2010 Candidate for Distirct 10 Supervisor
Candidate Name: Steve Moss
1. Do you use a bicycle in the city? If so, for what purposes (commuting, recreation, errands) and how often? Please indicate how you most commonly commute to work. (300 words or less)
Until recently I recreationally biked twice a week from my Potrero Hill home to the beach and back, stopping for lunch at Louis' Restaurant. Unfortunately, I've stopped this practice due to increased demands on my time. I typically either drive or walk to work.
2. In 2008, the Board of Supervisors enacted the 'Climate Change Goals and Action Plan' ordinance, which commits the City to greenhouse gas reduction targets of 20% below 1990 levels by 2012, with progressively larger targets in subsequent years. Given that roughly half of San Francisco's greenhouse gas emissions come from the transportation sector, and that the vast majority of those emissions come from private automobile use, what specific legislation or plans would you implement to reduce our green house gas emissions in the transportation sector? (300 words or less)
Reductions in vehicle-miles traveled (VMT) can best be achieved through a combination of push and pull approaches. Vehicle use should be steadily made more costly, principally by increasing parking rates, and thoughtfully implementing congestion pricing. Emerging development, particularly in District 10, should be directed so as to create pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly retail corridors, and compact job-housing balances, making vehicle travel obsolete.
The City needs to improve the overall quality of its non-car transportation system, including greatly enhancing the range and quality of bike lanes. Barriers to bicycle use, such as lack of secure storage space in buildings and sidewalks, and limitations on bike entry into public transportation systems (e.g., CalTrains), should be eliminated.
A more diverse set of public transport options should be created, instead of relying on two primary choices: fixed rail and accordion buses. San Francisco should move towards developing an information system matched with a diversity of transport modes - from shared cars, shared taxis, vans, buses, and biking - that increases access and improves transit's overall experience and effectiveness. This should include an assessment of how (quasi) private transportation services - such as provided by the University of California, San Francisco, and high-technology companies ferrying their workers to Silicon Valley - can be leveraged to support public access. And the City should work to bring commuters home, by collaborating with their employers to open offices and production facilities in San Francisco.
We should also keep in mind that cars' characteristics are likely to significantly change over the next half-century, becoming smaller and less polluting. This transition should be encouraged, and could create vehicles that can be seen as an environmentally responsible part of an overall transportation system
3. Have you championed or strongly supported any initiatives that are in line with the SF Bicycle Coalition?s mission of promoting bicycling for everyday transportation to create safer streets and more livable communities? (300 words or less)
For several years I contributed significant amounts of funds to the Coalition. In addition, the paper I publish, www.potreroview.net, frequently covers and editorializes on behalf of the creation of livable communities, particular as part of development in Southeast San Francisco.
4. Market Street carries more people every day on bikes and transit than any other street in the city. The number of people using bicycles on the street has risen dramatically over the last five years; now more than two out of every three vehicles on the street every day is a bike. Even more people are riding on Market Street since the City has adapted four blocks of existing bike lanes into a separated, green bikeway. The SF Bike Coalition has received countless grateful e-mails, including parents who now feel safe biking their children to the Civic Center Farmers Market and the Embarcadero. Do you support the extension of the continuous, separated bikeway on Market Street, from Octavia Boulevard to the Embarcadero, to ensure that even more families and commuters feel safe biking on Market Street, supporting local businesses and institutions?
5. After a 4-year delay in physical bike improvements on city property, which was caused by a lawsuit and a slow Environmental Review process, the City is currently installing bike infrastructure and intends to install over 30 miles of bike lanes by the end of 2011.
Specifically included in the Bike Plan, which was adopted June 2009 by the Planning Department, the MTA Board, and the Board of Supervisors, are proposals for adding bike lanes on over 50 streets. A few of the projects still require a public hearing and are likely to result in a net loss of parking or travel lanes. Will you support legislation to improve the biking infrastructure on these streets, all of which are part of the official Citywide Bike Network, but currently lack specific safety accommodations for the growing number of bicycle commuters and potential bike riders:
2nd St. Yes
17th St. Yes
Bayshore Blvd. Yes
Cesar Chavez Ave. Yes
Phelan Ave. Yes
Polk Street Yes
Masonic Ave. Yes
6. Would you support a citywide goal aimed to decrease the number of private motor vehicle trips making San Francisco a better place to bike, walk and take transit, understanding that this goal would be met by, not only making biking, walking and transit more attractive, but also by making private motor vehicle trips and parking less convenient, and increasing parking fees to better reflect the true cost of parking?
7. 'Bicycle boulevards' are traffic-calmed streets that function as bicycle priority routes, similar to street designs in use in Berkeley and Palo Alto. Bicycle boulevards are designed to discourage cut-through traffic on neighborhood streets via traffic-calming measures and restrictions on automobile through- traffic, to allow for more continuous and comfortable travel by bike. Would you support the implementation of bicycle boulevards in San Francisco, even if this means restricting continuous automobile access at some intersections (while still allowing auto access to all homes and places of business)?
