best Practices. Learn about the “toolbox” of potential improvement measures that have been developed for the corridor. See how and where these have already been implemented elsewhere in the Bay Area. Hands-On Street Design. Put on your traffic engineer hat and have a hand at re-designing El Camino Real yourself! Add or remove lanes, parking, bike lanes and sidewalks to create a new roadway configuration. Read more about the City’s...

CANCELED: SVBC San Mateo County Committee meeting

Please note that this meeting has been canceled so that members can attend the Menlo Park El Camino Real community workshop. The SVBC San Mateo County Committee is composed of cyclists and advocates from all over the county. The Committee meets on the first Thursday of each month to discuss current issues, events, and infrastructure in and around San Mateo County. The social hour takes place from 6:00 to 6:30 pm and the agenda is discussed from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The official meeting end time is 8:00 pm for those who need to catch Caltrain. Meetings occur the first Thursday of each...