Wiggle Neighborhood Green Corridor
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), and San Francisco Department of Public Works (SFDPW) are partnering to bring stormwater management and traffic calming to the Lower Haight and Alamo Square neighborhoods.
A list of near-term improvements, a project timeline, and project proposals are provided below.
The SFMTA's goal for the Wiggle Neighborhood Green Corridor is to create a route that is comfortable and safe for all who walk, bike, and live along the Wiggle. Whether taking your dog to the park, biking with your children, or chatting with a neighbor outside your home, there are a few key roadway characteristics that the SFMTA can address to preserve the residential nature of the Wiggle streets:
- Ensure that pedestrians feel safe crossing the street
- Minimize congestion from motor vehicles
- Encourage slow, safe speeds from all roadway users.
A number of near term improvements along the Wiggle corridor are in progress.
Winter 2015: At two intersections (Fell and Scott and Oak and Scott), painted safety zones were installed to improve the visibility between pedestrians and motorists and encourage motorists to turn at slower speeds. The Scott Street bike lane from Haight Street to Fell Street was painted green to highlight the presence of cyclists. Signage will be placed on Divisadero street to restrict vehicles from turning left to Hayes Street and McAllister Street during peak periods to reduce vehicle queuing and improve travel time for the 24-Divisadero.
Summer 2016: Traffic signal progression on Divisadero Street between O’Farrell Street and Hayes Street will be coordinated to improve travel times along the street.
- Community outreach and planning phase: May 2013 to January 2014
- Environmental review: February 2014 to October 2015
- Engineering public hearing: April 3, 2015
- SFMTA Board of Directors approvals: November 17, 2015
- Detailed Design: Summer to Winter 2015/2016
- Construction: Fall 2016 to Summer 2017
The Wiggle has historically been known in the context of bicycle riding in San Francisco, and is already a great place to ride a bike. Through the public outreach process we learned from the community of the many opportunities to improve conditions for people walking and living along the Wiggle as well. The following elements are included in the final project:
Bulb-outs at many intersections improve sight distances between bikes, cars and pedestrians
Raised crosswalks will further highlight pedestrian crossings and encourage safe speeds through intersections
Improved aesthetics through rain gardens and permeable paving
Reduced vehicle traffic on Scott street with new traffic diverter (Click here for the Scott Street Traffic Diversion FAQ)
Improved left turn for bicyclists from Scott to Fell by prohibiting turning vehicle conflicts
New green paint in bike lane on Scott Street
New bicycle signal at Oak and Scott will provide a “head start” for bicyclists
Lengthening the bike box at Oak and Scott will allow more room for queuing
Pierce and Haight bus stop moved to far side of intersection (bicycle riders turning right do not need to do so in front of a stopped bus)
New green-backed sharrows at Church and Duboce intersection
New wayfinding signs will be rolled out in SF and will include the Wiggle route to ensure that pedestrians feel safe crossing the street
The official “Wiggle” route will not change as part of this project, though improvements will also be made on Pierce and Page, which some bicycle riders report is their preferred route through the area
New traffic signals are proposed on Haight Street at Scott and Pierce streets as part of the Muni Forward improvements for the 7 Haight Noriega Rapid Project. These will improve Muni on Haight Street and add predictability to these intersections, however, they will also cause delay for pedestrians and bicycle riders.
This project is a partnership of the SFPUC, San Francisco Public Works, and SFMTA. The Wiggle Neighborhood Green Corridor project is funded by the Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP) and the 2011 Road Repaving and Street Safety Bond.