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[role call] [roll call] >> thank you. can you call roll? >> yes. i'll be calling roll for the board of directors. [roll call] >> directors, you have a quorum. thank you. >> ok. welcome, everybody. i will -- before i do my normal announcement for commission meetings, i wanted to just make an announcement
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about translation services. after i make this announcement, if anyone is on the lines for the various languages, i will go ahead -- and actually the translators can go ahead and repeat me after this -- in the m.s. teams invite in case people are listening in on the english language line and don't know about the available translation. so today we have a joint meeting of the recreation and park commission and sfmta board of directors and parking authority. and we have translation available to members of the public in three languages. we have russian, spanish and cantonese. we have three lines that -- four lines actually that you can call in to to provide comment and three that you can call in to to listen in another language besides english. and so i will read out those
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numbers now and will again when i do my commission announcement. our line is 415-655-0001, and if you'd like the listen in in english, which if you're here, you might be doing, the access code is 1871473320. our russian access code is 1465706848. and our spanish access code is 1464709020. and so if i could first have our cantonese translator explain that for us?
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[giving instructions in cantonese] >> thank you.
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if i could have our russian translator, please. >> [speaking russian] >> thank you. if we could then have our spanish translator. is there anyone on our call who is a spanish translator? i can't see everybody so you might be muted. christine, do you know if our spanish translator is here? >> i believe she is translating in the webex. i'm going to ask her to translate in the m.s. teams. >> thanks. >> [speaking in spanish]
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>> ok. this is a joint meeting of the recreation and parks commission and the -- [beeping] >> make sure you're muted. >> and the stfm parking authority and today is june 10, 2021. please note that, due to the covid-19 health emergency and to protect board members, city employees and the public, the meeting rooms at city hall are closed. however, commissioners and directors are participating
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in this meeting remotely at the same extent as if they were present. we ask for your patience if we experience any technical issues. public comment will be available for each item on the agenda. each speaker will be allowed one minute to speak today. commence or opportunities to speak during the public comment period are available via phone by calling 415-655-0001. today we have four access codes. for those who would like to comment in english, or comm ent in eng lish, or listen in english, the number is 1871473320. if you would like to listen in cantonese, the access code is -- if you would like to listen in russian, the access code is 1465706848. if you would like to listen in spanish, the access code
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is 1464709020. if you would like to comment in any of those languages, you will need to dial into the english language line at 877-147-3320 and the interpreters will interpret live in our meeting and then you can go back to your respective language line. when you hear the agenda item you would like to comment on, dial star 3 to be added to the queue to speak. you will be lined up in the system in the in order out dialed, star 3. whale you are waiting, it will be silent. all callers will remain on mute until their line is open. everyone must account for delays in streaming. alternative you can submit public comments in either of the following ways by
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e-mailing if you submit via e-mail, it will be included in the legislative file as part of the matter. we are now, rather than going right to the agenda, i am going to remind everyone to mute yourselves and i'm going to pass it over to our rec and park commission vice president eric macdonald. >> good afternoon, everyone. appreciate you all joining. just wanted to set a little bit of context for our time together prior to hearing staff report and sdwoenlts that first comment. first, i wanted to welcome my colleagues on the rec and parks commission and acknowledge the absence of our president who couldn't be with us today. appreciate having our department leader and all the p.d. staff that are joining and just, again, as a reminder to in particular our public that are participating, we appreciate you being with us today. this is not a moment or day
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or time of action. this is shaped and intended to be a time of gathering. so, please understand that. again, we're here to listen today. most particularly to you and your perspectives, concerns, questions, all of those things that will lead to further action and then we'll certainly ask staff to lay out what that process and timeline will be. with that, let me turn it over to director borden for any opening comments you might have. >> thank you so much, vice chair. it's a delight to be here with the park and rec commission and a wonderful opportunity for our two boards to come together to discuss this matter. i wanted to introduce myself, but you have just done as well as my vice chair, amanda eakin and our board members.
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they have -- they are all -- we all work hard to make sure that a transit and public access is key. also joining us, of course, is our director of transportation as well as staff members tom mcguire, our director of streets, sarah jones, our director of planning and tim doherty who will be presenting this item for the ssmta and i want to turn it back to director ginsberg before we go into further conversation. >> thank you, chair boarden. and members of both the m.t.a. board and recreation and park commission. i want to acknowledge vice chair mcdonald. thank you for chairing this meeting today. this is an exciting opportunity for our organization to work together. [phone ringing] i want to thank you for the
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opportunity today and there have been few silver linings resulting from the pandemic. but as our city has sought to create safer places for residents and run and stroll through their parks and streets, the past 14 months have offered the opportunity to experiment with our public spaces and re-examine the configurations and uses with an eye toward the future. admittedly, change can be hard and as we continue to work to balance both the present and future needs of all san franciscans, we do so with boldness and with a reminder that great cities do great things.
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today we'll begin by setting the context for the great highway. its current conditions and existing policy framework that discusses its future. we'll talk about the unique opportunity to create a transformative forward-thinking coastal open space. we'll discuss circulation in the surrounding neighborhood and traffic inpacts. and then, lastly, we'll share our ideas for a potential solution that continues and will allow us to further monitor its uses and environmental impacts as the city continues its recovery so that we can gather information, inform outreach and then come back to these bodis with an informed recommendation. your feed -- your input and feedback today will help guide us in these efforts along with everyone who has -- [phone ringing] is investing their time to
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participate -- [phone ringing] to participate in public comment, which should be a lengthy hearing. and i want to pass it over to acknowledge the appreciation for the collaborative work that our organizations have undertaken during the pandemic to ensure safe, equitable, accessible, healthy and joyous access to and within our great park system. >> thank you, director. and thank you as well for the phenomenal partnership that our two agencies have had and for this unpress dened joint workshop between the sstm board. i'm the executive director of the ssmta and i want to start with a confession. i miss driving on the em barcadero freeway, and driving a bit too fast as you
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came into the alcoa building. absolutely the perfect super elevation. it was one of the best drives in the entire state of california. and like almost all san francises, i'm so glad we made the decision to demolishs the embarcadero freeway. it offers amazing views and has served as a bypass connecting richmond to san mateo counties. and like the embarcadero, the stay of the great highway is facing the same issues today. most greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector are not from planes or boats, it's have personal driving. and transportation greenhouse
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emissions have remained flat largely because of increased rates of driving. between 1459 and 2016, the primary metric for transportation performance success was second to delay that cars experience. we didn't look at much of anything else. and this was in direct violation of the city's transit-first policy in 1973. it is not just a roadway. it is also our coastal defense. a problem literally caused by excessive driving. within two years, great highways will be permanently closed to cars because it is falling into the sea. and we need to protect our coastal waste water treatment infrastructure. today marks the mid point in a process for designing the future of the great highway and this is the beginning point for phase two.
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following the sfftca is district four study. we have all heard a lot of information from a lot of different constituents today. in most of the council we've hear from so far are really in two binary camps. either put the great highway the back that it was the way before, precovid, or keep it exactly as it is today. i argue that neither is accessible -- sorry, neither of these options acceptable. in fact, we hear a lot of legitimate complaints about delay and we heard about traffic in the sunset and egregiously bad motorist behavior in the sunset as well as the impacts that the great highway promenade turning into one of the most important attractions in san francisco, the impacts that that has created for people
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living in the outer most avenues from. a transportation perspective, the question before us is how can we accommodate this vision of parks and open space. how can we accommodate our climate change and resiliency while at the same time mitigating these transportation concerns to a tolerable level. as you'll see from the presentation, all of the concerns we heard so far, we believe there are valid solutions. they require lots of community conversation and we look forward to engaging with all of you and the public along the way w. that, i'd like to introduce stacey bradley from the recreation parks department who will dive into the formal presentation. thank you. >> just a moment, stacey, before you do that. i have noticed that it may not be clear to members of the public where to watch the hearing and many apologies for that.
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normally when you want to watch a hearing via your web browser, you go to, which you still can. we're just not on the first and second channels which can are on the front main page. so, what you'll want to do is you'll go to s. you'll see on the page there is a special joint recreation and park commission and view evens there. however, i can be helpful in getting that link out to folks. but those of you who are on the phone line, i'm going to put it right on to the commission web page in just a moment and under this meeting and so you will be able to grab the link from there. i just wanted people to know that that's where you can
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view it live. does anyone else want to say anything about that or go to stacey? >> good to proceed. >> ok. great. thank you. thank you for clarifying that. and for great introductory remarks. as phil noted, we are going over current conditions, open space opportunity, transportation and traffic impacts and future opportunities. these are a couple of images of the great highway today. commissioner, direct, to i'm stacey bradley, deputy director of planning for the recreation and parks department. i'm going to start with getting us through the context and the current conditions and our open space opportunities. this image, this slide shows you the upper great highway in blue. it's a scenic road along
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ocean beach from the south, it connects to lincoln way and then up in white, it's from golden gate park to lands end. the great highway extension is the lower -- the most southern section of the great highway and it connects skyline boulevard and slope boulevard. there are long-term and short-term plans in the works to address the impacts of climate change along the coast. the ocean beach master plan, the western shoreline area plan and the general plan and other city policies highlight that it is essential that we plan for rising sea levels as we identify ways to protect and adopt our coastal neighborhoods. this area has a number of similar names and departmental jurisdictions so i'm going to explain each from the sunset to the ocean so we have a shared understanding of the area. first with the lower great highway, which runs alongside the upper great highway, and connects to the sunset street network. this road does not connect to the upper great highway.
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you get on to the upper great highway at slope boulevard and lincoln way. in this area. next we have the multiuse trail that is on the berm between the lower great highway and upper great highway. the park has two restrooms along the stretch. next we have the upper great highway which i explained in the last slide and the great highway extension, that area between slope boulevard and skyline boulevard. you can see in this image here that part of the roadway curves further westward. it has the zoo inside as well as the p.u.c. waste water treatment facilities. this area is experiencing extreme and rapid erosion. now for who is responsible for what. the great highway is under the jurisdiction of the recreation and parks department and managed by public works and m.t.a. while the lower great highway, as are most of other streets in the city are under the
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jurisdiction of public works and managed by public works and m.t.a. we have ocean beach with a network of dunes and sun, sea wall promenades and overlooks. this area is managed by the national park service as part of the golden gate national recreation area. as i mentioned t great highway extension has been experiencing severe erosion. the picture on the left is from this area in 2012. severe erosion has plagued this area for many years. threatening not tonight roadway but the crucial waste water infrastructure next door and underneath. the city is currently undertaking work in this section with the p.u.c. who is leading the city's first climate change adaptation project to protect the critical infrastructure underground and next door, by replacing public vehicle access here with a resilient and accessible coastal access trail and parking facility.
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the project is currently undergoing environmental review and, if approved, is expected to close the section of the roadway in 2023. in addition to coastal erosion, wind and sand are continual factors along the coastline. timage on the right shows sand dunes cleared from the roadway in the spring of 2021. sand blowing off the dunes a continue wall problem here and requires maintenance crews to clear the road for approximately 27 days each year to remove the sand. sand removal is a critical element of maintenance here in other words to maintain the underground city infrastructure. in april of 2020, the road was closed to remove sand and vehicle traffic continued to be redirected from the upper great highway to prioritize pedestrians, bicyclists and other safe recreation uses as part of the city's covid-19 emergency response. this created an additional
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two miles of open space, about 17 acres, an area larger than lafayette park or alamo square. each month an average of 126,000 people walk, bike, skate and roll down here along the beach. this past january saw the largest gathering of users, breaking records on three day, including the largest single day of over 11600 people accessing the road on m.l.k.s jr. day. if no sabrinasing taken, after 125 days after the emergency order is lifted, vehicle traffic would be returned to the roadway. more than ever, we have seen the importance of parks and open spaces during this pandemic. they have proud us physical and mental health respite for all san franciscans to enjoy, including the current use of the great highway. before delving further, i'd like to take this opportunity to quickly introduce you to the recreation and park departments. we operate 4,000 acres including land outside the
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city boundaries. our amenities freezing raining pools and rec centers to sports fields, courts, community gardens, from natural areas of trails and endangered species habitat to many other opportunities where you can meet your neighbors, play with your family and friends. our mission is to have safe, beautiful parks and preserve the environment for all users. our vision is to inspire, not to play, to. a more livable city for all and to connect us to each other. our strategies shape how we keep our parks safe, clean and fun while we address today's current needs while striving and planning to meet the needs of tomorrow. was a arrive out of the pandemic, the city has the opportunity to unlock new opportunitis that can look beyond traffic management and better serve all san franciscans. instead of being limited to functioning as safe to move people from point a to point b, we can think in terms of equitable act set, coordination with the national parks service on
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stewardship and joint management of the natural environment. recreation opportunities, experiencing the coastline regardless of ability, place making, identifying and aligning with neighborhood priorities. climate adaptation and many more. our city has a tradition of transforming public nofk meet the city's changing needs and policy goals. here we have a couple of examples. christy fields bayside park and promenade and embarcadero and tree line walkway with views of bay from the old embarcadero freeway and patricia's green space.
