To encourage more bicycling, a two-way separated bike lane could be built along the Embarcadero; bike lanes could be added to the Lefty O'Doul Bridge; event venues could be mandated to provide valet bike parking and new developments could be required to provide bike-sharing stations. Bike sharing could also be expanded along the waterfront in general.
Potential parking strategies include making arrangements with private lots and garages for use during special events, selling parking spaces along with event tickets, and establishing a network of satellite lots close to transit connections or outside the immediate neighborhood of event venues.
The city could also deploy more traffic officers and implement special management plans during special events, the assessment suggests. It could also establish more transit-only lanes to speed buses through congested traffic.
Other ideas include requiring developers, hotel owners and event planners to offer free Clipper cards, Muni fare cards or Fast Passes, and forcing developers to accommodate car sharing in their projects and establish on-site day care centers at residential and office developments.
BART, Caltrain ideas
The assessment includes expansions of BART's Embarcadero and Montgomery stations and ferry terminals and the electrification of Caltrain.
"Any time someone wants to build on the waterfront, this lets them know what their responsibilities are — and what their opportunities are," Albert said.
Critics have expressed skepticism that the city will come through with the funding, especially for the transit improvements, and wondered if they'll have the backbone to impose costly requirements on project developers.
City officials acknowledge that they'll need a solid funding plan but say that it's important to plan for that growth broadly rather than piece by piece as projects are proposed.
"We want to leave a legacy," Albert said. "We want to leave the waterfront in better shape than we found it."