Title 176b83b51c0f9baf5d60f10178040cff98d2a32a945ba8d4cb618412e6bc1740

Project:

Better Market Street

Checklist:

Better Market Street   

Name:
Better Market Street
    
Description:
Improve Market Street Between Steuart St and Octavia Blvd. Includes resurfacing, sidewalk improvements, way-finding, lighting, landscaping, transit boarding islands, transit connections, traffic signals, transportation circulation changes and utility relocation and upgrade. One of three options being studied would also include improvements on Mission St and moving Mission St bus lines to Market St.
    
Status:
Approved
    
Project:
Better Market Street
    
Location:
San Francisco
    
Contact Name:
Rachel Alonso
    
Contact Email:
rachel.alonso@sfdpw.org
    
Contact Phone:
4155544139
    
Contact Address:

1155 Market Street, 4th floor
San Francisco, CA 94102

    
1a: What bicycle and pedestrian accommodations are currently included on the facility or on facilities it intersects or crosses? Please check all that apply.
    
Class I bicycle paths
Class II bicycle lanes
Class III bicycle routes
Class IV bikeways
Bicycle boxes
Raised separated bikeways
Bicycle Boulevards
Bicycle parking
Sidewalks on one side or both sides of street
Marked crosswalks
Protected intersection
Painted conflict zones
Narrow unpaved path
Pedestrian-actuated traffic signals or routine pedestrian cycle
Bulb-outs
Bicycle actuated traffic signals or routine bicyclist cycle
High visibility crosswalks
Pedestrian-level lighting
ADA-compliant ramps
Traffic signal push buttons
Refuge islands on roadways
Transit shelter
Wide curb lanes
Right turn only lanes
Transit vehicle stops
Pedestrian countdown signals
Way-finding or directional signage
None

     
: Other
    
ADA-compliant ramps in only some locations

     
: Please provide specifics of any items checked above.
    
All the items above exist at only some locations along the corridor except the presence of sidewalks, marked crosswalks, and a routine pedestrian cycle.

     
1b: If there are no existing pedestrian or bicycle facilities, how far from the proposed project are the closest parallel bikeways and walkways?
    
0-1/4 mile
1/4 mile to 1/2 mile
1/2 mile to 1 mile
1+ mile

     
1c: Please indicate needed pedestrian, bicycle, or transit improvements in the project area that staff or the public have identified
    
Improved lighting
sidewalks
Improve intersections
Mid-block crossings
Accommodations for the elderly or disabled or school age children
School age children
Transit shelters
ADA facilities
Widened curb lanes
Bicycle parking
Traffic signals responsive to bicycles
Shorter vehicular traffic signal cycles
Addressing choke points or gaps in pedestrian or bicycle
RR crossings
Bike racks on busses
Widened or better-lit under crossings
Removed slip lanes
Right turn only lanes
None

     
: Other
    

     
1d: Please describe the overall context of the project area:
    
The project area is in one of the most well-known urban settings in the San Francisco Bay Area - downtown San Francisco.  Today there are  over 1000 pedestrians per hour on Market Street during the peak period, as well as over 600 people on bikes -- a number that has been steadily growing over several years. The daily count has been over 4500 at times. There are also roughly 40,000 daily transit riders that use the above-ground transit along Market Street, in addition to the over 200,000 riders a day that use BART or Muni Metro underground within the project corridor. Market Street is considered a ceremonial street, and hosts many parades, protests, and other planned/unplanned events throughout the year.

     
1e: What existing challenges could the proposed project improve for bicycle, pedestrian, or transit travel in the vicinity of the proposed project?
    
Unresponsive signals to bicycles
Lack of bicycle parking
Freeway on-off ramps
Narrow curb lanes
Choke points
RR crossings
No bike racks on buses
Wide roadway crossings
Long signal cycles which require pedestrians to wait long periods of time
Short signal crossing times
Narrow undercrossings, overcrossings
Slip lanes
Sidewalk obstruction or missing sidewalk
Pedestrian-level lighting
Lack of ADA compliant facilities
Lack of Transit vehicle stops

     
: Other
    

     
2a: What trip generators (existing and future) are in the vicinity of the proposed project that might attract walking or bicycling customers, employees, students, visitors or others?
    
Educational institutions
Transit stations
Senior centers
High-density land uses
Downtowns
Shopping areas
Medical centers
Major public venues
Government buildings
Parks

     
: Other
    

     
3a: Have you considered collisions involving bicyclists and pedestrians along the route of the facility?
    
Yes

     
: If so, please provide the number of collisions and describe the outcomes of each:
    
In 2012 and 2013, there were 271 collisions along Market Street; 89 of which involved pedestrians or bicycles (33%). Of those 89 collisions, 60% involved automobiles while 40% involved transit vehicles. The main collision factors of the 36 bicyclist and pedestrian – transit collisions consisted of “proceeding straight”, “pulling into/out of a bus stop”, “turning movements”, or “stopped in road” (67, 3, 6, and 24 percent respectively).

     
: If so, what resources have you consulted?
    
SFPD and SWITRS data. In addition, Muni collision data has been collected and analyzed as well.

     
4a: Do any adopted plans call for the development of bicycle or pedestrian facilities on, crossing or adjacent to the proposed facility/project?
    
