Lower Great Highway Pedestrian Improvements [NTIP Capital]

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This informal path across the median separating the Lower Great Highway and the Great Highway at Irving Street is not marked in any way to alert drivers to pedestrians.

As the Great Highway stretches through District 4, it consists of both an expressway directly adjacent to Ocean Beach ("Great Highway") and a parallel street directly to the east of the expressway ("Lower Great Highway"). A sloped, vegetated median separates the Lower Great Highway from the expressway. Once at the expressway, pedestrians can use crosswalks to arrive at the beach.

Ocean Beach is a popular destination for locals and visitors. While the Lower Great Highway is not on the city's High Injury Network, many pedestrians have reported feeling unsafe and vulnerable when crossing this street on their way to and from Ocean Beach. This in part stems from a lack of pedestrian accessibility to the many informal paths that lead over the vegetated median. Some of these pathes are not made adequately visible to drivers on the Lower Great Highway by signs or signals. 

PROJECT Description

At the request of District 4 Supervisor Katy Tang, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA) will use Neighborhood Transportation Improvement Program (NTIP) funds to engage the community and evaluate the feasibility of traffic calming measures on the Lower Great Highway from Lincoln Avenue to Sloat Boulevard. Based on this community engagement, the SFMTA will then implement a suite of improvements on the Lower Great Highway, including measures that address traffic diversion from the Great Highway.

A vehicle is parked directly next to the stop sign at an informal trail over the Lower Great Highway median at Kirkham Street. Removing parking in front of stop signs (daylighting) can improve pedestrian visibility at these locations.

Potential Near-Term Improvements

  • Daylighting at all intersections and informal trails to Ocean Beach (approximately 40 locations)
  • Painted safety zones at selected intersections where illegal parking in red zones is an issue (up to 10 locations)
  • Signage visibility improvements at intersections based on field investigations

Potential Medium-Term Improvements

  • Angled parking between selected intersections as a traffic calming device (potential location: block between Kirkham and Lawton)
  • Built medians on selected blocks to narrow travel lanes as a traffic calming device (potential locations: Lincoln, Lawton, Ulloa, and Sloat)
  • Speed humps on selected blocks (locations to be evaluated based on community input and field investigations)

About 40 parking spaces on the Lower Great Highway and its side street approaches will be removed when these improvements are implemented.

For more information please see the project's Prop K Allocation Request Form, the SFMTA's project page or the SFMTA's project factsheet.


To develop these improvements, the SFMTA held two open houses, two public hearings and multiple meetings with residents.


  • Winter 2018: Near-term implementation
  • Summer 2019: Medium-term implementation


Project Manager

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