Advocates Ask Supes to Support a Two-Way Hayes

Advocates are calling for all livable streets supporters who have the time to turn out to the Board of Supervisors’ Land Use and Economic Development Committee meeting today at 1pm to voice their support for a two-way Hayes Street, as was called for in the Market and Octavia Plan. 

In 2007, the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association (HVNA), Livable City, Walk SF, and the SFBC worked with neighborhood and business stakeholders to advocate for the restoration of two-way
traffic on Hayes Street between Gough and Van Ness.  Two-way Hayes was included in the
Market & Octavia Neighborhood Plan
, adopted in 2007, and a
resolution calling for restored two-way traffic, along with wider
sidewalks and pedestrian safety improvements, passed the Board of
Supervisors unanimously in fall 2007.

Today, Supes will get an update on the status of the
MTA’s restoration of Hayes Street to a
two-way thoroughfare pursuant to a Board of Supervisors Resolution. 

We’ve heard a nasty rumor that the MTA may propose doing nothing to the street except reintroducing a crosswalk at Gough, which would be unacceptable to the HVNA and the entire community planning process.

We encourage you to speak out for a two-way solution in person or to send your comments in writing to Supervisors Maxwell, Mar, and Chiu if you are unable to attend the meeting.

City Hall, Room 263

Meeting starts at 1 pm and this issue is agenda item #6

  • Lots of streets in that area were made one-way when the Central Freeway was built to carry all the auto-traffic dumped on the neighborhood by the freeway. Now that they have replaced Central Freeway with Octavia Boulevard, the next step in making the neighborhood more pedestrian-friendly is to convert those one-way streets back to two-way streets.

  • For a good reference of a Streetfilm we did two years ago to fight the proposed change of two-way streets into one ways, see this film:

    http://www.streetfilms.org/archives/park-slope-one-way-vs-two-way-streets/

    I am sure parallels can be drawn and you might even be able to compare similar streets in the neighborhood in such a way. Pass it around, it helped get hundreds of people activated!