Image Credit: Shundo David Haye
After five-plus years in the making, Page Street is finally free of freeway traffic! Thanks to the people power of our members and neighborhood advocates, this long-awaited project is officially in the ground and people are loving it. If you’ve biked or walked along the corridor this past week, you’ve seen what an improvement to this people-friendly street these pilot project changes have already brought.
Last summer, former Supervisor Vallie Brown led the charge and pushed the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) to create a better proposal than originally put forward for the corridor to transform the way we dedicate street space in Hayes Valley and the rest of District 5. With the recent success of projects like Market Street showing the City the benefits of putting people first, the SFMTA unveiled plans to divert vehicle traffic off of Page Street in both east and westbound directions to make sure it was no longer used as an extended freeway onramp.
With an innovative project like Page Street and Supervisor Preston’s support for people-first projects, we must continue to advocate for the chance to reclaim space for those walking and biking. As the SFMTA evaluates this pilot, we’ll push for similar treatments to Haight Street to prioritize transit reliability and access to businesses over freeway accessibility.
With growing support for car-free spaces in the City, we need your help more than ever to continue to fuel our work. Support our work today to power more people-first campaigns in District 5 and beyond.