By Michael Cabanatuan : sfgate – excerpt
The walking tour that departed from the steps of City Hall on Tuesday morning traveled a route not frequented by double-deck tour buses, and it took in destinations not typically sought out by sightseers.
The group of two dozen or so, most wearing suits or dresses, strolled north to Golden Gate Avenue and then through the Tenderloin, passing the crowd gathering for lunch outside St. Anthony Dining Room, then stopping at Sixth and Market streets before heading up McAllister Street to a restaurant near Civic Center.
The visitors, from Washington, D.C., and Sacramento, were part of a state and federal delegation to learn what San Francisco is doing to make its streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists as part of the Vision Zero program.
San Francisco began its version of Vision Zero, an international traffic safety program founded in Sweden, early last year after a surge in fatal pedestrian collisions in the city in late 2013 and early 2014. The program aims to eliminate traffic fatalities in the city by 2024 using a combination of physical changes to streets, education programs and traffic enforcement…
Sixth Street changes
Standing at the corner of Sixth and Market, MTA Vision Zero project liaison and Tuesday’s tour guide Neal Patel described it as one of the city’s most dangerous intersections. He said the city wants to narrow four-lane Sixth Street to a single lane in each direction in 2017 when environmental studies are completed, even though it feeds traffic to the Bay Bridge.
“Will there be traffic impacts?” he asked. “Yes, there will.”… (more)
Question from a reader: “. . . What’s going on around here? How is this going to make 6th Street safer?”
Answer: Ask the Fire Department and other emergency supporters how they feel about the bulbouts and street diets if you can get anyone to talk to you about it. There is a strange silence coming out of the City Departments as they battle over turf and funds. No one is talking.