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6th Street Pedestrian Safety Project
Project Introduction

Installation of new traffic safety improvements is underway!

Construction is scheduled to take place through 2024. Public Works will be leading the construction phase for this project, and the SFMTA will continue to be available as a resource for any questions or concerns. Additional construction details will be published soon on San Francisco Public Works’ 6th Street Pedestrian Safety Project webpage Be on the lookout for related project updates from SFMTA and Public Works. 

6th Street Pedestrian Safety Project Background

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 by transforming 6th Street with wider sidewalks, new traffic signals, and streetscape improvements. After extensive community outreach and a lengthy two-year environmental review period, the 6th Street Pedestrian Safety Project was approved by the SFMTA Board of Directors on October 16th, 2018.

Quick-Build Construction is Complete!

To address a critical need for pedestrian safety, the SFMTA constructed quick-build improvements along 6th Street, between Market and Howard Street. Construction was completed in September 2019. Detailed description of Quick-Build changes between Market and Howard, or by finding the poster on the right side. 

District 6 Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Open House

The SFMTA and the Office of District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney held an open house on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bessie Carmichael School, 375 7th Street to present about past, present, and future bicycle and pedestrian safety projects in the South of Market and Tenderloin neighborhoods of District 6.

This event also featured an engineering public hearing to gather further public input on the proposed changes for both the Howard Street and 7th Street Phase III Quick-Build projects.

For more information on the Open House, please visit District 6 Bike Walk.

Using the streetscape to celebrate 6th Street's community identity 

As part of the project, the SFMTA and San Francisco Public Works have been working with members of the community and businesses to design streetscape elements that reflect the identity of both corridors. On Thursday, July 25th. the 6th Street & Safer Taylor Street project teams hosted an Urban Design Open House at the Bayanihan Recreation Center. Project teams presented various design elements, including decorative crosswalks and street furnishing aimed to reflect and retain the identity of 6th Street. Thanks to all our attendees! 

Next steps

Detailed Design Phase: our engineers continue to proceed with the detailed design work necessary for traffic signal installments and street and sidewalk construction.

Construction is expected to begin in the Summer of 2021. Find more information by following the link information about 2021 construction, or finding the informational poster on the right side. 

To view project related materials, please see the Documents section to the right.    


Project Status
Pedestrian Improvements
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Streetscape Improvements


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:

  • Improve safety for all street users, including pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists
  • Create a safe and inviting public space for all people who live, work, or visit 6th Street

The 6th Street Pedestrian Safety Project is intended to transform 6th Street into a multi-modal corridor that improves safety for pedestrians and other vulnerable users of the street. Between Market and Howard streets the improvements along 6th Street include:

  • A reduction in the number of vehicle travel lanes on 6th Street (from four lanes to three lanes);
  • The widening of the sidewalks on both sides of 6th Street;
  • The installation of new curb bulb-outs at all intersections;
  • The installation of new traffic signals at Stevenson and Natoma Streets and the striping of new crosswalks at all alleys crossing 6th Street;
  • The installation of streetscape improvements such as decorative sidewalks, pedestrian lighting, and other streetscape components  
  • The application of new roadway striping at various locations;

 View the latest project factsheet


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 Open House #4
    • Provide input on streetscape (August 2017)

Fall 2017 - Environmental approval

Spring 2018 - Update street design based on community feedback (remove bike lanes, install additional northbound travel lane)

Summer 2018

  • Streetscape Open House #5
  • Engineering Public Hearing
    • Where: Room 416 of City Hall
    • When: 
      • July 20th, 2018, at 10:00 am
      • August 3rd, 2018, at 10:00 am

Fall 2018

Winter 2018/2019 

  • Begin Detailed Design phase of project elements 

Summer 2019

  • Finalize streetscape designs guided by past public outreach efforts
  • Present final streetscape designs at Urban Design Open House

Fall 2019

  • Install quick-build improvements (paint, posts, and signs) along project area

January 2022 - Construction begins! 

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Contact Information
Kimberly Leung
Eillie Anzilotti