This week SFMTA will be hosting open houses on Thursday and Saturday to highlight plans for near-term changes to Howard Street from 6th to 11th streets and one block of Folsom Street from 5th to 4th. If approved, safety improvements will be installed this winter.
The longer-term changes of the Folsom-Howard Streetscape Project will require finalizing the design, coordinating with utility work, changing signal times, pouring miles of concrete and making other changes. That work is expected to take until at least 2022.
The SFMTA made a commitment to look at near-term safety improvement. Near-term improvements will be similar to those installed on Folsom Street earlier this year and will include:
- A parking-protected bikeway.
- Daylighting intersections to improve visibility.
- Increasing the number of loading zones on Howard.
Both open houses will be held at Bayanihan Community Center at 1010 Mission Street.
The SFMTA believes that these changes will make it safer and more pleasant to bike, walk, load and unload on Howard. They feel that the updates will provide a separated space for bicyclist, more visibility for pedestrians, and more spaces for merchants to load and unload. These changes will help prevent conflicts between the different ways people use Howard Street. By adding new protections for bicyclists and pedestrians, these improvements support San Francisco’s Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic fatalities.