The Embarcadero Enhancement Project

Project Overview

The Embarcadero roadway and Promenade

The SFMTA, Port of San Francisco, San Francisco Planning Department and San Francisco Public Works Department are collaborating on a planning project that will increase safety and comfort of travel along The Embarcadero.

Working with the community, the Embarcadero Enhancement Project seeks to develop a conceptual design and cost estimate for a bikeway along The Embarcadero from 3rd Street in South Beach to Powell and Jefferson Streets in the Fisherman’s Wharf area. A bikeway is a bicycle facility that is physically separated from moving or parked vehicles and pedestrians. It is expected to improve the safety and comfort of everyone traveling along The Embarcadero by creating separate and clearly defined areas for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.

This project will include public participation to review and comment on conceptual designs, costs and trade-offs, with the goal of reaching a recommended design that is physically and financially viable, reflects public values, and enhances safety and the experience of travelers on foot, on bike, or in a vehicle along the project route.

The project is being primarily funded by an MTC Priority Development Area grant with supplemental funding from the SFMTA and the Port of San Francisco.

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Project Details

The Embarcadero is one of San Francisco’s most popular regional and international destinations. With numerous port attractions, shops, restaurants, flat terrain, wide sidewalks, smooth pavement and a lack of cross streets on the east side of the street, The Embarcadero has become an important public and recreational gathering place enjoyed by scores of visitors and locals alike. 

As a result, walking and biking along the waterfront has grown rapidly, particularly on the east side of The Embarcadero on the Promenade. This trend is expected to continue with the predicted growth in jobs, residents and numbers of attractions both citywide and along The Embarcadero.

This growth has led to public safety concerns on The Embarcadero, as conflicts between people walking and biking as well as vehicles accessing The Embarcadero piers have grown. The Embarcadero is now on the City’s “High Injury Network,” a collection of streets that represent just 6 percent of all city streets but account for 60 percent of severe and fatal pedestrian injuries. 

Between 2006 and 2011 alone, 84 people were injured on The Embarcadero while walking or riding a bike; including two pedestrians that were fatally injured, four pedestrians that were severely injured, and three cyclists that were severely injured.

To create a safer, more comfortable and better organized Embarcadero, the City will be working with the community in a planning exercise to develop a conceptual design for a bikeway along The Embarcadero, from AT&T Park to Powell Street.

A bikeway is a bicycle facility that is physically separated from moving or parked vehicles and pedestrians.  It is expected to improve the safety and comfort of everyone traveling along The Embarcadero by creating clearly defined areas for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. 

Project Goals

The primary goals of The Embarcadero Enhancement Project are to:

  1. Increase Safety

    • ​​Support people of all ages and abilities who ride a bike on The Embarcadero

    • Reduce conflicts for people on foot by separating bicycles from pedestrians

    • Help people driving by adding more predictability to roadway operations on The Embarcadero

  2. Support Economic Vitality

    • Support business, encourage increased tourism and accommodate future population and employment growth

  3. Improve Connectivity and Accessibility

    • Link The Embarcadero's businesses, attractions, neighborhoods and major transit hubs

    • Increase and improve access to The Embarcadero by providing a flat, low-stress path that is comfortable for most

Public participation

This project will include public participation to review and comment on conceptual designs, costs and tradeoffs.

The goal is to reach a recommended design that is physically and financially viable, reflects public values, and enhances safety and the experience of travelers on foot, on bike, or in a vehicle along the project route.

TIMELINE

Winter 2013 - Summer 2014: Data Collection

  • Existing conditions
  • Land use survey
  • Initial feasibility analysis

Summer 2014 - Winter 2015: Initial Outreach

  • Stakeholder briefings
  • Open houses
  • Workshops

Winter 2015 - Summer 2015: Develop Design Alternatives

  • Detailed feasibility analysis
  • Workshops
  • Cost estimates
  • Trade-off analysis

Summer 2015 - Fall 2015: Final Design Selection

  • Open houses
  • Appropriate approvals for final recommended design

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