Streetsblog Off Today, Cars Off Market Tomorrow

no access to market street_1.jpgAt least for private cars during a trial closure. Photo: Bryan Goebel

Following the lead of Streetsblog NYC, we’re off today in observance of Yom Kippur, though we remind you that your bike commute to work down Market Street tomorrow morning will be quite different than today, should you be riding. With the trial to impose mandatory right turns for private automobiles traveling eastbound at 8th and 6th Streets, your Muni ride might be better, too. At a minimum, pedestrians shopping at Westfield should see a big difference! For more information on the closure, be sure to go over to the Better Market Street website.

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