Too Dangerous for Too Long
Townsend Street is one of the city’s most dangerous streets for people walking. Townsend’s pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure has been tragically inadequate for many years. Shockingly, some parts of Townsend don’t even have sidewalks.
This busy street sees over 3,000 people crossing every hour at 4th and Townsend Street during peak times at Caltrain. Combine this with heavy vehicle traffic and constant loading and unloading from Uber, Lyft, and taxis, and it adds up to dangerous conditions for everyone walking and biking along Townsend Street.
Advocating for Urgent Improvements
We were shocked when the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) suddenly cancelled the Townsend Corridor Improvement Project in the summer of 2018.
Huge outcry from street safety advocates, including Walk San Francisco, helped reinstate the project – plus got the SFMTA to commit to start installing short-term fixes by January 2019, including an accessible block-long raised loading zone next to the curbside bike lane, which will ensure safe access to the curb.
Walk San Francisco’s position regarding safety projects on high-injury corridors like Townsend is this: When projects are delayed, people die.