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Broadway Traffic Calming Project
This project was made possible in part by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority through a grant of Proposition K Local Sales Tax Funds.
Thanks to all who have participated in the community process for this project. The SFMTA Traffic Calming Program will now seek funds to implement the recommended changes. The final report for this project is available here.
In 2008, the SFMTA was awarded a grant to make striping changes on Broadway, reducing the number of automobile lanes in each direction. In two community meetings, it became clear that speeding was not the main issue. Instead, the main concern was traffic circulation during the pick-up and drop-off times at both schools the Hamlin and Convent of Sacred Heart (CSH) schools which are both located on Broadway within a block of each other. Attendees at the meetings agreed that the focus of this effort should be improving the schools’ pick-up and drop-off system.
In 2003, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) received a traffic calming application from residents on Broadway between Fillmore and Franklin Streets. The request was to improve pedestrian safety; improve STOP Sign compliance and reduce traffic speeds.
Prevailing speeds were found to be 30-31 MPH; which confirm the speeding concerns. The current speed limit is 25MPH. Data collection have begun during school time conditions. The road is a 4 lane local street carrying 7,600 vehicles a day. Typical San Francisco 4 lane roads carry 15,000-20,000 vehicles per day. The traffic lanes are between 11 and 12 feet wide. There are no MUNI routes on this street
The overall goals of the traffic calming project are to increase bicycle and pedestrian safety and reduce speeding with a project design that is community supported. Additionally school pedestrian and traffic safety is paramount given the three schools within the project area including Convent Sacred Heart, Hamlin, and Saint Brigid. The project will include accommodations for maintaining the existing level of service for school pick up and drop off activities. In particular, we are looking for a design that will not result in negatively affecting school pick up and drop off activities. Efforts that negatively affect this activity or are not generally supported will not be acted upon.
To address speeding and pedestrian safety concerns, Broadway between Fillmore and Franklin Streets is envisioned to be re-striped from its current four lane configuration into two through lanes and a two way left turn lane (TWLTL), with left turn pockets at the intersections. We recognize that a special design will be required on the blocks in front of the Sacred Heart and Hamlin Schools, between Fillmore and Laguna Streets.
Because Broadway is part of the City's bicycle route network, initial plans for traffic calming include a proposal for accommodating bicycle traffic. These plans are currently being analyzed as part of a broader environmental review of the City's Bicycle Plan, which includes proposed bicycle improvement projects throughout the City. The environmental review process will help identify the potential impacts of proposed changes on Broadway. If bicycle lanes are desired by residents, this information will be helpful in determining the direct impacts related to the possible installation of bicycle lanes. Community input will help determine what combination of parking, sidewalk, bike lane, and travel lane design is most desirable. With all traffic calming projects, SFMTA seeks community support before any proposal is chosen as a preferred option. Funding has been secured to develop a traffic calming project that includes community-supported ideas that address bicycle and pedestrian safety and speeding concerns.
The SFMTA held the official kick-off meeting for this project on June 24, 2008.
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