Better Streets Plan

Market Street's Mechanics Monument

Background 

Better Streets Plan coverThe Better Streets Plan (BSP) is a citywide policy document adopted in 2010 that provides a unified set of standards and guidelines that govern the design of all city streets, based on a balanced perspective, but emphasizing transit, cycling and walking in the design, building and maintenance of the public right-of-way. In addition to recognizing the increasing importance of sustainable modes of transport, the BSP reflects the understanding that public spaces are about much more than just transportation—that streets serve a multitude of social, recreational and ecological needs that must be considered when deciding on the most appropriate design. The BSP offers the City the opportunity to integrate all these considerations into a single framework.

Visit the Better Streets Plan Web site and download a copy of the Better Streets Plan.

The BSP consists of two primary components: the Streetscape Master Plan (SMP) and the Pedestrian Transportation Master Plan (PMP), both of which are partially funded by the Transportation Authority's Prop K transportation sales tax.

Streetscape Master Plan (SMP)

The SMP includes a review of existing plans, codes and best practices from within San Francisco; a review of best practices from peer cities; the development of a street typology framework; the development of a Streetscape Design Toolkit to guide the design of City streets, including guidelines on materials, dimensions, plantings, drainage features, and street furnishings (e.g., benches, lighting); and the drafting of the City code revisions necessary to implement the Streetscape Design Toolkit.

Pedestrian Transportation Master Plan (PMP)

The PMP includes a review of best practices from peer cities; description and analysis of the existing conditions and needs; comprehensive policies for pedestrian safety, access, education and enforcement; a 20-year Capital Improvement Program with a prioritized project list; and installation criteria and/or design guidelines for many of the tools used to benefit pedestrians, such as crosswalks and pedestrian signals. The PMP will be closely coordinated with the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA) Sidewalk and Curb Ramp Transition Plans, which DPW is undertaking. Visit MTA's Pedestrian Transportation Master Plan Web site for more information about the PMP.

Management Structure

The Mayor's Director of City Greening was the lead for the overall BSP effort, working in close coordination with the interdepartmental Better Streets Coordination Team, with members from DPW, the Mayor's Office on Disability, MTA, Planning Department, and PUC. The Mayor's Director of City Greening was also the day-to-day project manager for the BSP community involvement contract. The lead agencys for development of the SMP and the PMP were the Planning Department and MTA Planning respectively.

Public Outreach

The Transportation Authority hosted a public meeting to receive comments regarding public outreach for the Pedestrian Master Plan (PMP). Approximately 30 people from pedestrian and neighborhood advocacy groups, pedestrian planning firms, and agency staff attended the meeting.

To reveiw past discussions on the Pedestrian Master Plan outreach process from the Transportation Authority's Plans and Programs Committee, Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee, and PMP Project Advisory Committee meetings, click to download the following documents: