Market Street is the most important multi-modal corridor in San Francisco. It integrates three levels of public transportation and carries almost half-a-million passengers a day. On a typical weekday, an even higher number of people walk or roll along its length, getting to work, going shopping, visiting museums and enjoying the sights of the city. Additionally, cycling is becoming an increasingly important and popular method of getting around, with bicycles outnumbering motorized vehicles at various times during the day.


The existing design accommodates the demands of the various modes, but it falls short of its potential. There are points of significant conflict between bicycles and vehicles; large volumes of fast-moving traffic crossing Market Street create barriers for pedestrians; and the odd angles of intersections on the north side result in unusually long and awkward places for people to cross. The City believes more can and should be done to dramatically improve the efficiency, safety and comfort of mobility through the corridor.


Overarching Mobility Goal for Market Street:

Optimize sustainable mobility modes (transit, walking, rolling and cycling) to be pleasant, reliable, efficient and safe for all users.

Achieving this vision, however, will require changes to how the roadway is designed, which modes get priority in the limited roadway, and how vehicles circulate throughout the area. In addition, the mobility demands placed on Market Street will need to be balanced against the need for creating more inviting public spaces. As of July 2014, the project team had developed three alternatives with public feedback and input.  Over the course of developing them further, each proved problematic in meeting the project goals – especially with respect to the Mayor’s 2016 Directive to build a protected bicycle facility of the “highest achievable quality.”  As of June 2017, the City team has eliminated the earlier alternatives and agreed upon a single concept, which is a synthesis of policies and ideas from the previous alternatives, combined with a sidewalk-level bicycle lane.


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