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and india basin where we're transform ago former brownfield and connecting to bayside parks and 1.7 miles of contiguous park space. it also provides an opportunity to provide a global conversation. here you can see paris this beach and walkway was previously the pompatou expressway. next we have seoul. this stream was once hidden by a multilevel express waist and it is now highlighted for walkers and other visitors. and then to end with our very own embarcadero. i'm just going to have those images scroll through one more time. paris. after. and before of the freeway. and seoul. what it is today and what it was earlier, before 2005. we have an opportunity here to see how this spaces can thrive without cars as well. this space extends beyond the great highway and connects all the special parks along the west side.
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the neighborhood parks, south sunset and west sunset and further to sunset boulevard and stern grove. this image focuses on the sunset and district 7, which has golden gate park to the north and the zoo and lake merced to the south and connects regularly in the -- into the existing bike network and flow streets, further increasing safe access to park spaces throughout and in between the neighborhoods. one way to characterize our open space by looking at how frequently average users use the space and how far they're willing to walk or travel. on the bottom right of this matrix that looks at district 4 and distribution 7 are amenitis that people want to use every day or every couple of days and want as close to home as possible. these increased can community
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gardens, playgrounds, dog play areas,etc. in the upper left are areas that users are willing to travel further to and may use less frequently like group picnic size. looking at the facilities and all the [inaudible]. those districts connect with the great highway. there are opportunities to recreate but few performance spaces and no skate parks. the great highway has the ability to fill these needs by providing a safe place to skate and for children and others to learn how to use bikes, skate boards, etc.. the great highway is paved lynn your space and would be a unique venue in the area for activities of all sorts. pop-ups, farmer's markets, food trucks and other small business opportunities, gathering and communities events, performances and temporary art installations, roller coaster, scootering, wheelchair use and other wheeled activities. one of our city's policies is to provide more space for people to gather and voice their opinion.
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here you can see how many people showed up to share their anger, frustration and unease after the george floyd shooting in support of black lives matter. as i discussed, there are many public benefits and seeing this space as an open space and aligned with our city's shared goals and adoptive policies such as working toward the transit-first policy which provides access for walking and other alternatives to individual vehicles and is built upon sfmta's strategic plan and provides ongoing work to update the climate action plan which charts the pathway to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and if those on the western shoreline area plan to support numerous policies, goals outlined in the general plan, especially in the recreation open space element as well as in the r.p.d.'s strategic plan where we work to increase access to open space.
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thank you for your time today. i'm going to turn the presentation over to my colleagues at m.t.a., sarah jones the director of planning and sue doherty, manager of policy and long range planning. tim? >> great. thank you, stacey and good afternoon. i'm tim doherty. i'm going to provide a little bit of an overview of the sfmta as an agency and i'll provide a quick overview of some of our traffic coning program as well as an overview of the district for mobility study and i'll wrap up my portion of the presentation talk about some preliminary findings getting back from our analysis of the transportation system which does indeed show that we do have some potential solutions for some of the issues that have popped up for many residences on the west side. but before i jump into that, next slide. i'll talk a little bit about the sfmta, we manage the
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city's ground transportation system, including the taxis, paratransit, our own muni system and we oversee the traffic and parking as well as pedestrian and bike facilities. we are truly a multimodal agency. these are a couple of our strategic plan goals that are relevant for our work along the great highway. goal one really emphasizes the need for safety for all users of the multimodal system and we have a desire to create a safer transportation experience for everyone. we strive to make transit and other sustainable modes of transportation the most atracksive and preferred means of travel. three is really about our work around the environment, health and climate goals and we strive to include the [inaudible] and environment in san francisco and the region. next slide?
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next slide. great. so we've been focused on traffics coke ton wes side for quite some time now. and i'll walk you through the high level elements. to back up a little bit, we worked with then supervisor katie tang on the great highway improvement program. that project started in 2018. at the tail end of 2020, we installed four speed cushion along the lower great highway at santiago, ortega and irving. that was an attempt to make this corridor more safer and more accessible for everyone who was trying to cross it in access some of the open space along our coast. when we turned into 2021, we were starting to get more concerns from residents in the outer sunset and in the richmond about the traffic conditions they were experiencing. we went tos the transportation authority in february of 2021 and secured $500,000 for a much more
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comprehensive and traffic calming program. first off, folks in the outer sunset were sharing with us that they were concerned. so we work to install 12 stop signss in strategic locations throughout the lower great highway and the map on this slide really depicts where we employed traffic calming measures. you can see the cumulative investments that we made to make sures that residents are safer and that everyone can move throughout the network in a safer manner. next slide? one of the other issues is given during covid, we have obviously placed some new
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signs, new detour signs and wanted to make sure that everyone was well aware of the traffic conditions in the outer sunset. is we went ahead and placed six digittal message signs in strategic locations, out by the panhandle, skyline boulevard south of here to really inform everyone of the current traffic conditions. so those were part of our sort of informational campaigns. next slide? as i mentioned earlier, cut through traffic was definitely an issue people were complaining about. so, to be responsive to that, we also installed up to 28 speed cushion and one speed table. you can think of these as speed bumps. they really slow traffic and divert traffic to alternative corridors and for us, one of the corridors where we were trying to nudge traffic to work corridors such as lincoln way, slope boulevard and sunset boulevard, all of
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those corridors have quite a bit of capacity and they're multilaned corridors which are much more preferable for traffic rather than these local streets. we reached out to our colleagues at san francisco police department and they were able to come out, especially on weekends to enforce some of existing traffic laws and cut down on some of the unsafe driving conditions that residents were experiencing. next slide. and our own parking control officers and the package of solutions. we brought them out, given -- especially on warm weekends in the spring to help with double parking given that they were experiencing this transformational open space. that is an overview of our coordinated to, strategic and immigrated traffic calming program that we've been
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bringing to the outer sunset. next slide. while we were doing the traffic calming, we were coordinating with our colleagues at the san francisco transportation authority. this was a study commissioned by supervisor marr prior to covid but with the temporary repurposing of the great highway there was a decision to decide how to improve mobility, health, economic vitality while addressing climate change in district four. i -- it was a study where five concepts were considered. i'll walk you through those now. concept one at the top, this envisions a returns to four lanes of traffic. concept two, this envisioned bringing a bike promenade to the ocean side and then bringing one lane of traffic in each direction on the two
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northbound lanes. this is grayed outs for a reason in part because it was deemed to be operationally challenging to remove the center median. concept three, this reflects today's current conditions where we have both lanes, all four lanes being used as a bicycle and pedestrian car-free coastal promenade. concept four, this is basically that condition confirm car-free coastal promenade. however, only utilized on weekends or perhaps on holiday periods. concept five is envisioned a bike ped facility on the ocean side and envisioned two lanes of southbound traffic on today's northbound lanes. this presents some operational challenges, especially when the great highway encounters lincoln way and slope boulevard as well as the fact that our current traffic signals are not configured for this arrangement.
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that is just a consideration for us as we go forward. the five concepts, the sftca is conducting operational analysis to better understand how these concepts would fit into the broader multimodal transportation system and also looked at the capital and operational costs of advancing these concepts. the district four mobility study had outreach conducted and i was during covid. there were two town halls focused on the great highway. one in novembers of 2020 and one in march of 2003. i reped m.t.a. at both of those and there were a couple hundred participants in both of those. the study team administered a public survey and some of those results are shared here. the survey had about 4,000 respondents, 95% of those came from san francisco and there was good geographic coverage of individuals who took the survey. a couple findings overall,
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53% of survey responders supported the maintenance of a car-free coastal promenade. when we look ed at the results for residents in the sunset, that was a similar trend with just over half supporting the car-free promenade. however, richmond residents were more supportive of the roadway being converted back to a four-lane roadway. next slide. so along with our traffic calming, we've been very much focused on monitoring and evaluating the very dynamic traffic conditions. and the covid pandemic has had significant impact on our abilities and mobility systems as well. everyone is aware that our transit system has experienced reductions in service. however, we're bringing that service back online, which is exciting. and also commute habits have changed significantly, especially with different school patterns. so one of things we have been
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focused on is really conducting deep technical analysis of the west side network because we acknowledge that with some of the temporary closures of roadways in golden gate park, our own slow street system and the great highway that we put some pressure on the roadway systemful and residences have shared their frustration with us. we wanted to have the baseline understanding of how the network itself is performing. and help us shed light on where there might be some solutions as well. to address the issues we're encountering. so, this map here, this is an origins and destinations map. this just helps us see it's about 30,000 net total trips that were occurring precovid. so our precovid period is september through november of 2019. all this data is collected through street light, which accesses individuals, anonymous navigational devices or cell phones so
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this information has been mapped spatially and helps us understand of all the trim0's curing in that period, where did they begin or end. where do they have an origin or destination that involved the great highway. you can see this is weekday on the left and weekend on the right. fairly similar trends here. what we see from this data is quite a bit of trips starting and ending in the richmond, which is reflexed with that sort of rust colored saturation in the richmond district but a fair number of trips down into the 101 corridor. so, you can sort of see role the role of the great highway is sort of supporting a perimeter travel along the north and south edge of the city of san francisco. next slide.
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we also wanted to better understand where did individuals using the great highway actually live? this data was pulled together and you can see similar trends that a lot of residences in the outer richmond are using the great highway. there is also a cluster of residents in the sunset and the northern outer sunset just south of golden gate park that also use the great highway. but this is helpful for us to kind of better understand what is the role of the great highway as it relates to our residents' mobilities. next slide. i often get this question. i think it was stated earlier. you know, precovid t great highway itself carried about 20,000 trips a day in both the north and south direction and many people ask me, hey, tim, where did those trip go? now that we're kind of coming out of covid. so, this map is really helpful and i'll walk you through it.
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so the map on the left, this is precovid conditionss in 2019. you can see that sort of dense, thick line along the highway. that is reflective of the trips that were occurring. the middle graphic, that is winter 2021 conditions. and you can see some of those lines have changed. you can see the chain of links which is a corridor through golden gate park. we see lincoln get thicker and sunset boulevard get thicker as well as skyline. the really important graofk note here is the map where it says net change where you see corridors in red. really red indicate that is that has seen a net increase in trips between those two time pers and any corridor in green is showing a decrease. so the key corridors where
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we're seeing more trip activity here, chain of lakes lincoln, sunset boulevard and skyline, which is there in the south and where we're seeing significant decrease in travel activity is the great highway extension. and that sort of thick, green line at the bottom left of this map. next slide? we also wanted to provide a little bit of context and look more holistically on the west side and since we know that residents are moving throughout the whole richmond and sunset and taking family members to appointments. we wanted to better understand how some of these temporary street changes were really are impactsing people's lives. so this just provides a little bit of context on the volumes moving through important corridors on the city's west side and i'll walk you through some of them just for context.
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if you look the middle line there says 21606 lanes. this reflexes sunset boulevard. this was precovid conditions and with so many vehicles were making that trip every day in that time period and you can see great highway itself, upper great highway about 17200 vehicles covering four lanes. the lower great highway there. 5200 vehicles. using two lanes. you can obviously see the thickest line there. that reflexes the volumes that were moving on 19th avenue, which is a very major north-south corridor for folks crossing the city. next slide. next again, this is winter 2021. you will see here, you know, a significant decline in some of these numbers across the network. and this is reflective of the very profound impacts upon our communities and also on our mobility systems.
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overall, you know, remember where we were in january. there was still quite a significant closure in effect and so that -- this map does reflect significant decreases in vehicle trips. next slide. so this is really -- this is a similar -- this is a net change map. this is really an important map to look at. corridors that are popping up in red are showing an increase between precovid and winter 2021t. two that are most important for us here, chain of lakes there, you can see as it cuts across the western terminus of golden gate park. about a 19% increase in vehicle volumes, which is about 2200 new trips a day. similarly, the western end of lincoln way, about a 38% increase far net total of 2700 a day.
