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Columbus Avenue Safety Project

The Columbus Avenue Safety Project is an effort to make improvements for pedestrian and bicycle safety as well as transit reliability on Columbus Avenue from Washington Street to Filbert Street. The project aims to support Vision Zero, to eliminate traffic fatalities by 2024 in San Francisco. Currently sections of Columbus Avenue appear on the city’s High Injury Network, the 13% of city streets where 75% of the severe and fatal collisions occur.  These safety and transit improvements are being coordinated with an existing repaving project led by San Francisco Public Works (Project 2267J). The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is also performing sewer and water main replacement on Columbus Avenue.


The proposed safety improvements on Columbus Avenue are as follows:

  • Columbus and Grant Avenues
    • Permanent pedestrian bulbout to decrease pedestrian crossing distance and provide additional pedestrian space at a key location
    • Continental crosswalk to increase pedestrian visibility while crossing Grant Avenue
  • Columbus Avenue, Green and Stockton Streets
    • Permanent pedestrian bulbouts to decrease pedestrian crossing distance and provide additional pedestrian space at key locations
    • Continental crosswalks to increase pedestrian visibility while crossing
  • Columbus Avenue and Vallejo Street

    • Permanent pedestrian bulbouts to decrease pedestrian crossing distance and provide additional pedestrian space at key locations

    • Continental crosswalks to increase pedestrian visibility while crossing
  • Columbus Avenue, Pacific and Kearny Streets

    • Permanent pedestrian bulbouts to decrease pedestrian crossing distance and provide additional pedestrian space at key locations
    • Continental crosswalks to increase pedestrian visibility while crossing
  • Columbus Avenue, from Washington Street to Broadway
    • In efforts to reach San Francisco's goal of zero traffic fatalities by 2024, a goal called Vision Zero, the SFMTA is proposing the addition of bicycle lanes in both directions of Columbus Avenue between Broadway and Washington Street,  improve safety and comfort for people riding bicycles on this designated bicycle route.

TENTATIVE TIMELINE (Repaving and associated improvements)

  • Pre-Development/Follow-up-TA Columbus Avenue Neighborhood Plan: September 2012 - December 2013
  • Planning: January 2014 - April 2014
  • Outreach & Legislation: May 2014 – March 2015
  • Environmental Review: June 2014 - August 2014
  • Detailed Design: June 2014 - April 2015
  • Construction Advertise: April 2015
  • Estimated Construction: January 2016
  • Estimated Construction Completion: Late 2017


San Francisco Public Works Columbus Avenue Renovation Project

  • The Columbus Avenue Safety Project will be coordinating with San Francisco Public Works' paving project along Columbus Avenue.

Proposed SFMTA Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP) Improvements for the 30-Stockton 

  • SFMTA’s Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP) identifies a variety of Travel Time Reduction Proposals (TTRPs), which are engineering strategies oriented to specifically address the delays vehicles face along rapid routes. As a part of the TEP's proposed Rapid Network, the 30-Stockton has its own toolkit of TTRPs, which specifically target the evaluated causes of delays within the 30-Stockton corridor. Click here to learn more.


Potential Additional Pedestrian Safety Enhancements

The following potential safety enhancements may be studied at other locations along the Columbus Avenue corridor, following implementation of the Proposed Measures listed above: 

  • Red visibility curbs to increase visibility of pedestrians by restricting parking adjacent to corners 
  • Leading pedestrian intervals to give people walking at a signalized intersection three to five seconds before any conflicting autos receive the green
  • Advance Stop lines extend across all approaching vehicle lanes to indicate where vehicles must stop in compliance with a stop sign or signal

Potential Temporary Sidewalk Widening

  • The San Francisco Planning Department is studying the potential for temporary sidewalk widening on Columbus Avenue. Initial concepts include creation of a "promenade" space for pedestrians to use where the existing parking lane is located between Union and Green Streets. 
  • Follow this link for an illustration of the potential temporary sidewalk widening concept.

Potential Privately Sponsored Plaza on Vallejo Street (Columbus Avenue to Grant Avenue)

  • Click here to find out more about the privately sponsored project of Piazza San Francisco/ Poet’s Plaza.

SFCTA Columbus Avenue Neighborhood Plan

  • The San Francisco County Transportation Authority's Columbus Avenue Neighborhood Plan Study’s objective was to identify changes to transportation infrastructure and policies that could enhance the livability and economic viability of the Columbus Avenue corridor, benefit residents, merchants and visitors, and enjoy broad community support. The study area included Columbus Avenue between the Transamerica Pyramid and Ghirardelli Square and was completed in 2010. Click here to find out more about this study.  
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Maurice Growney