The experience of being on Market Street in San Francisco is about to change, whether you’re a motorist navigating the downtown area, a cyclist sharing the road with cars, or a passenger getting from point A to B on transit.
Beginning Tuesday, private vehicles will be restricted from turning onto Market between Third and Eighth streets, a change that’s intended to make the busy corridor safer to cyclists and pedestrians while facilitating smoother sailing for transit vehicles. It's part of the Safer Market Street Project, a safety upgrade that's included in a roster of street safety improvements under Vision Zero.
Between 2012 and 2013, there were 162 collisions resulting in injuries along Market Street, said Paul Rose, spokesman for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. The ban on private vehicle turns is accompanied with other changes that include extending transit-only lanes and installing new loading and painted safety zones to boost visibility.
“This project is driven by the sobering collision data on Market Street and our Vision Zero goal of ending traffic fatalities in San Francisco,” said SFMTA Director of Transportation, Ed Reiskin. “Traffic collisions are preventable, and these focused turn restrictions will create a safer, better Market Street.”