Folks For Polk

What would your ideal Polk street be like?

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Folks For Polk
Our Mission
Folks for Polk is committed to seeing best practice in urban infrastructure implemented in San Francisco. Public projects must comprehensively address our current situation, powerful trends, and the urgency of our future needs. 

Excellent public infrastructure is absolutely vital to our collective well-being and economic robustness. San Francisco is currently thriving and in order to maintain that momentum, funding should not present an obstacle to the best result for our city into the future. 

Therefore, Folks for Polk will work collaboratively with you and others as we explore new models for underwriting some of our more creative recommendations. We’ll also continue to work to bolster the public’s understanding and support for the best execution of this complicated project, such that it may serve as a template for future infrastructure initiatives in San Francisco. 

It’s our deeply held conviction that public consensus must be informed, cooperative, and productive and therefore must be guided by data and experience. After using various tools to facilitate the public’s access to the current best design principles and information regarding the Polk Street redesign in particular, we solicited feedback. 

Our Recommendations
Please view this PDF of our comprehensive recommendations. It is a summary of the preferences voiced by the citizens of San Francisco in a variety of forums including traditional in-person meetings and online tools like Neighborland, Change, and Streetmix

What's Next?
Please support SF Bike's ongoing campaign here - https://www.sfbike.org/?polk#support

More information: 
City of SF Planning Department - http://www.sf-planning.org/index.aspx?page=3579

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Folks For Polk

"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.

hoodline.com/2017/02/polk-stre...

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Posted Feb 15, 2017
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Tom K.
Mar 16, 2016
Tom K. proposed this event for Folks for Polk.

Lower Polk Alleys Design Workshop [OPEN TO ALL NEIGHBORS]
Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
First Congregational Church, 1300 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA

Some background on the alleyways work: hoodline.com/2015/10/lower-pol...

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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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San Francisco Bicycle Coalition

Sadly, the proposed plans from the SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) to improve Polk Street don’t go nearly far enough to save lives, much less make biking on Polk Street comfortable and inviting for people ages 8 to 80. Only 25% of the total road miles in the current proposal would get protected bicycle lanes. 50% of the proposed project has zero physical protection for people biking -- just green paint.

The SFMTA can and must do better for Polk, especially if they are to take their Vision Zero goal of eliminating all traffic fatalities and severe injuries within ten years seriously. Our vision for Polk is straightforward: ambitious pedestrian improvements and a continuous, green, protected bikeway on all thirty blocks of the project area. San Franciscans deserve nothing less.

Email the SFMTA and Supervisor Julie Christensen today (Julie.Christensen@sfgov.org) and tell her to #SaveLivesonPolk with a better project design that will truly achieve safety for all.

Thank you for helping us #SaveLivesonPolk.

Sincerely,

Chema Hernández Gil
Community Organizer

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Posted Jan 30, 2015
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San Francisco Bicycle Coalition

We need your help to push the SFMTA to choose a final design for Polk Street in February that includes protected bikeways and much-needed pedestrian improvements from Union to McAllister.

Stay involved with our campaign here: www.sfbike.org/news/the-top-th...

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Posted Jan 15, 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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