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lower great highway does pop up here. and you can see the rest of the network is showing between 10% and 30% reductions, which is consistent with where our mobilities system was at the beginning of 2021. one thing to note and a hope that i have going forward, given the dynamic traffic chance exist throughout it
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there was still quite a significant closure in effect and so that -- this map does reflect significant decreases in vehicle trips. next slide. so this is really -- this is a similar -- this is a net change map. this is really an important map to look at. corridors that are popping up in red are showing an increase between precovid and winter 2021t. two that are most important for us here, chain of lakes there, you can see as it cuts across the western terminus of golden gate park. about a 19% increase in vehicle volumes, which is about 2200 new trips a day. similarly, the western end of lincoln way, about a 38% increase far net total of 2700 a day. lower great highway does pop up here. and you can see the rest of the network is showing between 10% and 30% reductions, which is consistent with where our mobilities system was at the beginning of 2021. one thing to note and a hope that i have going forward, given the dynamic traffic chance exist throughout it would probably be in our best interest to continue to monitor and evaluate how the network is responding as we move through the summer, as we move toward school re-opening. it would be in our best interest to closely monitor a very dynamic set of conditions out here. we've been doing some two specific manual counts at key locations in the outer sunset and we just got some of those numbers yesterday. at we are seeing traffic calming measures and also decreases in speeds. next slide? this looks at weekend conditions as well. you can see chain of lakes does continue to have some increased activity there between the two time pers. similar dons weekdays, but a little bit less. and this is meant to produce context. these major corridors, sunset and 19th avenue, these are primary corridors for north-south mobility. we have been given some of the coastal pressures that are playing out on the great highway, especially south of
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slope boulevard. next slide? sorry. yeah. this is my last slide. one of the most promising parts of this analysis that we've been conducting is we've been identifying where there are pain points in the network. where are we seeing a lot of congestion. residents are sharing feedback with us about delays they're experiencing. so this map depicts where we have initial locations and doing deeper technical work to understand what are the real problems and also how can we bring a tool box of solutions from the sfmta for near term, mid term and longer term solutions that can really allow motorists to move more seamlessly through the network while also safeguarding the safety of bicyclists and pedestrian and we're striving to find that balance here. two particular locations i'll draw your attention to. lincoln way at its western terminus. that was historically a t-intersection. it's now in an l-configuration. we went to public hearing on june 4 with proposed improvements here that would allow that intersection to function a little bit more optimally so motorists that might be heading southbound can get on to lincoln and make their trips south and making it easier for bicycles and pedestrians who might be coming from m.l.k., which is a bike temporary corridor and seamlessly accessing the great highway. really trying to improve and clean up that conversation for all users. chain of lakes has been an area where people have been concerned about congestion. we at m.t.a.s have funds to install a signal at lincoln and 41st.
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for anyone out there, this is an intersection when i get out there, it has a lot of conflict. it's confusing. i see people, you know, really hesitating in that intersection. i think we see real room for improvement at that intersection and we're also possibly explore motorists heading southbound to utilize m.l.k. and head on to sunset boulevard and head south. we're looking to bring these solutions forward and define, them with feedback in the public. i will just wrap up with that kind of fact that we do see there is a path here, some solutions that we can kind of bring to the table to support some of the transformational open space.
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i'm going to hand it off to my colleagues sarah joans who will walk us through the future opportunities. >> thank you so much, tim. so, here's the part of the presentation where we start talking about what's next and we're basically stacey's and my planning team expand to include all of you and whatever number of people we're going to be hearing from today and in the coming months. because we're going to be starting to talk about really planning in realtime on the ground about how to think about and move forward with what we have with highways. next slide, please. so, of course, you've heard a lot today and we've talked a lot about what's happened during covid and how we've sort of taken this chance and seen this reimagining and reuse of this space.
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it's given us a great view of how this has worked during an unprecedented condition that is not condition happily that we're going forward in. we don't haves a sense of how this might all work in a period of activity. and that is what we need to learn more about as we move forward. so essentially the default right now would be that if there is no action taken at all, once the emergency ends, at once state of emergency ends, this roadway would default to being a four-lane roadway and i think if you've taken anything from the presentation today, it's that rec park and m.t.a. and i think many people, you know, all across the city, would perhaps like to see something difference happening here. and that is something that we need to explore and work with
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in a period of activity. we need to see how the open space works and how much value it has. wi need to see what it really means for the transportation network and what it means for people trying to move around by all modes in doing this. and we need to have some really meaningful substantive conversations with the community about how it's working for them all together. next slide, please? some of the possibilitis that we want to hear from you about today and will go into our considerations as we think about an effort to move forward. we are considering and proposing and feeling that the best way to move forward is to design some kind of piloting effort where we work with, you know, full or
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partial car-free condition for great highway as we move into recovery. and we really closely evaluate what is happening with that and how that is working. as we dive into the possibility of defining what it would look like, we have a lot of things to consider about how that shaped. we need to think about does it cover both sides of the roadway or just one side of the roadway and then you have -- and then you have northbound traffic going on the other side. we need to think about whether to include that portion of great highway extension, that stacey mentioned, that is going to be closed in 2023. so, do we start mapping this in and out a way that is looking ahead to that future condition. [please stand by] [please stand by]
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. . . . we can see how the heaviest travel times are affected. but these are all areas to consider to two about their lives boast covid. another thing is the duration of this effort and we think that it's really important that you
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have a full chunk of time for evaluation and for outreach. so that would be really looking at what happens over a full-year cycle. and with a lot of reporting back and discussion and the to have the time to pull together a solid proposal for moving forward as a long-term solution. what should we be measuring to make conclusions about whether this is successful and open space and how it is affecting people and is quantitative and
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qualitative. community engagement is a huge part of this for designing -- >> sorry, sarah. if you could make sure you are on mute. i think i heard one of the wonderful cantonese interpreters maybe not on mute. thank you. >> community engagement for designing a pilot effort itself and during any kind of piloting, we see a pilot as a way to engage the community in real time and have an ongoing conversation where we see instead of speculating and in terms of how to best connect with people. and one particular area is emores nowly exciting about this whole opportunity and to pull
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into community engagement would be really how to make this a great opportunity to open up access for people with disability to the ocean. and so we need to be talking to that community in order to really understand what the project that does open up access looks like. and so we're thinking about a broad program and a lot of ideas. definitely want to hear what would work best around that. next slide please. so finally, of course, everybody, of course, would want to know what the timeline looks like. and what the steps are for getting from where we are right now to making a decision about a pilot. as stacy mentioned at the beginning of the hearing today, or at the beginning of the presentation, the great highway is under the jurisdiction to have recreation and parks
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department. and any decision about the use and any legislation of the use is in the hands of the board of supervisors. and so what we're talking about here is how to pull together a recommendation to bring forward to that body of the body of san francisco. what we are doing in the month of june and before this is gathering information and input. obviously one of the key inputs is happening in this hearings and the join us going agencies with the partner agencies. and to have a proposal and all
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the pieces that we were talking about. and our intent is to come back to all of you with a proposed pilot for you to consider and take a voes on before we go forward to the board of supervisors. which is what would happen where we are looking to fall for the timeline of that. let's look at that timeline moving forward. next slide please. and stop here right now and stop talking at you, but first i want to say thank you to what has been an incredible staff team working on this. and from the the recreations and pulled together at sfmta and tim
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and a great partnership on this division and great partners outside of both of the agencys. i want to say thanks for getting here today. to open up a lot of questions and to your benefit and to the public to hear what the questions are and explain things further before we go into public comment. i will be emceeking that time and love to hear from you. and we'll call join in and answer them including nicole bone from the mayor of office of disability to get some answers around any disability access questions as well. thanks a lot.
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>> thanks, sarah. i wanted to, and haven't quite had the opportunity to discuss that small detail of having a discussion before public comment. i did see director akin wanted to say something. i do appreciate that some folks may want to make some clarifying questions that would be helpful before public comment, but i want to cautious us to not have a full discussion. there are lots of folks who are waiting. and i don't want to make them wait any longer. and before we even go to that bit of discussion, i want to remind folks that there may have been some confusion about where to find this on sfgovtv. if you go to sfgovtv, it is actually fairly straightforward to get to it if you click watch. that is the only place you have to click is on the top, watch, and there is a link to our meeting right there.
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we are just not on the main channel one or two. i have emailed that out to every single person that reached out to us already and tweeted on various twitters. so if there's any questions about how to watch this. but otherwise, we leave it to any folks who want to clak clarifying questions and leave it to the vice chair for public comment. >> thank you for that. as as ashley just said, i want to clarify this part about the discussion and old the discussion for post public comment. we do want to get to that. if i could do that and try to help support and manage that. and to please can ask you to
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focus. >> u an i will ask one question now to hear you. one of the main concerns we have heard from residents who are not in favor of continuing with the closure is the amount of traffic. i thought the slides you showed with the traffic on train of lakes and other places were really helpful. i wonder if you can help us as board members to think about traffic experience pre-pandemic and in other starts of the city and how challenging it is to accommodate graphic in that presentation. >> slide 131. >> just one second.
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>> i will start that question. it is really hard to understand traffic context and traffic experience. and i think to a certain degree the numbers really to drive around the city. the west side with the context of the city as a whole, it is by far not an area that experienced a lot of congestion. and while you see that on the
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slide, perfect timing. that if you could go to the next or theth avenue and that is the only roadway and that is the only one that kind of rises to that level of having enough
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congestion report from 2019 and that is that is from 65,000 cars per day on weekdays and that is operating what is considered a good level of service and is more challenging now with the construction and operating well as of 2019. and by comparison, every mayor road in district six through soma and the tenderloin is on the con great depression management network and is showing up at what is called
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level of service e or f which basically means that are kind of a nightmare. i say that by comparison that this is not overall the to the east side and subject to safety and environmental impacts of traffic. and so we are definitely sensitive to the bottlenecks that would occur from people needing to move around the west side in another way. but that is where we're coming to the conclusion that it does feel like there's capacity
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there. >> thank you, sarah. thank you for dropping your names in the chat. and in this order we will go director brinkman, director lay, director heinz and director brinkman, plead. >> thank you very much and really answered for most of the questions that i had about the process and one thing i don't know if we looked at is what we anticipate the visitation numbers on the great highway during the pilot program to be -- if we adopt a pilot program -- when tourists start returning to san francisco, wondering if we have until idea how much of an attraction that will be for the tourist population when they come back. >> thank you. i think that is definitely a colleague at rec park. >> thanks, director brinkman and
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we just don't know net and one of the issues to identify and residents towards rp cha eye and all big of a destination this will be. >> thank you. director lai. >> great. thank you so much. so i think my one question that i'll ask to use my time judicially here is sort of related to director eaken's question around the traffic impasse as mta and whatever the highest directives is to operating well and attractive option.
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and so could staff please speak about how we could plan for supporting this? if we do continue with the pilot and thought about the transit service and do we have resources for that? we are thinking about accessing this destination and thinking about bringing back transit service overall. the west side is an important place for that. and the big thing that is happening come august is schools will be back in session. that is a huge and incredibly important travel need for us. and many, many schools on the west side where the students and families rely on transit. at this point in time the lines
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on the the west side and on the west side, there are several lines that aren't running. a key line the operating headlines and east-west lines are also operating pretty frequently at this point. as well as we've returned rail service on the n. >> sarah, let me jump from there and almost all the critical north-south teams that run up to the and as we complete muni restoration on the west side, we are looking at significant
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upgrades to north-south transit on the west side. sarah jones mentioned upgrades through 29 and the idea of a 29 rapid and we are looking for resources to advance that. and the other thing is for the one of the witness and so we recognize that particularly for people in the outer rich and we goe to key hubs like kleed p and shows those those are all investments folding into our connect sf programming.
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i believe that students and which is do we have data specifically to show any impact positive or negative on the traffic calming that we've, a., already done anded and for some of the pint pinch points mentioned earlier.
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could you be brief and what if there traffic coming and may be in the works if we move forward with that area. and and including the data collection and tom r you hear? so there were two questions there and one about pinch points in the network and one about the impact of traffic calming. the key bifrj point from the network and i think these are best illustrated by pulling up slight 28. and with the the traffic calming
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and is so key to the network functioning properly with a pinch point at lib con and great highway. and in the from the to reinforce north-south to the sunset. we are working with the district four supervisors office on the intersection of sloden and skyline. and that is where traffic from how it used to work into the north-south grid.
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we are looking at the potential opportunities with chain of lakes drive by creating a with the safe mlk-j.f.k. connection. those are the key pinch points and how to address them. as for the effect of the traffic calming, perhaps the best way --
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i want to direct us to the right slide here. to slide two with the the outer most and with details here and to have # # reports that they are pleased with the efforts and is there anything we know about the average speeds dropping yet? is it too soon to say? >> we have numbers out and all
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are showing a reduction in speed. and with the and to move to public comment after this comment. >> and thank you, president mcdonald. i agree with director brinkman by stacy, tim, and sarah.
