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Evans Quick-Build Project - October 2021 Update

Neighborhoods Affected

In May 2021, the Evans Avenue Quick-Build Project team captured a snap shot of community input by distributing hard copy surveys along Evans Avenue between Cesar Chavez and 3rd streets and the Bayview Plaza. The team also distributed online surveys through their stakeholder networks and in partnership with community groups. 

A total of 365 survey responses were received and include:

Demographic Breakdown of Survey Respondents

  • 26% live in Bayview-Hunters Point 
  • 16% live in Potrero Hill and Mission
  • 42% identify as white
  • 12% identify as Asian/Pacific Islander
  • 7% identify as Black/African American
  • 6% identify as Latin(x)/Hispanic
  • 39% 19-39 years 
  • 41% 40-64 years 
  • 11% 65+ years
  • 42% Male
  • 24% Female
  • 1% Genderqueer/nonbinary and 1% not listed
  • 7.1% Mobility disability
  • 5.6% Blindness or vision impairment
  • 5.6% Hearing impairment
  • 4.6% Cognitive or mental impairment

Relationship to Evans Avenue

Over half (58%) of survey respondents commute or make trips on Evans Avenue. 34% of respondents live on or near Evans Avenue and 29% work on or near the project area.

How do you travel on Evans Avenue?

68% of survey respondents indicated that they drive a car or motorcycle when traveling on Evans Avenue. 43% stated they ride Muni or walk or use a mobility aid and 42% stated they ride a bicycle or scooter.

The 2019 U.S. Census American Community Survey states that 15.9% of residents in Census Tract 9809 commute to work by car, truck, van or drive alone. 26.7% take public transportation and 3.4% walk. In addition, 15% of residents in the census tract do not own a vehicle, while 61% own one vehicle and 23% own two or more vehicles.

Is Evans Avenue Safe?

60% of survey respondents indicated that Evans Avenue is somewhat unsafe or very unsafe.

These responses fall in line with the following top survey respondents’ comments found in survey questions 9 and 10:

  • Concerns about reckless driving and traffic speeds
  • Desired improvements to road conditions, pavement conditions
  • Improve lighting for night time pedestrian safety
  • Streetscape improvements
  • Pedestrian improvements such as wider sidewalks and better crosswalks
  • Traffic calming measures
  • Repave the road
  • Stronger enforcement of traffic laws, parking violations, and speeding

Top Transportation Goals

Similar to the top safety comments reported in questions 9 and 10, 52% of survey respondents requested to reduce speeding “traffic calming measures", 44% want safer pedestrians crossings, 42% want bicycle facilities, 42% want reliable transit and 31% want greater pedestrian visibility.

Quick-Build Designs

Three designs were proposed in the survey:

Design Option 1 – Two 11’ travel lanes (one in each direction) with a 10’ center turn lane, 9’ parking lanes and 5’ bike lanes

Design Option 1 – Two lanes (one in each direction) with a center turn lane and bike lanes

Design Option 2 – Two 12’ travel lanes (one in each direction), 9’ parking lanes and 6’ buffered bike lanes.

Design Option 2 – Two lanes (one in each direction) and buffered bike lanes.

Design Option 3 – Two 12’ lanes (one in each direction), generally 9’ parking lanes and generally 6’ protected bike lanes with floating parking westbound (towards Cesar Chavez) and a buffered bike lane eastbound (towards 3rd Street).

Design Option 3 – Two lanes (one in each direction), protected bike lane with floating parking westbound and a buffered bike lane eastbound.

The survey asked respondents to rate each design from 1 (dislike) to 5 (like). The following results state that:

  • 37% of survey respondents favored design Option 1
  • 46% of survey respondents favored design Option 2
  • 58% of survey respondents favored design Option 3

Additional Comments About the Quick-Build Designs

  • Preference for fully protected bike lanes, preference for protected bike lanes in both directions
  • Preference for buffered bike lanes
  • Consideration for Evans Avenue as a truck route and industrial area, prioritize truck traffic needs
  • Concerns about effectiveness and confusion regarding floating parking
  • Preference for preserving parking
  • Preference for removal of parking in favor of more lanes, bike safety
  • Protected bike lanes in both ways, either with bollards or parking
  • Maintain 2 lanes in both directions
  • Signal timing improvements
  • Account for trucks and accommodate their space needs
  • Connectivity for bikes from Evans Avenue to other bike routes
  • Transit improvements, both dedicated transit lanes and transit boarding islands/bulbouts

Moving Muni Pole Stops 

Over half of survey respondents like the idea of moving the Muni bus pole stops at Evans Avenue and Napoleon Street and Evans Avenue and Phelps Street from the current location (near side) to the other side (far side) of the street.