7th Street and 8th Street Safety Projects

Project Overview

7th and 8th Streets Safety Project

7th and 8th streets are active corridors in the South of Market (SOMA) neighborhood, serving thousands of people who travel by foot, bike, transit, and motor vehicle every day.

The main goal of the 7th and 8th Streets Safety Project is to improve safety and comfort for all modes of travel along 7th and 8th between Market Street and Folsom Street. This project will implement paint treatments to increase the visibility of people walking and biking and will also implement concrete elements to provide smoother transit boarding and increased separation between people biking and driving.

In designing the project’s elements, which include a lane removal, protected bikeways, bus boarding islands, intersection daylighting, and signal hardware upgrades, the SFMTA will incorporate community feedback regarding curb space and its usage. Additionally, the project also included a reroute of the 19 Polk and street design changes for safer and quicker transit trips through SOMA and Civic Center. The reroute is on hold pending further review.

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7th and 8th are one-way streets in the South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood running north (7th Street) and south (8th Street) as a couplet. As 7th and 8th provide access to freeway on- and off-ramps, and are part of the 19-Polk bus route, the streets’ existing design presents the potential for crashes between people walking, bicycling, taking transit and driving.

With bicycle facilities already located on Market, Howard, Folsom and Townsend Streets, 7th/8th are important bicycle network links, connecting people on bike to the City’s south and east neighborhoods, which include destinations like the Caltrain station and Mission Bay. 

Furthermore, on August 4, 2016, Mayor Ed Lee issued an executive directive on bicycle and pedestrian safety, explicitly calling for a focus on delivering near-term safety improvements on 7th and 8th streets in the next nine months.

PROJECT GOALS

7th Street and 8th Street are bisected by several streets on the City’s High Injury Network, which are the 12 percent of city streets that account for 70 percent of San Francisco’s traffic crashes.

This project’s main goal is to improve safety and comfort for all modes of transportationalong these corridors. This project will implement targeted improvements to better control the interactions of various modes and minimize the potential for conflicts.

The 7th and 8th Streets Safety Project is in support of San Francisco’s Vision Zero goal of eliminating all traffic deaths by 2024.

PROPOSED MEASURES

This project will implement bicycle and pedestrian improvements along 7th and 8th Streets between Market Street and Folsom Street. Extension of some form of improved bicycle facilities to Townsend Street is being considered as part of the SFMTA design process.

Specifically, this project includes the following design elements:

  • Protected bikeways to better separate people riding bikes from people driving
  • Muni bus, school bus, and commuter shuttle boarding islands with bike lanes behind to reduce potential for bus-bike conflicts
  • Painted safety zones to slow the speed of vehicles making turns, and shorten crossing distances and improve visibility for people walking
  • Traffic signal upgrades that will improve the visibility of traffic signals for motorists
  • Traffic lane reduction (a design change that has already been implemented on 8th Street) to redistribute excess roadway capacity to all road users
  • Better designed intersections to separate people riding bikes through intersections and people making right turns in vehicles

The curb space along 7th/8th will also be modified, and some existing parking/loading spaces will be converted to improve safety. The public will be able to provide input on the location and operation of the remaining majority of curb space in the corridor, offering suggestions or making requests for specific improvements to parking, loading, passenger drop-off, and other curb uses. 

19 Polk Route Improvements: ON HOLD

The 7th and 8th Streets Safety Project initally included a reroute of the 19 Polk for safer and quicker transit trips through SOMA and Civic Center. This proposed reroute is on hold pending additional community outreach. 

19 Polk Map

  • New northbound routing eliminates the need for buses to merge across four travel lanes on 7th Street between Mission and Market, improving safety and reducing delay.
  • A new northbound transit-only lane on 7th Street between Mission and Market helps buses bypass congestion.
  • New boarding islands for bus stops on 7th and 8th streets at Mission, Howard and Folsom streets eliminate the need for buses to pull in and out of the bike lane and merge back into traffic. This improves safety for all, and reduces transit delay. 

19 Polk Stop Changes (northbound only)

  • Stops removed: Market/Hyde, Larkin/Grove, Larkin/McAllister
  • Stops added: McAllister/Hyde
  • Stops moved farside of intersection: 7th/Mission, 7th/Market

PROJECT TIMELINE

  • July 2016 – August 2016: Conceptual Design and Environmental Review
  • September 2016 – October 2016: Community and Stakeholder Outreach
  • October 2016 – November 2016: Public Hearing
  • November 2016 – December 2016: SFMTA Board Hearing (final approvals)
  • Spring 2017: Construction

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