Evans Avenue Quick-Build
On Wednesday, October 13, we held a virtual open house. If you were unable to make it, please watch the recording by visiting Evans Avenue Quick-Build Project Virtual Open House (October 13).
In May 2021, the Evans Avenue Quick-Build Project team distributed hard copy surveys along Evans Avenue between Cesar Chavez and 3rd streets and the Bayview Plaza. The team also distributed online surveys through their stakeholder networks and in partnership with community groups.
A total of 365 survey responses were received and include:
Relationship to Evans Avenue
Over half (58%) of survey respondents commute or make trips on Evans Avenue. 34% of respondents live on or near Evans Avenue and 29% work on or near the project area.
How do you travel on Evans Avenue?
68% of survey respondents indicated that they drive a car or motorcycle when traveling on Evans Avenue. 43% stated they ride Muni or walk or use a mobility aid and 42% stated they ride a bicycle or scooter.
The 2019 U.S. Census American Community Survey states that 15.9% of residents in Census Tract 9809 commute to work by car, truck, van or drive alone. 26.7% take public transportation and 3.4% walk. In addition, 15% of residents in the census tract do not own a vehicle, while 61% own one vehicle and 23% own two or more vehicles.
Is Evans Avenue Safe?
60% of survey respondents indicated that Evans Avenue is somewhat unsafe or very unsafe.
These responses fall in line with the following top survey respondents’ comments found in survey questions 9 and 10:
- Concerns about reckless driving and traffic speeds
- Desired improvements to road conditions, pavement conditions
- Improve lighting for night time pedestrian safety
- Streetscape improvements
- Pedestrian improvements such as wider sidewalks and better crosswalks
- Traffic calming measures
- Repave the road
- Stronger enforcement of traffic laws, parking violations, and speeding
Top Transportation Goals
Similar to the top safety comments reported in questions 9 and 10, 52% of survey respondents requested to reduce speeding “traffic calming measures", 44% want safer pedestrians crossings, 42% want bicycle facilities, 42% want reliable transit and 31% want greater pedestrian visibility.
Three designs were proposed in the survey:
Option 1 – Two lanes (one in each direction) with a center turn lane and bike lanes
Option 2 – Two lanes (one in each direction) and buffered bike lanes.
Option 3 – Two lanes (one in each direction), protected bike lane with floating parking westbound and a buffered bike lane eastbound.
The survey asked respondents to rate each design from 1 (dislike) to 5 (like). The following results state that:
- 37% of survey respondents favored design Option 1
- 46% of survey respondents favored design Option 2
- 58% of survey respondents favored design Option 3
Additional Comments About the Quick-Build Designs
- Preference for fully protected bike lanes, preference for protected bike lanes in both directions
- Preference for buffered bike lanes
- Consideration for Evans Avenue as a truck route and industrial area, prioritize truck traffic needs
- Concerns about effectiveness and confusion regarding floating parking
- Preference for preserving parking
- Preference for removal of parking in favor of more lanes, bike safety
- Protected bike lanes in both ways, either with bollards or parking
- Maintain 2 lanes in both directions
- Signal timing improvements
- Account for trucks and accommodate their space needs
- Connectivity for bikes from Evans Avenue to other bike routes
- Transit improvements, both dedicated transit lanes and transit boarding islands/bulbouts
Moving Muni Pole Stops
Over half of survey respondents like the idea of moving the Muni bus pole stops at Evans Avenue and Napoleon Street and Evans Avenue and Phelps Street from the current location (near side) to the other side (far side) of the street.
Demographic Breakdown of Survey Respondents
- 26% live in Bayview-Hunters Point
- 16% live in Potrero Hill and Mission
- 42% identify as white
- 12% identify as Asian/Pacific Islander
- 7% identify as Black/African American
- 6% identify as Latin(x)/Hispanic
- 39% 19-39 years
- 41% 40-64 years
- 11% 65+ years
- 42% Male
- 24% Female
- 1% Genderqueer/nonbinary and 1% not listed
- 7.1% Mobility disability
- 5.6% Blindness or vision impairment
- 5.6% Hearing impairment
- 4.6% Cognitive or mental impairment
Evans Avenue, between Cesar Chavez and 3rd streets, consists of two travel lanes in both the eastbound and westbound direction. The corridor is in the Bayview neighborhood and home to commercial retail, light and heavy industrial, and city department activities. The 19 Polk Muni bus also serves this corridor and connects to additional Muni lines such as: T Third, 15 Bayview Hunters Point Express, 44 O'Shaughnessy, and 91 3rd/19th Avenue Owl. Along Cesar Chavez protected bike lanes can be found heading eastbound and westbound. Evans Avenue is also a bike route.
New development within this diverse and active corridor is in various operations, construction, or planning stages. These projects include:
- Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing Navigation Center - 1925 Evans Avenue (opened January 2021)
- San Francisco Police Department Traffic Company and Forensic Services Division - 1995 Evans Avenue (scheduled completion date October 2021)
- Public Utilities Commission Southeast Community Center - 1550 Evans Avenue (scheduled completion date 2022)
- Public Utilities Commission Southeast Treatment Plant Headworks Facility Project - 750 Phelps Street (scheduled completion date spring 2024)
- PUC Biosolids Digester Facilities Project - (scheduled completion date 2027)
- Public Utilities Commission City Distribution Division (CDD) Headquarters - 2000 Marin Street (scheduled completion date 2027)
In addition to increased activity within the area, Evans Avenue is part of San Francisco's Vision Zero High Injury Network , which means 75% of the city’s traffic injuries and fatalities occur on just 13% of San Francisco streets.
From 2015 to 2020 there have been 81 crashes involving a vehicle and another vehicle, bicyclist or pedestrian on Evans Avenue between Cesar Chavez and 3rd streets. Twelve pedestrian crashes resulted from this total with five of these crashes identified as severe injuries. Three bicycle crashes resulted from this total with one crash identified as a severe injury. On October 20, 2020, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle on Cesar Chavez and Evans Avenue.
Evans Avenue Quick-Build Project
The Evans Avenue Quick-Build project is in support of the city’s commitment to Vision Zero. The project's main goal is to improve traffic safety conditions and comfort for all who travel along Evans Avenue between Cesar Chavez and 3rd streets by using adjustable, quick-to-construct, and reversible roadway treatments.
What is a ‘Quick-Build’ project?
Quick-build projects focus on the implementation of safety improvements on streets identified on San Francisco's Vision Zero High Injury Network.
Quick-build projects are adjustable and reversible traffic safety improvements that can be installed relatively quickly. Unlike major capital projects that may take years to plan, design, bid and construct, quick-build projects are buildable within months and are intended to be evaluated and reviewed within the initial 24 months of construction.
Typical quick-build improvements include:
- Road diet (i.e. remove one or two travel lanes)
- Paint, traffic delineators, and street signs
- Parking and loading adjustments
- Traffic signal timing
- Transit boarding islands
Improvements within the project area will provide a greater sense of safety while cycling/walking and support the City’s Vision Zero goals.
Community stakeholders will be informed of these projects prior to construction and will have the opportunity to provide input at a public hearing. Additionally, the SFMTA, through its Vision Zero Safe Streets Evaluation Program, will analyze projects before and after implementation to review outcomes and determine design effectiveness. Evaluations will inform near-term modifications and long-term designs for streets.
If your business, organization or community group would like a presentation about the Evans Avenue Quick-Build project, please contact Adrienne Heim, Transportation Planner, at Adrienne.Heim@sfmta.com.