As Market Street prepares to go car-free, what does this mean for you?

By Brock Keeling@BrockKeeling Updated Jan 27, 2020, 10:48am PST

On Wednesday, San Francisco’s main artery will close to private forms of vehicular traffic as part of Better Market Street, a people-centric street design project meant to get buses and streetcars moving at a brisker pace along the busy thoroughfare and guarantee a safer commute for all.

For people who walk on Market Street—an estimated 500,000 people every day—you won’t notice a huge difference right away, except the changes should make your journey much less stressful. For those who bike or scoot—about 650 people per hour during rush hour—you’ll have fewer cars to dodge, plus a safer bike lane coming soon. But what if you use Market to commute in a vehicle?Here’s everything you need to know.

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