POSTPONED: SFMTA Open House on Upper Market Street Safety Project

This meeting has been postponed to May 5.

From SFMTA:

This open house is an opportunity for the public to learn about upcoming safety improvements coming to the Upper Market corridor.

With a clear need to improve safety on Upper Market Street, the SFMTA will explain how proposed engineering measures will directly respond to the existing street safety concerns.

At this event, the public is also invited to provide feedback that will be incorporated into future Upper Market Street planning efforts, including an area-wide traffic circulation study and strategic parking solutions.

From SFMTA’s Upper Market Street Safety Project page:

The Upper Market Street Safety Project is a multi-phased effort over the next few years to improve safety on Market Street between Octavia and Castro streets.  It uses a data-driven approach to determine the locations where collisions are occurring, while recognizing that comfort of travel also needs to be addressed.

The Upper Market Street Safety Project has been using the 2009 Community Vision and Recommendations study as a backbone to this project.

The goal of the project is to improve safety and comfort for all who travel on this section of Market Street, including pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and transit users, by reducing the potential for conflict and by making travel along the corridor more predictable and intuitive.

SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS

In the short term, the SFMTA is focused on implementing proven safety measures on the corridor, such as:

  • Painted safety zones that increase pedestrian visibility and slow turning vehicles
  • Signal timing improvements to better manage vehicle speeds
  • Upgraded crosswalks to increase driver visibility of pedestrians
  • New right-turn on red restrictions to enhance pedestrian safety and comfort

Future phases of the project will include:

  • Enhanced lane markings in the roadway to indicate where vehicles and bicycles should be
  • Enhanced bicycle lanes, to increase the separation between cyclists and drivers
  • Permanent sidewalk extensions to shorten the long crossing distance for pedestrians at each intersection

In the long term, the SFMTA and SF Planning Department can further engage the community in a circulation study to determine opportunities for turn restrictions and/or road closures in an attempt to enhance the public realm and further simplify the complex intersections.

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