Balboa Park Station is a major hub of activity, serving over 24,000 passengers every day through BART and Muni. In addition to transit, there are more people biking to and from this station, thanks in part to new bike lockers at the station and recently striped bike lanes on Holloway Avenue. As businesses and shops add to the popularity of this commercial corridor, there is also a lot of energy in thinking about streetscape improvements that ensure the streets are safe for everyone in the neighborhood.
The San Francisco Planning Department has been working with local residents to come up with both near-term improvements and a long-term vision through the Ocean Avenue Corridor Design. This planning has been coordinated with the Balboa Park Circulation Study, which looks at how people move around in the area, whether they bike, walk, take transit or drive. Overall, these plans work together to reduce conflicts between modes of transportation to ensure Ocean Avenue remains a welcoming, vibrant neighborhood street.
To get feedback from residents, there has been a series of community workshops to brainstorm potential improvements and understand tradeoffs. Many residents have concerns with street safety and also want to see more greenery as well as more inviting public spaces. As part of these near-term improvements, we have been supporting green-backed sharrows for Ocean Avenue as reminder that this is a key piece of Connecting the City and our citywide bicycle network. We will continue to push for stronger improvements with the long-term vision to ensure that the North-South Bikeway continues to be built out for safer connections to the downtown core.
Ocean Avenue Corridor Design Workshop
Wednesday, July 9 from 6-7:30PM
City College, Multi-Use Building, Room 140 at 55 Phelan Ave.
Come to the open house and take a look at the final conceptual design for the near-term improvements. Looking to get even more involved? There are currently three vacancies on the Balboa Park Community Advisory Committee, with one vacancy specifically to represent bicycle and pedestrian interests. The positions consist of a one-year commitment and bi-monthly meetings to advise City agencies on improvements around the Balboa Park Station area. This is a great way to step up and take a leadership role in your community! If you have any questions or want to get involved, e-mail Janice for more information.