Smooth Sailing in the Richmond

Above, a traffic diverter in Montréal only allows bicycle traffic to continue on this street.

Photo by Jacob / Flickr

Neighborhood Greenways? Bike Boulevards? Green Connections? Enter “neighborways,” which have residents in the Richmond excited for these tried and true people-first treatments.

The new design options for Eighth Avenue focus on slowing down vehicle traffic to prioritize people walking and biking. To help us win the best possible design, join our mailing list to stay updated as plans progress for this park-to-park corridor.

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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is using a toolkit called “neighborways” which pulls from best practices of smart street design to create quiet and inviting streets. At an open house a week ago they presented the Eighth Avenue Neighborway design options which include some well-known tactics like bulb-outs and speed humps, and newer methods like traffic circles and diverters.

People were especially excited by the idea of traffic diversions on Eighth Avenue to decrease the amount of cars driving on this north-south corridor. Two types of diversions are possible: a full diversion where cars driving north or south must turn onto Geary Boulevard, or partial diversions at Anza Street for cars going north and Balboa Street for those going south.

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