Lombard Crooked Street | Existing Conditions Summary

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existing conditions KEY FINDINGS

Download the complete Draft Lombard Crooked Street Existing Conditions Technical Memorandum (11.6 MB PDF).

Key findings from the report are detailed below.

1. Managing Pedestrian Congestion

Pedestrian volumes on Lombard Street often result in crowding and congestion more common to a downtown area. At the corners immediately adjacent to Lombard, pedestrians have less than eight square feet of space.

2. Managing Auto Congestion

During peak periods, a significant queue forms along Lombard St. west of Hyde, as cars wait to access the Crooked Street. This queue affects vehicle circulation and resident access to Lombard, Larkin, Polk, and Van Ness. Additionally, vehicle loading and parking activity blocks access and circulation at the top and bottom of the block.

3. Ensuring Traffic Safety

A review of collision data indicated that the Crooked Street is not a Vision Zero safety concern.  Slow speeds and congestion in the area mean that any crashes are minor. However, parking control officers, residents, and cable car operators report frequent “close calls” that contribute to a perception of danger.

4. Maintaining Access to the Crooked Street Block

With priority access for residents of the Crooked Street from northbound Hyde, access has improved. However, the queue of cars often blocks driveways on neighboring streets. Additionally, a lack of designated loading zones contributes to parked and loading vehicles blocking driveways.

Visitor comparison graph5. Maintaining Livability of
    the Surrounding Neighborhood

Visitor behavior is a high-priority concern. The pedestrian crowding on and around the Crooked Street creates circulation and potential safety issues.

6. Preserving Tourism

The volume of visitors at Lombard Street is comparable to other regional attractions. Other attractions with similar levels of visitors have dedicated management agencies to assist in organizing visitors and minimizing neighborhood impacts.