“It will help transform Castro Street into what it should be, given its international reputation,” Wiener said.
The Castro Street sidewalks between 17th and 19th streets measure 12 feet in width, while each north- and southbound traffic lane spans about 21.25 feet. But now sidewalks will be widened to 21.25 feet and roads shrunk to 12 feet, under the Castro Street Design Project approved by the transit agency’s board of directors Tuesday.
Pedestrian-focused Castro Street block widening set for next year. sfexaminer, 22.08.13.
New York Street Vendors Displaced by Bike-Share Want Their Voices Heard
As the racks for the Citibike bike-share program have been installed around New York in recent weeks, New Yorkers have become aware of their public spaces in a whole new way.
..there’s one rack that is causing a different kind of problem, and revealing some deeper cracks on the contested sidewalks of New York. On Liberty Street in Lower Manhattan, outside an office building at 140 Broadway, five food carts employing fifteen people have been displaced by a rack installed on the sidewalk there.
The Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center, an advocacy group that claims nearly 2,000 of the city’s 20,000 mobile vendors as members, says that while five carts might not seem like a lot, the move raises questions about who has the right to use the streets of the city.”
The final plan for wider sidewalks and other pedestrian improvements on Castro Street between Market and 19th Streets was presented at an open house by the Planning Department this week. Overall, the pedestrian environment on Castro will be vastly improved after the skinny sidewalks are widened to as much as 22 feet, and the narrowed traffic lanes should also calm motor traffic.
One of San Francisco’s latest traffic calming projects makes a simple, but fundamental change at the intersection to discourage drivers from using neighborhood streets to bypass a stoplight.
Instead of pedestrians crossing the street, cars have to pull into the street across a driveway that doubles as a speed bump. After the driveway the street transitions into a cobblestone or brick-like paving treatment instead of the normal asphalt road we’d expect. Another tool to slow down traffic is to swap the parking and driving sides of the street using curb extensions, called chicanes, to guide drivers and parkers through the transition from one side to other.
But back to the brick pattern treatment, because it creates a new kind of street treatment somewhere between a road and a sidewalk. A little south of here, the City of Mountain View did something similar when they redesigned their main boulevard by using brick paving for what is sometimes used as parking and outdoor restaurant seating at others.
All over the country, cities are starting to reverse more than a half century of car-centric development, but each project like brings us a little closers to a good balance…
it’s like what i saw in stockholm! the sidewalk is continuous so it doesn’t even feel like you’re walking across an intersection! but the one on fleminggatan has chess pieces and ped- and cycle-only access.
Construction Begins on Pedestrian-Friendly Redesign of Fisherman’s Wharf.
The project, designed with the help of Danish architect Jan Gehl, is expected to transform Jefferson into the kind of popular pedestrian-oriented streets that are found many in cities across the world, but are few and far between in San Francisco.