Creating a Potrero for Everyone
Potrero Today and Potrero Tomorrow?
Beginning March of 2013, the City brought together neighbors to create a Potrero avenue for everyone. Over the course of an unprecedented five community meetings, hundreds of people provided feedback for a safer, more inclusive Potrero.
This community-driven vision is now under threat as the City wavers under pressure from an aggressive campaign opposed to all the safety improvements being proposed by the community.
City leaders need to hear why a safer Potrero is important for their constituents. Take a minute to contact DPW Director Mohammed Nuru and Supervisors David Campos and Malia Cohen (sample letter below) to ask that they respect the wishes of the community and go forth with a plan for a safer Potrero that includes buffered bikelanes, wider sidewalks and transit improvements.
To: David.Campos@sfgov.org, Malia.Cohen@sfgov.org, Mohammed.Nuru@sfdpw.org
Sample Subject: Please make Potrero safer for everyone
(One paragraph about yourself—who you are, where you ride, why you want to see a safer Potrero Avenue.)
I support a safer Potrero Avenue with buffered bikelanes, wider sidewalks and transit improvements. The community has clearly spoken over the past five community meetings and we need your support in ensuring our vision is respected. Help us tame Potrero Avenue by increasing protection for people biking and walking.Sincerely,
If wish to do more than send an email to support a safer Potrero, join our Mission Member Committee Meeting!
Why is Potrero Important?
Connecting the Mission and the Bayview
As the only direct bike connection between the Mission and the southern neighborhoods east of Valencia Street, Potrero Avenue is a critical bike route. As the Cesar Chavez and Bayshore bike lanes near completion in early 2014, the number of people biking is only expected to grow, making better, safer bike infrastructure more critical.
In the summer of 2005, this former six-lane arterial was re-striped between 17th and 25th Streets to add bicycle lanes, a partial bus-only lane and turn lanes, the result of years of community organizing and advocacy. A coalition for safer streets made up of neighbors, employers, families and teachers from the Buena Vista Elementary School worked with city planners to put Potrero on a successful road diet.
In spite of these hard-fought improvements, Potrero continues to claim lives. Potrero Avenue is an important transit corridor, with 12,000 people riding Muni daily. All along Potrero, narrow sidewalks force pedestrians to be in close proximity with thousands of fast-moving cars and trucks with deadly consequences, particularly for children and seniors. This unsafe design is what the community set out to improve earlier this year, aiming to create a Potrero Avenue that acknowledges the presence of not just motor vehicles.
For more information, please contact:
Chema Hernández Gil