In our last Market Street blog, we told you about three exciting projects coming to Market Street within the year – reduced private auto traffic, Upper Market spot repaving and the Market Street Prototyping Festival. We’ve been working on these projects for a long time, and are thrilled that there’s finally some action coming down the pipeline!
We’re pleased to let you know that after years of advocacy, the first project on that list, Safer Market Street, is kicking off with a public open house on Tuesday, September 30 (6-7:30PM at Bayanihan Community House, 1010 Mission Street).
This is your chance to let the City know how important a Safer Market Street is to you! If you walk, bike or take transit on Market Street, you know we all deserve a safer Market. Please join us.
Safer Market Street Public Meeting
Tuesday, September 30
Bayanihan Community House (1010 Mission Street)
What is ‘Safer Market Street?’
Safer Market Street is the SFMTA’s new program to reduce collisions on Market Street by expanding private automobile turn restrictions and enforcing transit-only lanes. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition advocated for this program as an interim step to improve Market Street safety while we wait for a Better Market Street. Market Street has over 6,000 daily bicycle riders, and 84% of all people get to Market Street by means other than a car, but the corridor still has some of the City’s highest rates of collisions. Safer Market Street restricts turns onto Market Street from North-South crossing streets, reducing existing conflicts at intersections and freeing up space on East-West Market Street for MUNI buses and thousands of daily bicyclists. The current proposal calls for turn restrictions for private autos (exempting taxis, commercial vehicles and paratransit) from 8th to 3rd Streets.
But as someone who bikes on Market Street, you know this bustling bikeway is far from perfect. Your SF Bicycle Coalition is busy working to win protected bikeways from Van Ness Avenue to the waterfront so that you and the thousands of others who pedal it will have a safer, more comfortable ride. As we work on the bigger vision of a truly better Market Street, we’re also working to improve it with smaller, near-term improvements that make our city’s main boulevard better for people biking, walking and taking transit.
To receive updates on Market Street projects, including Safer Market Street, sign up for our Market campaign. And if you’re not already a member, support our ongoing work to make Market Street better for biking, walking and transit by becoming a member of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition today!