Folks For Polk
Folks for Polk is working for a healthier, more vibrant, and more prosperous San Francisco through action on Polk St. and the SFMTA initiatives for it.
Not just about a street, it’s also about the process...

What do we do?

Ensure that you're heard by decision-makers

• Created online public participation for Polk’s streetscape design

• Host design meet-ups - 10 Oct.; 15 Nov.; 17 Nov. 2013

• Working to fund the best amenities

• Hosted a Facebook Q&A w/ the SFMTA Polk Team - 24 Oct. '13

Collaborate with other groups to stand for our common goals
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WHAT WOULD YOUR IDEAL POLK STREET BE LIKE?
Go to Our Question Page to see some great street amenities

Share your ideas and add screenshots from graphic interfaces like
StreetViewComments or Streetmix

Forward on Polk!
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TIMELINE
10 Oct. 2013 - 1st Design Brainstorming Party

15 Nov. 2013 - 1st Design Weekend Gathering http://bit.ly/MeetUp-1

17 Nov. 2013 - 2d Design Weekend Happy Hour http://bit.ly/DesHH2

Dec. 2013 - Submitted our final recommendations: http://bit.ly/SiteRecs 

Jan-Mar 2014 - FFP continues communication w/ SFMTA & Planning Teams 

Spring 2014 - SFMTA finalizes Polk Plan

Summer 2014 - SFMTA final design presented to the SFMTA Board
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WHY POLK STREET?
The Polk Corridor is the primary commercial, pedestrian, and bicycling route in northeastern San Francisco.  It attracts many SF locals and visitors but it’s also dangerous; currently, collisions involving pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers occur twice each month on average.  Polk Street’s repaving in 2015 presents a unique opportunity to realign the character of the street with its current and future users.
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"In a blog post published this month, the SFMTA confirmed that the northbound bike lane will be street-level, rather than raised, and include soft-hit posts to keep drivers from parking in the lane."

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Polk Streetscape Design Altered To Discourage Parking In Bike Lanes | Hoodline

Based on findings from the city’s first raised bike lane, Polk Street’s northbound bike lane will be street-level—not raised.

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Posted Feb 15, 2017
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Folks For Polk

From Streetsblog 3/3/15:

"The SFMTA Board of Directors voted today to approve the plan to redesign Polk Street with a protected bike lane along one side of the street for 10 of 20 blocks. After a four-hour hearing, the board approved the plan with the condition that SFMTA staff would report on the impacts of the project a year after it’s completed, when they will consider extending protected bike lanes along the upper half of the corridor.

“Of course, we wanted the full suite of Vision Zero improvements along the length of Polk,” said SF Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Noah Budnick. “But the improvements that were approved today are the foundation to build on and as we work through the massive construction on Polk, and the safety improvements are implemented, the MTA’s data-driven approach, I predict, is going to show that safety improves, traffic is reduced, businesses thrive, and will back up the case for extending pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements for the entire length of the street.”

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Posted Mar 3, 2015
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Folks For Polk

Since releasing the Preferred Alternative for roadway design in July, the SF Planning Department's project team has focused its attention on refining the roadway design concept and investigating options for public realm enhancements such as lighting, landscaping, bulbouts and alley improvements.

Please join to view plans and illustrations of the new design, and to celebrate all the work that has taken place to develop the design for Polk Street. City staff will be on-hand to answer questions and listen to your thoughts on the conceptual design.

www.sf-planning.org/index.aspx...

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Posted Mar 15, 2014
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Folks For Polk

We know you can't always make it to public meetings -- But we also know it's really important that you participate in the dialog as well.

That's why Folks for Polk is hosting the very first virtual Q&A with the SFMTA. Polk Street Project planners Luis Montoya and Patrick Race will be available for 1 hour, via Facebook, to answer your questions and address your concerns.

RSVP by clicking 'JOIN' in the upper right and we'll send a reminder with instructions just before the event!

DAY OF EVENT:
Visit the Folks for Polk page (www.facebook.com/folksforpolk) and post comments to our post announcing that the Q&A has started.

