Bike Lane Proposal
Fifth Street is currently designated as the official bicycle route to get across SOMA. However, it doesn't have bike lanes or any sort of bicycle-friendly improvements - it's simply the least bad street to bike on. The narrow lanes and high volume of commuter traffic makes bicycle riding feel dangerous and scary and discourages people from using bicycles for transportation. As part of the City's Bike Plan Update, design concepts have been developed to stripe a bike lane in each direction along the length of Fifth Street, from Market to Townsend. These bike lanes would serve as connectors, linking up with the Howard and Folsom bike lanes, the proposed bike lanes on Townsend, as well as providing safe bicycle access to the Caltrain station and shopping in the area.
In order to make space for the safe bike lanes on both sides of the street, several options for street changes are proposed, including;
- Removal of one or more travel lanes
- Creation of left-hand turn pockets
- Possible parking removals only under the freeway
Complete project summary sheets, street diagrams, and more information about participating in the Bike Plan Update can be found on-line at www.sfmta.com/bikes.
5th Street Part of the Citywide Bike Network
Bike lanes on Fifth Street would help fill in the gaps of the Citywide Bike Network Ã�Â¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½ a system of bike lanes, paths and traffic calmed streets connecting every neighborhood and business corridor in SF. Safe bike lanes open up more choices for mobility for more San Franciscans and can help reduce parking demand, reduce air pollution, and increase safety for all road users. Currently, about 4% of trips in SF are made by bicycle (that's better than the nationwide average of 1%, but far below Amsterdam, where over 40% of trips are made by bike). A major goal of the Bike Plan Update is to create an infrastructre of bike lanes and routes to encourage an increase in bicycling trips to 10% by 2010.