8. Though San Francisco has made great strides in improving the city's bicycle transportation environment, the bike route network is still woefully incomplete, discontinuous, and intimidating to most people. The SF Bicycle Coalition is advocating for significant improvements to the bicycle route network, in the form of continuous, separated, cross-town bikeways that are safe and comfortable for people of all ages and abilities to move around town by bike. Knowing that in many cases, streets will likely have to be reconfigured, reducing the number of conventional car lanes and converting space for on-street parking to make room for bicycle right-of-way, would you support the establishment of cross-town bikeways that are safe and inviting for all users?
9. A world-wide trend to enhance the quality of city life has led to cities creating car-free space on city streets, providing opportunities for people to bike, walk and play safely in their neighborhoods. More than just bike programs, the car-free space in Golden Gate Park (which the SFBC helped expand from Sundays to Saturdays) and San Francisco's 'Sunday Streets' program (which was adopted as an official program of the SF MTA) have helped local businesses and enhanced neighborhood cohesion. As Supervisor, will you commit to expanding popular programs like these and to significantly increase funding for more car- free spaces in San Francisco?
10. The City's Pavement to Parks program has created new tools for interested community groups and businesses to expand public open space and support local businesses. Will you help interested businesses and community groups create new 'parklets' extensions of the sidewalk in place of one or more car parking spaces, examples of which can be found on Divisadero Street at Mojo Cafe and on 22nd Street at Mission and trial street plazas in your district?
11. Poor pavement quality is a major hazard for people on bikes in San Francisco. Do you support for additional funding for street repaving, with a priority on bicycle and transit routes?
12. Would you support legislation to require large commercial buildings (i.e. over 20,000 Gross Square Footage) to allow employees of companies to bring their bike into their office space, if the building does not provide secure bike parking facilities?
13. The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was adopted to help
citizens and policy makers understand the environmental impact of project
proposals by requiring lengthy and expensive analysis and reporting for projects
with potential significant environmental impacts. Under CEQA, transportation
impacts are measured via 'intersection level of service' (LOS), a metric that
prioritizes the unobstructed flow of motor vehicles. The use of this particular
metric results increased costs and delayed implementation of transit projects,
bike lanes, and even sidewalk widening whenever such projects have the
potential to slow motor traffic, even if these projects are clearly beneficial to the
environment. In 2008 the SF County Transportation Authority approved a
superior alternative transportation impact methodology based on automobile trip
generation ('ATG') to replace the use of LOS, and in 2009 the State of California
amended the CEQA Guidelines to allow local jurisdictions to utilize other metrics
for transportation analysis, such as ATG, in place of LOS. Despite these
innovations at the state and county level, the SF Planning Department has not
yet adopted ATG to replace LOS and continues to privilege the convenient
movement of motor vehicles as an environmental good. Reform of this key
element of CEQA will help to speed future pedestrian, bike and transit projects
Would you support changes at the local level to reform environmental review, using ATG and other methods in keeping with San Francisco?s transit-first policy, even if it meant making automobile trips less convenient?
14. Presently, traffic law enforcement in San Francisco is given a low priority, leaving vulnerable users (pedestrians and bicyclists) to fend for themselves and discouraging increased walking and bicycling. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is encouraging the SF Police Department to more assertively enforce laws against aggressive and dangerous driving within the City by placing traffic safety as a higher priority within the Department. Will you commit to calling on the SFPD to create the position of pedestrian and bicycle safety coordinator whose role will be to coordinate a department-wide focus on enforcing laws against double-parking in bike lanes, speeding, and failure to yield right of way?
15. In recent years, childhood obesity has been identified as a significant national
health risk. 'Safe Routes to School' programs coordinate the ?5 E?s?- Education,
Encouragement, Engineering, Evaluation, and Enforcement to promote safe
walking and bicycling to school. San Francisco's Safe Routes to School Program
began in the Fall of 2009 and is in the classrooms of 5 elementary schools and
implemented an extremely successful SF Bike to School Day on in 2010, where
1,000 students from 32 schools rode to school.
As a Supervisor, would you support San Francisco Safe Routes To School efforts by advocating for consistent long-term funding, as well as support the expansion of the program to middle and high schools?
Questions for District 10
The redevelopment plans for parts of District 10 such as the Shipyard project create an opportunity to build livable streets where biking and walking are prioritized over car travel and car storage. Because these projects will create new street grids, we have the opportunity to build street designs that encourage neighborhood shopping, walking, and biking by requiring developers and planners to include large sidewalks, physically separated bike lanes, and bike parking. As Supervisor, will you require developers to include biking and walking amenities on all commercial corridors, and quiet bike-friendly residential streets?
To bring San Francisco's bike network to the next level, and to make San Francisco a world-class bicycling city, the next step for the city is to create continuous, separated, cross-town bikeways that are safe and comfortable for people of all ages and abilities to move around town by bike. In many cases, streets will have to be reconfigured to make room for safe and inviting bikeways, by reducing the number of conventional travel lanes and/or converting on-street parking space into dedicated bikeways. Would you support the establishment of cross-town bikeways that are safe and inviting for all users, even if it means dramatically reconfiguring Cesar Chavez Street (with lane reconfiguration and some parking loss) and Bayshore Boulevard (with lane reconfiguration and some parking loss) and Geneva Avenue (with some parking loss and/or travel lane reduction) and Third Street (with some parking loss and/or travel lane reduction)?