Western Addition Community-Based Transportation Plan Update
The SFMTA Sustainable Streets Division recently completed the Western Addition Community-Based Transportation Plan (CBTP), an effort to work with the minority residents of the Western Addition to better understand and address their transportation challenges. In April 2017, the SFCTA Board, consisting of the Board of Supervisors, adopted the plan and the SFMTA Board accepted the plan with Board Director, Joel Ramos stating the plan’s community engagement “raises the bar for us [SFMTA].”
In keeping with the community-based approach established in the CBTP planning process, the implementation of the plan will be initiated by extensive community outreach with the greater Western Addition neighborhood to ensure improvements are developed with the entire community’s support. The implementation team with be creating a community engagement strategy to ensure all community members and stakeholders have the opportunity to discuss and refine of the Western Addition CBTP recommendations. The implementation team will be consulting with community members and stakeholders in an effort to incorporate the greater community’s feedback, however ensuring the final improvements satisfy the original plan goals. Part of the community engagement will include the Western Addition Bicycling Working Group. During the planning process, SFMTA staff heard residents express a range of feelings about bicycling in the Western Addition. Some were enthusiastic for new bicycling improvements; some saw cyclists as disrespectful outsiders unwilling to follow traffic safety laws and yield to pedestrians. Beginning in summer 2017, the SFMTA will convene this group as a monthly forum to discuss bicycling in the Western Addition with the following goals.
- Explore and report resident feelings and opinions on bicycling.
- Develop solutions to achieve respectful bicycling behavior, safe infrastructure, and comprehensive programs to meet community needs to further engage in bicycling.
The SFMTA is proud to announce the Western Addition CBTP will be moving from the planning to implementation phase within just a few months as nearly $10 million in funding has been allocated for implementation, which will include the plan’s near- and mid-term recommendation, detailed below:
The implementation team will work with the Western Addition neighborhood to deliver near and mid-term recommendation consistent with MTA guidelines and with programmatic and appropriate counter measures for prioritized intersections and corridors.
Near-Term Intersection improvements include:
Pedestrian safety improvements which include signal, paint and parking modifications at 41 high-injury intersections for continental crosswalks, daylighting, advanced limit lines and leading pedestrian intervals
Mid-Term Corridor recommendations include:
- Detailed design for a road diet on Golden Gate Avenue to promote a safer and more consistent experience for pedestrians, drivers, and bicyclists; reclaimed road width will likely accommodate an eastbound bikeway;
- Traffic calming treatments on Turk Street to promote safer speeds in the mid-block locations, supplementing the previously implemented signal improvements
At this time the implementation team has established the approximate timeline below and will be providing updates in the near future.
Western Addition CBTP Implementation Timeline
Summer 2017 to Spring 2018 Community Engagement and Construction of Final Near Term Improvements
Fall 2017 to Winter 2018 Community Engagement and Construction of Final Medium Term Improvements
Summer 2017 to Summer 2018 Western Addition Bicycling Working Group
The Western Addition Community-Based Transportation Plan (WACBTP) is a community fueled effort to examine transportation improvements in the Western Addition with an emphasis on improving walking, biking, and taking transit.
The plan will serve as a tool to compete for funding to implement transportation improvements with an emphasis on transportation safety and crime prevention through environmental design.