Central Waterfront: Pedestrian Experience
A pleasant and safe walking environment is the essential backbone of any transit system and any livable urban neighborhood. Adding special streetscape treatments, including sidewalk improvements, landscaping, wayfinding signage, and art, to the pathways leading up to and including the Caltrain station and light rail stops would do much to tie the transit lines into the neighborhood. Clearly identified signage should be included throughout the area, indicating the way to transit stops, parks, and other key centers of activity, cohesively weaving together the entire open space and pathway system. Pedestrian improvements, including sidewalk widening and curb bulbouts, should be made to all of the east-west streets, which lead to transit nodes and form the heart of the residential sectors. Third Street will see many improvements as a result of the Third Street Light Rail project, but sidewalks will remain 10 feet wide (narrowing to 9 feet near light rail platforms); the sidewalk space could be augmented if the opportunity arises to set back a significant length of buildings from the sidewalk edge.