City or town bicycle plan
Countywide bicycle plan
City or town pedestrian plan
Countywide pedestrian plan
Combined bicycle and pedestrian plan
ADA transition plan
General plan
Specific plan
Regional transportation Plan
Sales tax expenditure plan
Station area access plan
No plans

     
: Other
    

     
: Is the proposed project consistent with these plans?
    
Yes

     
5a: Do any local, statewide or federal policies call for incorporating bicycle and/or pedestrian facilities into this project?
    
Caltrans Deputy Directive 64
Caltrans Highway Design Manual (Chapter 1000)
ACR 211
MUTCD 2003
MUTCD California supplement
Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG)
MTC Pedestrian Districts Study
None
more

     
: Other
    

     
: If so, have the policies been followed?
    
Yes

     
5b: N/A
    
No

     
5c: If this project includes a bicycle and/or pedestrian facility, which applicable design standards or guidelines have been followed?
    
AASHTO bicycle and pedestrian design guides
Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines
Caltrans Design Information Bulletin 89
Caltrans Highway Design Manual
Caltrans California MUTCD
Caltrans Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities in California
FHWA MUTCD
ITE Designing Urban Walkable Thoroughfares
NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide
N/A - no bicycle or pedestrian facilities included
None

     
6a: What comments have been made regarding bicycle and pedestrian accommodations at BPAC, stakeholder, or public meetings at which the proposed project has been discussed?
    
Make Market Street a great, safe place to walk, bike, shop, and spend time!  Create a protected bike facility along the entire length of Market Street! Make Market Street safer for all sidewalk users - including wheelchair/mobility device users, visually impaired, and all other disabled and able-bodied pedestrians! Do something to bring the sunken plazas up to grade-level and make them more appealing and accessible for all users!

     
: How have you responded to comments received?
    
We are working to incorporate elements into the project that address the major concerns described above -- in a way that works for all stakeholders and that responds to the considerable physical constraints within the right-of-way. These include Muni Metro/BART portals and subway infrastructure,  myriad sub-sidewalk basements, gas, water, power, sewer, storm, auxiliary fire suppression water, and various other City-owned and private communications and other underground utilities.

     
7a: What accommodations, if any, are included for bicyclists and pedestrians in the proposed project design?
    
Class I bicycle paths
Class II bicycle lanes
Class III bicycle routes
Class IV bikeways
Bicycle boxes
Raised separated bikeways
Bicycle Boulevards
Bicycle parking
Sidewalks on one side or both sides of street
Widened sidewalks
Marked crosswalks
Protected intersection
Painted conflict zones
Narrow unpaved path
Pedestrian-actuated traffic signals or routine pedestrian cycle
Bulb-out
Bicycle actuated traffic signals or routine bicyclist cycle
High visibility crosswalks
Pedestrian-level lighting
ADA-compliant ramps
Traffic signal push buttons
Refuge islands on roadways
Transit shelters
Wide curb lanes
Right turn only lanes
Transit vehicle stops
Pedestrian countdown signals
Way-finding or directional signage
None

     
: Other
    

     
8a: Will the proposed project remove an existing bicycle or pedestrian facility or block or hinder bicycle or pedestrian movement?
    
Yes

     
: If yes, please describe situation in detail.
    
"REMOVE?": Yes. "HINDER?": No. In the interest of improving safety and reducing potential conflicts between motor vehicles, pedestrians and bikes, the project proposes to close one pedestrian crosswalk at the east side of the Page/Franklin/Market/12th St intersection. This will shorten the signal delay by approximately 30 seconds and reduce motorist/pedestrian/bicyclist confusion due to the irregular geometry of the intersection.  The project also proposes to add several new crosswalks, which is in response to observed pedestrian demand and "desire lines". Additionally, the project will construct a continuous protected cycle-track, which currently only exists along less than half of the project length. These significant project elements result in a net benefit to overall bicycle and pedestrian movement within the corridor.

     
8b: If the proposed project incorporates neither bicycle nor pedestrian facilities, or if the proposed project would hinder bicycle or pedestrian travel, list reasons why the project cannot be re-designed to accommodate these facilities.
    
As mentioned in 8a, in the interest of improving safety and reducing potential conflicts between motor vehicles, pedestrians and bikes, the project proposes to close one pedestrian crosswalk at the east side of the Page/Franklin/Market/12th St intersection. This will shorten the signal delay by approximately 30 seconds and reduce motorist/pedestrian/bicyclist confusion due to the irregular geometry of the intersection. 

     
: Was a road diet or car parking removal considered?
    
There is no parking along project corridor except for along one block, where the project intends to remove it. A road diet was considered and rejected due to projected traffic and transit volumes, although the project does intend to prohibit all private automobiles from traveling on Market Street.

     
: What would be the cost of the added bicycle and/or pedestrian facility?
    

     
: If the proposed project incorporates bicycle or pedestrian improvements, what proportion is the bicycle and/or pedestrian facility of the total project cost?
    
17

     
: If right-of-way challenges are the reason for the hindrance, please explain the analysis that led to this conclusion.
    

     
9a: How will access for bicyclists and pedestrians be maintained during project construction?
    
Alternative signed bicycle route
Alternative signed pedestrian route
Separated pedestrian pathway
Other

     
: Other
    

     
10a: What agency will be responsible for ongoing maintenance of the facility?
    
San Francisco Public Works

     
10b: How will ongoing maintenance be budgeted?
    
Annual capital and operating budgets