Road Diet for Cesar Chavez Street

SFMTA – excerpt – 10/3/14

moving-sf_originalSome streets could do with a diet, and Cesar Chavez Street used to be one of them.

If you visit the corridor today, you’ll see that its belt has been tightened with a “road diet.”

A road diet is a transportation planning technique where the number of travel lanes or width of the road is reduced to make the street slower and safer.

Cesar Chavez was designed for rush hour traffic. Its six wide, freeway-like traffic lanes encouraged high vehicle speeds and created an uncomfortable experience for people wanting to cross it or ride a bike on it… (more)

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  1. I was outraged to read this article on SFMTA’s blog. For a sec, I thought I was reading Pravda. Quiet frankly, the gap between the tone of the article, and what the redesign actually resulted in is mind-boggling.

    The post on their blog has a few funny characteristics:
    1) They use the topic of ‘road-safety’ as their master card: classic intellectual terrorism, sort of the transportation equivalent of the Godwin law.
    2) They try to quantify the success by using bike ridership statistics that are:
    a) unimportant
    b) home-made and most likely cooked
    3) They fully ignore the number #1 thing that everybody in the city has noticed: this redesign has made cesar chavez *unusable*, it simply has become a parking lot. I had never ever experienced such a huge traffic jam on the week end now. Fortunately, I do not work in the valley anymore, but I imagine the rush hour traffic must be huge.

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