Road repair on several streets in San Jose is underway, in conjunction with improving the bike lane network downtown and an upcoming new bike share program.
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Work is moving ahead on establishing a financing district to maintain improvements to The Alameda in San Jose, a segment of the Grand Boulevard that stretches up the peninsula along El Camino Real.
While funding for the improvements has been secured, the City has been looking to the adjacent property owners to fund the maintenance and upkeep once the improvements are in place.
Planned improvements to the street include new lighting, landscaping, and raised medians, along with improved pedestrian safety features such as enhanced crosswalks and sidewalk bulb-outs.
Walnut Creek to study narrowing Mt. Diablo Boulevard from 4 to 2 lanes in downtown in order to provide a better pedestrian environment, along with more street parking and outdoor dining.
A pedestrian-priority shared street is part of the draft vision for Fisherman’s Wharf, a highly-trafficked destination in San Francisco.
The Institute for Transportation Engineers has released a report on context-sensitive design for walkable urban thoroughfares.
via Jeff Wood, Reconnecting America.
Matthew Roth at Streetsblog reports on plans to convert parking spaces to cafe seating along Divisadero in San Francisco.
Following up on city experiments with converting street space to plazas, and annual Park(ing) Day, where groups around the world convert parking spaces to mini parks for a day, the city is set to convert two parking spaces in front of a cafe in a matter of weeks, once ongoing road work along Divisadero is completed. Similar to the earlier plazas, the conversion is temporary and does not affect the underlying street infrastructure. This makes it more affordable and allows the space to be converted back to parking if the experiment goes awry for any reason.
See Matthew Roth’s article for more details on the project.
Columbus Avenue in North Beach may be soon to follow: Cafes get more sidewalk under North Beach plan – San Francisco Chronicle.
Update: Follow-up article in the San Francisco Chronicle. S.F. plazas, ‘parklets’ spout, squeeze out cars.
In an editorial on Planetizen, Fanis Grammenos and Douglas Pollard discuss the downside of the small block grid pattern of Portland.
For reasons of land efficiency, infrastructure cost, municipal expenses, rainwater management, traffic safety and flow, and the demand for increased pedestrian share of public space, the praised, pure Portland platting will likely not find new followers.
A number of articles over the weekend discuss the final Sunday Streets of the year, where Ocean Beach was closed to cars from 10 am to 2 pm (prior Sunday Streets this year also took place in The Mission and Waterfront/Bayview neighborhoods), and the Mayor’s announcement that the Sunday Streets series would be expanded next year and become a permanent event.
See a video: Streetfilms » San Francisco’s Foggy Sunday Streets 2009.
Amber Hawkes and Georgia Sheridan discuss on Planetizen recent street design manuals and toolkits, including those from Seattle, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.
In the article, they discuss the goals, target audience, approaches, and context of the various examples.
Direct links to the resources discussed:
Post by Sarah Goodyear on Streetsblog discusses the effects of car-dominated streets on children’s freedom to explore their neighborhoods.