ThinkBike - Market Street
concepts for a great biking street
What happens when you mix Dutch bicycle planners with San Francisco streets? You get ThinkBike, an intense two-day planning and design encounter sparking innovative solutions for better bikeways!
Why mid-Market Street?
Market Street, from Octavia Boulevard to the Embarcadero, has enjoyed a resurgence in the past few years thanks in part to better biking conditions (and a host of other improvements, from public art to improved City coordination in support of economic development in the area). Foot traffic is up in key areas, including the often-beleaguered mid-Market area and new stores and public markets are opening. ThinkBike workshop participants are charged with imagining ways that improving bicycling conditions could further support this positive trajectory for the street. While there are huge numbers people of all kinds biking on the street, from financiers to parents with children to tourists, and many more expected to come, bike infrastructure in the mid-Market area is almost non-existent.
The City launched its Better Market Street Project earlier this year and is looking at making biking safer and more attractive on Market Street. Many Market Street business groups, senior centers, neighborhood associations, and bicycle and pedestrian advocacy groups have come together recently and presented shared vision for Market Street as part of the Better Market Street Project. These groups support shared priorities for Market Street including separated lanes for all modes of transportation, safe and attractive sidewalks and intersections, more seating options, and accessible transit stops. Hundreds of individuals and over 70 downtown employers have also voiced their support of a completely separated bikeway on Market Street to boost productivity and provide a safe option for their employees to get to work.
Full PDF ThinkBike presentation for Market Street (5th to 8th)