BART wants cyclists to strap it on

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Anyone who has taken a bike on BART knows it means hovering over your bike while trying not to crash into anyone else while the train is moving. BART has a new idea for you: straps that hold your bike in place. SFGate reports that a new test program has installed two types of fabric straps (either velcro or a buckle) in 60 BART cars.

Cyclists: Have you tried these new straps and how are they working out for you?

Photo courtesy of BART

New N-Judah shuttles aim to help inbound commute

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New shuttle loops may give N-Judah commuters some relief in their typically crowded commute. Two additional one-car shuttle loops started running this week between Cole Valley and Embarcadero Station, reports SFGate. The shuttles run during morning commute hours for inbound commuters.

Just how bad was the problem? SFMTA transit director John Haley told SFGate that a recent study found that 100 to 150 passengers every morning are left waiting for a later train at the Carl and Cole streets stop. He estimates that the shuttles can carry as many as 500 additional passengers.

The N-Judah is Muni Metro’s busiest line, carrying as many as 50,000 passengers each day, according to the SFGate report. If you are a N-Judah commuter, let us know if your morning rides have been a bit better this week, please.

Photo by Chris Haynes

Muni Art 2017 winners announced

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Last year, SFMTA teamed up with SF Beautiful to hold a contest. This wasn’t sports or anything. It was a competition in which the public voted for their favorite artist to have their work adorning Muni buses all over town. So rad.

The contest and campaign went so well, they’ve come back for another round.

And this year’s winners are …

  1. Teens of SF (pictured above), Monica Tiulescu (606 votes)
  2. Bit by Bit, Lillian Shanahan (446 votes)
  3. (tie) Las Historias, Luis Pinto (443 votes)
  • (tie) City Walks, Counterpoint Studio (Peter Tonningsen and Lisa Levine) (443 votes)
  • (tie) Sight Seeing, Todd Kurnat (443 votes)

Here’s what SF Beautiful’s Darcy Brown had to say about the campaign:

“Every year the public vote is so exciting,” said Darcy Brown, Executive Director of San Francisco Beautiful. “This project is such an important addition to the San Francisco arts scene because it highlights five local artists and gets their work in front of, not only the thousands of people who participate in the vote but over 700,000 Muni riders every day for four months. What young artist doesn’t dream of an opportunity like that?”

SFMTA’s Ed Reiskin added:

“This project is a win-win for both the artists and the riding public who were engaged in the voting process from the very beginning,” said SFMTA Director of Transportation, Ed Reiskin. “These local artists can be proud to showcase their work across our city, which will add another round of engaging art to our Muni trips.”

Yep.

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SF Transit Week: For the love of Muni and more smiles #onboardsf

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Celebrating public transit — what it is, warts and all, and what it has potential to be — is near and dear to Muni Diaries. Same for our buddies with SF Transit Riders: the folks behind some super-fun transit-oriented pub crawls and the 22-day Muni challenge for local officials.
Get on board with SFTR for Transit Week, Sept. 12-17: a celebration of transit riders (like me! like you! like these dogs on Muni!) who make living and working in San Francisco a more environmentally friendly, culturally aware experience. Events will be held on and around the Muni lines above. The objective? More smiles #onboardsf.
Visit the Transit Week website to sign up for updates and ways to participate during the week. And contact Paula@sftransitriders.com to assist with events, photos, activities, and more.

Town Hall on Housing, Transportation, and Urban Planning

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I’m guessing you care. About San Francisco, about transit, about the future we’ll share together. You do? Good!

Tonight at Mission High School, some notable people will be holding a town hall on some serious issues facing San Francisco. Since you care, you should go!

From Supe. Jane Kim’s Facebook page:

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, CSU Trustee and District 7 BART Board Candidate Lateefah Simon and best-selling author David Talbot will join me in this important discussion about real solutions for our region and our state.

As a San Francisco Supervisor, I have shown that I’m willing to stand up to anyone to fund more transit options and create more affordable housing. And I’ve worked hard to improve existing parks and create new ones, while improving street safety for everyone.

Details
Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30
Mission High School, 3750 18th St. (take the 33-Stanyan, 22-Fillmore, 14-Mission, 49-Van Ness, 24-Divisadero, or BART to 16th Street Station)

See you there!

Photo by torbakhopper

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