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...

South San Francisco Downtown Station Area Specific Plan public hearing

150128 SSF CC Notice of Public Hearing – DSASP South San Francisco will be holding a public hearing to consider the Planning Commission’s recommendation for approval of the Downtown Station Area Specific Plan and certification of the Environmental Impact Report (Draft and Final), and the related General Plan Amendments, Zoning Map and Text Amendments to allow and establish regulations for transit oriented, mixed use development in the Downtown Station Area Specific Plan District Area. SVBC has been working as part of a coalition on this plan for over a year and we are eager to see its completion. If you are interested in the plan, consider attending and making your voice...
South San Francisco awarded bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community

South San Francisco awarded bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community

On Wednesday, December 10th, I attended the South San Francisco City Council meeting to present the city with a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community Award on behalf of the League of American Bicyclists. The League of American Bicyclists, founded in 1880 to advocate for better roads for bicycling, represents the nation’s 57 million cyclists in its mission to lead the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition is an affiliated member of the League and has been working in South City on the Downtown Station Area Plan. Since 2002, the Bicycle Friendly Community program has accepted over 700 applications for designation and there are currently 326 Bicycle Friendly Communities in 50 states. South San Francisco joins San José (bronze), Santa Clara (bronze), Los Altos (bronze), Menlo Park (silver), Mountain View (silver), and Palo Alto (gold) as one of the bicycle friendly communities in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. The following efforts of South San Francisco helped to contribute to their award: The great people pushing to make South San Francisco a community that actively welcomes bicycling of all kinds, Adopting the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Master Plan, Funding a Safe Routes to School Program at Los Cerritos Elementary School, Implementing a “road diet” and adding protected bicycle lanes to Forbes Boulevard Applying sharrows on South Airport Boulevard, And of course, the support of the Mayor, the City Council, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, City Departments, and citizens. With the help of SVBC, we hope to bring South City, and the other cities in our counties, up to platinum...
Campaign update: Bicycle friendly Downtown Station Area Plan in South San Francisco

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 Downtown Station Area Specific Plan Open House

Open House July 2014 Mailer-FINAL South San Francisco will be hosting an open house to preview the draft Downtown Station Area Specific Plan. SVBC has been working as part of the Great Communities Collaborative to ensure better bicycle infrastructure in the downtown area as well as improved access across the Caltrain tracks connecting the east and west sides of the city. Following the Open House on July 24, the City will review the proposed Downtown Plan with the Parking Place Commission, the Design Review Board, the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee. The City Council and the Planning Commission will also hold hearings on the proposed Plan with the goal of having it adopted by the end of 2014. To view the draft plan please go to:...