San Francisco Considers Banning Cars on Major Boulevard
San Francisco Considers Banning Cars on Market St.
In what seems to be a growing trend in major cities, San Francisco is considering banning cars on part of Market St., one of its central boulevards. The proposal "would permanently close to all traffic except for city mass transit vehicles. . .between Octavia Boulevard and the Embarcadero." Many have argued for a similar proposal over the years, including former Mayor Willie Brown, though perhaps even a city like San Francisco--always at the forefront of progressive initiatives--needs high gas prices in order to be able to finally push the plan through. After all, when Mayor Brown floated first the idea he "faced strong opposition from the business community." Perhaps now that more people are finding alternatives to driving there will be less opposition.The plan would close a "2.3-mile portion of Market Street" and "would open the often-congested roadway to pedestrians and cyclists, though [Superviser] Daly said there would still need to be places where cars and other vehicles could cross." At the same time, there are plans to add bike lanes and improve mass transit, assuring that even if cars aren't banned from the street, significant improvements will be made.
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