This time last year, the Valencia Street Improvement Project was on hold as the pandemic progressed, and the future of the street was uncertain. However, thanks to the work of the project team behind the improvements, the corridor is now on course to receive drastic and much needed updates to enhance safety for people biking and walking.
The project will address common challenges people face when biking by introducing protected bike lanes from 15th to 24th Streets, as well as improving curb management. Once approved, these designs will be implemented as an 18-month pilot program. After the pilot window has ended, the project team will evaluate the improvements and begin to propose next steps for the corridor.
As the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Agency (SFMTA) continues the outreach and design process through the month of August, it is crucial that your feedback is heard. There are a few ways that you can interface with city staff. First, in late September, SFMTA will host a virtual open house where the project team will present their working designs for improvements to the corridor. This will be an opportunity for merchants, residents, and advocates alike to come together and give feedback directly to the Valencia Project team on the proposed designs. Sign up for campaign updates to track when this open house takes place.
After comments from the open house are heard, the project will be revised according to the feedback. After this, it will be reviewed by the SFMTA Board of directors in the winter, where official public comment will take place. Comments will let the directors know how their constituents feel about the project, and will also be a chance for callers to give support.
Throughout this process, your support and feedback will directly impact the future of the Valencia corridor. Your engagement is a vital part of ensuring that the road is the safest it can be for all road users, and for the many businesses that call Valencia home.
To stay up to date with future opportunities make sure to sign up for campaign updates and, as always, you can reach out to the project team with questions and feedback at Valencia@SFMTA.com.