PEDESTRIAN SAFETY IN SOMA YOUTH AND FAMILY ZONE
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.
PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND BENEFITS
The Transportation Authority and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency are developing recommendations for improving safety at five ramp intersections within the Youth and Family Zone to improve safety for all travelers within the zone, especially the most vulnerable populations, and to support progress towards the city's Vision Zero goal.
The study ramp intersections include:
- 5th Street and Harrison Street
- 5th Street and Bryant Street
- 8th Street and Harrison Street
- 9th Street and Bryant Street
- 10th Street and Bryant Street
Recommendations 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 in early 2018.
The study was funded in part by the Neighborhood Transportation Improvement Program.
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PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS AND PUBLIC OUTREACH
The Transportation Authority and SFMTA have proposed a set of improvements for these intersections. These are short-term improvements based on detailed crash analyses. Concepts include signal upgrades, sidewalk extensions (also known as bulb-outs), new and upgraded crosswalks, lane reconfigurations, and improved lighting.
The project team engaged with public and community organizations in SoMa and has received feedback on draft concepts. The team is currently working with SFMTA to finalize the implementation strategy and funding plan and will present the final report to the Transportation Authority Board in early 2018.
Feedback and questions can be directed to: Colin Dentel-Post, Senior Planner, San Francisco County Transportation Authority. Call 415-522-4836 or email email@example.com.