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This project seeks to implement aesthetic and safety improvements for all users of Polk Street between McAllister and Union Streets. In accordance with the City’s Transit First policy, improvements will primarily be focused on people who walk, use transit and ride a bicycle along Polk Street. The project is funded by Proposition B General Obligation Bonds and is part of an overall citywide effort to curb pedestrian and bicycle collisions and to provide a safe north-south connection for people on bicycles. Pedestrian and bicyclist collision and injury data on Polk Street point to a corridor in need of safety improvements for all those who share the road. In fact, the southern portion from Sacramento to McAllister Streets is part of the 5% of San Francisco streets that have more than half of the City's most severe pedestrian collisions.
In addition to increasing safety, other retail-centric districts have experienced unexpected benefits resulting from improved bicycle and pedestrian safety conditions. Similar improvements in other areas have been shown to draw people more visitors and shoppers to city streets:
Some of the changes being discussed involve adjusting or moving parking. While we understand that this is a sensitive issue for business owners and others in the area, we do believe that it will be possible to achieve the goals of improved safety while retaining parking options that meet the needs of the business and residential community. Each alternative that removes parking includes some replacement parking nearby to help offset parking loss.
One way we propose to test these ideas is through a demonstration project this summer. We believe by running a short demonstration and observing its results, we will have the opportunity to test drive any changes and share them with the Polk Street community. In the meantime, we will continue gathering feedback and building upon our collective ideas as well as best practices from other cities.
This spring we will host another round of public meetings working with the community to finalize the project's design. As the preferred design comes to life, it will be subject to a public hearing and legislative process that provide additional opportunities for public input.
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