SFMTA and City Supervisors Collaborate on Arguello Boulevard Safety Project

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Monday, June 26, 2023

Two people ride bikes on the street in front of a restaurant with people sitting outside.

Safety improvements are coming to the full length of Arguello.

Arguello Boulevard is getting a safety upgrade. The SFMTA has begun work on the Arguello Safety Project to improve safety for everyone, particularly people who ride bicycles on Arguello Boulevard. The project covers Arguello between Golden Gate Park and the Presidio.  

District 1 Supervisor Connie Chan and District 2 Supervisor Catherine Stefani called for protected bike lanes on Arguello Boulevard after a San Francisco bicyclist was struck and killed on Arguello in the Presidio on April 4, 2023. Supervisors Chan and Stefani each awarded the SFMTA $50,000 of Community Response Team funding to support safety improvements to Arguello Boulevard within city limits. In addition to this $100,000, the SFMTA will put money into the project, and staff will work closely with both Supervisors and the public to develop a comprehensive design that prioritizes safety on Arguello. 

Arguello Boulevard currently has bike lanes in both directions. However, this project will review and potentially propose protected bikeways that are separated from motor vehicle traffic by parked cars, safe-hit posts, transit islands or other physical barriers. These protective elements can make the street safer for bicyclists. 

The entirety of Arguello Boulevard previously was on the High Injury Network, the San Francisco streets where fatal and severe traffic collisions occur most. Safety improvements were made on one section of Arguello in 2017, but the corridor north of Geary Boulevard remains on the HIN. This project will help address the need for further safety improvements and expand safety and connectivity on the citywide bike network while helping the city meet its Vision Zero goals. 

Designs are currently being considered and the outreach/feedback period is expected to begin in Summer 2023. SFMTA staff is also coordinating with the San Francisco County Transportation Authority as that agency concurrently works on a District 1 Multimodal Transportation Study and a District 2 Safety Study and Implementation

For more information and updates, please visit the Arguello Safety Project Webpage.