Cesar Chavez pedestrian-friendly redesign approved by SFMTA board

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A proposal to transform Cesar Chavez Street from a busy automobile thoroughfare into a stretch of road that is safer for pedestrians and bicyclists was approved Tuesday.

Under the measure, the Mission district street would feature fewer automobile lanes, a median with green space, and sidewalk bulbouts that decrease the length pedestrians have to walk to cross the street. The plan would also bring permanent bike lanes, storm water planters and energy efficient lighting fixtures.

On Tuesday, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Board of Directors approved the plan, much to the delight of about a dozen local residents who had come out to support the redesign. Construction is scheduled to begin this spring and last 18 months.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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