San Francisco safety organizations mobilize to end private traffic on Market Street

John Lowell holds a sign that reads “Market St.= Too Dangerous For Too Long” during a protest advocating for the full removal of private traffic on Market St. on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)
People prepare signs to block people from turning onto Market St. from Montgomery St. on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Seven Shurygin (left) and Cat Carter sort through signs made to protest private traffic on Market St. on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Seven Shurgyin holds a sign that says “People not cars” during a protest against private traffic on Market St. on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)
JJ Naughton asks a pedestrian to sign a postcard to officials asking for a car-free Market St. on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)
District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney participates in a protest against private traffic on Market St. on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Jodie Medeiros from Walk SF asks two cyclists for their signatures in support of a car-free Market St. on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Advocate Sonja Trauss signs a postcard provided by Jodie Medeiros supporting a car-free Market St. on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)
A woman’s car is prevented from turning onto market by a protester holding a sign that reads “NO CAR ON MARKET” on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)
David Bach occupies the crosswalk at Market and Montgomery streets during a protest against cars on Market St. on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)
David Bach high-fives cyclists as they pass by on Market St. on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)
A protester stops a car from turning onto Market St. from Montgomery St. on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Supervisor Matt Haney and Sonja Trauss talk during a protest against cars on Market St. on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)
People block cars from turning onto Market St. on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Protesters line the crosswalk during a demonstration asking for cars to be banned from Market St. on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Protesters seen through a 38 Rapid Muni bus on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Several of San Francisco’s well-known safety advocacy groups hosted a protest in efforts to end car access to Market St. from Van Ness Ave. to the Embarcadero building.

The protest was organized by Walk SF, People Protected, SF Transit Riders, and the SF Bicycle Coalition. Demonstrators prevented cars from turning onto Market St. from Montgomery St. by occupying the crosswalk until the light turned red again. Busses and cyclists were not prevented from crossing, rather they were cheered on as they passed by.

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