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Page Street Bikeway Improvements Pilot

Project Introduction
CURRENT STATUS: Nearly 900 people shared their opinions on how recent changes on Page Street have affected travel in the neighborhood. Thank you! Click here to view the summary of survey responses. Dramatic changes in travel patterns due to COVID-19 have posed challenges for evaluating the pilot project as planned. Staff are currently working to coordinate next steps with the separate Page 'Slow Street' extending to Stanyan Street, as well as safety needs on other streets approaching Octavia Boulevard. Please sign up for our email list to stay up-to-date on the latest.

Background

Page Street is an important corridor for the Hayes Valley / Lower Haight neighborhoods and a designated Green Connection in the San Francisco General Plan because of its connectivity to John Muir Elementary School, parks, and other destinations. It is also a popular east-west bicycle route, where there are often 1.5 times more people on bikes than in cars headed downtown in the morning.

The impacts of the sharp growth in economic activity, the addition of thousands of new residents, and the resulting increase in vehicle trips citywide over the past decade have disproportionately affected Hayes Valley. People driving towards Octavia Boulevard to access the Central Freeway are increasingly choosing to queue on residential streets and transit-priority corridors, including Page and Haight streets, as opposed to remaining on arterial streets. The ensuing congestion reduces traffic safety and quality-of-life on these streets. While the SFMTA has made recent changes to improve safety and additional sidewalk changes are planned for 2020 through the Page Street Neighborway, more is needed to directly address the impacts of chronic vehicle congestion.

Project Timeline 
November 2019
Approval
Completed
Spring 2020
Implementation
Completed
Summer-Winter 2020
Data Collection & Survey
Completed
Mid 2021
Presentation of Next Steps to SFMTA Board
Pending
Project Status
Project Evaluation
Improvements
SFMTA bike icon
A protected downhill bikeway and an uphill bike lane
SFMTA walking icon
SFMTA bike icon
Reduced vehicle traffic and conflicts
SFMTA Muni bus icon
Support for transit reliability on Haight Street
Neighborhoods

Pilot Project Details

Based on several years of engagement and outreach with the community, SFMTA is advancing an a pilot project of circulation changes and bikeway upgrades using temporary materials. Project elements include:

  • Reduced vehicle traffic near John Muir Elementary School by prohibiting vehicles from entering eastbound Page Street at Webster Street
  • A protected downhill bikeway and an uphill bike lane on Page Street between Octavia Boulevard and Laguna Street by converting that block to one-way westbound only for vehicles
    • The uphill bike lane would extend 3 blocks from Octavia Boulevard to Webster Street.
  • Further reduced vehicle traffic and conflicts on Page Street by prohibiting left turns and westbound through traffic at Octavia Boulevard
  • Support for transit on Haight Street by enhancing bus stop access and discouraging traffic from diverting to Haight Street during the day

See the plan view and cross-section graphics of the pilot project proposal using the links below:

  • Plan view of the full pilot project proposals
  • Cross-section view of the one-way westbound street with eastbound protected bikeway on Page Street between Laguna and Octavia streets

What makes this a 'pilot project'?

The pilot bikeway improvements and circulation changes will be implemented using temporary materials only (signs, paint, and plastic posts) to allow for data collection, outreach, and evaluation. The SFMTA Board of Directors will have to reapprove the project based on the outcome of the pilot to make these or other changes permanent, pursue changes to the pilot, or else the temporary treatments would be reversed.

What does SFMTA want to learn from the pilot and hot will we measure it?

  • Safety and comfort on Page Street for people walking and biking, including John Muir Elementary School students
    • Measured by staff observations and a public perception survey
  • Transit performance on Haight Street
    • Evaluated based on travel time and Muni lane violation data
  • Neighborhood traffic circulation
    • Documented with 'before/after' traffic counts on adjacent streets and freeway access routes
Contact Information
Page Bikeway Project Team