Traffic Calming Project
This project was made possible in part by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority through a grant of Proposition K Local Transportation Sales Tax funds.
MTA staff conducted several community meetings during 2005 and 2006 to engage the community in identifying problem locations and traffic calming measures within the Bayview neighborhood. Initial analysis confirmed the community’s concerns, finding high traffic volumes, numerous trucks, speeding cars, and reckless driving. The resulting project is in the area roughly bounded by Jamestown Avenue, Third Street and Evans Avenue. The end result was a Final Report and Traffic Calming Project (Plan) that was adopted by the MTA Board in January 2007.
Current efforts in the Bayview-Hunters Point area also include the Bayview Gateways Grant funded project. This project from the Traffic Calming plan will construct neighborhood traffic calming measures at the entry points to the residential area in the Bayview District from the industrial land uses to the east. Gateway treatments such as landscaped median islands are an effective means of making drivers aware that they have entered a residential area.
The gateway islands have been installed at the following locations:
- Hawes and Quesada
- Hawes and Revere
- Hawes and Shafter
- Thomas and Ingalls
- Underwood and Jennings.
Measures that have been implemented as early action items from the plan and measures implemented prior to the plan in related Traffic Calming efforts (*)are:
Projects implemented from 2004 - 2008
- Oakdale Ave West of Ingalls St (2008)
- McKinnon Ave between Lane-Keith Sts (2007)
- West Point Rd east of Middle Point Rd (2005)*
- Gilman Street, between Hawes and Ingalls Sts (2004-5)*
- Cameron Way between Fitzgerald and Griffith (3 Humps) (2004)*
- Fitzgerald Ave between Cameron Way and Griffith St (2004)*
- Griffith Ave between Cameron Way and Griffith St (2004)*
- Nichols Way east of Cameron Way (2004)*
- Oakdale Ave east of Griffith St (2008)
Traffic Channelization and Pedestrian Safety Islands were installed at:
- Hudson St between Ingalls and Cashmere Sts (Median Island) (2008)
- Kiska Rd west of Dormitory. (Curbside Traffic Islands) (2008)
- Quesada Ave between Lane and Keith Sts (Landscaped Islands) (2008)
- Revere Avenue between Lane and Keith Sts (Landscaped Islands) (2008)
- Northridge Rd at Harbor Rd (2006)
- Fitzgerald Ave at Ingalls St (2006)
- Middle Point and West Point (North) (2004-5)*
- Earl Ave and Kirkwood Ave (2006)
- La Salle Ave and Cashmere St(2004-5)*
- La Salle Ave and Whitney Young (2004-5)*
- Cashmere St and Whitney Young (2004-5)*
- Middle Point and West Point (south) (2004-5)*
There are three key issues that determine the best phasing strategy for implementing traffic calming in the Bayview District:
- Recognizing that there is limited funding available, the most cost effective solutions should be implemented first, along with solutions for the most serious traffic safety problems.
- Recognizing that there is rarely universal support or understanding among residents for any traffic calming project, low-cost temporary installations may be preferable over the short term to test certain ideas.
- Finally, it is very important that traffic calming efforts on one street do not simply push the problem to another street.
To achieve these key points, the following phasing strategy is recommended:
Phase 1 improvements seek to address the worst speeding and pedestrian safety problems in the neighborhood in the most affordable manner. Projects include:
Speed humps and planted median islands on:
- McKinnon Avenue between Lane and Mendell Streets
- Oakdale Avenue between Ingalls and Griffith Streets.
- Oakdale, Palou, Quesada, Revere, Shafter, Thomas, Underwood, and Van Dyke Avenues between Lane and Keith Streets
- Hudson Avenue between Newhall and Mendell Streets, and between Newhall and Mendell Avenues
Install a mid-block speed hump with a planted median along the centerline of the street. The speed hump is intended to slow traffic and the median island will break up the unobstructed views on these streets, which make it conducive for higher speeds and erratic driving.
Speed humps and planted median islands on:
- Quesada, Revere, Shafter, Thomas, Underwood and Van Dyke Avenues between Keith and Jennings Streets
- Fitzgerald Avenue between Ingalls and Hawes Streets
- Palou Avenue between Keith and Griffith Streets
- Hudson Avenue west of Keith Street.
Install a mid-block speed hump with a planted median along the centerline of the street. The speed hump is intended to slow traffic and the median island will break up the unobstructed views on these streets that make it conducive for higher speeds and erratic driving.
- Bulb-outs at Kirkwood Avenue and Dormitory Road. Bulb-outs decrease pedestrian crossing distances and slow vehicle turns.
- Gateway treatments on Quesada, Revere and Shafter Avenues between Ingalls and Hawes. Gateways will help to distinguish between the residential and industrial boundaries in the neighborhood and discourage truck traffic.
Elements to be Implemented as Funding becomes available
- Gateway bulb-out treatments on Quesada at Hawes, Shafter at Revere, Thomas at Ingalls and Underwood at Jennings. Gateways will help to distinguish between the residential and industrial uses in the neighborhood and discourage truck traffic.
- Bike Lanes on Palou Avenue
Palou Avenue Bike Lanes are subject to additional environmental review and will not be pursued until the proper clearances are secured. No parking or traffic lanes would be removed to implement these bike lanes.
September 27, 2005 South Bayview Kick Off Meeting (PDF file)
Traffic Calming Newsletters
September 2005 South Bayview District Traffic Calming Newsletter (PDF file)
November 2005 North and Central Bayview District Traffic Calming Newsletter (PDF file)
Project Contact Information
By Phone: 311
By Email: email@example.com
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, Livable Streets Subdivision
1 South Van Ness Avenue - 7th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103