After more than two years of community outreach consisting of over 60 meetings with the public, the SFMTA Board of Directors will be considering proposed safety improvements to Polk Street as part of the Polk Streetscape Project.
Polk Street is a thriving commercial corridor, but it also has some of the highest pedestrian and bicycle collisions rates in the city. On average, one person walking and one person biking are hit by a car each month on Polk Street (122 in a five-year period.)
The Polk Streetscape Project is an effort to increase safety for people walking and biking on Polk Street, as well as improve the efficiency of transit on the corridor. This project will build on Polk Street's vibrant commercial character by improving safety and transportation choices.
Proposed improvements on Polk Street between McAllister and Union streets will include repaving, sidewalk corner "bulb-outs", Muni bus stop optimization, a protected bike lane, green bike lanes, bicycle traffic signals, high visibility crosswalks, red zones at intersections to improve visibility, commercial loading improvements, and landscaping, street lighting and alley enhancements.
Approval by the SFMTA Board of Directors is the final step in the legislative process and is an opportunity for members of the public to send comments via e-mail or testify in person.
SFMTA Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 1 p.m.
(Polk Streetscape item to be heard at 3 p.m. at the earliest)