Second Street Improvements
Help us create a safer South of Market!
After three well-attended and constructive commmunity meetings, the SF Department of Public Works unveiled their proposed design for the Second Street Improvement Project at the fourth and final Community Meeting on May 23 to about 80 members of the community. City staff shared details about the one-way cycletrack as well as other bike and pedestrian safety improvements.
The proposed design presented includes a continuous, raised and green cycletrack along the length of 2nd Street, with bicycle-specific signaling, reducing car/bike conflicts at intersections. Additional features also include improved pedestrian facilities as well as curb-side access for paratransit. If you haven't had an opportunity to bike on or see a raised bikeway before, take a look at these examples, from elsewhere in the country and world.
Your Continued Support is Still Needed
The final proposed design for Second Street is the product of more than a year of earnest community involvement and an acknowledgement by the City of the community’s need for a safer bike route in eastern SOMA. Nonetheless, the approval and funding process is far from over, so we are asking that you continue sending emails letting City decision makers know how important the proposed changes are. Email Mayor Ed Lee, SFDPW Director Mohammed Nuru, SFMTA Director Ed Reiskin and Supervisor Jane Kim expressing your support for the proposed Second Street design and asking that the necessary funding is guaranteed.
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Community in Action: How the Proposed Design Came to be
Second Street between Market Street and King Street is a vibrant commercial corridors in the South of Market neighborhood and an important transportation route for people on bikes, buses, walking, and in vehicles. With upcoming repaving scheduled for the street is, the City decided to look for ways to make biking and walking safer on 2nd Street between Market and King Street.
The preferred alternative, the raised one-way cycletrack option, was selected from the results of surveys filled out by the hundreds of people who attended the first three community meetings. Visit the project's page at the DPW website to learn more about the process and all the alternatives considered.
The Department of Public Works and SFMTA begun community outreach and held four community workshop attended by over 300 people in 2012 and 2013. Community members listed elements of 2nd Street they'd like to see improved and began thinking about how to redesign the street. Separated bikeways, better lighting, improvements to dangerous intersections to make crossing the street safer and many other ideas came forward.
Second Street is an important route for people getting to the Montgomery BART station and the 4th and King CalTrain station on foot or on bikes. MUNI routes 10 and 12 run along on 2nd Street, several MUNI bus lines cross 2nd Street and MUNI Metro trains have stops at the northern and southern ends of 2nd Street. Like other streets in the South of Market area, many vehicles travel on 2nd Street to get to and from the Bay Bridge.
More so than many other South of Market Street, large numbers of people walk on 2nd Street. Crowds can often be seen during peak AM and PM commute times, during the lunch hour and before and after San Francisco Giants games.
Second Street is also the only designated north-south bicycle route in the area but does not currently have any dedicated bikeway. The nearest north-south bike lanes are half a mile to the east on the Embarcadero and almost a mile away to the west on 7th Street. Thousands of people bike on 2nd Street every day to get to work, transit stations, or to go shopping, and SFMTA counts at 2nd and Townsend Street showed a 97% increase in the number of people biking from 2006-2011.
Pedestrian safety on 2nd Street has long been a concern of residents, business owners, and Supervisor Kim. There have been numerous crashes in recent years and intersections can often be difficult to cross. Most people who bike on 2nd Street today consider it very unsafe and have been requesting the city add dedicated bike space for over a decade. With the numbers of people already biking increasing across the city and with bikeshare coming to the area in 2012, the numbers of people biking should continue to rise. MUNI boarding and access, business loading and unloading also put pressure on the street and its uses.
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition supports dramatic improvements to 2nd Street to make biking and walking safer and more comfortable for people of all ages and abilities. We encourage ideas like a separated bikeway to make biking safer and more attractive for people who bike to work everyday and for visitors who utilize San Francisco’s bikeshare. We support shortened crossing distances for people on foot and improved intersections and other pedestrian improvements. And we hope the streetscape invites more people to come to 2nd Street and spend more time shopping or dining.
History of the project
In 2009, the SFMTA pulled aside the bike safety project for 2nd Street between Market Street and King Street. This project would have installed bike lanes on this stretch - part of the citywide bike network and an important route for those getting to work, home, and regional transit (Caltrain and BART). Back in June 2009, some community members did not support some of the proposed traffic changes and urged the city for more time to review proposals and add input.
As with a few other Bike Plan projects that were not legislated in 2009, the SF Bicycle Coalition has been urging the city to bring this project back to the community and consider upgrading the project design to a separated bikeway that is safer and more inviting for people of all ages. The SF Bicycle Coalition, along with Supervisor Jane Kim and other community leaders were saddened to learn that federal funding that was meant to install bike lanes, pedestrian safety improvements, and other streetscape elements on 2nd Street had to be reprogrammed to other city projects because of funding deadlines. We are working with all city agencies to ensure the current planning process yields a project in the ground in 2013.
For more information about the 2nd Street project, please contact Chema Hernández Gil, Community Organizer, at 415.431.2453 x321 or email@example.com.
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