6th Street Pedestrian Safety Project
Installation of new traffic safety improvements is underway!
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. The Quick-Build portion of the 6th Street Pedestrian Safety Project was completed in September 2019 to bring near-term safety improvements to the corridor. Construction on the longer-term improvements is expected to wrap up in 2024.
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:
- 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 aims 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.
COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS SUPPORT
The project team is committed to supporting the 6th Street community and local businesses during the construction phase of this project. Available resources include marketing support, business development consulting in partnership with the Office of Workforce and Economic Development, and assistance with access and loading concerns. Please contact the project team members with any questions or concerns, and they will be happy to assist.
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
- 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)
- Streetscape Open House #5
- Engineering Public Hearing
- Where: Room 416 of City Hall
- July 20th, 2018, at 10:00 am
- August 3rd, 2018, at 10:00 am
- Begin Detailed Design phase of project elements
- Finalize streetscape designs guided by past public outreach efforts
- Present final streetscape designs at Urban Design Open House
- Install quick-build improvements (paint, posts, and signs) along project area
January 2022 - Construction begins!