Pedestrian Safety in SOMA Youth and Family Zone | Vision Zero Ramp Intersection Study

SoMa's Youth and Family ZonePROJECT BACKGROUND

The South of Market Area designated as a Youth and Family Zone includes multiple locations where freeway on- or off-ramps intersect city streets. These ramp intersections tend to have particularly high frequencies of traffic injuries and fatalities. In 2014, one ramp intersection alone (5th and Harrison Street), saw four traffic fatalities. These ramps are also located close to several public schools, single room occupancy hotels, and senior centers, which attract populations at high risk of injury from traffic collisions.


Vision Zero Ramps Study AreaThe Transportation Authority and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency are developing recommendations for improving safety at between three and five ramp intersections within the Youth and Family Zone to improve safety for the all travelers within the zone, especially the most vulnerable populations, and to support progress towards the city's Vision Zero goal. Recommendations will focus on changes that can be implemented quickly such as signal timing, striping, or signage improvements. The study was initiated in May 2016 and will be complete by June 2017.For more information, including project contacts, please visit the project's Prop K Allocation Request Form.

Download the project fact sheet.


The Transportation Authority will seek input on the project recommendations from community organizations in the South of Market area. Feedback and questions can be directed to:

Colin Dentel-Post, Senior Planner, San Francisco County Transportation Authority. Call 415-522-4836 or email

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