The Transportation Authority board has allocated $300,000 in Neighborhood Transportation Improvement Program funds to SF Public Works to complete the Buchanan Mall Bulbouts Project at the request of Transportation Authority Board Member Dean Preston (District 5). The project will design bulbouts to improve pedestrian safety and walkability at the intersections of Buchanan Street and Golden Gate Avenue as well as Buchanan Street and Turk Street, which are streets that intersect Buchanan Mall. The project's design phase will be completed by December 2020.
Buchanan Mall will be a 5-block long city park in San Francisco’s Western Addition neighborhood. It is surrounded by apartment buildings, and is adjacent to the African-American Arts and Culture Center and the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center.
The Buchanan Mall Bulbouts Project aims to enhance connectivity to the mall and surrounding community assets by reducing pedestrian crossing distances and increasing visibility of pedestrians. This project will address the community’s pedestrian safety and security concerns and will enhance community connections to recreational spaces of community-identified priority streets in the Western Addition neighborhood, as described in the Transportation Authority’s Western Addition Community Based Transportation Plan.
The project will achieve this by constructing new widened sidewalk areas, new curb ramps, and utility and drainage relocation at the intersections of Buchanan Street and Golden Gate Avenue as well as Buchanan Street and Turk Street. The project will promote greater walking and biking throughout the Western Addition.
The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department has plans to renovate the entire park and is working with local residents to plan, design, and build new park enhancements aimed at making Buchanan Mall a safe, green, and well-used center for the neighborhood. They are seeking to add edible gardens, interactive art installations, a gracious promenade, and children’s play areas honoring neighborhood heroes. Visit the project page here.