SFMTA to “pop-up” on 20th Avenue and Irving Street

The SFMTA hosted an open house in March this year to present traffic calming measure ideas for Eighth Avenue in the Richmond District. Prior to the open house, the SFMTA also held a pop-up table event last year in the Richmond District. Photo credit: Jerold Chinn/SFBay

Residents and neighbors around 20th Avenue in the Sunset District will have a chance to tell officials from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency on Thursday on how they should improve 20th Avenue for people who walk and bike in the neighborhood.

SFMTA staff will set up a pop-up table at 20th Avenue and Irving Street from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Staff already held a pop-up table event on Tuesday at 20th Avenue and Ulloa Street.

It’s all part of a concept callled a “neighorway” project where the transit agency focuses on residential streets with low traffic volumes and vehicle speeds, and giivng pedestrians and bicyclists priroty over vehicular traffic.

Some traffic calming measures to make the street a “neighborway” include speed humps, bicycle facilities, traffic circles, traffic diverters described by the SFMTA as “concrete elements that allow bicycles and pedestrians to pass freely but divert car traffic to other routes,” forced right turns or prohibiting vehicles from making turns, traffic islands, signs and pavement markings.

Transit officials have two “neighborway” projects in the works already including one on Eighth Avenue in the Richmond District and another one on Page Street in the Lower Haight/Hayes Valley area.

Eighth Avenue targeted for ‘neghborway’ redo