San Francisco will remove parking along Howard Street where cyclist died to improve street safety

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which designs The City’s streets, told the San Francisco Examiner Monday afternoon it would “immediately” remove parking on the north side of Howard street between Fourth and Sixth streets to create “more space and protection between cars and cyclists.”

SFMTA spokesperson Paul Rose confirmed signage will go in place some time between Monday evening and Tuesday morning.

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition lauded the SFMTA’s response, but with a caveat.

“We recognize SFMTA’s urgent response here but again are frustrated that this sort of action only happens when a death occurs,” said Charles Deffarges, a senior community organizer with the coalition.

The safety treatment’s installation would also put SFMTA on track to meet its own goal, and the directive of Mayor London Breed, to deploy a Rapid Response Team to evaluate streets that are sites of collisions within 24 hours of a crash, then develop temporary safety treatments within 72 additional hours.