6th Street Pedestrian Safety Project

Project Overview

6th and Market Streets - Today

The 6th Street corridor has one of the highest concentrations of pedestrian collisions, injuries, and fatalities in San Francisco. In support of San Francisco’s Vision Zero initiative, the 6th Street Pedestrian Safety Project aims to create a safe and inviting place for people to walk, bike, and drive by transforming 6th Street with wider sidewalks, new traffic signals, and streetscape improvements.

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Project Details

The 6th Street corridor has one of the highest concentrations of pedestrian collisions, injuries, and fatalities in San Francisco. In support of San Francisco’s Vision Zero initiative, the 6th Street Pedestrian Safety Project aims to create a safe and inviting place for people to walk, bike, and drive by transforming 6th Street with wider sidewalks, new traffic signals, and streetscape improvements.

Project goals and scope

This proposal is the result of a comprehensive community outreach process that began based on the recommendations of the WalkFirst pedestrian safety study. The 6th Street corridor exhibits one of the highest concentrations of severe and fatal pedestrian collisions in San Francisco.  6th Street is classified as a High Injury Network street by the SFMTA and the San Francisco Department of Public Health. This is a key project in the City’s focus on Vision Zero – the City’s goal of reducing all traffic deaths to zero by 2024. The primary goals of the project are as follows:

-   Reduce pedestrian collisions 

-   Improve pedestrian crossings at all intersections

-   Calm motor vehicle traffic and reduce speed

-   Improve safety and comfort for people on bikes

-   Create a safe and inviting public space

The central component of this project is a suite of proposed pedestrian safety and streetscape improvements on 6th Street from Market to Brannan streets. On 6th Street between Market and Howard streets, sidewalks on both sides of the street will be widened and corner bulb-outs will be constructed to shorten crossing distances for pedestrians. Additionally, people crossing the street will become more visible to vehicles through additional traffic signals and painted crosswalks. The existing two lanes of vehicle traffic in each direction on 6th Street between Market and Folsom streets will be reduced to one lane in each direction. On 6th Street between Folsom and Brannan Streets, the project will remove peak-hour towaway lanes that restrict parking from 7am to 9am and 3pm to 7pm and restore full-time parking lanes. This project will also include streetscape amentities, such as landscaping improvements and pedestrian-scale lighting.   

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Project Timeline

Winter 2013 - ​​Open House Meeting #1​

Summer 2013 - Open House Meeting #2

Fall 2013 - Open House Meeting #3

2014 to 2015 - Ongoing outreach with 6th Street community 

Fall 2016-Present - Conceptual Design and Community Input

Spring 2017 - Outreach to 6th Street businesses, residents, and community groups

Summer 2017

  • Finalize and publish environmental document
  • Streetscape Planning Public Open House
    • Provide input on streetscape (August 2017)

Fall/Winter 2017 - Environmental approval and SFMTA Board presentation

Winter 2019 - Construction Begins! 

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