Golden Gate Avenue Buffered Bike Lane [NTIP Capital]


Golden Gate Avenue "before" conditionsGolden Gate Avenue is a busy pedestrian corridor that serves numerous important transportation functions for San Francisco. The 7X Muni bus line and Golden Gate Transit Route 92 bus line travel through the corridor, which also carries heavy vehicular traffic. Golden Gate Avenue is also a High Injury Corridor with some of the highest pedestrian and bicycle collision rates in San Francisco. On average, one person walking or biking is hit by a car every 38 days on the six-block stretch of Golden Gate Avenue between Van Ness Avenue and Market Street (48 in a five-year period).

In support of San Francisco’s Vision Zero commitment to eliminate traffic fatalities by 2024, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) will be reconfiguring Golden Gate Avenue between Polk and Market streets to enhance safety for all road users. The project will support Vision Zero through the implementation of targeted, proven safety improvements along Golden Gate Avenue, one of the city’s streets that account for a disproportionate amount of traffic collisions.


The Golden Gate Avenue Safety Project is an effort to increase safety for more vulnerable people on Golden Gate Avenue. The proposed design will include corridor-wide safety improvements along Golden Gate Avenue from Polk Street to Market Street. The proposed conceptual design includes the following improvements:

Example of a buffered bike lane

  • Reduction of travel lanes from 3 lanes to 2 lanes to help slow speeds
  • Eastbound buffered bike lane to provide a better connection between Polk Street and Market Street for people riding bikes
  • Travel lanes farther from the sidewalks and parking lanes, addressing collision patterns involving pedestrians crossing mid-block
  • Pedestrian safety features such as painted safety zones, crosswalk upgrades and traffic signal improvements

SFMTA anticipates no parking loss because of the proposed improvements included in the project. For more information please see the project's Prop K Allocation Request Form.


Through community input and technical evaluation, the proposed concept was designed to enable safer access for road users of all modes, ages, and abilities. SFMTA staff will continue to reach out directly to stakeholders along the corridor in advance of any public approvals. 


  • Community Outreach and Planning Phase: March 2015–March 2016
  • Environmental Review: February 2015–February 2016
  • Detailed Design: Winter 2015
  • Engineering Public Hearing: April 15, 2016
  • SFMTA Board of Directors Approval: February 2016
  • Construction: Summer 2016

For more information, visit the SFMTA's website on the Golden Gate Avenue Safety Project.