2011 Mayor Questionnaire
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Market Street, in addition to many other attributes, is centrally important for Muni and bicycle travel, with a quarter of a million daily transit vehicle boardings on or under it each weekday, and more daily bike trips than almost any other street in the United States. The City and community partners have commenced a series of trials to test ideas for improving Market Street, for the sake of transportation improvements as well as public realm and economic enhancements.
David Chiu: I strongly support continued trials that reduce private vehicular traffic on Market. We need to take the opportunity before repaving Market in 2015 to transform Market into a world-class boulevard. As Mayor, I will direct city staff to prioritize making this vital corridor friendlier for Muni, bikes, and pedestrians. Transforming Market into a livable street will speed up Muni systemwide and encourage business development because more locals and visitors will be drawn there.
Paul Currier: Yes. We also need to really focus on new Citywide Underground Rail Transit to move “People Traffic” off our streets, and into new Subway and Monorail Services, designed and built for the 21st Century and beyond.
Bevan Dufty: As Supervisor, my Controller’s audit of J-Church service led to the Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP) study to increase efficiencies in Muni services. As Mayor, I will roll up my sleeves, push for trail implementations and environmental clearances to these necessary system-wide improvements happen. I support continued trials along Market Street as I think they are the best mechanism to get feedback and build effective permanent solutions.
Tony Hall: I support the general concept but would need to see further details of exact routes and impact upon all other means of transportation, safety and business.
Dennis Herrera : I strongly support these efforts. As Mayor, I’ll work to fulfill our decades-long vision of a car-free Market Street as part of a “Market Street Creative Corridor.” I’ll push for a near-term temporary closure of Market Street, then begin the planning and review processes toward permanent closure, from the Ferry Building to Van Ness Avenue. Cars don’t create economic activity—people do. Let’s revitalize Market Street by making it a world-class destination for cyclists and [response truncated]
Emil Lawrence: I am for adding more green zones, as long as more training for bike riders takes place. I cannot tell you how many times I have almost run over a bike rider, because the rider expected me to see him, when he or she had no lights, helmet, blah, blah, blah.
Ed Lee: Our residents deserve a reliable world-class transportation system. One of the best ways to reduce the volume of private vehicles on our streets is to improve MUNI’s infrastructure and reliability as well as the transit rider experience. That’s why I strongly supported the appointment of Ed Reiskin as head of the MTA. Ed is a proven manager who can work with residents, neighborhood leaders, business, labor and others to deliver results. I will continue to [response truncated]
Wilma Pang: [no response given]
Joanna Rees: I support trials. We need to adopt a few practices that San Francisco entrepreneurial startups have pioneered to great success. One of those ideas is how to test different approaches, and improve services based on that data. This is more than just “data-driven” management. The idea here is to redefine the way we look at city services, where managers and departments are empowered to use experimentation to test, refine, and optimize the services they provide [response truncated]
Phil Ting: Yes, I support working toward improving the safety of cycling in our city, which includes expanding the number of trials for improvements where necessary.
Leland Yee: Yes. I support the Better Market Street Project, which has improved traffic flow, decreased Muni travel times, and encourages biking and walking. Since the pilot project started in 2009, it has demonstrated success and I think it’s a particularly good example of well-executed outreach that brought transit advocacy groups together with local business associations as stakeholders.
Cesar Ascarrunz: Since Market Street is one of our busiest streets we need to ask everyone who would be affected what their ideas are. People take public transit, take taxis, and there are also many pedestrians, if we include everybody in the conversation we will be able to create a solution that will benefit the whole area while still being able to make the area more accessible for bicycles.
John Avalos: Biking down Market Street is like playing a video game with the street layout changing from block to block! The city reduced a lot of car traffic, with required right turns and bike lanes, yet it’s still a dangerous street.
Terry Baum: Yes, I support closing lower Market Street to private cars, and installing retractable bollards (as are commonly used in Europe) to restrict private car traffic.
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