Street & Sidewalk Cleaning Response
Fiscal Year 2016-17
Target: 95% of street and sidewalk cleaning requests abated within 48 hours
Target Status: MEETING TARGET
Fiscal Year 2015-16
Result: 94% of street and sidewalk cleaning requests abated within 48 hours
Public Works receives cleaning requests primarily through San Francisco 311, and has a goal of responding to 95 percent of street and sidewalk cleaning requests within 48 hours. Street and sidewalk cleanliness is important to the aesthetics, environmental quality, health, and safety of San Francisco. Public Works dispatches litter patrols for small items and steamer services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to meet its street cleaning goal. While Public Works dispatches packer trucks for a limited number of large item requests, Recology has been primarily responsible for responding to large item requests since July 2013.
PUBLIC WORKS GENERALLY MEETS STREET AND SIDEWALK CLEANING RESPONSE TARGET
HOW PUBLIC WORKS IS PERFORMING
Public Works has generally maintained on-target performance for this measure by prioritizing service requests in the order they are received. However, the department's on-time response rate has declined slightly in recent months while street and sidewalk cleaning requests have decreased by half since September 2016.
STREET CLEANING REQUESTS HAVE DECREASED SHARPLY IN FY 2016-17
Public Works has implemented a number of new strategies to reduce the number of street and sidewalk cleaning requests in FY 2016-17. One notable example is the expanded Pit Stop pilot program, which provides staffed public restrooms, disposal of syringes, and pet waste bags. Public Works has also added dedicated alley crews that provide nightly cleaning to preempt public complaints.
Public Works conducts a monthly performance management program known as PublicWorksStat (formally known as DPWStat), which monitors the performance of key operational activities of the department. The Public Works Director chairs two stat meetings each month: 1) operational performance, and 2) design and construction performance. In these meetings, the Director and supervisors from each Public Works division review a series of interactive dashboards to understand performance and make improvements, when necessary.
HOW PERFORMANCE IS MEASURED
Street and sidewalk cleaning requests are generated internally and through calls received by the City’s 311 call center. Requests received by 311 are sent to the Public Works’ “28Clean” system. Public Works’ Radio Room triages the request to the appropriate crew, and crews respond to the request. The monthly response percentage is the number of requests responded to within 48 hours divided by the total number of requests received in that month.
The number displayed on the scorecard page represents a fiscal year average of the response chart above.
- Read about PublicWorksStat (formerly known as DPWStat).
- Submit a street cleaning request through San Francisco 311.
- Learn about the results of San Francisco's annual report on Street & Sidewalk Maintenance Standards.
Please visit DataSF for the scorecard data.