Wider Sidewalks on Jones Street in San Francisco
San Francisco pedestrians and cyclists get a victory on the streets. In fact, the win will mean a bit less street in the Tenderloin neighborhood with wider sidewalks.
Wider Sidewalks in Tenderloin
This week, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SMFTA) and the San Francisco Fire Department approved a plan to create wider sidewalks on Jones Street. The San Francisco Examiner reported on the agreement on July 21st, 2020.
A final plan is coming, but original designs showed the removal of one lane of traffic for several blocks along Jones Street, leaving better and safer pedestrian access to bus stops and Market Street.
The battle for more space has been waged for years by several community groups including the San Francisco Bike Coalition and Walk SF.
The most recent push came after shelter-in-place orders left sidewalks across the Tenderloin district packed with tents and encampments. Efforts to stay socially distant put pedestrians at even more risk along busy San Francisco Streets.
SFMTA Leaders said work on the Jones Street project to create wider sidewalks should begin in the next few weeks. They also mentioned starting smaller projects on Leavenworth and Turk streets soon to help make those routes safer for walkers and people on bikes.
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