Eyes on the Street: SFMTA Restores Two-Way Traffic on Ellis

Photo: ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/geekstinkbreath/7235638504/in/photostream##Frank Chan (geekstinkbreath)/Flickr##

The SFMTA last week restored two-way traffic on four blocks of Ellis Street, from Polk to Jones Streets. It’s the final phase of a project that also converted two blocks of the adjacent Eddy Street last month, bringing humane traffic speeds to what used to be highway-like, one-way arterial streets.

In front of the Tenderloin National Forest at Ellis and Leavenworth. Photo: ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/geekstinkbreath/7235631188/in/photostream##Frank Chan/Flickr##

Check out more of Frank Chan’s always-stellar shots after the break and on his Flickr account.

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  • Jr

    Excellent. How about Post, Sutter, Bush and Pine?

  • GL

    Looks like it’s still two lanes in one direction (and one lane in the other direction) on some segments (e.g. near Polk). Too bad, since that is a far, far less comfortable configuration for biking than one lane in each direction. MTA doesn’t seem to fully get the purpose of traffic calming — two lanes in any direction is no good.

  • Ubringliten

    Are they going to paint some bike lanes?

  • Guest

    It’s not so much MTA doesn’t want to but all hell breaks loose when you start “taking away” lanes or parking from drivers.  Add in environmental reviews and more public hearings and you’ll see nothing change for a long time… And you’d call it a boondoggle before seeing the price tag.

    I personally would like to see more done, pilot projects, projects that benefit bikes, and those that help move MUNI too.  We’ve got to stop prioritizing cars over everything.  And that includes maintaining constant access during construction projects when they can be done cheaper and faster with a daylong closure.

  • Ever since the MTA removed the poorly-placed sharrows on Post/Sutter, we have yet to see a solution for bicycle traffic on streets with right-side bus lanes.

  • CBrinkman

    @Jr, I wanted to let you know  that I have
    asked MTA staff to look at prioritizing transit and bike traffic on Post and
    Sutter, and de-prioritizing private auto traffic. It would helpful for those of you who bike Post and Sutter, and those of you don’t but would like to, to share your opinions with the MTA Board.  MTABoard@sfmta.com  I see a lot of cyclists coming down Post in the am and I’d like to hear from them. 

  • J282sf

    Great work! I like those interesting crosswalk treatments too! I’ve walked them several times and the cobblestone feel is great. Let’s do more of them.

  • Sprague

    Perhaps a good solution for one way streets, especially those with transit lanes on the right, would be to have a bidirectional parking protected bike lane along their left side (on the opposite side of the street from the transit lane – so as to not interfere with transit service and access for Muni riders).  Then we might have a “complete” street that may work well for all users.

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