Howard Street Buffered Bikeway Project

Project Overview

Existing conditions on Howard Street

The Howard Street Buffered Bikeway Project is a near-term safety enhancement project on Howard Street between 6th and 10th streets.

This project will increase safety and comfort for people who walk and ride a bike by creating a buffered bicycle lane, painting temporary sidewalk extensions where possible and reducing the width of traffic lanes pedestrians will cross.

These enhancements will be made possible by narrowing the existing three traffic lanes in the project area. These improvements are planned to be installed in the fall of 2014

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Project Details

The Howard Street Buffered Bikeway Project is a near-term safety enhancement project on Howard Street between 6th and 10th streets.
 
This project will increase safety and comfort for people who walk and ride a bike by creating a buffered bicycle lane, painting temporary sidewalk extensions where possible and reducing the width of traffic lanes pedestrians will cross.
 
These enhancements will be made possible by narrowing the existing three traffic lanes.
 
The design for the Howard Street Buffered Bikeway Project originates from possible design options identified in previous SoMa area community outreach efforts. 

project background

The dynamic changes occurring in SoMa have created need for better transportation options and safer streets for all modes of travel.
 
New housing and business development, and the resultant change in the character of the area, have added more pedestrians and bicyclists to SoMa streets that already experience the highest number of traffic collisions in San Francisco. The transition from light industrial and single residence housing units to more families and smaller businesses has also added more and more pedestrians to SoMa streets. 
 
As a connection between the Mission District and the City’s financial district and waterfront, Howard Street is a key connection for both non-motorized and motorized traffic. Since 2006 bicycling in SoMa has increased 98 percent and bicycling on Howard Street in the SoMa area has increased between eight percent and 13 percent between 2011 and 2013.
 
Traffic data gathered from this project will inform future plans for the street while implementing much needed safety and mobility improvements in the interim. The project will also allow the City to further study of how this type of street conversion can be implemented in areas undergoing rapid growth or change to create safer and better functioning streets for all users.   

timeline

This project will be implemented by the fall of 2014. The SFMTA will measure any change in travel volumes along the corridor and in surrounding SOMA streets and diversion of traffic to adjacent parallel streets.
 
The project will also help inform the Central SoMa Plan Environmental Impact Report which is planned to be completed June 2015.
 
While complex complete street projects like the Central SoMa project, take time to design, environmentally evaluate and build, this work on Howard Street will make the road safer in the interim while creating an opportunity for better analysis of street configurations posed in long-term SoMa plans.