Over 30 members of the pedicab community and your San Francisco Bicycle Coalition showed up at the Port Commission meeting last week to put an end to the irresponsible delays to bring safety improvements to the Embarcadero. Finally, the City is listening to your demands and has made a commitment to implement safety measures by the end of this year.
As each person went to give public comment, it was clear that the Port Commissioners heard that urgency was needed. Commissioner Doreen Woo Ho assured those in attendance that this project was a priority and “a huge issue that needs to be addressed,” while Commissioner Victor Makras asserted that the City needs to “speed it up, and we should get it done.”
We thank the Port Commission for their strong words and leadership. The success of this project depends on close coordination and a joint vision between the Port and the SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), and we are encouraged that they’ve committed to working together. Open houses are now scheduled for October to finally unveil the preferred design for a protected bike lane on the Embarcadero.
The outcome of this Port Commission meeting shows the power of our community and the change we can bring to the City. Now that the Port and SFMTA are on the same page, the next step for us is ensuring that this protected bike lane moves rapidly into approvals and then construction.
Embarcadero Committee Meeting
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 5:30 to 7:00 PM
Hi Dive Bar, Pier 28
We’ll begin to strategize at our next Embarcadero Committee Meeting for how we can turn out and engage a broad community in advance of the October public meetings. Join other like-minded advocates as we continue this momentum and hold the City accountable to their commitments.