San Francisco: What other streets should ban cars? (War on Cars Watch)

On Tuesday, the SF Municipal Transportation Agency board of directors made a historic decision to ban private vehicles on the most traffic-plagued part of Market Street, between Steuart and Gough, unanimously approving the Better Market Street Project.

The $604-million proposal will transform Market Street between Octavia Boulevard and the Embarcadero into a more bike- and pedestrian-friendly place by eliminating private cars. (Under the current plan, Muni buses, emergency vehicles, paratransit, bikes, and medallion taxis would still be allowed to ride this stretch of Market Street.)

Until the advent of the automobile, pedestrians and cyclists used the entirety of San Francisco’s Market Street.