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Monday's Open House To Address Western Addition Transportation, Public Realm Plans

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By Nuala Sawyer - Published on May 06, 2016.

Mark your calendars for a jam-packed open house on Monday evening, set to showcase ideas and fuel discussion about a number of major transportation and infrastructure projects taking place around the Lower Haight, Hayes Valley and the greater Western Addition.

The open house, featuring a variety of city officials, will cover three separate but related projects taking place in District 5. Here's a brief guide to each:

Western Addition Community-Based Transportation Plan

This plan is a collaboration between several groups who are working together to improve walking, biking and public transit in the Western Addition, with a particular emphasis on access to employment and education. Community groups such as Mo'MAGIC will be identifying needs on a neighborhood level, and taking them to District 5 Supervisor London Breed and the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA).  

Early-stage ideas include increasing bicycle infrastructure, focusing on safety in relation to the Western Addition's high-speed streets, and increasing the efficiency of public transportation. 

The Western Addition Community-Based Transportation Plan has yet to officially break ground, and is predicted to be completed in one to five years once it gets going. 

Lower Haight Public Realm Plan

This plan for the Lower Haight focuses more on the details of the streetscape, and contributions to neighborhood safety and beautification. Several sidewalk bulb-outs (wider sidewalks at intersections) have been proposed, as well as better lighting, greenery and signage. Funding for the project comes from a $50,000 grant awarded to the Planning Department from the city.

With all these improvements, the city also hopes to "promote the public realm as a place reflective of the neighborhood’s unique character."

An open house was held last November, though work has yet to begin.

Page Street Green Connections Project

The bike lane that was installed on Page Street earlier this year could be just the beginning of a major transit improvement plan along this busy residential street. The work is being done under the umbrella of the Octavia Boulevard Enhancement Project, which has been underway since last year. Monday's meeting will take community feedback on what is necessary to make Page Street a more walkable and bikeable street. 

The whole event will take place at John Muir Elementary School this Monday, May 9th from 5:30-7:30pm, with light refreshments, childcare and a Spanish interpreter on offer. Although it's free and open to everyone, the SFMTA is asking attendees to RSVP to ensure they have enough drinks and handout materials for all. 


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