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and a question and the studies on the great highway. and i think it would benefit the viewers, listeningers and definitely me in particular to go over that again to how that numbers. and we that time. and interested in technology. from that area. and and like that and i can take a first stab and street light is a vendor who is able to access navigation devices. so any sort of cell phone device or devices in individual cars that might be using g.p.s. and
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they make that anonymous and nobody's identity is associated with any information. it is a helpful tool to with special understanding of that data itself. and am joined by the usage and development of the data on a
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month or several months time span. to go to precovid conditions and the bluegrass traveling to and from the great highway and where they have gone in the post pandemic condition which was the most recent data that was available from january to march as mentioned with several months
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and thank you so much for your patience and to repeat the constructions and one minute and that is a lot of piem and prior to today and with the concerns from the public and so from the underscore and underscore on behalf of the commission that we are committed to determining whether to do a pilot project. we haven't decided to do a pilot project and all the input will factor into what will get weight at a future point. and one underscore isn't on the part of the commission and there is not a foregone conclusion
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having been determined. thanks for leaning into the process and we look forward to hearing from you. ashley, final instructions? >> just as a reminder if you are on the line, and you can hear me, if you are on the main english line that most of you are on, all you need to do is press star 3 to be added to the queue to speak and you will be notified when you are in line and waiting. you will be waiting when you are unmuted. if the line says you are unmuted, you don't have to acan you hear me? that will avoid that and we will let you know if we cannot hear you for some reason. if you are on one of the other language line, go ahead and keep listening if. if you would like to make a comment, hang up that line and dial into the english garage line to make a comment. and i will read that number one more time. dial 415-655-0001 and the
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access code for the english line which is also the line to ask or to make a comment is 187 147 3320. and there should be a one-minute timer on the screen if you are watching. it is okay if you are not watching. i will tell you when your time is up. i will try not to cut you off mid sentence, but i will cut you off at some point if you go too far over. and state your name at the beginning of the comment if you are so inclined. >> one other message to have the public know that they weigh in and around the potential moving forward with the pilot, and the final decision will be made by the board of supervisors with
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the setting context. >> before we go to the line. director of the mayor's office who would like to >> i want to thank about the amount of attention given to this conversation. and should the pilot move forward. one of the things we have heard very clearly as part of the covid response is that and conversations and not the most opportune moment in the conversation. we have an opportunity here.
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the other thing to emphasize in a pilot like this, people with disabilities would benefit from seeing themselves and seeing opportunities that the more that our community sees ourselves with disabilities in an equitable way t more likely we can encourage people to participate in all of the different kind of opportunities that our city has to offer. so we really have an opportunity to do this in a meaningful and good way. so let's proceed with that so we
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can really uphold the values of equity that i know that we all hold so important. thank you very much. >> thank you. i don't see anyone from the and
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in fact, about 80% of all san franciscans support some formal promenade and is important to point out and and to go to kid and with the comprise with the the following and to impure the agencies with the with a score
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of access to city parks and recreation areas. and every resident living within a 10 minute or half mile walk of a park, something no other major u.s. city can claim. on the other hand, the transportation analyst firm published at san francisco place fifth worth traffic in the world and third worse in the nation topping the l.a. traffic. we need another highway to open more than we need a park. thank you. >> next speaker. >> caller: i have a new comments and one, i wish people would call it what the bicycle coalition calls it the great highway and not bikeway.
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and motorized scooters are okay, but not vehicles. three, this is discriminatory to those who can't afford expensive bikes or traverse them to the west side. four t traffic is horrendous. fifth, the commission may not have made any decisions, but it's very clear that mr. tumlin and mr. ginsburg are in favor of not having an open great highway. in fact, they have been called on the fact that they have actually put their department on some of the signage to promote the open space. the bike coalition is really too powerful. as a 36-year resident of 48th avenue and i just remember what used to be critical mass on
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friday which tour up downtown san francisco -- >> thank you. that is your time. i'm sorry. your time is up. >> i have 34 seconds it say. >> no. that is a delay -- i'm sorry, that is the delay you are probably seeing from the live version and the audio. >> caller: i am peter belden. i live in petrero hill and am a parent of two kid and appreciate the hearing today and urge you to keep the great highway open for people to walk and bike and enjoy and parks and critical space and the staff presentation noted that it is a critical connect with sustainable modes of transit. it is one of the few places where i think a pair of as a parent we can feel safe with our kids riding unsuperviseed.
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we were thrilled of a birthday party to ride up and down and unique supervision and is a unique opportunity in the city. >> thank, speaker. >> hello. my name is howard levitt and i am a 45-year resident of san francisco valley and a frequent recreation user of the great highway corridor and especially since they are closed to traffic due to covid. and one thing that's a cured to me is time and time again is watch people grieve deeply, decompress, and recenter themselves just enjoying that recreation experience. i strongly support concept three
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which is closing all four lanes to prafk. and i think the question would be it is hard to imagine that anyone would have proper planning to suggest that the great highway corridor is the highest and best use of that corridor would be to move traffic. i think as the prime open space and ocean front open space and it needs to be recreation space. i dearly salute the work of sfmta and recreation park and staff and commission and boards. thank you. please keep it open. awe thank you. next speaker. hello, is anyone there?
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>> caller: sorry. the campaign to keep the upper great highway closed repeatedly misrepresents the benefits of closure and sales to acknowledge the hardship. and rely on the great highway to get to work, take their kids to school or after school events or visit families on the peninsula. the numbers in terms of sfmta monthly highway shutdown are highly suspect. and there is no evident that there is any data to compare before the covid shutdown and creating further suspicion and what we know is that the sfmta rec and park closed down the road at the guise of the temporary shutdown. then they conducted woefully inadequate polling to shore up their agenda. now it sounds like the sfmta wants to keep the roads closed
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for another year. and >> we will have to end your time. sorry about that. next speaker. >> hi there. i am a resident of the sunset and i am in district seven and with the lower grade highway and scooter and bike. and i want to commend the commission for the thoughtful approach. to this project. and it looks like the data is
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really showing that with a great service to the community and the traffic calming. i have seen definitely improvement in the frequency and san francisco that has to the highway. and improvements in perceived safety there. and i wanted to point out that the great highway is an incredible gift. and i have seen for myself the great spaces that have been made possible with slow streets. and it is a basketball game. but i have also seen a lot of ignorance around the benefit. and i have seen a lot of downed signs. >> your time is up. >> next speaker. >> thank you for the community to comment. >> i am a resident with the
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first district in support of keeping the great highway a great walkway. i was interested to see that the analysis that the existing roads are not considered congested. and i support the pilot project for two years and preferably with a four lane for walks and to emphasize is limited and people will find new ways to improve and that it will be something much better. that is something to think about is future use which is will benefit the whole city. thank you very much.
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>> caller: good afternoon, commissioners. with the park area and we want all the closures last year. and the closure to the great highway and side streets and created traffic congestion on sunset boulevard, 19th avenue, 25th avenue, lindsey way, and 45th avenue and from that park and so many more. the so-called regardless of common measures that no one has considered. with the reopening and traffic
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is nothing better than increase the problems and will get worse. and small businesses like myself with good paying jobs in silicon valley will have a lot in tax and from ocean beach to the highway and block the reopening of all four lanes of the highway. >> your time is up. next speaker. >> caller: thank you. to the chair of joint boards and the pronouns are she and her. i advocate for a car-free great highway. i am a person with disabilities and i travel regionally and beyond the city of san francisco
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to enjoy more lanes of highway. and when you reduce lanes of highway, you have less cars. the more cars you introduce to the space, the more likelihood that people could get hit for cars and i advocate for the great highway to be car free so people can walk and bike and enjoy it just as i as a person with disabilities walk and might use a bike fair. thank you for this presentation. again, i believe a car free highway is best for fran not just enjoyed by city residents and regional visitors and tourists from around the world. thank you very much. >> next speaker. >> caller: good afternoon. i am in full support of a car free great highway seven days a
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week. and san francisco has set lofty goals and 80% of the trips in in the city should be by means other than driving, but when it comes up to living to the goals, we all too often fall wildly short. the great walkway is an opportunity to live up to these goals. and i didn't have a lot of places to go as a kid without being driven there. and i have been amazing at the taking advantage and given space and fun independence to san francisco's kids and grown-ups during an isolating and tough year and we have to keep that. i hope we can keep the great highway open to people.
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>> next speaker. >> caller: i am disgusted by the unaddressed an pervasive bias in the presentations concerning excluding people in cars from the great highway. can we trust the same organizations to run an objective pilot project? the district for mobility study which fundamentally flawed and with the questions biassed and one example that clipped the right of way with the roadbed to detriment. and director tumlin calls peoplewalking and biking just that, but he talks about cars and vehicles. this is about closing the road and keeping it closed to people in cars. the question is, can we trust any conclusion to come from a
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study or need to find an independent third party to proceed. >> next speaker. >> hello. my name is richard laughlin and i am glad that the staff talked about the chain, but they missed two important point. the chain of lakes intersection with jfshg and mlk which are dangerous intersections and all bicyclists don't stop at the intersection. and the study shows a tremendous increase in the traffic on chain of lakes. as somebody who observes it, it comes from the commuters and the staff needs to reach out to the v.a. hospital on 45th and clement. and i assume all of commuters or most of them are from the v.a. a friend of mine came up with an
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idea for a pilot study that the v.a. area. and you need to talk to the v.a. and support the shared roadway. and the city is for everybody and everybody can't walk or ride a bike. we all need to share the roadway and share the city. >> thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon. i am the executive director of rock san francisco and we advocate on behalf of everyone who walks in our city. i just can't believe the opportunity that is before you today as a big step to a more climate friendly and this is a future we don't have to brace for and is asking for a
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recommendation for the two year, 27 pilot which makes sense for that area and will be more complicated, expensive, confusing and potentially more dangerous. having a two-year pilot to improve traffic safety in district four with the solutions to get around and safeguarding the safety of people walking and biking. at the same time more people will have a chance to discover and experience any of the open site and open space. to give the area back to share what it will take to make the great highway a truly transforming public space that supports numerous city wide goals in simply a better city. >> thank you so much. >> next speaker. >> charlie perkins, sun set
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district. prepandemic, the great highway handled 18 to 20,000 cars every day. it is one of three main arteries through the sunset to divert to sunset avenue in lieu of the great highway with a three other aproechs and do not use 19th avenue and of the three routes we have the great highway closed. we have 19th avenue which drivers are told go somewhere else. and we have sunset boulevard which dead ends at golden gate park. that is kind of joseph heller bureaucracy at the very finest.
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the study that is touted was incredibly flawed. people were not told of the extreme 15 metric ton of greenhouse gases pumped into the atmosphere every day. and you are asked, do you want a new park by the beach? and of course, they said yes. >> thank you. next speaker. >> i'm sorry, speaker, i will stop you for a moment. it sounds to me like you are kind of distant. i don't know if -- i don't know if you are on the phone or far away from a phone. but we have to restart your time if you want to try it again. try to talk differently. >> i think paul, it sound like somebody has the audio on in the
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background. can we go to the next speaker. >> sure. i will come back to them later. >> thank you. this is barry and i work with taxicab drivers and the tourists in the impact on traffic and to take the air and the requirements too loosely and don't look at the impact with the impact on the ability to serve people and the outlying
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areas to get from veterans boulevard to the other parts of the person part of the city. and that is imperative to find some comprise where you allow for recreational use of the area being discussed as well as the ability to use it during peak traffic times. if you don't do that, all you will do is create problems for people to get to hospitals and for people to get to medical appointments and for others -- next speaker. >> thank you. >> i am calling to voice my support for the pilot and for keeping the great highway open for car or not for cars, just for people walking and on bikes.
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it will add to ten joiment of the community -- add to our enjoyment of the community. >> next speaker. it is kind of hard to talk about this with all the data and the concerns around traffic. and there is also people traffic. and not just cars. what you have created and what is created down there is the transformative space. we have an opportunity to be a global leader in the way we can think about spaces that didn't
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change because of climate change and the wildfire smoke. it is a magical space. i will keep listening to the meeting when i put this on my speaker and walk down there and enjoy it now. thank you. >> next speaker. >> this is patricia with the concerned residents and the great signers on and is a sham device with the bike coalition and ignores that and bear the dangerous consequences. and i believe a vary and equitable to cars during the
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week when there is limited use of the highway for recreation. and open for recreation on the weekends. that is suggested by supervisor mar. the selfish proponents for a pilot of a 27 closure have no compassion or recognition to keep the practically empty highway during the week causes more greenhouse gases, great stress and increased lack of safety for thousands of commuters and residents alike. further more, it is too soon after the pandemic to make sheez decision. >> next speaker. >> next speaker, are you there?
