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Designing Cities Conference: San Francisco 2014

Schedule of Events

Thursday, Oct 23

Thursday, Oct 23 - 8:00 am - 8:45 am (1 Event)

Thursday, Oct 23 - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (1 Event)

Thursday, Oct 23 - 1:15 pm - 3:00 pm (20 Events)

“Home Zone” Traffic Calming Project (Thursday)

Walkshops
Tour the Minna-Natoma Home Zone, an innovative neighborhood-wide approach to traffic calming and school safety in one of San Francisco's most rapidly changing neighborhoods, The Mission.

Pavement to Parks–Yerba Buena

Walkshops
Increasingly, interim urban design projects are proposed alongside permanent capital projects in district public space plans. This tour will showcase Annie Alley Plaza, which was created by closing a small street to automobile traffic.

Parklets of the Mission/North Beach

Walkshops
The Mission District of San Francisco is the most parklet-dense neighborhood of any in the country. This tour surveys parklets exemplifying a wide range of design strategies and sponsor types, and finishes at the Mission Community Market.

Central Waterfront Tour: Land Use and Transportation Planning

Walkshops
A mixed transit-walking tour that explores the rich land use and transit history of several San Francisco locations. Begin downtown and make stops in the Embarcadero and the Dog Patch, while passing through South Beach and Mission Bay.

San Francisco Bike Share Tour (Thursday)

Walkshops
Staff who spearheaded bike sharing’s implementation in San Francisco will lead this bike tour of key stations and bike facilities in the Civic Center and South of Market neighborhoods.

Northeast Waterfront: Embarcadero Bike Tour (Thursday)

Walkshops
This bike tour will look at some of that history and the forces and politics that shaped the Embarcadero and preview the future of this remarkable roadway-space-place.

Mission Neighborhood Bike Tour (Thursday)

Walkshops
Explore San Francisco's —use a new signal-protected bike bay form Market Street, ride the first two-way green wave on Valencia, and experience an innovative road diet and stormwater management on Cesar Chavez Street.

Chinatown Alleys (Thursday)

Walkshops
Turning “Fish heads into Fillets”: join us for a walking tour of historic Chinatown alleyways, and see how the community is transforming them into neighborhood assets.

Technology’s Role in Collecting and Crowdsourcing Pedestrian Facility and Accessibility Data (Thursday)

Walkshops
Join us for an interactive tour of San Francisco’s innovative pedestrian infrastructure and accessibility & safety treatments. We’ll play with new App technologies for collecting inventory and quality data using tablets and smartphones while exploring the city.

Vision Zero: Pedestrian Safety Innovations (Thursday)

Walkshops
This Vision Zero-focused tour highlights examples of quick, cost effective treatments to prevent deaths and serious injuries along dangerous streets, visiting infrastructure projects in the bustling streets of the Tenderloin and SoMA.

San Francisco’s Bicycle “Wiggle” Tour (Thursday)

Walkshops
Tour by bike one of San Francisco’s most utilized routes and innovative designs, the Wiggle. Explore some of the challenges around implementing a bike boulevard design in a dense urban context.

Fisherman’s Wharf Public Realm Improvements (Thursday)

Walkshops
Visit the newly redesigned Jefferson Street in historic Fisherman’s Wharf. Learn about the Public Realm Plan that was developed with merchants and neighbors to build on the Wharf’s historic roots and support a diverse and active public life.

Red Transit-only Lanes (Thursday)

Walkshops
In 2014, the SFMTA expanded red transit-only lanes to several high-ridership bus corridors, including a portion of the Geary Street corridor. Staff will discuss lessons learned from the project.

South of Market Neighborhood and Bike Pilot Tour (Thursday)

Walkshops
Tour SoMa, the fastest growing area in the City. Experience the latest innovations in interim bicycle pilot projects, like converting travel lanes to buffered bike lanes to address difficult street conditions.

Bicycle Innovations (Thursday)

Walkshops
Tour San Francisco’s greatest examples of bicycle design, including buffered bike lanes, contra-flow, greenwaves, bike boxes, and spot improvements.

Transbay Transit Center Site/Transit District Tour

Walkshops
This tour has two parts: a tour of the transit center construction, followed by a tour of the larger area and the transit center district plan (including bikes, parks, pedestrian improvements, and sites for affordable and market rate housing).

Multimodal, Multistreet Corridor (Thursday)

Walkshops
Tour Van Ness Avenue, future home to the city’s first BRT project, and Polk Street, a major bicycle route that recently added a contra-flow lane. See how the City has taken the attributes of these two streets to optimize mobility.

Castro Streetscape Project and Jane Warner Plaza (Thursday)

Walkshops
Tour the recent Castro Streetscape Improvement Project, including widened sidewalks, new street trees, lighting, and public realm enhancements such as rainbow crosswalks, historic engravings, and bronze Rainbow Honor Walk plaques.

Historic Cable Car Tour (Thursday)

Walkshops
Ride a San Francisco icon and go behind the scenes of the world’s last operating cable car system! Enjoy a guided tour of the powerhouse, car barn, and museum. Learn how this pioneering urban transit system changed city planning.

Central Subway Tour (Thursday)

Walkshops
Take a walking tour of key sites of the SFMTA’s Central Subway Project. Learn about the design, permitting, execution, and outreach challenges associated with major construction adjacent to some of the densest, most valuable real estate in North America.

