17th Street (Church to Sanchez) Bicycle Safety Project

Project Overview

Sharrows and rail on 17th St at Church

The SFMTA has heard concerns about safety and accessibility on 17th Street between Church and Sanchez due to streetcar tracks, pavement quality, and lack of curb ramps. People on bicycles are being injured in falls and people with disabilities are having a difficult time crossing the street. The SFMTA has attempted a number of solutions in the past several years to minimize the difficulties posed by the streetcar tracks, but crashes are still occurring.

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Project Details

17th Street between Church Street and Sanchez Street has been identified as a location with a disproportionate number of crashes involving people riding bikes.

With no marked bikeway at this location, people riding bikes frequently ride in mixed traffic on a street with rail tracks. 

To address safety concerns and growing bicycle ridership on the street, the SFMTA is exploring new bikeway designs for 17th Street between Church and Sanchez streets.


This specific section of 17th Street is on San Francisco's High Injury Network, which is a network of 12 percent of city streets that have 70 percent of the city's traffic crashes. Within a 5 year period for 17th Street between Market Street and Church Street, 14 incidents of bicyclists crashing on the tracks were reported to the San Francisco Police Department.

Possible Solutions

Potential changes that have been studied & will be discussed include:

  • Making the street one-way
  • Removing parking to add a protected bikeway
  • Increased enforcement of double parking
  • New curb ramps for better pedestrian crossing


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