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>> i am a resident of the sunset and i am speaking to you as somebody who owns a car and drives a car. and i am wholeheartedly in favor of keeping the great highway closed to cars. do not give my car access. i have experienced the true joy of watching my child learn to ride a bicycle which for those of children know the imagine of watching a child learn and enjoy and has mentioned how beautiful it is.
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and with the space to remain car free 24/7 and commuter traffic and and from that area. >> good afternoon. my name is jean barrish, a richmond district resident and member of the board of association for sensible transportation issues. both planning transportation urge you to reopen the great highway until a full environmental review has been conducted. with the great highway and and with the highway return to full
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use and after that will be a pilot project with the closureover the great highway and default position of a four-lane roadway, not a walk way with the effect before a pilot study and is good science and good poll ti. thank you. >> just a reminder to folks if you want to speak and you have one minute. there is a slight delay to what you are hearing from sfgovtv and watching that time on your own tv isn't going to work. you may want to time yourself for a minute if you can, otherwise you will probably be
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muted and we do apologize for that. next speaker. >> caller: i am a san francisco native. i grew up near ocean beach and live in the sunset. as someone who drives a lot for work, i was o opposed to a car free highway and close my work and i saw instain speeding in the neighborhood. but a complete change of heart when i walked it last weekend. i went with my godson and friend and two dogs. it was amazing. i have been thinking how this is wonderful for people who use wheelchairs and can enjoy the whole beach. and i know that speed bumps have been added to the street
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adjacent to the great highway which seemed to have slowed speeding drivers. thank you. >> caller: my name is you judy and i live across the street and this is a block that has taken all the northbound devoted traffic that is not letting up. this pilot program should be done with the great highway open to traffic. if you're going to do it because it is no longer an emergency. this needs to be studydyed at full capacity. we have suffered through this
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sudden closure and are 100% residential parallel street and no accidents by cars in 2018 or 2019 and only one accident and this has always been a multi-use highways. there is no need to ban cars from it. awe thank you. your time is up. >> next speaker. >> caller: keep the walk-bike free and don't let a $20,000 car is the symbol of the working class and a $1,000 bikeway is for the elite. it is open to people of all ages and in the face of the pedestrian fatality crisis, this
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is what we need. travel and essential trips have been mentioned repeatedly. please don't con flate travel with car travel. access is adequate for the most destructive, polluting and expensive mode of transit. thank you. >> next speaker. i like to bring up the negative implications and closed to the walkway and trash strewn about beaches and people leave the party trash next to the great highway and bums in the dunes and from the western part of the si. and we can come to a comprise with the great highway and not just cars or people, we would be better off. and the pilot program is not a
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good idea and the gather data and the data you are using now is skewed and inaccurate. thank you so much. >> next speaker. >> thank you. i appreciate the work and i live in petrero hill and to experience a new course over the last year. and totally transformed the space and from the east side of the limit. and to worry about getting hit by cars which is not happening to me there and has happened to me before. it did not make it worth it. and many of us are able to enjoy it now.
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and i can sympathize with people for whom it is harder to get around. and i have in the past found it convenient to drive and the trade-off is totally wot it for me. i am willing to go out of the way if it means san francisco has a completely wonderful open water space. and i urge the two committees to pursue the option that keeps all lanes of the great highway closed to cars 24/7. >> thank you. next speaker. >> my name is melissa. i am a resident of district four for many years. and i just wanted to advocate for keeping the highway open to frans 24/7 for the pilot program.
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i have never felt more connect and i visited shops and restaurants an store and i never would have had it not been for the highway closure and walking by them every day. kids have learned how to ride bikes and roller blade and draw with chalk, adults safely gather, art installations and a safer way to access the beach. and to force the hand on the highway as it has already done with the extension and to remake this area of highway into something sustainable and overall wonderful for our community. thank you. >> next speaker. >> good afternoon. my name is michael crofton and i am in the outer richmond district. i believe the great highway should be reopen and i am opposed to the continued closure of the highway including any
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pilot project to study the closure. it has very limited benefits to comparatively few recreational users. and the average of 20,000 citizens per day use the great highway for the pandemic. there is the go to with in-person instruction in the fall to goalen gate park and to go to the next two years that is the worst time to close the major thoroughfare and that the
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alternative and please reopen the great highway. thank you for your time. >> i am here on behalf of the members for the to support the 24/7 closure with the amazing visitors that is beyond the regional streets with a new 17-acre park to bike and walk and from the core of it all, it
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can not sustain a four-lane roadway. and we cannot build back the students and i am an urban planner and to use the transportation system for dividing, developing, and improves the environment. and to incorporate into regular short range and long-range planning activities and not required traffic carriers for pedestrian use. and so as a commuter myself,
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what is with sfmta is other alternatives for the highway to serve the north-south connection. personally i drive on sunset boulevard at capacity and a lot of other roads to figure out a better transportation system than the one we are experienced right now. i urge the board to consider this is an incredible resource for the all the reasons people have listed so far. thank you for holding this listening session. and i urge you to do your part in keeping the waterfront who is a block away from the great highway. and grew up in the sunset and people said a lot about keeping that open. as somebody who walked the great
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highway and the changes. it's been remarkable. and i urge you to keep it closed to do the pilot program and i drive and work in the peninsula and so what i have done is changed my traffic pattern and gone down sunset boulevard and i think it's worth the trade off to see to see everybody enjoying the beach. and how much more impact on the beach is people going out there and enjoying it. and one solution is to time sunset boulevard. it used to be timed. it used to be a great way to get to the peninsula. that's changed lately. maybe the m.t.a. can include in the studies about a way to make sunset boulevard more important to get down to the area where people are driving. that is a great alternative to keep the great highway closed.
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>> i strongly support gate keeping the great walkway closed to cars seven days a week. the personal main mode of transportation is the bicycle. cars are very expensive to own. so i find them on that area. and having a space to bike and do not feel safe on busy streets and cars. and to walk and relax on the great highway. and over the summer it was incredibly special to see the community taking advantage of the space and protests and grarj large gatherings. this is a great opportunity to improve the quality of life and
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connection that is such a wonderful, magical space. i would be so very sad to see it be unsafe to use. thank you. >> next speaker. >> hello. my name is carol and i have a degenerative disease that's made it harder for me to walk. earlier this year i turned 80 and thought, that is it. i am just an 80-year-old lady who stumbles around. the stimulus checks arrived and i could buy myself with a sports cart and mobility scooter, but i had to learn how to ride it. san francisco hills are just not the best place for that. i go out the front door with the choice of uphill or downhill. we took it out to the great highway and got on it and slowly moved forward testing the acceleration and the braking and turning. people out walking waved and smiled. and there i was at the edge of san francisco and the pacific ocean. just floating along.
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it was more than getting my life back. it was getting the san francisco that i used to love back. and people ask me what i call the travel scoot and i just named her the little schooler that could. or la petit for short. please keep the great walkway closed to cars so others can have the san francisco area. >> i didn't mean to cut the next speaker off and just to make a quick announcement that if you do want to watch, we are now on channel 1 of sfgovtv or live on cable channel 26. and some folks who are maybe tuned in later and didn't hear the first announcement that if you are watching and listening on the phone waiting to comment, there is a slight delay. you will want to turn the sound off of your tv or computer. and listen via the phone.
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and then it won't be so confusing between the two. what you are hearing on the phone is live. what you are seeing on the computer or the tv is about 30 second to a minute behind. next speaker. i support all four lanes of the highway and no lack of open space and from the field and marina boulevard and someone else here and with 220 parks in the cities. with the slowest point here with the pandemic and the high schools and lincoln and the elementary schools. traffic will increase and we
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rely on this great highway. we don't want the no left turns and sunset dead ends. this is ridiculous. >> next speaker. >> i am amy tanner. and i am the mother of a 14 and 11 year old. in the pandemic, my family traveled once a month to go along the great highway and the trips to the outer sunset and we visited coffee shops and
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restaurants and i think that i sympathize with traffic concerns and i know bad traffic. as a soccer mom, i have experienced the chain of lakes traffic jam, and they are not insurmountable. and almost the entire coastline has a highway next to it. let's take this opportunities to have unprecedented access to the california coastline. >> next speaker. >> before we start the time. i wanted a point of clarification and after each presentation there would be a minute for each speaker to talk. there were three presentations. and a lot of information given. do i get three minutes or one minute? >> commissioner mcdonald, do you want me to clarify? >> yes, please.
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>> please clarify. thank you. >> there were not three separate presentations. there was one presentation from several members of a team of city staff. and so you will have one minute of public comment and only one item on today's agenda. it is public comment on the one item. however, thousands of people have emailed us and all of those emails and letters go into the legislative file for this item and the commissioners and the directors all have access to those that way. i encourage you to reach out that way. go ahead and you will have one minute starting now. >> all right. thank you, everyone. thanks for the information. and good for that information on the ability study and the outcome and a resident of 48th avt knew and to oppose the permanent closure of the highway. not sure how we got to a
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narrative of how do we keep the highway closed. we were told that this was a temporary measure for a temporary situation. i really am proud of our city for what we have done in this pandemic and nearing herd immunity, but the traffic i have seen on the block alone is unsafe for my kids even playing on the sidewalk. there is people zipping down and going around the barriers that have been put up. the barriers are put up and there is a sign that says rose closed. i expect it. no cars are going to come from that way, but here they come. just a whack l whack-a-mole and not what i expect for planning staff with smart principals. >> caller: i am lisa church and
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thank you to the department and staff for this nortive presentation together as one of the best decks i have seen. i really appreciate that you are trying to reach out to people with many different opinions. i fully support the approval of the pilot project. and the concepts and they are all small pocket parks and nowhere to rock and ride and that is not honored by cars. there are cars on it all the time. so i look for places to go.
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each of us can take -- good afternoon. my name is susan fifer. i am a resident of the lower great highway on the sunset side. i literally between the outer sun set and outer parkside. i want to quickly say hello to my old friend ashley summers and fiona who i know on the committee. a couple of things and mta dragged the feet forever until finally there was an accident that kauszed the supervisor and i don't want the semi trailer to go by, but i can live with that.
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and is with the brunt of this and improvement there would be helpful. and a little extra trash removal on the weekends because there are crowds out here on beautiful days. but the view is spectacular. and ai am in favor of cleeping that closed. i don't want to see tour buses parked out here. thank you for the work. >> thank you. next speaker. >> caller: hi. this is renee. i am in otter park side by 45th. and our work and this is the work for the alternate to the great highway. i am against closing the four
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lanes permanently and there leads and open all four lanes because the neighbor has that become unsafe and traffic and we're closing down the side streets unnecessarily. and the end at lincoln and streets are closed down for bikeers and walkers that nobody is using half the time. in between streets and i support a permanent 24/7 closure and my husband and i almost got married on the walkway. i suggested we elope there, but my husband didn't want to get married in running clothes to we want to the botanical gardens.
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we recognized that other activists in the same way that there were a sanctuary for a city in crisis after the 1906 earthquake and thousands upon the walkway and in complete and 2021 alone has enjoyed the to go to where to goe and open for more opportunities than it closes. with the to and imagine this in
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2021 onto the beach and one of the safest and most popular car free spaces. traffic is a huge problem city wide. i agree that the traffic to reduce the car trips and the great walkway and drivers and sun set residents with the unpair'lled. -- is unparalleled.
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>> and to have all lanes car free. and the city declared the transit and with the traffic safety emergency. the only way is to take bold steps to reduce and this is not a bold step, but a small step and live with and, in fact, drive with this road to dishonor the commitment and the climate change. and it will show that we are all talk and no action. thank you. >> next speaker. >> my name is anna leary, a resident of the outer richmond. while i love walking here, this does not sound like a bold step
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for reducing car traffic. there is no substantial alternative to mitigate the effects of the great highway closure. i feel like this whole thing is so robert moses. the parks and rec, is this really not a foregone conclusion? because they are talking as if this pilot is a foregone conclusion. and it causes a dissonance in the public mind when it's presented like a foregone conclusion. i am totally against this and we need substantially better data collection and do it without covid pandemic restrictions going on. thank you so much for your time and your effort. >> next speaker. >> i am a member of the outer richmond. i didn't have the luxury of staying home during the
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pandemic. you closed the great highway without letting us know and closed mlk which is how we got to sunset without letting us know and i have to take this drive to get across the city. i have the option to take a bus and it would be two hours to get to the hospital and is very, very frustrating. thank you. >> a next speaker. >> i am a d1 resident and a d4 resident and also the vice chair of the bike advisory committee.
