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Tom Maguire

Monday, May 1, 2017

Daytime view looking west on 14th Street at its intersection with Market and Church streets with people walking, driving and a man bicycling.
Market at 14th and Church streets.

Our plans to make Upper Market Street safer with improvements including parking-protected bike lanes will be considered for approval by our SFMTA Board of Directors tomorrow.

This is a huge milestone for our Upper Market Street Safety Project, an effort to make Market, between Octavia Boulevard and Castro Street, safer and more comfortable for everyone. We've come to this point after more than two years of reaching out to the public, working with local businesses, coordinating with other city agencies and getting started with initial safety upgrades.

The Upper Market Street Project is an example of us putting Vision Zero, our city’s goal to eliminate all traffic deaths, into action. Data-driven street redesigns like this are crucial for the city to follow through on that ambitious but attainable commitment.

This mile-long stretch of Market is used by thousands of people biking, walking, riding transit and driving every day, and it has an overwhelming need for street safety improvements. From 2011 to 2016, there were 174 collisions, 22 involving someone walking and 51 involving someone biking.

Friday, March 17, 2017

This week, we released our Two-Year Vision Zero Action Strategy for 2017-2018, the foundation for how and why San Francisco is working to end traffic deaths on our streets.

The document comes just as the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a resolution this week urging the California State Legislature and Governor to pass California State Assembly Bill 342, the Safe Streets Act of 2017. This bill would give San Francisco and San Jose the authority to pilot automated speed enforcement – a proven, cost-effective solution to help us move toward Vision Zero.

Our new Vision Zero Action Strategy outlines the initiatives city departments must lead to reach that goal, the challenges we face and the drive behind our commitment to making it a reality. It’s also a look at our progress since San Francisco adopted Vision Zero in 2014, including the number of lives lost in 2016 and the impact of our efforts to bring it to zero.

The strategy is focused on three main outcomes San Francisco needs to achieve to eliminate traffic fatalities: Safe streets, safe people and safe vehicles.

Three icons with text. Safe streets, safe people, safe vehicles.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Photo of people bicycling by a totem-shaped bicycle counter with a digital display on Market Street. Text states, Pedaling Forward, A Glance at the SFMTA’s Bike Program for 2017 - 2021.

More and more people in San Francisco see their bicycle as a convenient way to get around as we invest in a network of safer, better bikeways. As these bikeways grow, so does interest about what the future of bicycling in San Francisco will look like.

Today, we’re releasing a new document to share our vision and the plans in place to build a better city for biking: Pedaling Forward: A Glance at the SFMTA’s Bike Program for 2017 - 2021.

This guide helps explain our approach to creating a bike-friendly city and the current five-year outlook on our city’s strategy to invest more than $112 million in 92 miles of bike infrastructure projects, as laid out in our Fiscal Year 2017-2021 Capital Improvement Plan (PDF).

Creating a connected network of safe, low-stress streets for bicycling is crucial to keeping our city moving sustainably and to reaching the city’s Vision Zero goal to eliminate all traffic fatalities.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Commuter shuttles have become a larger part of San Francisco’s commute over the past few years, and they’ve garnered quite a bit of attention – to say the least.

The good news is that the regulations we put in place under our Commuter Shuttle Program have reduced their impacts on the city’s streets.  We’ve laid out the results of the program in our new report [pdf], as well as findings on the idea of creating concentrated shuttle “hubs” (more on that below).

The data we collected from April to September this year shows that shuttles are keeping more cars off the road, and that more shuttle operators are playing by the rules.

Commuter shuttle travelling on downtown city streets

Thursday, September 8, 2016

You should be able to ride a bike in safety, whether you’re 20 years old, eight or 80.

That’s the vision we’re working towards, and the only way we’re going to get there is by building safer streets that offer more protection for people biking.

In support of Mayor Ed Lee’s recent Executive Directive on Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety, we're sharing that message today with the Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee.

Our vision for safer, more bike-friendly streets has become more of a reality in recent years. Since 2010, the SFMTA has installed 13 miles of protected lanes in San Francisco – and that’s just the beginning.

Fifteen miles of new protected bike lanes will be ready for construction in the next 15 months. When completed, these projects will more than double the miles of protected lanes in San Francisco.

Photo of parking-protected bike lane on 13th Street under the Central Freeway.

A parking-protected bike lane on westbound 13th Street. Protected bike lanes separate people biking from cars through physical measures like concrete medians, parked cars or different curb heights.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

With Vision Zero, we are saying one thing: traffic deaths are not just preventable – they’re unacceptable. That was the policy the Mayor and Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted in 2014 and is aimed at eliminating traffic deaths in San Francisco by 2024.

Over the past two years, we’ve spearheaded engineering, enforcement and education efforts to get us on the path to ending traffic fatalities.

To take stock of our recent efforts, today we released the city’s State of Vision Zero 2015 Report. It's a look back at what we’ve achieved in the past year, where we still need to improve and the outlook for the road ahead.

Vision Zero 2015 data

Friday, April 15, 2016

Perhaps you’ve noticed the growing platoon of commuters biking down Market Street.

The streams of people riding on popular biking corridors like the Embarcadero and Fell, Oak and Valencia streets look larger as well.

Well, it isn’t just a feeling. It’s a fact.

Now we have the numbers to go with those observations. Biking in San Francisco is growing.

As part of an ongoing initiative to understand the role and growth of bicycling in the city, today we published our annual San Francisco Bicycle Count Report for the year 2015. 

San Francisco's 2015 Annual Bike Count Report

The annual bike count report has been produced by the SFMTA since 2006. It highlights where bike traffic is the highest, where there are opportunities for improvement, and how our programs and projects are affecting travel behavior.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

When people talk about transportation, have you ever noticed that the conversation usually tilts toward daily experiences?

“How long is your commute, door-to-door?” is a good conversation starter. “My bus sat in traffic,” is a relatable lament, even if your bus is usually on time. “Parking was tough,” can lead to an invigorating discussion on how the city works.

No doubt the SFMTA is part of these conversations, and we talk about the same things in our own shop. But we’re also thinking about the big-picture questions.

They’re serious things like, “What more can we do to stop unsafe speeding, the number one cause of traffic deaths and severe injuries in San Francisco?” And “How are we preparing for the future of 2040, when San Francisco is expected to have more than 100,000 new households and 190,000 new jobs?” 

People walking down Market Street