7th Street & 8th Street Near-Term Safety Project
Improving safety and comfort for all modes of travel along 7th Street and 8th Street between Market Street and Townsend Street.
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 and 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.
7th Street Phase 1 and 8th Street Phases 1 & 2 were completed between 2017 and 2018, with the installation of a protected bike lane, transit boarding islands, and other bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements. The project team is now exploring concepts to extend comprehensive improvements on 7th Street from Cleveland to Townsend Streets as 7th Street Phase 2, and optionally include the segment from Mission Bay Boulevard to 16th Street. The immediate segment from Townsend Street to Mission Bay Boulevard is being studied and implemented separately in conjunction with SFPUC.
7th Street and 8th Street are on the City’s High Injury Network, which are the 13 percent of city streets that account for 75 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 Street and 8th Street Near-Term Safety Project is in support of San Francisco’s Vision Zero commitment of eliminating all traffic deaths.
This project will implement near-term bicycle and pedestrian improvements along 7th Street and 8th Street between Market Street and Townsend Street. 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 and 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.
7th Street & 8th Street Phase 1 Timeline:
(7th Street from Market to Cleveland Street & 8th Street from Market to Harrison Street)
- July – August 2016: Conceptual Design and Environmental Review
- September – October 2016: Community and Stakeholder Outreach
- October 14, 2016: Public Hearing
- November 15, 2016: SFMTA Board Hearing (final approvals)
- March – May 2017: Construction
8th Street Phase 2 Timeline:
(8th Street from Harrison Street to Townsend Street)
- August – November 2017: Conceptual Design
- September – December 2017: Community and Stakeholder Outreach
- January 12, 2018: Public Hearing
- March 6, 2018: SFMTA Board Hearing (final approvals)
- April – May 2018: Construction
7th Street Phase 2 Timeline:
(7th Street from Cleveland Street to Townsend Street)
- Starting soon