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to prioritize and the car free space and the pilot program to remind you that to drive and causes greenhouse gases, not open space and parks and with the public transportation and recommit to the climate zero goals. and thank you so much for taking this time to present this excellent presentation to us today. it is very important. i thank you for listening today. >> i am a sun set resident and i ride my bake with friend and family and their children along
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the great highway and is a wonderful experience. and if the decision is limited to cars or no cars, please, no cars. to be car free for weekends, that would be better than nothing. consider the benefits of the mental health and the great highway during sun set is a truly healing experience. the slow streets that take to get there are equally appreciated. >> i am calling with kid safe sf and the great park.
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and to support the zoo which was usually dangerous access to the house and we choose green travel to get to the zoo on week days. the half promenade, half bikeway will ruin this for kids. my small children are not 10 feet away from 40 miles per hour heavy machinery, full stop. i can't relax when the kids are not safe. >> right now we love hanging out on the lee side of the dunes away from wind and close to the smell and sounds of the pacific and visited several businesses more than ever before. and i am so excited to see a skate park and giant swings. >> thank you.
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>> caller: good afternoon, commissioners. i am calling in to speak in strong support of the closures cars and keeping this open to people. and i want to thank staff for their work with this great presentation. and a lot of people have made the points that i was already going to make but speaking from an environmental standpoint, we stand on the crux of a difficult decision which is always going to be hard. and going to be difficult to change hout to get around. and this is a decision to face no matter what we do due to the ongoing overreliance on the cars. we need a mix of sustainable changes that will be challenging. in this time we can make that hard choice when we can choose to do it and as opposed to waiting until it's more difficult and forced upon us.
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i hope that we have that vision as a city. >> next speaker. awe>> caller: i live in bruno heights, district nine. i am 66 years old and i live with injuries i sustained being run over by an muni bus 16-year-old while cycling hope. thankfully pike lanes are being planned for there. and the car creek highway is on par with the embarcadero freeway. and showing that a disaster can have a sill veer lining. and is to have people from all areas and safely riding bikes, trikes, and training wheels and
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wheelchairs with the walkers, jogging, and skipping, and even dancing in the streets. i hope you will consider how the city has improved the physical and mental health of san franciscans. i strongly support the 24. seven highway program. thank you. >> i live in north beach. >> i strongly support concept 3. having a car free great highway is a great concept. i am out there troebl about once a week on average these days an gets to support local businesses in the outer sunset. and i might not be there otherwise. the other thing is climate
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change due to cars and to go to the open space and it will be a real shame and a loss to the city and to please don't do that. thanks. bye. >> next speaker. >> before i start the comment, can you please let people on the line know how many more people are in the queue. >> yes, paul. can you let us know. we have 129 people on the webex call and 95 hands raise and we have already acknowledged 20 of them, so i think that leaves a total of 75 remaining. including you. >> thank you so much. >> can you restart the time. >> let's get started. >> hello. i am dan and a car free resident of district five. i support the four-lane full
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promenade 24/7. the great walkway is the safest north-south bike route and is great for both commuters and people who want to explore the city. and i use this walk way in ways i wouldn't be able to patronize as well. in the transit first city, 95% of the public road space prioritizes private vehicles. let's reclaim some of the space for people with the great walkway. keep this open for people and not for cars. thank you. next speaker. >> i am wondering how many of the 200 people who signed the petition so far to open the great highway were able to get into the meeting today due to the confusion. i am wondering have you listened to yourself explaining how many
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hoops you have to jump through to deal with a problem before you closed the great highway. no one has mentioned the problems emergency vehicles are having getting to their destinations since the closure of the street has the increased the response time. how many jobs are being created for consultants with these projects and how much money, time, and effort are these departments spending to fix the problem that did not exist until you closed the great highway? the cheapest, fastest, easiest way to cause a problem is to open the great highway. thank you. >> next speaker. >> hi, my name is pam. i am in the outer richmond, and i am -- sorry? hello?
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>> i think there was some feedback. go ahead and start over. >> caller: okay. i don't have my computer on. thank you. my name is pam and i am an outer richmond district resident of san francisco for 30 years. i strongly oppose imposing any of the conditional closings. the highway will need to remain open. i resent the way that the commission and other members of the city organizations have really snuck this under the rope to us. and it seems like you wonder around and every day another street closed and is like you are being penned in to the outer richmond. i also really object to the way that people are referring to cars as vehicles instead of people in vehicles. the roadway needs to remain open
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to people in vehicles. i am a driver, a user of all types of transportation and even a supporter of critical mass. i would get out and support them. and i am a progressive who realizes that cars are really important for a lot of people unfortunately. i would also argue that there will be more carbon emission by cars sitling and idling and stopping and starting going through chain of lakes than idling through and coasting at 32 miles per hour down great highway. there are already -- >> caller: hi. this is joe miller. i live in the outer sunset. i am a native san franciscan. and my whole life and live at 45th and to accept me to
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paradise and children, bikes, skate borders, old, young t sound of laughter and people with stress free block. and the great highway which is a lonely target and we now have a roadway and that the people can return. >> next speaker. speaker, you are on. can you hear us? >> caller: yes. i can hear you. i spend a lot of time out on the streets of stran.
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is a treasure and a vision of what the future problem people say's the crow and to have them and a lot of driving problems becaused by people who drive. we all need to telling people to stop driving everywhere. i get this junction and people are used to driving and need to downgrade the city of cars and and including for everyone. like that 80-year-old woman who beautifully talked about using a mobile device on the great highway. with the people of the city and don't look back.
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>> next speaker. >> caller: hi, can you hear me? >> yes. i am patrick and the residents and the car free great highway and urge you to adopt the promenade option and to make a full-time vaccination and both my partner and i travel around san francisco by biking and walking and use the great highway corridor to travel and many other tricks not just recreation. and in the path that is poorly paved. with performances and other
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things that can happen on the great highway. the project is one of the most visible and advance city wide goals. >> caller: the outer richmond for 25 years. and the surest way to kill something is to be a proponent. that is what this pilot is and is hoping against hope that by somehow magic there will be less traffic in the city and to be able to be keeping it closed. any study conducted in the
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pandemic is the research is suspect and a 38% increase in the chain over lakes road. that is not just a problem with pinch points but a tiny, two-lane road through some of the most serene parks and we are proposing, what? putting traffic signals and many stop signs for pedestrians inside the park. to reroute affect around mlk and which about driving traffic into golden gate park.
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>> caller: i want to strongly encourage you to keep the great highway hurp closed to traffic. what started a z an a covid related measure is one of the best places to be in the sunset. i'm a runner and having a wide space to run and running lights and taking turns too quickly makes a huge difference. my husband and i also bike and found the great highway open to cars to be far to dangerous to break down. and from the pike lane from the path and this is a successful place for all peek in the with
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the neighborhood and the all ages spending time enjoying the ocean. >> there has been a broadcast in print media blitz on this issue and is overwhelmingly one sided. the proposed great walkway seems to be the proposed great bikeway with bikes on the roadway and pedestrians on the foot paths. and as the to be separated and a different methodology designed to reflect that will be primarily used by bikes. ocean beach is 50% of the time and kindz with get up to 25 miles per hour or more.
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these are cross winds which can affect bikes and blow sand to the roadway and is the proposal a credible project that stands on its own merit? or is this about a fundamentally connected group to demonstrate the political prowess? >> thank you. next speaker. >> i am a senior and 40-year resident of san francisco and raised two children here in san francisco. we are now raising children here and we all bike every day. and we have been a biking community for 20 years. and i still ride a bike every day. i hope we have learned from the pandemic that some change is required for all of us to have a better city. we used to take the five minutes or 10 minutes to get to north
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beach from my house in the mission. now it takes four to five times, but i am not complain. it doesn't mean we have more roads but we have to find challenges for the transportation system and how to resolve them. and let's support this private program on a permanent opportunity to allow families, walkers, biker, roller skater, and all those not in cars to use this tremendous city asset. thank you for your records. >> thank you. next speaker. >> hi. i would like to know if any of the commission lives out in this area. i live in the outer richmond. and i don't think anyone understands how difficult it is to get around. how much more traffic and the children on their bikes and the avenues out here are in danger and walking and crossing across
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north-south. the transit with years to figure out north and south and here and you haven't, to close the great highway is not a good option. nor it is a walkway. this is sandy, windy, cold. and kids are not out on the beaks and yet they will be. this is just dangerous to the neighborhoods and, walkway, and shared cars and biked walkway and the highway. the highway need to remain open. thank you. >> next speaker. >> my neighbor is jab and a
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multi-moto community and in rentals to get around the city. i am familiar with the transportation challenges. and i use the great walkway as the that i ls and i have plenty of every others that i can drive on when i need to take my car somewhere in the city. and before the great highway closed tos, and i appreciate the highway impact measures saken to and and to have a safe, car-fee space. a pilot will give accurate data on full disclosure to impact
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covid conditions rather than partial, incompleept rfs >> my martin munoz. and thank you and and i want to talk about the urgency of the climate change. and of san franciscans, we should be leaders. the fact that we are having this debate about one stretch of road that is constantly covered in sand and has to be closed one month out of every year and brought so much joy to so many people. the fact that we are debating this doesn't show the level of urgency that we have. there are thousands for drivers
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and to people with disabilities who are now able to enjoy the great hawkway. and i am asking the question to show what a transformative vegs for the future looks like. >> thank you. >> caller: hell hoe? >> hi, you are on. >> caller: great, thank you and in the outer sunset. this itmentable and and cars racing up and down pause people are frantic to get to where they need to go. it is hurting people in a way
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that is not near and the other agent aand the real shame for me is that seems to me there are comprises. we have forgotten that comprise is possible or are we going to act like donald trump? my way or the highway literally. the comprise could be having half of it open for bikes and pedestrians and the other half for cars. people want what and you are and open across the outer sunset and people can use 41st avenue as far as they want to go. and instead they want to use the great highway -- >> thank you. >> good afternoon, everyone. i like to make two points. one, someone asked and asked
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about an anonymous topic. i was a tour guide when i was in school, and and that is the impact it and number one this week, i didn't meet one tourist who didn't want to drive on the great highway to see an ocean they travel sod far to see. okay. and also the essential work that tourism promo pro paul ryan and i know a social worker who sent fire victims in sonoma and is compelled to drive from san mateo and on the great highway. think about that once. thank you very much.
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>> next speaker. >> hello. i am mara lewis and an and i alt care and she uses a walker. she loves the beach. she cannot use the beach. we can neat rn and it's been closed to o and parking and and good for those what was and those who drive cars are not evil or narcissistic or selfish. i am passionate about koeal environmental changes and volunteer at the marine center. however, we are not thought this through. we need to understand the complete impact, the mental
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impact, not only of the people who are enjoying the closed great highway, but those who are stuck for 45 minutes on the chain of lakes. these people are the runs who have gotten us through the pan emic and and we need to support those who want to work. >> caller: hello? >> clerk: hi, we can hear you. student student in the pie i won't recommend down and dust outdoor supervision and with prompts to public art and music project. and as a cyclist, i feel safer
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with the closed g.h. than the l.g.h. pre-covid. bun and and as a pedestrian, there have always been dangerous drivers in the suter sunset and and the walkway between upper right highway between skating, cycle and running for cry straj and to close the upper great highway. >> thank you. next speaker. >> caller: hi. i am a 28-year san francisco resident, motorist and pedestrian. a community advocate, a lead volunteer and committee member on the safer sf without recall campaign. [please stand by] .
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-- there no intersections or four-way stops or cars turn right over sidewalks or cars blow through intersections. it's incredibly safe. according to the fire department there was one response to an automobile accident in five years prior to the great highway be closed and now they're forced through unsafe routes, through schools where children are playing, past houses are children are running out chasing balls and being forced to start and stop at every single intersection which is the least fuel efficient way to drive
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which is indefensible at a time when climate change is such an imperative issue for the planet and the closure undermines san francisco's vision zero which seems to drive every other decision. [no audio] >> caller: i'm will. i'm out of the sunset and i have two kids and i'm awake and i want to say time in favor of the pilot and keeping the great highway closed to cars. i think it's super safe and it's magical and beautiful and amazing actually. i think one of the things i heard a lot and i appreciate all the work everyone here's done and will do in the future but i feel like everyone has their opinion but i think we forget
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and i'd like to keep it open to people and it's selfish right? i'm at least keep one open please. thank you. >> next speaker. >> caller: i'm 8 years old and alive. [indiscernible] now 24/7 around 100%.
