The Transportation Authority Board voted to allocate $900,000 in half-cent sales tax funds, including $150,000 in District 9 Neighborhood Program funds, to support the design and construction of traffic calming measures in the Visitacion Valley and Portola neighborhoods. These traffic calming measures would be implemented as part of SFMTA’s Vision Zero Proactive Traffic Calming program.
The Vision Zero Proactive Traffic Calming program is focused on reducing speeds and enhancing safety for all residents, especially seniors and people with disabilities, while the Transportation Authority’s Neighborhood Program is intended to advance the delivery of community supported neighborhood-scale projects at the request of the District Supervisor, in this case, Transportation Authority Board Member Hillary Ronen (District 9).
The Visitacion Valley and Portola neighborhoods were selected for the Vision Zero Proactive Traffic Calming Program based on a planning effort led by the San Francisco Department of Public Health to address safety for seniors and people with disabilities, which are communities vulnerable to severe and fatal traffic injury. The need for traffic calming in the area had also been identified in the Transportation Authority’s previous Bi-County Transportation Study.
Traffic calming measures that could be prioritized include speed humps, signal changes, and raised crosswalks. The design of the project is underway and construction is expected to be complete by December 2022.