Living Preview Highlights a Safer Taylor Street in San Francisco

Collaborating with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Fehr & Peers put on a one-day complete streets makeover on Taylor Street in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. This event was a pilot for living previews in the City and captured people’s imagination and invited them to participate in the planning process as they simply walked down the street, experiencing the full-scale street makeover and discussing the design with friends, co-workers and neighbors while conducting their daily lives. This one day complete street makeover created a fun and useful community event with detailed input from a broad cross-section of people who use the corridor daily while allowing the design team to refine and test design concepts. This and other similar safety-related projects are all key components of the SF Vision Zero Plan.

Through temporarily removing a travel lane and some parking, Taylor Street got a one-day complete streets makeover with…

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Parklets

Extending the sidewalk, the parklet spaces gave people opportunities to sit, gather, and enjoy.

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Lots of Greenery

The Tenderloin has few trees and little greenery today. Bringing in trees and plants showed people what a streetscape makeover could look like. This was the most-loved aspect of the event based on feedback from visitors.

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Commercial and Passenger Loading Spaces

By testing parking-separated bikeways with active passenger and commercial loading zones, we were able to take feedback from residents on a potential curbside management scheme for the corridor.

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Separated Bikeway

To create a facility that would be comfortable for users of all ages and abilities, a separated bikeway was staged. Parked cars and a landscape buffer protected the bikeway from moving traffic. The separated bikeway also provided a buffer from moving traffic and reduced crossing distances for pedestrians.

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