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anything less is unjust. i love taking safe adventures with my school buddies in district 5. we go to the ocean and we have over 1,030 miles on this path and removing this path we are mainly using the [indiscernible] from our home. my mom would never let us drive cars.
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and the planet is at a tipping point and abuse the natural world. our plunder of the earth is suicidal. we do not want a graveyard [indiscernible] to name a few. anytime to clean up san francisco, [indiscernible]. >> thank you so much. it's wonderful. i'd like to let everyone on the
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line know there's about 52 hands raised still so if you are on line and everyone has a minute that's 50 minutes if everyone uses all their time. next speaker >> caller: i'm scott bauer and thank you for proposing this and closing the walkway to cars 24/. and i live on 45th ave and i'm a physician, public researcher and i commute on the great walkway every day. this is immensely preferable to my previous commute full of cars flying by me and unsafe situations i've experienced as a biker. i also get my exercise and spend time with friends and family on the great walkway during the week and weekend. i spend more money at our local
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businesses because of their proximity to this park and want to advocate for greater access for those with disability impairment and when there's more cars on the street it's a small price to play and it's a green jewel of san francisco. thank you. >> next speaker. >> caller: i've been living in the sunset and richmond district 20 plus years. i live on 46th avenue where our beloved sfmta tore down our street and we're blocked from making right turns from 46th off lincoln and my friend has counted 300 plus cars in a
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three-hour period. this is ridiculous. this is a move by a bunch of faux progressives that claim to be in favor of climate change measures, right? the speed bumps, the amount of cars here have caused a situation where there's more pollution than if they had just stayed on the great highway where the lights were timed and it was safe and less pollution and we have a lot of kids in the neighborhood. the lives of their kids and safety worth less then the people calling in and the supposed support. >> thank you. >> caller: my name is dave alexander on behalf of the richmond family transportation network. i have lived in san francisco over 20 years and i'm a partner. i want to thank s.f. rec and
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park commissioners. thank you for your tireless work and additional work. i strongly support the pilot on the great highway. i'll keep it brief. climate crisis and the ocean beach and master plan. we think the highway being inundated with water from 10% to 22% depending on the degree of sea level rise. please proof and push the pilot along. thank you. >> next speaker. >> caller: i'm jay bing. we used to drive on the great highway and now reroute and go
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through the park and to our destinations. i haven't found the 30 or 45 minute traffic jams on chain of lakes other people are speaking about. it's a two minute difference between 19th avenue and chain of lakes down sunset boulevard. i'm in favor of the pilot program and also ask how we can encourage drivers to drive more responsibly because there's a lot of irresponsible driving out there. thank you, i'm done speaking. >> next speaker. >> caller: my story about the great walkway is more the place i didn't visit very often. it was loud and the path is too narrow for pedestrians and a game changer for me to go on bike and foot.
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you need both sides of the road for pedestrians and cyclists. it sounds like a lot of space but it's necessary to prevent crashes between people on roller blades and bicyclists. as of now it's a one-way direction for the bikes and roller bladers and runners. it keeps the traffic calm. if you had one side of the road i envision a lot of potential injuries for people. >> thank you, next speaker. >> caller: i'm julia rhoda a 20 year resident formally d1 currently in d4 on 45th avenue and support the pilot. i support the mitigation and want to see them expand further
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east throughout the neighborhood. the traffic work is necessary regardless due to the repeated car traffic calendars for sand removal on the great highway. given we'll have to do the work anyway, i would ask we keep this resource as an open space. thank you so much for the improvement on 18 and 29. i think that will also make a huge difference. thank you. i'm done. >> next speaker. >> caller: i live on the great highway at noriega i'm rarely seen more than three cars backed up. i think the perspective of how much traffic is on there and the volume isn't necessarily real and even now with the changes and you improved the situation with the speed bumps i rarely see five or seven cars a minute go by.
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it's not as bad as a lot of people are complaining about. one of my concerns is with 19th avenue i hope it doesn't turn into what happened to van ness street they need to do the construction and get it over with. i don't really understand and i've never seen a child on one of the slow streets or side streets. they need to open that up even one of the streets coming out of the park i think 41st has an and making the road from richmond from the park to the side -- >> thank you.
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>> caller: now's the time to try these alternative to cars. and making the transit cheaper or free to free up the city from cars like now's the time to try it and everybody knows that the pandemic's taken a huge toll on mental health and being outside and increasing time outside for everybody would mean so much.
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>> my name is christina. i'm calling as a district resident. and wondering whatever happened to share the road? until we get our naming and private transportation running properly we cannot do that and cars produce more carbon damage to our environment.
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we should not be closing the great highway. thank you. >> next speaker. did you want to come back to this one? >> okay. >> next speaker. speaker, are you there? paul, we may have to come back
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to this one too. >> okay. >> next speaker. >> caller: hi, my name is cynthia tolson a richmond resident over 12 years. i strongly opposed keeping the great highway closed. what everyone seems to ignore here is that the traffic hasn't gone away. it's just been revalued and all the mitigation factors don't need to be used if we open the great highway. please open the great highway. thank you. >> next speaker. >> caller: am i speaking? >> yes, you are >> caller: thank you. my name is sheila stewart. i'm a richmond resident. great highway has many said is an essential road toward the
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peninsula airport, work, schools. there's no easy public transportation for us to get there closing the great highway has limited alternate routes. the proposal is ignoring the needs of the entire western part of the city. all the data presented on the use of the great highway is done during the pandemic. we're moving out of that time frame and returning to schools, offices, etcetera. it would only be fair to redo the data in september until the data done by an independent organization. equity needs to be for everyone not juf the able-bodied. just the able-bodied. san francisco has more space per capita that any other city and wide on the ocean and sides of the highway. pedestrians can still use the
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rode and enjoy the view of the ocean. i hope you don't go into the pilot program too quickly and there's use for cars on the great highway. >> as a reminder to callers, it's awkward on the phone system i know but once the line tells you you're unmuted go ahead and start your comments. if we can't hear you, i'll say something to you and won't take time from you for mistakes like that so start talking and if i can't hear you, i will say are you there. next speaker. >> caller: i'm kelly sundland i'm a commuter and cyclist and support a car free highway and full lane promenade. i grew up in san francisco and over my last years i've seen
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traffic increase due to lyft and uber and amazon and as a kid i used to play in the streets and that's no longer possible for my children. closing this is transformative. i've been teaching my 4-year-old to ride a bike on the great highway which is great because it's broad and allows for exploration with no danger of cross traffic which is a draw back. it also allows my child to build a feeling of belonging to the city similar to how i always felt about san francisco. thank you for the work you have done and please keep the great highway closed to tar traffic.
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>> next speaker. >> caller: i lived in san francisco all my life and i go back and forth every day. i always use the great highway to go back and forth because it's safer than trying to go on 19th avenue. on weekends and week days during commute. a couple weekends ago on a sunday it took me an hour and 45 minutes to go perfect the marina to lake merced which is unconscionable. the stop and go is releasing more carbon in the environment. as other people have said, there are plenty of parks here people can go into. golden gate park is close and i'm 110% in favor of reopening great highway as a four-lane road. it's a highway. you also spent millions of dollars building that multi-use pathway at the top between upper and lower great highway people can use. people use it happily the pandemic. they can use it again. thank you.
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>> next speaker. >> caller: hi, i'm over 70 years old and i support the two-year pilot study and support keeping all four plains open to pedestrians. i apologize to commissioners and the directors for some of the truculant words you heard.
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[audio digitizing] >> caller: i'm been a resident for a long time [indiscernible] i find park and rec sfmta and the coalition are not trustworthy and a find your reports flawed. should have an independent study conducted. city agency colluding to remove this road for their own gain. [indiscernible] sfmta [indiscernible]
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[audio digitizing]. prior to the pandemic 19th avenue couldn't handle the traffic. [audio digitizing] >> thank you. >> caller: hello. i'm a district 4 resident and i'm in favor of the pilot project and keeping the road as a promenade 24/7 i live on lower great highway and it was very congested at the beginning of the pandemic and with the redirection there's no traffic here anymore. i think it's such a unique and beautiful stretch of coastline
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that it's such a draw for our city and i appreciate it and me and my dog and children walking across the great highway and riding bikes and scooters and going to the beach. thank you for the work you're doing. please do this. >> next speaker. >> caller: i'm sarah barrs. i'm a sunny side resident in district 7. i comment we've been doing this so long i thought a limerick would be more fun. there once was a city of san francisco. the struggle to get to vision zero. let's plan or the climate and approve the pilot for a greater walkway that lets people flow. thank you.
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>> i live in the inner richmond. i do not support the pilot project closing the great highway for two years or permanently. i do believe there's been much more work done. it seems very drastic. traffic is increasing and it will be more so for people who return to work. we still have the motion down at the beach people can go and play and cars need to get out during working hours. perhaps ultimately there could be a weekend kind of closure but i think it's too drastic and too fast and not a sustainable solution for the long haul. it'd be great if there were less cars and maybe people can commute together but there is
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traffic and it does impact us in getting from the north on the great highway and through the change [indiscernible] is impossible. 19th avenue they're congested. i think more studies need to be done and looking at the outcome. >> caller: my name is jeff i've lived for decades next to the road and pathways which i used to walk, recreate and teach my kids to ride bikes and the study ignored the time bomb under the road carrying the sewage regardless of the vehicle above it. i'm in favor of unbiassed
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planning that leads to a real budget for our community. the planning should also include real dialogue not one-minute soundbites. the problem isn't the community compromise or safety. it's preference of some city employees who we employ. i'm aware of at least one elected public servant paid a six-figure salary by the coalition. i wonder if others feel this is a conflict of interest. i'd like a review of lawful public records request remain unfulfilled and where prior studies have gone? there's zero credibility -- >> speaker, you're on the line.
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>> caller: my name is ben. i live in district 5 and strong supporter of the pilot program. for me great highway has been closed for a long time even before the pandemic and now it's been the place to go and i really like pointing out that embarcadero and we'd consider putting that in place and the freeway and after the pilot program we'll come to the conclusion it makes sense to have more highways in a city that needs to address climate change. [indiscernible]. >> next speaker. >> caller: hi. i'm vicky aimsly a 30-year resident of the richmond district and in favor of
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reopening the great highway. it was sold to us as a temporary issue and now a problem in search of a solution. even the embarcadero freeway when that was torn down and reopened incorporated traffic. i am disabled. i cannot use the full extent of the promenade now because i can't walk that far and there's no parking along it. the chain of lakes is greatly impacted and by your accounts and numbers you produced the chain of lakes is the third largest per lane cars on it at 5,580 cars per lane. the only one that is second to is 19th avenue.
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so cars have been redirect and not gone away. traffic is increased along fulton. >> caller: my name is mary. i'm strongly opposed to the pilot program. please completely re-open the great highway to people and vehicles as the state re-opens june 15th because you're ruining the neighborhoods in the richmond district making unsafe for pedestrians and children. we can't continue to ash -- absorb the cars in our neighborhoods we are physically unable to picnic and enjoy safe and socially distanced gatherings with our families. thousands will be flooding our
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street and residents deserve access to their vehicles and the traffic is already not sustainable to accommodate the large amount of people. there'll be more tourists clogging our streets. expecting everyone to access these areas leaves out a large portion of disabled and other populations. you ruined our once enjoyable city. please open all the great highway to cars. it needs to be completely re-opened and not considered an alternative pilot program. when schools open back up in the fall it the cause more traffic. children run safe now. end the program and have more consideration for the disabled seniors and families who have not been able to access these areas during the pandemic.
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>> caller: i live in district 7 and i'm calling in support of the pilot program keeping all the great highway as the safest route for me to visit my folks by bike. we need all four lanes and please approve the pilot and keep the great walkway safe. >> thank you, next speaker. >> caller: hi. i'm an outer sunset resident with children and a car and a bike and commute by muni by often and i'm in full appreciation and support of 24/7 closure to vehicles without compromise. i've enjoyed it daily for recreation and transportation with my family and learning to
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roller blade and walking to soccer practice or seeing friends. it's truly so fun. before the closure i was all surprised how few cars were on the four-lane highway. there was never traffic and when i walk there there isn't now either. sunset boulevard is equally low on usage and let's invest in bettering our neighborhoods and thank you for your quick and lasting action to close and keep closed the great highway. the new normal means new ways to enjoy the city. thank you again. >> speaker are you there?
