by Dan Brekke : kqed – excerpt
Next Wednesday, Jan. 29, private vehicles will no longer be allowed to travel the busiest stretch of San Francisco’s Market Street, from near Van Ness Avenue all the way to the waterfront.
The prohibition on private vehicles marks the first tangible step in an ambitious city plan to remake its principal boulevard into a thoroughfare that will emphasize transit and feature a wide range of physical changes to make the street safe and user-friendly for pedestrians, cyclists and others who don’t happen to be moving through the city in cars…
For more information, we’ve got links:
- SFMTA’s Car-Free Market Street page, with information on the car ban taking effect Jan. 29.
- The SFMTA staff report on the project, prepared for the Oct. 15, 2019, meeting at which the project was approved.
- The SFMTA slideshow from October 2019 detailing key aspects of the project and its timeline… (more)
Car-less wide empty streets are not the prescription for saving retail businesses on Market Street and the additional 1 cent sales tax increase being cooked up for the region should kill whatever is left if the voters approve that. There must be a plan for Market Street once they remove the cars and retail. Any hints on what that is are appreciated. Maybe there is a clue in the Plan 2040 or 2050 whatever year they are working on now.