Safer Taylor Street
In collaboration with the Tenderloin community, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has developed a new vision for Taylor Street between Market Street and Sutter Street that improves transportation safety and livability for all users of this corridor. Based on input from Tenderloin residents, merchants, social services and advocacy groups, the project was approved by the SFMTA Board of Directors and will begin construction in 2020. Thank you for your support!
Implementation of "quick-build" traffic safety improvements to protect vulnerable road users, including people walking, seniors, children, and people with disabilities, on one of the Tenderloin’s most important streets is complete! These changes are primarily installed on the roadway using paint markings, signs, and signal timing. Quick-build changes were implemented summer 2019 in advance of the larger streetscape project and bring us closer to meeting the City’s Vision Zero commitment to eliminate all traffic related fatalities and severe injuries. Learn more about them here.
The Safer Taylor Street project is a critical component of the City’s Vision Zero goal to eliminate all traffic deaths. From 2011 to 2016, there were 109 collisions on this segment of Taylor Street from Market to Sutter streets, 69 of which involved pedestrians and cyclists. This means, on average, each month one person walking or biking is injured in a traffic collision within the project area. Therefore, this represents a disproportionately higher collision rate relative to the rest of San Francisco.
- Design proposal: The project team has refined preliminary design options to develop a single unified design proposal for Taylor Street, based on strong community input, technical analysis and national best practices.
- Community working group: Key community leaders and residents continue to meet regularly with the SFMTA project team to learn about progress and make critical decisions collaboratively. This group is open for anyone to join.
- Neighborhood partnerships: Through more than 30 unique events and meetings, the project team has received input from more than 1,000 Tenderloin residents, workers and community leaders. The SFMTA has prioritized events that give the most vulnerable people a voice.
A Space For All to Enjoy
- What we learned: Taylor Street is home to a vibrant, dense and diverse mix of residents and workers. The neighborhood has historically struggled with socio-economic and traffic safety issues. People hope to reclaim street space for safe and enjoyable walking.
- What's coming: Wider sidewalks will create more public space for walking, shorter crosswalks, landscaping, art and neighborhood amenities. The proposed design widens sidewalks by 5 to 11 feet throughout Taylor Street on both sides. Together, more space and more amenities can lead to better public health outcomes for all.
Safer Streets Through Safer Speeds
What we learned: More than 50 percent of injury collisions along the corridor involved pedestrians, with most resulting from a driver failing to yield while turning. In addition, over half of auto collisions were caused by risky driver behaviors such as red light running and traveling at unsafe speeds.
What's coming: Widening the sidewalk, and in turn reducing the number of travel lanes, provides critical roadway safety improvements with minimal impacts to traffic congestion most of the day. Taylor Street will be one lane with turn pockets south of Ellis Street, and expand to two lanes north of Ellis. This new design still accommodates existing traffic on Taylor Street while substantively improving public safety. People walking will have shorter crosswalks and more time to cross, while drivers will have dedicated turn signals separate from pedestrian crossings.
Tailored Curbside Access
- What we learned: Improved passenger loading is critical for supporting residents and businesses on Taylor Street, especially for SROs, social service organizations, hotels and event venues. Pickup and dropoff is currently difficult and blocked travel lanes from double-parked cars is a common occurrence.
- What's coming: The new design provides improved loading zones with up to five foot buffers from travel lanes, allowing for safer pickup and dropoff for tourist buses, large event trucks, mobile neighborhood services and paratransit vans.
We thank our project partners, who have provided us invaluable expertise throughout: SF Public Works, SF Department of Public Health, Tenderloin Safe Passage, WalkSF, Civic Edge, Katz & Associates, Fehr & Peers, Alfred Williams, and Hood Design Studio.
Safer Taylor Street is funded through a Caltrans Sustainable Communities grant along with San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA), Prop K and Prop B funds.