You can also 'Like' other peoples' comments to vote them to the top of the list. SFMTA staff will reply to as many questions and comments as possible during the 1-hour event.

You can get up to speed on the project at these links:
www.folksforpolk.org/streets
sfmta.com/projects-planning/pr...
www.sf-planning.org/index.aspx...

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Our current campaign is focused on the Polk Complete Streets Project. Sign our petition here:...

www.facebook.com/folksforpolk

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Posted Oct 21, 2013
Terra Curtis
Terra Curtis
Oct 21, 2013

Here's a link to the event! Please RSVP here: www.facebook.com/events/461425...

Posted by Terra Curtis on Oct 21, 2013
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Folks For Polk

Unfortunately, making Polk one-way has been ruled out for now, as this conflicts with the TEP requirements for the Polk 19 bus. There's still plenty we can do for safety and livability using street scape amenities as listed in the resources on our question page. So, please play with Street Mix with that in mind.

Here are the dimensions from the SFMTA: 'South of Post Street, the sidewalks are 10’ wide and the street is 48’-9”. North of Post Street, the sidewalks are 12’ wide and the street is 44’-9”.'

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Posted Oct 5, 2013
Bob Boden
Bob Boden
Oct 10, 2013

Why would a one-way Polk St conflict with the Transit Effectiveness Project? The TEP should be prioritizing transit, not privately-owned car traffic. Transit will still be two way; only car traffic would be one way. Just because the TEP says it should be that way, it doesn't mean we should limit ourselves. Maybe the TEP is . . . wrong?

Posted by Bob Boden on Oct 10, 2013
Wendy
Wendy
Jan 29, 2014

Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP) is wrong. Just not in the way you think. It was developed to realign the transit system by pushing people to the higher capacity lines and limiting service on neighborhood routes. Instead, TEP has been used to slash services without implementing the additional higher capacity (thru longer buses and more frequency).

Posted by Wendy on Jan 29, 2014
Wendy
Wendy
Jan 29, 2014

Just because car traffic is designed to be one way doesn't mean that people don't double park. Which would block the bus lanes leading to delayed service . . . . . .

Posted by Wendy on Jan 29, 2014
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Here's an interesting video about D.C's Bike Share program. youtu.be/-KqOAr3ARo4

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Posted Oct 5, 2013
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Invite your friends to participate here then bring them to the party
to share inspirations for Polk's Streetscape*
1st BEER FREE for first 80 arrivals - Happy hour prices apply thereafter
EVERYONE gets FFP buttons 'til our supply's gone
RSVPs required to:
bit.ly/FFPparty10-10
or
folksforpolk.eventbrite.com/ (fee)
COST: donation
*Your favorites will be presented to the SFMTA Team

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Posted Oct 2, 2013
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Folks For Polk
Oct 2, 2013

PARTY TIME! - for N'land FFP participants
Thursday, October 10, 2013, 7:00pm
Amsterdam Café 937 Geary bet. Polk & Larkin

Invite your friends to participate here then bring them to the party
to share inspirations for Polk's Streetscape*
1st BEER FREE for first 80 arrivals - Happy hour prices apply thereafter
EVERYONE gets FFP buttons 'til our supply's gone
RSVPs required to:
bit.ly/FFPparty10-10
or
folksforpolk.eventbrite.com/ (fee)
COST: donation
*Your favorites will be presented to the SFMTA Team

Who Went?

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So it will have the Federally required 4% of parking for disabled, but as with many things, preventing fraud and enforcement are issues.

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Folks For Polk
Folks For Polk
Oct 2, 2013

PARTY TIME! - for N'land FFP participants
Thursday, October 10, 2013, 7:00pm
Amsterdam Café 937 Geary bet. Polk & Larkin

Invite your friends to participate here then bring them to the party
to share inspirations for Polk's Streetscape*
1st BEER FREE for first 80 arrivals - Happy hour prices apply thereafter
EVERYONE gets FFP buttons 'til our supply's gone
RSVPs required to:
bit.ly/FFPparty10-10
or
folksforpolk.eventbrite.com/ (fee)
COST: donation
*Your favorites will be presented to the SFMTA Team

Who Went?

Folks For Polk
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