Safer Taylor Street
Summer 2017, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is kicking off the Safer Taylor Street Project. Safer Taylor proposes to bring a range of improvements to Taylor Street from Market to Sutter streets with a focus on pedestrian and cyclist safety, traffic circulation, parking management, and creating a more livable street for everyone.
The Safer Taylor Street Project intends to implement a range of improvements to the corridor, which will focus on pedestrian safety and accessibility, cyclist safety and mobility, calming traffic speeds and promoting livable streets for Taylor Street residents and businesses.
On June 28, 2017, the SFMTA kicked off the Taylor Street Safety Project from Market to Sutter streets. This meeting was the first of many opportunities to meet the project team, understand why we're looking at Taylor Street as part of San Francisco's Vision Zero policy and provide input on how to make Taylor Street a safer space to get around.
The project is funded by Caltrans, State Highway Account - Sustainable Communities grant and local match San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA), Prop K funds.
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 area. Therefore, this represents a disproportionately higher collision rate relative to the rest of San Francisco.
A SAFER STREET FOR EVERYONE
The Taylor Street community is a diverse and high-density mixed-use neighborhood consisting of families, small businesses, social service organizations, neighborhood groups, hotels, and event centers. The neighborhood's median household income is $24,423, which is less than a third of the median household income compared to the rest of the city.
As a result, more than half of households qualify as low-income. In addition to transportation safety, the Taylor Street community has historically struggled with socio-economic challenges, including high levels of homelessness, violent crime, and economic isolation. Furthermore, the area is one of the few San Francisco neighborhoods that have a high percentage of African American and Latino residents. Also, compared to the rest of the city, the community has three times as many children under 20 years of age and four times as many seniors.
By acknowledging the community's unique and complex nature, the Safer Taylor Street project team will strive to produce the following innovative and extensive outreach strategies that address equity in addition to transportation safety:
- Capacity-building sessions, with attendance at local neighborhood meetings to brief the community about the project's progress.
- Community working group, for neighborhood representatives to provide real-time feedback to the design process.
- Public life study, to capture the pedestrian experience along Taylor Street.
- Tactical urbanism, in tandem with the Tenderloin (August) Sunday Streets event to showcase how Taylor Street can be improved with the community’s input.
- Workshops, to comprehensively show how community input is driving the City’s design.
The project team includes: Tenderloin Safe Passage, a community group that has long advocated for the socio-economic success of this community; WalkSF, a pedestrian advocacy organization championing pedestrian improvements across San Francisco and Al Williams, a longtime community facilitator.