The sidewalks are narrow and crossing the wide streets with speeding cars is harrowing. In recent years the number of walkers has increased as more residents and workers have moved to this former industrial area.
Sidewalk extensions at critical corners, textured crosswalks, and wider sidewalks are all common ways to welcome the walker.
"Barne Dances" (also know as Pedestrian Scrambles) like the one at 4th and Folsom, stop vehicles in all directions and allow pedestrians to cross diagonally as well as in the current crosswalks. The prioritize the pedestrian, make walking more pleasant, and are much safer. Though they can eventually include fancy pavement, they can be done with signal retiming.