Friday, Oct 24

Friday, Oct 24 - 8:00 am - 8:45 am (1 Event)

Friday, Oct 24 - 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm (19 Events)

Central Subway Tour (Friday)

Walkshops
Take a walking tour of key sites of the SFMTA’s Central Subway Project. Learn about the design, permitting, execution, and outreach challenges associated with major construction adjacent to some of the densest, most valuable real estate in North America.

Historic Cable Car Tour (Friday)

Walkshops
Ride a San Francisco icon and go behind the scenes of the world’s last operating cable car system! Enjoy a guided tour of the powerhouse, car barn, and museum. Learn how this pioneering urban transit system changed city planning.

Castro Streetscape Project and Jane Warner Plaza (Friday)

Walkshops
Tour the recent Castro Streetscape Improvement Project, including widened sidewalks, new street trees, lighting, and public realm enhancements such as rainbow crosswalks, historic engravings, and bronze Rainbow Honor Walk plaques.

Multimodal, Multistreet Corridor (Friday)

Walkshops
Tour Van Ness Avenue, future home to the city’s first BRT project, and Polk Street, a major bicycle route that recently added a contra-flow lane. See how the City has taken the attributes of these two streets to optimize mobility.

Bicycle Innovations (Friday)

Walkshops
Tour San Francisco's greatest examples of bicycle design, including buffered bike lanes, contra-flow, greenwaves, bike boxes, and spot improvements.

South of Market Neighborhood and Bike Pilot Tour (Friday)

Walkshops
Tour SoMa, the fastest growing area in the City. Experience the latest innovations in interim bicycle pilot projects, like converting travel lanes to buffered bike lanes to address difficult street conditions.

Red Transit-only Lanes (Friday)

Walkshops
In 2014, the SFMTA expanded red transit-only lanes to several high-ridership bus corridors, including a portion of the Geary Street corridor. Staff will discuss lessons learned from the project.

Fisherman’s Wharf Public Realm Improvements (Friday)

Walkshops
Visit the newly redesigned Jefferson Street in historic Fisherman’s Wharf. Learn about the Public Realm Plan that was developed with merchants and neighbors to build on the Wharf’s historic roots and support a diverse and active public life.

San Francisco’s Bicycle “Wiggle” Tour (Friday)

Walkshops
Tour by bike one of San Francisco’s most utilized routes and innovative designs, the Wiggle. Explore some of the challenges around implementing a bike boulevard design in a dense urban context.

Vision Zero: Pedestrian Safety Innovations (Friday)

Walkshops
This Vision Zero-focused tour highlights examples of quick, cost effective treatments to prevent deaths and serious injuries along dangerous streets, visiting infrastructure projects in the bustling streets of the Tenderloin and SoMA.

Technology’s Role in Collecting and Crowdsourcing Pedestrian Facility and Accessibility Data (Friday)

Walkshops
Join us for an interactive tour of San Francisco’s innovative pedestrian infrastructure and accessibility & safety treatments. We’ll play with new App technologies for collecting inventory and quality data using tablets and smartphones while exploring the city.

Chinatown Alleys (Friday)

Walkshops
Turning “Fish heads into Fillets”: join us for a walking tour of historic Chinatown alleyways, and see how the community is transforming them into neighborhood assets.

Mission Neighborhood Bike Tour (Friday)

Walkshops
Explore San Francisco's —use a new signal-protected bike bay form Market Street, ride the first two-way green wave on Valencia, and experience an innovative road diet and stormwater management on Cesar Chavez Street.

Northeast Waterfront: Embarcadero Bike Tour (Friday)

Walkshops
This bike tour will look at some of that history and the forces and politics that shaped the Embarcadero and preview the future of this remarkable roadway-space-place.

San Francisco Bike Share Tour (Friday)

Walkshops
Staff who spearheaded bike sharing’s implementation in San Francisco will lead this bike tour of key stations and bike facilities in the Civic Center and South of Market neighborhoods.

“Home Zone” Traffic Calming Project (Friday)

Walkshops
Tour the Minna-Natoma Home Zone, an innovative neighborhood-wide approach to traffic calming and school safety in one of San Francisco's most rapidly changing neighborhoods, The Mission.

Pavement to Parks–Excelsior/Oceanview

Walkshops
Plaza Projects involve intense community engagement and long-term commitment of a local steward. This tour highlights the work of the Excelsior Action Group, the driving force behind both Persia Triangle Plaza and a youth-designed parklet nearby.

Parklets of the Outer Sunset/Richmond

Walkshops
Parklets have wide adaptability to varying neighborhood contexts; this tour will highlight projects in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset, a neighborhood of relative low density and high proportion of residential uses.

Freeway Removed: The Central Freeway debate, Octavia Boulevard, and Parking Policy in Hayes Valley

Walkshops
This walking tour will view the remaining elevated freeway, review the 1960s ‘freeway revolts” and the 1990s politics of freeway removal, discuss off-street parking policies and reform, and touch on some ongoing issues and concerns.

Friday, Oct 24 - 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm (1 Event)

Friday, Oct 24 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (1 Event)

Saturday, Oct 25

Saturday, Oct 25 - 8:00 am - 8:30 am (1 Event)