Road Diet Plans Shelved for San Francisco's Ocean Beach

After two years of work, SPUR's proposals for the Ocean Beach Master Plan are still taking shape. A road diet for vehicle lanes on the Great Highway, for instance, was recently shelved for the good of other pressing priorities.

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September 2, 2014, 12:00 PM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


"SPUR has set adrift its proposal to halve the size of the Great Highway along Ocean Beach, as the group strives to avoid distracting attention from implementing the other priorities in its Ocean Beach Master Plan," report Aaron Bialick. But, "[a] road diet may be revisited later, once more pressing concerns have advanced."

SPUR has been leading an "extensive interagency and public process" to develop the Ocean Beach Master Plan, a coastal stretch of San Francisco facing impacts from sea level rise and erosion.

According to the article's depiction of the plan's ongoing evolution, "one of the plan’s most pressing priorities is closing a short, severely eroded section of the highway south of Sloat Boulevard, and replacing it a walking and biking trail. Car traffic would be re-routed onto Sloat and Skyline Boulevards, which still would see less traffic than they’re built for.? More controversial, and the component of the plan that SPU shelved, was the proposal "to remove two of the four lanes on the main stretch of the Great Highway, as well as adding parking spaces along that stretch to replace those that would be removed south of Sloat."

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