Potrero Pedestrian Safety and Walking School Bus Project [NTIP CAPITAL]

BACKGROUND

Visualization of improvements at 23rd, Dakota, & Missouri

The Potrero Hill neighborhood is a Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) Community of Concern that has a high percentage of people of color and a high percentage of low income households.

A large community-wide revitalization project, Rebuild Potrero, is underway in this neighborhood that promises to bring a number of transformational land use, housing, and transportation changes to the Potrero Terrace and Annex public housing sites. Rebuild Potrero will be built in five phases, with the first phase scheduled for completion in late 2018 and the remaining phases completed over the next decade.  Meanwhile, the existing site contains streets that are too wide given the low traffic volumes and many of the intersections are lacking basic amenities such as crosswalks. Additionally, numerous planning studies have cited exhibition driving and unsafe conditions for residents walking the site.

The Potrero Pedestrian Safety and Walking School Bus Project was recommended through the Potrero Hill Neighborhood Transportation Plan (NTP), in partnership with the Planning Department and BRIDGE Housing. It will respond to community desires for immediate pedestrian safety improvements during Rebuild Potrero construction. Please see the powerpoint presentation from SF Planning Department and the project's Prop K Allocation Request Form for more information.

In addition to Prop K funds, the project is also supported by Lifeline Transportation Program funds, a grant program administered by the Transportation Authority and funded by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to support improved mobility for Communities of Concern. 

Potrero Hill Intersection Safety Enhancements.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Partnering with BRIDGE Housing, the Transportation Authority has led a NTP effort that developed conceptual designs with significant input from community residents and leaders. The NTP was presented at a community wide forum on three separate dates where three design charrettes were held with local residents in addition to multiple walks and site visits in concert with community leaders. The Planning Department organized additional outreach meetings and workshops, including Focus Group and Youth Mural Design Workshops, to finalize the design.

Potrero Hill Walking School Bus Route.

PROJECT IMPROVEMENTS

This project will include roadway and public space improvements to enhance pedestrian safety, improve access to transit stops, and provide new community gathering areas. The scope of work includes the following activities:

  • Intersection pedestrian safety enhancements
  • Walking school bus path
  • Community mural

SCHEDULE

Potrero Hill Community Mural.

Project is currently being designed.