Proposal Made To Ban Cars In Tenderloin Neighborhood

Matt Bigler
September 13, 2019 - 2:53 pm
21: A San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency officer directs traffic at an intersection with street lights out during a citywide power outage on April 21, 2017 in San Francisco, California.

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The Tenderloin may be the first neighborhood in San Francisco to go almost entirely car free. 

Supervisor Matt Haney, who represents the Tenderloin, has proposed eliminating cars on some of the most dangerous streets in the neighborhood. 

Many of San Francisco's most hazardous streets for pedestrians and cyclists are indeed concentrated in the Tenderloin

The most recent collision involved a 12-year-old boy who was struck and nearly killed by an allegedly drunken driver at the intersection of Leavenworth Street and Golden Gate Avenue on Tuesday. Another pedestrian was killed in the same spot in March.

In all, eight people have died in collisions this year in the city. 

Under Haney's idea, car-free streets would be painted red with wider sidewalks.

The proposal, however, is a long way from becoming law, cautioned Malcolm Heinicke, the chairman of San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency's board of directors. 

"There are a lot of implications to a decision like this, so I want it to be studied properly," Heinicke told the San Francisco Examiner

Still, Muni's board voted to study the idea of creating car-free streets.