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The SFMTA Board of Directors unanimously approved the project on October 16th, 2012. SFMTA crews implemented parking mitigation measures as well as the Fell Street crosswalk enhancements and separated bikeway in November 2012. Implementation of Oak Street crosswalk enhancements, traffic signal timing changes and a new bikeway will be complete by May 2013, weather permitting. Corner sidewalk extensions at various locations will be installed later in 2013.
This construction schedule is subject to change pending weather and other unforeseen circumstances. Crews will make every effort to not perform work on this project during rush hour, but please show patience with any potential disruptions to traffic.
The SFMTA has heard requests for a physically separated and repaved Fell Street bike lane. The SFMTA is considering options to increase the physical separation on Fell Street using plastic “safe-hit” posts or concrete medians. However, the project did not initially anticipate the significant additional capital cost of repaving portions of Fell Street. The SFMTA will investigate additional funding sources for this work and coordinate with the Department of Public Works as part of their ongoing street repaving prioritization.
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This project will plan, design and implement improvements for people who walk and ride a bicycle along the Fell Street and Oak Street corridor between Scott Street and Baker Street by installing bikeways that are physically separated from motor vehicle traffic as well as various pedestrian safety and neighborhood greening measures. In order to accommodate wider bikeways, sidewalk extensions, and storm water management features within the existing right-of-way, the SFMTA will reallocate curbside space currently used for automobile parking along these three blocks.
In addition to carrying tens of thousands of cars each day, Oak Street and Fell Street are vital links in San Francisco's bicycle network, connecting the Panhandle bike path and the “Wiggle” bicycle route that serve thousands of cyclists. Oak and Fell Streets are the flattest, most direct connection from Market Street to the Panhandle path, Golden Gate Park and western neighborhoods. To see how many people bicycle on Fell Street each day, check out the data from our automated bicycle counter.
Also, many people who live in this neighborhood or visit local businesses do not feel safe as they walk along and across these busy streets. In response to many requests from local residents, the SFMTA has investigated ways to improve neighborhood livability through pedestrian safety measures, landscaping improvements, and measures to calm vehicle traffic, and to attract new bicycle riders by adding a bikeway that is separated from motor traffic.
Proposed project elements include:
The SFMTA estimates a net loss of 55 parking spaces after various parking mitigation measures, or less than 6% of the existing parking supply within a 1-block radius of the project area. The project requires the removal of approximately 100 parking spaces, primarily on the south side of Oak Street and the south side of Fell Street between Scott and Baker streets. The SFMTA proposes several measures to offset the proposed parking loss including increasing parking supply by consolidating bus stops at two locations on Hayes Street and by implementing angled and perpendicular parking on Baker Street between Fell and Haight, and on Scott Street between Haight and Waller. The SFMTA is also investigating how residential permit parking could free up additional parking spaces for area residents, but a formal proposal has not been drafted.
Public Meetings to Date
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - The SFMTA held a community meeting to discuss the project scope and collect input on project goals. Meeting attendees participated in an activity to identify and prioritize goals for the project. Top goals that emerged from the exercise include increasing safety for all street users, increasing bicycling, maintaining access to residences and businesses, making the neighborhood greener, and improving connectivity at the boundaries of the proposed bikeway. Background information and conceptual design shared at the meeting are available here: Oak and Fell September Community Meeting Presentation (pdf).
Saturday, December 3, 2011 - The SFMTA hosted an open house to collect public feedback on the potential benefits and challenges of various design alternatives of the proposed project. There was a four-hour window of time in which the public could drop in to review design options and potential project impacts.
Saturday, March 31, 2012 - The SFMTA hosted the third and final planning workshop to review the proposed conceptual design for pedestrian and bike safety improvements on Oak and Fell streets.
Friday, May 18, 2012 - The Oak and Fell Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Project was discussed at a public hearing at City Hall. This Traffic Engineering Public Hearing was an opportunity for stakeholders to give their feedback on the proposed project and alternatives considered. The proposal for Residential Permit Parking is still under development and was not discussed at this public hearing.
The SFMTA has also met with individual neighborhood groups, merchants and residents to discuss this project throughout the planning and design process.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - The project was presented to the SFMTA Board of Directors for consideration of approval. SFMTA staff gave a brief presentation, and members of the community were given an opportunity to share their comments with the Board. Several directors asked clarifying questions of SFMTA staff, and one bulbout was removed from the proposal based on concerns raised by the adjacent business owner. The Board voted unanimously to approve the project.
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