Wiener Aims To Curb Upper Market Collision Problems



With Upper Market Street between Castro and Octavia streets grappling with some of the highest collision rates in the city, District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener has embarked on a plan to shore up the area’s traffic and pedestrian safety.


Whether the problem is due to confusing traffic laws, the rapid change of vehicle speed along Market Street or other various moving parts, Wiener’s goal is to reduce accidents and create a “Transit-First” city.


The effort is part of the Zero Vision Initiative, a multi-city plan to reduce traffic deaths to zero by 2024. The initiative was started in Sweden and has already seen widespread success there and in Norway and is also being taken up by New York, Chicago, and other international cities.


While this may seem as much of an uphill battle as the city’s “no homeless by the Superbowl,” the goal has a practical aim: to reduce not only fatalities and injuries but also cars on the road and stimulate the demand for public transportation.


Pedestrian safety is a large part of this, and a major part of Wiener’s focus as supervisor, which is why many local improvements have already focused on widening sidewalks. One place where this is already visible is on the main drag of Castro Street between 18th and Market streets.


Wiener’s initiative includes creating more visible crosswalks, which work to beautify and personalize each individual neighborhood. These are already visible in two main retail zones in District 8: the rainbow crosswalks in the Castro and the red brick crosswalks in Noe Valley.


Other initiatives led by Supervisor Wiener included an amendment to the city’s fire code, which was strict in allowing for wider streets, often curtailing plans for sidewalk size increases.


As the city moves forward with plans, Wiener and his team will continue to push further legislation to make these improvements possible, working with the community to find and address citywide problem areas with the ultimate goal of San Francisco will become not only a Zero Vision city, but also a Transit First city by 2024.





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