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Tell the SFMTA: I support making 6th Street safer for people walking

 In Actions, Engineering

According to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), 6th Street has one of the highest concentrations of pedestrian collisions, injuries, and fatalities in San Francisco.

Every 16 days, a person walking on 6th Street is hit by a car and critically injured.

The SFMTA’s 6th Street Pedestrian Safety Project, which is set to be approved on October 16, could make the street dramatically safer. The project would widen sidewalks and make several other improvements along the 6th Street corridor between Market Street and Harrison.

Unfortunately, the key element of the 6th Street Pedestrian Safety Project – the “road diet” (which would allow wider sidewalks by removing a traffic lane) – is facing strong opposition from hotels north of Market Street. But 6th Street cannot be made safer for people walking without narrowing the street and increasing space for people on foot and in wheelchairs.

The full suite of proposed improvements includes:

  • Widened sidewalks on both sides of the street.
  • 24 new corner bulb-outs to shorten crossing distances, increase pedestrian visibility, and slow turning vehicles.
  • Three additional traffic signals and painted crosswalks at key alleyways.
  • Traffic calming via the removal of a vehicle lane.
  • Pedestrian-scale lighting, which will increase safety.
  • Trees and greenery to make 6th Street a more beautiful place to walk.

We need your help to ensure that the proposed road diet and pedestrian safety changes are part of the approved project at the SFMTA’s October 16 hearing.

Without a strong show of support, the SFMTA may not include these changes in the final project.

Please sign the petition today asking the SFMTA Board, SFMTA Director Reiskin, SFMTA staff, and Supervisor Kim to support the 6th Street Pedestrian Safety Project with the proposed road diet and full pedestrian safety changes.