Evans Avenue Quick-Build
On March 15, the SFMTA Board of Directors approved the Evans Avenue Quick-Build proposed design to improve access and safety for all users of Evans Avenue.
The plan includes:
Traffic and Bikeway
Implement a travel lane reduction "road diet" from two travel lanes in each direction (westbound and eastbound) to one travel lane in each direction plus turn lanes at intersections.
Install a protected bikeway with "floating" parking generally in the westbound direction, with delineator posts to separate people on bikes from traffic and "floating" parking located outside of the bikeway between Napoleon and Rankin streets.
Install a painted bike lane generally in the eastbound direction.
Include a two-way left turn lane and no parking on the north side of the street between Quint and Phelps streets.
Remove several parking spaces along the project area (mostly on Evans b/w Cesar Chavez and Napoleon and b/w Quint and Phelps) to install bikeways and improve pedestrian visibility, while maintaining the majority of the parking and vehicle loading along the corridor.
Pedestrian Safety Improvements
Adjust some of the traffic signals to give a “leading pedestrian interval” (a head-start for people to start crossing the street before drivers get a green light).
Include Painted Safety Zones at Evans/Napoleon to keep the corners of this intersection clear and encourage drivers to turn at safer speeds.
Install high-visibility pedestrian crosswalks so that people can expect where pedestrians may cross.
Include short red zones and advance stop lines at intersection approaches to help keep the area clear so pedestrians entering the crosswalk are visible.
We plan to begin installing the design in the next few months, following completion of the ongoing repaving of several blocks of Evans Avenue. Our SFMTA streets crew will restripe the roadway and install additional improvements outlined in the design above. We will provide updates through mailers, posters, and postcards on vehicles before construction of the traffic and parking changes begins.
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 this project 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 the project before and after implementation to understand outcomes and determine design effectiveness. Evaluations will inform near-term modifications and a long-term design for this street.
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.