What’s new on Market Street? So many things!
Here are three of the different ways for you to get involved:
1. Connecting SoMa and the Mission
Did you know the intersection of Market and Valencia (right where our office is located!) is called “The Hub”? This intersection was once where all four of the city’s cable car lines converged.
Over the years, The Hub transformed into a bustling area with housing, shops and offices on every block. To ensure The Hub grows as the city adds more residents, the Planning Department will host its second community workshop for the Market Street Hub Project looking at transportation and public realm improvements. Wish there was a better bike connection between SoMa and the Mission? Make your voice heard.
Market Street Hub Project Workshop
Wed., June 22 at 6:00 pm
Red Cross Building, 1663 Market St.
If you can’t make the meeting, please send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Getting to the Castro
Market Street may be lined with rainbow flags all the way to the Castro right now, but what if you had green paint to match? Along with greening the bike lanes on Market Street, the SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is proposing a whole slate of street improvements for an easier bike ride, fewer cars blocking the bike lane and better crossings at complicated intersections.
The SFMTA held an open house last month and has a survey open to get your feedback. The next steps are making the quick paint improvements this fall as they go through the full approval process for the rest of the project, including the proposed protected bike lane from Octavia to Duboce. Want to stay in the loop? Sign up for our Market Street campaign today.
3. The Big Picture
Market Street has always been a street of the people. Stitching together diverse neighborhoods with vibrant city life on every block, every mode of transportation connects here, from ferries at the Embarcadero to the historic streetcars that ring their way down the center of the street. And now, Market Street is the home of some 7,000 trips taken by bike every single day.
Our ask has always been the same: from the Ferry Building through Octavia, we need protected bike lanes. What better way to get more people out on their bikes than making our most-biked street more welcoming to them? We’re excited to share that the big picture Better Market Street is taking strides forward in the planning process. The City has begun its design phase, taking a deeper look at each unique section of Market Street and coming up with proposals for how to turn Market Street into the people-first boulevard that San Franciscans deserve.
Stay tuned as we expect more information to share over the coming months.