The buffered bike lanes on the “Bernal Cut” section of San Jose Avenue now have protective concrete barriers to make for a more comfortable ride.
We and SF Public Works installed these barriers this week, along with pedestrian safety upgrades at some intersections, on San Jose between Highway 280 and the intersection with Randall and Dolores streets. The barriers complement earlier improvements in which we widened the bike lanes as part of the Northbound San Jose Avenue and I-280 Off-Ramp Road Diet Pilot Project.
The idea behind measures like these is to make bikeways more comfortable for anyone to use, whether you’re eight years old or 80. Check out our blog post from Bike to Work Day in May for a look at some of the other recent upgrades we’ve made toward that vision.
Last month we celebrated the completion of a new protected bike lane that runs across the southern edge of SoMa on 13th Street. This bike lane links critical employment and residential sections of the city and creates a safer pathway for people on bikes in the area. It's part of a whole new generation of bikeways coming to San Francisco. We hope you find this Vision Zero improvement not only increases safety along the corridor, but makes the street a more pleasant place to be.
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"With construction starting in June 2016, the Masonic Avenue Streetscape Project is an effort to improve safety for people walking, biking, taking transit and driving on Masonic Avenue between Geary Boulevard and Fell Street. It will bring a variety of improvements to the corridor including, wider sidewalks, a new median, new paving, landscaping, raised bikeways, better lighting and upgraded sewer infrastructure.
For years, Masonic Avenue has been the site of many traffic-related injuries and the corridor is currently on San Francisco’s Vision Zero High Injury Network. This network represents 12 percent of San Francisco’s surface streets and is where injuries, including severe and fatal injuries, are most concentrated.
From 2009 to 2014, there were 113 traffic collisions on Masonic Avenue between Fell Street and Geary Boulevard. This includes 14 pedestrian collisions and 24 bicycle collisions, including two fatalities.
In 2008, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a redesign of Masonic Avenue. After an extensive community planning effort, the Masonic Avenue Streetscape Project received approval to move forward from the SFMTA Board of Directors, the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) Board of Commissioners and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC.)"
new protected lanes along market street. happy #biketowork day
Nice widening of the turn lane on Scott and Fell S (via @supanawich) twitter.com/tweetsupa/status/6...
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), and San Francisco Department of Public Works (SFDPW) are partnering to bring stormwater management and traffic calming to the Lower Haight and Alamo Square neighborhoods. Visit the project site to learn more: www.sfmta.com/projects-plannin...
"SF’s first parking-protected bike lane outside of Golden Gate Park is open for business on 13th Street. The lane runs westbound on 13th, connecting existing bike lanes between Bryant Street and Folsom Street, underneath the Central Freeway. The new bike lane runs along the curb with a buffer zone separation from parked cars, which provide protection from motor traffic."
In a resounding victory for safer SoMa streets, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board of Directors unanimously approved the Second Street Improvement Project at their meeting this week. The project includes raised bikeways in the north and southbound directions from Market to King Streets, sidewalk widening and raised crosswalks at alleyways, and streetscape improvements including rain gardens and street furniture.
Many thanks are due to the hundreds of members who submitted letters and testified and the many partners that have been fighting for a safer Second Street for decades. Special thanks go out to David Baker, Sup. Jane Kim and Mark Eliot for their tireless efforts and support in getting this project to final approval.
We are thrilled to announce that the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has committed to start construction on more than 24 miles of projects that will make it safer and more welcoming for people to bike in San Francisco.
This victory is the result of years of advocacy for specific improvements, as well as strong support from voters on Election Day 2014. One of the reasons your San Francisco Bicycle Coalition worked so hard to pass Propositions A and B on the ballot in 2014 is that together, these measures provided significant, desperately-needed funding for better transit, more bike lanes and safety improvements to help achieve Vision Zero. Proposition B will fund several of the projects listed below.
The project list (see below) represents a significant increase from past years in terms of the number and scale of bicycle projects. It also includes some incredibly important streets. Masonic, Polk Street, and Potrero are notoriously dangerous, with thousands of people are biking on them every day. We’ve been speaking out about the need for improvements to these corridors for years, and are thrilled to see them on the list.
Your San Francisco Bicycle Coalition will continue to track the SFMTA’s progress and make sure these projects are as strong as they need to be.
We’ll update this list quarterly and keep you posted on the improvements you can expect to see when bicycling. Here’s to a 2015 with safer streets for all of us!
Completion of Oak/Fell Ped Bike Safety Project announced:
This collaborative effort brings key safety and environmental improvements to Oak and Fell streets, with new bikeways that are physically separated from vehicles, wider sidewalks at intersection crossings, and neighborhood greening and storm-water management measures.