Alemany Blvd lanes are here
Bike Lanes sprout and blossom in D11!
Hooray! Bike lanes are going in on two miles of Alemany Boulevard right now, bringing a safer more civilized Alemany Boulevard. Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to bring this big network segment to reality!
Love the Bike Lanes!
It's time to come out and play on the city's newest, nicest bike lanes! Join us as we celebrate the new Alemany Boulevard bike lanes on Saturday, April 22 from 1-3pm at Cayuga Playground (Cayuga at Naglee). Cheer a safer, greener, calmer Alemany with friends and neighbors and share some treats in the park, plus a celebratory ride up the boulevard. Woo hoo!
As a cyclist riding through the southern neighborhoods of San Francisco, it can be challenging to find a safe continuous route to get across town. Currently, Cayuga serves as the primary bicycle route through the Excelsior and Outer Mission neighborhoods. However, this route is less than ideal (see this appalling record of collisions on Alemany). Cayuga has dozens of two-way stops and a few hills, which leads to illegal stop sign running and a slower commute for bicyclists.
Alemany is a flat, smooth, residential street which could provide a direct bike route into and out of the neighborhood. With bike lanes and other pedestrian improvements, Alemany has the potential to become a beautiful multi-modal boulevard, rather than a shortcut for drivers bypassing the freeway. Bike lanes on Alemany could also slow down dangerous traffic speeding through the neighborhood and make the streets and crosswalks safer for kids, seniors, bicyclists and pedestrians.
Alemany Blvd. has considerable width as a street. With three lanes of traffic in each direction, it is perfect for a â��road diet.â�� Improvements would include:
- Removal of one traffic lane in each direction
- Removal of a two (2) parking spaces at Geneva intersection (that's 2 parking spaces over about two miles of bike lanes)
Alemany Boulevard is one of the top 20 priority projects chosen as part of the Bike Plan Update. Complete project summary sheets, street diagrams, and more information about the DPT's Bike Plan Update can be found on-line at the MTA Bike Program website.
Alemany Boulevard: Part of the Citywide Bike Network
Bike lanes on Alemany would help fill in the gaps of the Citywide Bike Network â�� 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 infrastructure of bike lanes and routes to encourage an increase in bicycling trips to 10% by 2010.