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Friday, February 10, 2017

A car appears blurry as it moves through a crosswalk in a San Francisco intersection with pedestrians crossing in the background.
Automated speed enforcement is a proven way to reduce traffic injuries caused by speeding.

Police can’t be everywhere at once to enforce against dangerous speeding. That's why the SFMTA joined Assemblymember David Chiu, Mayor Ed Lee, Mayor Sam Liccardo of San Jose and other partners this week to announce new legislation to allow San Francisco and San Jose to pilot automated speed enforcement in California.

Automated speed enforcement (ASE) is a proven tool to reduce deadly speeding and crashes. It uses cameras, similar to those used to enforce red light violations, with vehicle speed sensors to snap photos of license plates of motor vehicles traveling above a defined speed limit.

ASE is already used in 142 communities across the country, and others abroad, and has yielded consistent results including:

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Two photos of newly-renovated Mansell Street in McLaren Park, before and after it was redesigned. The top, older photo shows the roadway with only vehicle traffic on either side of a center planted median. The bottom, newer photo shows the road with walking and biking paths on one side of the median, and vehicle traffic on the other.
Mansell Street in McLaren Park, before (top) and after (bottom). Top photo: SF Rec and Park. Bottom photo: SF Public Works/Twitter.

Half of Mansell Street in McLaren Park is now a beautiful path for walking, biking and jogging.

Despite the rain this weekend, we joined community members and our partners to celebrate the opening of San Francisco’s first-of-its-kind street transformation.

Mansell is now a much more fun and inviting way to enjoy and cross McLaren Park, SF’s second-largest city-owned park, between the Visitacion Valley, Portola and Excelsior neighborhoods. One side of the roadway on Mansell, which used to have four lightly-used traffic lanes split by a median — and no formal path for people on foot or bike — is now car-free.

Mansell’s previous design was conceived in the 1950s as part of a cross-town freeway that was never completed. The new design, on the other hand, was chosen by community members through a two-year public planning process.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Bike lane at road-level, with green-painted pavement and plastic posts separating it from vehicle traffic.
In light of findings on raised bike lanes on Market Street (shown here before it was raised), Polk Street's northbound bike lane will now look similar to this.

With construction on Polk Street’s two-year transformation underway, we’ve made a change to the plan for a raised bike lane in light of our recent research on best design practices.

The previous plan for the Polk Streetscape Project included a raised bike lane, with a two-inch mountable curb, on the northbound side of Polk from McAllister to Pine streets. But in our experiment with different curb designs last year on Market Street, we found that raised bike lanes on commercial streets like Polk should have a parking-protected configuration, with a lane of car parking and loading zones between the bike lane and the roadway, to prevent drivers from parking in the bikeway.

Making room for that parking lane on Polk would require major changes to the plan already under construction. To make the bike lane safer without a major delay, the northbound bike lane will no longer be raised but will be built at road level with plastic safe-hit posts and a painted buffer zone to separate it from the traffic lanes.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A man rides in a bike lane between the sidewalk and a concrete island where people board a Muni bus on 11th Street at Harrison Street.

At 11th and Harrison streets in SoMa, we recently made a subtle but important safety upgrade for people biking and boarding Muni. While this street design is common internationally, it’s still fairly novel for American cities, but we're looking to make improvements like these to make our streets easier to navigate.

As part of Muni Forward upgrades for the 9 San Bruno route last month, we “flipped” the southbound bus stop and bike lane on 11th Street: The bike lane now runs between the sidewalk and a new transit boarding island.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tree-lined intersection with pedestrians and cars crossing and bright yellow and green markings.

Last month, we unveiled the latest street design upgrade for SF — a protected intersection at 9th and Division streets. A protected intersection uses simple features like concrete islands to make moving through the intersection safer for everyone, whether they’re walking, biking or driving. 

Today, we’re sharing a video with more details and a link to some interesting time lapse videos of the changes with thanks to local transportation advocate Thomas Rogers.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

A view of the newly upgraded intersection of 9th and Division streets, looking west down Division.
The newly upgraded intersection of 9th and Division streets, looking west down Division.

San Francisco’s first “protected intersection” is ready for a spin at 9th and Division streets.

Protected intersections use simple design concepts to make everyone safer. Instead of requiring people driving and biking to look over their shoulders for one another, traffic movements are arranged so that everyone can see what's going on by simply looking forward.

We were thrilled to unveil this forward-looking design in San Francisco yesterday with Mayor Ed Lee and our partners at SF Public Works and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Annual Report cover image, with a photo of people boarding a Muni train.
Our 2016 Annual ReportDelivering Progress, is now available.

For us, 2016 was a year of transportation milestones.

Sure, we roll up our sleeves and work every day to improve the experience of traveling around San Francisco. But some of the key initiatives that shaped our agency’s work in fiscal year 2016, laid out in our new Annual Report, show how we we’ve gained ground on the four goals outlined in our agency’s Strategic Plan: Providing safer transportation, better travel choices, improving the environment and quality of life and delivering outstanding service to San Francisco.

Take these examples of how we’ve recently made the city’s transportation network safer and more reliable:

Thursday, December 15, 2016

A woman riding a bike on the raised bikeway on Market Street.

As we adapt lessons from other cities to design a new generation of protected bike lanes that work for everyone on our streets, it’s crucial to get the details right.

That’s why we installed San Francisco’s first raised bike lane about a year ago as part of our efforts to experiment and improve upon the best practices among bike-friendly cities. On a short stretch of eastbound Market Street, from Gough to 12th Street, we installed a permanent bikeway with four different curb designs and measured the results from last November to May this year.

Our findings from the Raised Bikeway Demonstration Project are now available. Here, we’ll provide a brief look at the report [PDF] and the larger context around it.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Folsom Street with car traffic and bicycle riders in a bike lane.

How can we make Folsom and Howard streets in SoMa better and safer? Share your ideas at one of our two open house events next week.

We’re kicking off the Folsom-Howard Streetscape Project to look at ways to make these streets safer and provide better options to get around in the growing South of Market neighborhood.

Next week, we’ll collect input on how to do that at two open house events on Thursday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 10. We’re hosting two similar open houses to help ensure people with a variety of schedules can come, but both events will feature the same materials, information and opportunity to provide feedback.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Pedestrians and a Muni bus cross 4th Street on Market from the 5th and Mission garage.
The 5th and Mission garage is conveniently located to great shopping, dining and sight-seeing options in SF.

For many, the holiday season isn’t complete without a trip to the city for shopping and dining. However you get around, have a safe and festive holiday season.

Remember, events like the Union Square Christmas Tree Lighting on Nov. 25 and the season-long Winter Walk on Stockton Street are great attractions for all ages and are very accessible by public transit, walking, riding a bike and taking a taxi. Get more details about these events, Thanksgiving Muni schedules and other upcoming transit and traffic advisories.

If you drive to popular areas like Union Square, let parking in one of the 38 SFMTA public parking garages and lots be the antidote to what can be a holiday hassle. The parking spaces – more than 14,000 of them – tend to fill up less than on-street spaces, allowing you to circle less while looking for parking. And compared to privately-owned garages, public garages often cost considerably less.