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Folsom-Howard Streetscape

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Folsom Howard FactsheetFolsom and Howard are two of the city’s high-injury corridors, the 12% of streets that account for over 70% of all crashes. During the five years from 2011 to 2016, over 300 people were injured and three lost their lives on these dangerous, fast, one-way streets, including 44 year-old Melissa Kitson who was walking on Howard, 26 year-old Katherine Slattery who was bicycling, and 24 year-old Amelie Le Moullac, who was killed on Folsom while riding her bicycle.

If you don’t already know what a high-injury corridor is, learn more here.

This year, Walk SF is leading a campaign to transform Folsom and Howard into safe, walkable, bike and transit-friendly streets, from 2nd to 11th, as part of the broader Vision Zero effort to end all traffic deaths by 2024 — and you can be part of it!

To learn more, download the Folsom Howard Streetscape Project fact sheet.


Four Easy Ways to Get Involved

If you live, work, shop or travel in SoMa, help shape the future of this neighborhood. Before the Folsom-Howard Streetscape project goes to final design in 2018, you can:

  • Explore ideas for a more walkable SoMa at Walk SF’s Community Visioning Workshop in March (sign up to be notified)
  • Share your input and priorities at public Open Houses in the spring and summer (sign up to be notified)  
  • Tell the Board of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) you want safe, walkable, bike-friendly, and transit-oriented streets in the fall (sign up to be notified)


Key Improvements

Here are the top streetscape upgrades to make Folsom and Howard safe and greener for everyone, who lives, works, or travels on these streets, including the students at Bessie Carmichael Elementary and Middle schools.

The first set of improvements are the most basic interventions needed to enhance safety on this pair of fast, one-way freeway feeders:

  • Wider sidewalks and corner bulb-outs to make walking both safe and pleasant
  • Crosswalks with painted stripes, raised designs and signalized, mid-block locations to make it both safe and easy to travel by foot
  • Transit-only lanes and boarding islands to prioritize transit and reduce traffic congestion
  • Greenery and street amenities including people-scaled lighting and decorative paving
  • Parking protected bicycle lanes to significantly improve safety

The second set of improvements are the most robust interventions needed to enhance both safety and walkability on Folsom and Howard:

  • Pedestrian scrambles to make intersections as safe as possible (learn more)
  • Road diets with fewer and more narrow traffic lanes to calm traffic and reduce the severity of collisions
  • Green Connections enhancements on Folsom, including way-finding signs, public art and plazas to create a sense of neighborhood and promote community
  • Pedestrian refuge islands to create separate, protected spaces between people walking and bicycling
  • Strong safety treatments around Bessie Carmichael School at 7th and Howard

For the latest Folsom/Howard Streetscape project news and events, sign up today.

Questions or comments, contact Neighborhood Organizer Josie Ahrens.