If you’re into people-centric streets, this year’s mayoral election has an interesting candidate in Reed Martin. On his website Grand SF he lays out a vision for reimagined streets that matches up nicely with what I’ve written about here at Narrow Streets SF.
Global cities have long recognized that streets are about much more than driving; they sustain our communities. In San Francisco, we have a surprisingly low ratio of public plazas, pedestrian zones, and shared spaces when compared internationally. Instead, we continue to promote dangerously high speed traffic, leading to over 60 pedestrian accidents each month—and three deaths—making San Francisco one of the most dangerous cities for walking in the nation.
Martin envisions four types of streets:
We have a grand opportunity to fundamentally shift how we view our streets in San Francisco. In conjunction with a commitment to World-Class Transit, it’s time to reclaim streets for socializing, playing, shopping, or even exercising, while reducing overall congestion, noise, pollution, and injuries.
As I’ve written before, the key is to bring our street widths down to a traditional size — typically 15-20 feet wide. We can do it by turning excess pavement into new park space and new shops, cafes, and housing.
You can check out more of Martin’s vision at GrandSF.org.