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less come back to this one. next speaker. >> caller: i'm tim hickey. i'm a san francisco resident. thank you commissioners for your work i'm home because i strongly support the four-lane great walkway pilot program. my family has used this and benefitted from this more than we ever have. we created we as a society created an environmental crisis and owe it to future generations to make difficult changes. this is one of them. i believe it will benefit our mental health because the ability to walk without traffic volume near us is a healthy thing to do and i'm sympathetic to the problem but i don't believe they're insurmountable
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and traffic could be performed on parallel streets and there could be increased parking and ultimately i think it's something we need to do and think it would be a great benefit to our city. thank you. >> next speaker. >> caller: hello. >> we can hear you. >> caller: thank you. i used to live in the park side sunset prior to covid and then moved to the outer richmond district. my name is mone and i use public transit and have a car and jog and bike. before covid i would ride my bike and jog along the great highway and there weren't many people using it prior to covid.
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since the closure i feel like more people are using it because they've had to adjust their lives due to the pandemic but i feel like the data being collected during covid are skewed results and don't think it's accurate when people go back to their daily lives i'm open to a compromise. i think maybe the sidewalk should be expanded or there should be cars going along great highway. i don't think it should be closed to a four-lane bike and walk path. it's frustrating living in the richmond and it takes over 15 minutes to get through the neighborhoods. thank you. >> caller: i live in district 4 in the outer park side about five minutes from the great highway. i strongly urge you to adopt the
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pilot program and concept please. opening it as a promenade and closing it to traffic. i love walking on the great highway. it's wonderful to be walking with [indiscernible] with views of the pacific ocean and listening to the sound of the waves. it's one of the most beautiful sights in the world and i see tons of workers and families and senior citizens. it reminds me every day i live in the most beautiful city in the world. the promenade has become a major transaction for residents and tourists alike. please support concept 3. >> next speaker. >> caller: i'm a second generation san franciscan. i'm calling to advocate for
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middle lake and south lake. you have traffic on the chain of lake. it's a narrow road and it will help cars going north or the avenue to turn left on to lincoln and lincoln is truly northbound on the open section from golden gate park. pe we a major remodel of sts boulevard and within golden gate park and so that cars can go lincoln rather than through mlk and chain lake. thank you. >> next speaker. >> caller: good afternoon. i'm a san francisco resident and calling to thank the board for instituting the great walkway
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during the pandemic. it's been amazing. i've been there and seen it myself. i personally do not own a car so up until the great walkway the great highway was safe to me and to everybody else in the city who doesn't own a car. i appreciate this for people who don't own a car and beyond that one thing i've noticed about people who want to keep the walkway closed for pedestrians and we have all this creating pollution, yadda, yadda. i feel like the solution so make it easier to get around without a car in general rather than say we have cars. it's going to be bad so lets get the cars because i don't want them in my backyard. make it easier to get around without cars and make it more sustainable.
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>> next speaker. >> caller: i live in district 7 in sunny side. i never went the great highway or ocean beach before the pandemic but while the great walkway's been open i've enjoyed it almost weekly with my two young children. as a result i spend more money at businesses in the outer sunset and we drive and the compromise option on the pilot are really not acceptable for people who walk and bike. i enjoyed the highway almost every day when i was on maternity leave. i urge you to support the full pilot. and the real compromise is
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[indiscernible] >> caller: my name is albert and i'm a student of u.c. berkeley and i believe closing the great highway is an investment in the outer sunset and ocean beach area. this would develop alternate modes of transit such as bike or walking. a bike is more affordable. promoting biking and walking is important and it makes the sunset more walkable and not let
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the voice of local stakeholders be drown but by people who want cars back on the great highway. we have a chance to do something. thank you and have a great day. next speaker. >> caller: i'm michael. great highway was used by thousand of residents on a daily basis. i agree with some earlier callers. it's the most direct and efficient route for vehicles around the sunset district and served its purpose well. as greenhouse gas emissions contribute to climate change. closing the highway simply pushes the cars on the roads and streets and have to drive further and spend more in traffic spending more time and resources. despite all those who enjoyed using the recreation the fact is
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the current number of recreational users has dwarfed by the number of residents who used it. the number of users are dictating the publicly relied upon resource. i agree with other callers. the city is now busy addressing problems of their own creation unnecessary. some funders have noted they use great highway to teach their kids how to bike. i taught all three of my kids how to ride a bike at a park. >> caller: good afternoon. i'm in district 5. i'm calling to keep the highway open to the people. we heard from spokes how special it is and how impactful it's been to them during the pandemic. the great highway deserves to be
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a full promenade seven days a week. the future of our planet and city that will lead to our kids is dependent on us getting out of our cars. it's far more important than getting somewhere faster. thank you. >> next speaker. >> caller: hi, i'm clifford. i'm a resident of the richmond district 1 but drove over to the sunset every week at least to visit family. i'm an avid cyclist but also have a car and drive the sunset. i'm strongly in support of leaving the great highway open as a promenade and continuing the pilot study and i want to note as it relates to the comments about access just to remind folks that the great highway is still open to cars for the stretch north next to the richmond and golden gate
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park and every single parking lot along ocean beach is still open to people and the only portion that's closed is the portion that couldn't be accessed from the sunset itself unless you're going to lincoln. there's no impediment to people visiting from other parts of the city or getting down to the beach on the whole to get to the great space. i love it and enjoyed it and hope they keep it open. thank you for studying this and for all the effort that's gone into it. >> next speaker. >> caller: i live in d7 the border of it and i support the two-year closure pilot for pedestrians. i own an expensive car and migrated to a cheaper transportation bike after being frustrated by pre-covid traffic
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with tourists coming in on the weekend and for car traffic and autonomous vehicles it can provide a safe and alternative piece the richmond and sunset even the marina. it travels within the sunset and sometimes i use my cell phone but again i support this closure and thank you for the study. have a good day. >> next speaker. >> caller: this catherine i'm a
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home owner and in favor of opening the great highway immediately. the traffic won't magically disappear. i think the proposal is beautiful for a promenade but forcing it through in a dubius a haphazard way and until it's thought through more carefully, please open it. thank you. >> next speaker. >> caller: hi, i am a life long richmond district resident home owner, voter. i support full 24/7 reopening of all lanes of the great highway. the mobility study data is flawed and bias. the question was framed with bias and had deliberate
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omissions of the caller access i.d. number on the website today and the incorrect web access link posted at the start of this meeting. first stop referring it as a great walkway. it sounds disingenuous and flat out dishonest when you're clearly promoting it as such. closing the great highway and cars from s.f. only reroutes traffic through our neighborhoods and exacerbates safety hazards that did not exist previously. the great highway was the most efficient thoroughfare and public transit is not always a viable option for your residents. >> thank you. >> caller: my name is shirley.
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i'm calling from the outer sunset. a lot of people are saying they've enjoyed the upper great highway as a walkway. there is a walkway on both sides of the highway. and i feel that folks driving to and from the richmond district alleviates a lot of unnecessary traffic in our neighborhood residential streets. having the speed bumps and stop signs has been great in the residential area but having traffic have to come through that and stop at the stop sign and create fumes, i don't feel is contributing to our climate and also all the traffic being diverted on sunset from the golden gate park is not good for the environment the the park and beauty at the park with all the traffic. another issue is safety.
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last year we had a fire along a home because they were setting off fireworks from the roadway. i feel -- >> hello. >> caller: hi, i sort full promenade along the coastline 100 year round in solidarity with others and i'm a 15 year resident in district 5. i'm also
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[indiscernible] the time i was on my way to ocean beach to see the surf competition and was hit by a car. the [indiscernible] you weaponize this world famous surf shoreline. it's been around for generations. >> thank you. >> caller: my name is nancy and i live in the richmond and a teacher. unlike most of you bike riders i do not have the luxury of riding bike to work carrying my books
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and computer. every day it takes an additional 40 minutes to get back and forth to work every single day idling sitting behind cars, blocking your driveway. i'm in full favor of opening the great highway and stop often throughout the day with numerous other people to take photos of the so-called great walkway that is a -- abandoned and while i spent time getting home to the richmond and i saw four people between slopes and noriega. we're not taking away the traffic. condition the boardwalk along the oceanside from slope to noriega everybody can look at
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the ocean rather than sand dunes. >> caller: i'm a resident of the richmond district. thank you commissioners. two points quickly i'm strongly in favor of reopening the great highway to autos. observation one, there's been little to know chinese interpretations on any of the calls and there's been little or no callers who've had chinese sur names. i think the outreach before the meeting has not been proper and not been sufficient. and i'd like to mention that all the proponents are talking about 24/7 without compromise and points to where they're coming from. let's be clear, the richmond
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district is bordered by a bridge to the north and pacific ocean to the west and giant park called golden gate to the south. there's two highways. one is a one way street -- >> thank you. >> caller: i'm jim murphy. i'm a long-time resident in san francisco grew up on 45th and wawona. my parents are still there now and my son. i ride my bike regularly a couple days from my house along the great highway so i'm an avid bike rider too but here's a solution. i agree with what everyone said about reopening the great highway but here's a solution that's not one of your concepts
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put in a bike lane. i don't know why that's not one of your concepts. it should be considered. and i want it agree with something someone else just said the vast majority of the time the great highway is empty. it's only nice when it's nice out but it's also not a safe place for kids to be because the bike riders right in both directions on both sides of the highway going 20 to 30 miles an hour. as long as kids are learning to ride bikes and scooters, it's a dangerous place and a see accidents on a regular basis --
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>> the great [indiscernible] stop signs as well as 46th have increased solution. thanks, bye. >> next speaker. >> caller: my name is brian. i'm a local neighborhood watch captain. i hate to see this divide our community so starkly. it really should not get neighbors at one another. i think the people who favor this as a place for cars are trying to get somewhere faster so by economics if you reverse that and take it away it's the
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same futility with the minus sign what changes is the vibe at the beach. it creates a world class amenity for a world class city. people don't come to s.f. to drive fast nor to come to park a car. it challenges the assumption that our cars should be subsidized the way they have been. i think that's a false assumption. every time we provide a free parking space or another road, it's a subsidy to far manufacturers and drivers. the fact is traffic is reflective. you could build 10 lanes. that's the nature of cars. this is really comparing apple to oranges because you're comparing marginal utility. >> caller: my name is eric
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chase. city residents. appreciate the opportunity to comment today. i'd like to register my support for keeping the great highway a permanent car-free promenade and is a stress-free oasis that should be nurtured and there's been an offered compromise of half the lanes and half are non-automobile and cars enjoy free reign. the many people who don't drive have been compromised as city not originally build for cars was made in every way to accommodate cars. it's time to compromise in the other direction by making space for those not in cars and we're contending with a climate and crisis of traffic violence and don't prioritize motor vehicle access over life.
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thank you for your work on this. >> next speaker. >> caller: hello. my name is jasmine. i'm a resident of the sunset. i strongly support the reopening of the upper great highway and opposed to the pilot program. most the people in support aren't impacted by the traffic and dangerous driving conditions created by this closure and don't even live in the neighborhoods closest to the highway. unless people have spoken to the dispute that continued closure is good for climate change doesn't hold water. if the officials have the slightest interest in credibility they'd first establish clear data and include alternatives and include residents. until you do that you shouldn't
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make such drastic changes this didn't bring about public trust in our officials. it's like you set a fire and scrambling because you have to put the fire out. re-open the highway and there's wonderful opportunities for people to have recreation and ride bikes and if the agency wanted to be do this pedestrians can continue using it. >> caller: i'm a resident of d6. i just want to say i logged into google maps. i love looking at traffic patterns it's my favorite thing and a want to note there's zero traffic on sunset boulevard right now. it's all green, guys. it's all green and it's rush hour. it's 5:00. we should be getting dinner ready. next thing is talking about
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potential capitulations with having the road be open and closed to people at different times. and no one will remember when it's open or not and drive to it and it's total gridlock by ocean beach and no one would want that even the car lovers. and 35 mile an hour flow lane freeways at ground level of crosswalks is for traffic. one of my best friends actually stumbled in front of a car and had $10,000 of lawyer and therapy bills from the state. so there's no cars that should be going 35 miles an hour period in the city. that's what i want to say. i support the pilot. thank you. >> next speaker.
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>> caller: hi. i'm paula. i'm a 12-year resident of the outer richmond and opposed to the pilot and open to compromise. closing the great highway does not get rid of the 18,000 cars that went through there every weekday. it pushes them to side streets where they're incredibly dangerous and driving the side streets since the closure i go slow to respect the residents and families playing in those areas and people pass me. people whirl and zip around to the left of my car and pass me. that's incredibly dangerous. limiting cars in the city and what you have to pay in the city and keep pars out. if you pay the tax it goes fund important community initiatives. i think it's flawed and we are waiting for the next catastrophicer earthquake to create a huge emergency for