ThinkBike - upper Polk 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 upper Polk Street?
Polk Street is a vibrant retail corridor that spans a large section of the north side of the city. Its neighborhood retail character will be a major attraction to the many thousands of people expected to use the street on bike and on foot in the next two years to reach America's Cup pre-events and events. While this section of the street features some bicycling infrastructure for the thousands of people who already bike on the street everyday, it is discontinuous and not welcoming to people of all ages, particularly families with small children and seniors. ThinkBike workshop participants are charged with imagining ways to make the street even more comfortable and attractive for the huge numbers of families and others who will be visiting the street in the coming years and for many years to come, supporting the existing vibrant neighborhood retail and residential character, while also ensuring a safe and attractive north-south bicycle route that connects people to neighborhoods, retail, and jobs.
Many neighborhood groups and individual businesses on the entire Polk Street corridor are witnessing the rapid increase in people biking across San Francisco — including many of their neighbors, store patrons, and employees of the many businesses on the bustling Polk Street corridor. Many businesses are looking for ways to make it safer for people to shop in the neighborhood, noting often-full bike racks in front of their shops.
Full PDF ThinkBike presentation for Polk Street (Broadway to Union)