cover-crosswalk.jpgBusiness owners and residents along San Francisco’s Polk Street corridor are holding a community meeting tonight on bicycle and pedestrian improvements being considered for the neighborhood that could take away parking spaces.

The meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Old First Church at 1751 Sacramento St., is organized by the Middle Polk Neighborhood Association, which is concerned about the prospect of fewer parking spots.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is considering making various changes to several stretches of Polk Street, including adding bike lanes, parklets and other amenities.

Under some scenarios, there would be fewer parking spaces, or parking spots would be transferred to side streets.

SFMTA director of transportation Ed Reiskin is among those expected to attend this evening’s meeting. Organizers said Board of Supervisors president David Chiu will also be there.

SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose said the agency will hold more public meetings in the near future to discuss the best design options for the road. Construction would not begin until 2015, Rose said.

The agency is asking residents and merchants to participate in a survey on the possible changes. Those wishing to learn more about the options or take the survey can visit

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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