Improving traffic flow throughout San Francisco's busiest streets.

Rodger Bories's picture

I suppose you will find this crazy, but changing many or most of the busiest streets to one way streets would improve traffic flow and have a side benefit.


Make the downtown streets alternating one ways, both north/south and east/west.  Same for Soma.

Make Mission Street one way Eastward towards the Embarcadero from Cesar Chavez.

The reason is that buses, delivery vehicles, double parkers (I know this is illegal, but it happens none the less) and commuters have less space with it being two ways.  When streets are two way, illegal U-Turns are bound to happen, but not with one ways.

Although this may create another block for some to walk to reach a newly established direction (example: going east or west), the ease of use for motorized vehicles increases in some cases by two lanes.  If a police car, ambulence or fire truck is needed on a particular street, then there is more space for traffic to clear or go around, meaning less blocked streets and grid locks.

jabrimallen1761's picture

Green Machines

I believe that businesses selling green machines should be given a tax break to enable them to sell their machines to lower class citizens within San Francisco. I also believe that anything unable to travel above 45 mph should not require a license, but a permit only. This would encourage more individuals to buy things such as mopeds, scooters, etc and reduce pollution while adding to the creation of sidewalk cafe culture within SF. This move would also increase the growth of back street blue collar businesses within the city and raise our city's income. This should go along with reducing the amount of traffic in the city to ease the burden on public transportation and streets thus making the flow of traffic more efficient.  

MikeSFO's picture

Not all Black Top is Created Equal

We recently (the city) spent $7 million to re-pave just one busy pot-hole-filled street - Divisidero Street.  A huge and needed improvement but do you wonder why it already is no longer smooth, more like riding on a wash board?  Do you wonder why at the bottom of our many hills just before a stop sign/light the pavement is all bunched up like waves in an ocean?  (Just one example; coming down Upper Market and stopping just before crossing over Castro Street, the pavement is all bunched up).  Why?

This is because San Francisco specifies a lower grade (cheaper) type of black top pavement in its contracts to resurface.  Unlike other cities that use a higher grade of black top, one which is rock hard and stays smooth for decades, ours is more like a jello that gives under the weight of heavy trucks and Muni buses, so a newly resurfaced street becomes bumpy and wavy in a very short period of time, needing resurfacing again (though that will not happen), we will just have to continue to ride our bikes and all electric/hybrid vehicles over the bumps.  Seems foolish, costs less to do it right the first time I was taught, so you do not have to do it over.

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