Breed accelerates SFMTA projects on high-injury corridors


In a move that advances San Francisco’s Vision Zero, the city’s goal of eliminating traffic-related deaths by 2024, Mayor London Breed announced Thursday she’s expedited projects on three of The City’s most dangerous streets.

The announcement comes after Breed last month announced that she would personally review all outstanding Vision Zero safety projects on high-injury corridors to figure out which projects could be completed the fastest.

Breed said in a statement:

“Moving these safety projects forward on dangerous corridors with a history of collisions will make our city safer for bicyclists and pedestrians. … I have been personally reviewing Vision Zero projects to determine which ones can be implemented more quickly, and I will continue to do so because we cannot wait any longer for these critical safety improvements.”

According to Breed’s office, she’s instructed the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to expedite improvements on Townsend, Sixth and Taylor streets.

The Townsend Corridor Improvement Project, which focuses on Townsend Street, near the Fourth Street Caltrain Station, between Fourth and Eighth Streets, would add a protected bike lane and new sidewalk and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2019. The street will also receive repaving and striping work, Breed’s office said.

Both Sixth and Taylor streets, which have been identified by The City’s Vision Zero program as having some of the highest concentration of fatal and severe pedestrian injuries, will get wider sidewalks and bulb-outs, concentrated in the South of Market and Tenderloin neighborhoods. Additionally, Sixth Street will get new traffic signals at all mid-block alleys to allow pedestrians to cross safely.

Construction on the Taylor and Sixth streets projects is set to begin no later than spring 2020.

SFTMA’s Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin said in a statement:

“Now more than ever our streets need to be a place where people of all ages and walks of life can move around safely and where no one loses their life just trying to cross the streets. … From Howard to Sixth and Taylor to Townsend, we’re committed to quickly making impactful changes that help everyone travel more safely and sustainably.”

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