SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) _ The America’s Cup race is expected to draw millions of spectators to San Francisco, meaning major planning is going into just how all those visitors will get around.
KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:
In a Thursday press conference in front of San Francisco’s Ferry Building Mayor Ed Lee explained why this is the most important plan the city is working on.
“We’re going to invite 200,000 people a day to come to our borders here along the waterfront and view one of the most spectacular races – the America’s Cup 34,” said Lee.
Dubbed the “People Plan,” the initial draft calls for street closures, limited parking, and extending the Fisherman’s Wharf streetcar line out to AT&T Park in one direction, and Fort Mason in the other.
A waterfront pedestrian corridor and bike valet stations are also in the plan, something the San Francisco Bike Coalition’s Leah Shahum calls encouraging.
“We’re already a big step ahead in the game, but we’ve got some ways to improve and this real boost of investment could really get us over the hump to be a first class walking, bicycling and transit city,” said Shahum.
The city is asking for public comments within the next two months. The transit plan is due in September.
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