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SFMTA Board to review traffic, parking modifications for Arguello Boulevard Safety Project

The SFMTA Board of Directors will review a new round of proposed changes to Arguello Boulevard on Tuesday, in anticipation of the safety improvement project’s construction groundbreaking. While the bulk of the project includes improved infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists, this new round of changes will manage car traffic and parking along the busy corridor.

The Arguello Boulevard Safety Project was created to increase safety for all who travel along the street—and there are lots of people that use it. Transit riders hop on the 33 to get to and from the Presidio and Marina Districts. The bike lane on Arguello connects Golden Gate Park to the Presidio, and is the route of choice for cyclists who are crossing Golden Gate Bridge for a long ride. And the street is a major throughfare in the middle of residential neighborhoods, meaning that foot traffic along the street is frequent.

But Arguello Boulevard between Fulton Street and Sacramento Street is designated a Cyclist High Injury Corridor by the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Safety concerns have spurred the SFMTA to draft a series of safety improvements for the corridor, to increase its usability by pedestrians and cyclists, and to suppress potential collisions.

SEE RELATED: Major bike and pedestrian improvements headed to Arguello Boulevard

The first round of improvements that were made to the street include painted “buffer zones” along the existing bike lane, daylighting crosswalks by removing parking spaces to increase visibility, and repainting crosswalks. The area of Arguello near Cabrillo has undergone a pretty significant visual transformation so far, just using paint.

Longer term changes, which will be underway later this year, include pedestrian refuge islands in the middle of several crosswalks, a raised concrete median stretching from McAllister to Cabrillo streets, installing a bus boarding island and extending the Turk Street bike lane.

While the project was approved overall in August of 2016, these second set of changes that will require some minor traffic and parking modifications to the area, and that’s what the SFMTA Board of Directors will be reviewing on Tuesday.

The impact on parking in the area will be minimal; only two unmetered parking spaces are proposed for removal—one will be on Arguello’s western side, south of Cabrillo. Another will on be on the north side of Cabrillo, 23 feet west of Arguello. In their place, wider sidewalks and a bulbout will be installed.

For added safety, a Rapid Rectangular Flashing Beacon will also be brought in to that intersection: a tool used to alert drivers that a pedestrian is crossing the street through the use of flashing lights.

Lastly, the board will vote to approve the extension of a bike lane on Turk Street, and the placement of a median island on Turk and Arguello.

The improvements to Arguello will take place throughout early 2017, concluding with a planned Public Works repaving project to refinish the street’s currently bumpy surface.

Nuala Sawyer

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