Lake Merced Quick-Build Project
The Lake Merced Quick-Build Project will build on the Lake Merced Bikeway Feasibility Study and Lake Merced Pedestrian Safety Study through a quick-build project on Lake Merced Boulevard from Skyline Boulevard to John Muir Drive.
The area north and east of Lake Merced Park on Lake Merced Boulevard between Font and Sunset boulevards is part of San Francisco's Vision Zero High Injury Network (HIN), where 75% of the City's traffic injuries and fatalities occur on just 13% of San Francisco streets. The Lake Merced Pedestrian Safety Project identified safety improvements at pedestrian crossings along Lake Merced Boulevard between Skyline Boulevard and John Muir Drive. This project along with the Community Based Transportation Plan (CBTP) shall run concurrently and coordinate with other projects in the area, including San Francisco Recreation & Park’s Lake Merced Improvement Project.
Scope for the spot improvements can include or incorporate the recommendations from the CBTP planning process. The Quick Build project will propose improvements to increase safety for pedestrians and cyclists and to create an overall safer and more livable Lake Merced!
In coordination with District 7 and the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA), the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is working on two projects around Lake Merced:
- The Lake Merced Bikeway Feasibility Study was completed in January 2021 using Neighborhood Transportation Improvement Program (NTIP) funding. The primary goal of this study was to understand options for relieving congestion on the multi-use pathway around the lake. This study presents near-term options for adding bikeways at road-level on streets adjacent to the lake and long-term options for widening the multi-use pathway around the lake. This study currently has no funding for implementation.
- The Lake Merced Pedestrian Community Based Transportation Plan (CBTP) is currently underway with the goal of identifying prioritized recommendations for pedestrian safety improvements around Lake Merced. There is approximately 400K in Prop K funding associated with this CBTP effort to implement the highest priority recommendations.
Both studies can inform a new quick-build project on Lake Merced Blvd. The Lake Merced Quick Build can focus on Lake Merced Blvd. from Skyline Blvd. to John Muir Dr. to identify two categories of safety improvements:
- Spot improvements: may include improvements such striping and crosswalk upgrades, additional signage, narrowing of traffic lanes, traffic beacons, and pedestrian refuge islands. Scope for the spot improvements can include or incorporate the recommendations from the CBTP planning process.
- Corridor-wide improvements may include road lane reductions and new protected bike facilities. Corridor-wide improvements can implement portions of the Lake Merced Bikeway Feasibility Study but with more focus on slowing vehicles and reducing conflicts through lane reductions rather than relieving congestion on the multi-use pathway.