Working for Smoother, Safer Streets
A single smooth block can make all the difference
In 2011, we are asking SF Bicycle Coalition members to help spot short sections of crumbling pavement across the city. While we continue to work toward repaving long corridors that carry a lot of bike traffic, the City continually repaves one- or two-block segments of roadway that need it. This improves the city’s average roadway condition score, and addresses pavement needs in neighborhoods across the city while avoiding the higher cost associated with longer projects.
Have a few blocks in mind that need total repaving to be made safe? Fill out the form below to let us know where the worst blocks are.
The Good Roads campaign will verify if your requests are already scheduled for repaving and make sure the City adds it to the list. From individual potholes to single blocks to full-length corridors, the Good Roads Campaign and Department of Public Works is fixing your streets for a safe and smooth ride.
Patch Paving Smoothes Market Street
Over the July 4th weekend, Department of Public Works crews wrapped up some 'Patch Paving' work on Market Street. To reduce disruptions to transit, crews worked in the early morning hours over the past two weeks laying new asphalt to fix known hazards on Market Street's outer lanes. Since repairing potholes often leaves a bump instead of a hole, 'patch paving' is the most long-lasting and smoothest repairs crews can do without repaving the entire street. Patch paving means crews cut 6-12 inches into the pavement in large swatches of pavement around manholes, drainage grates, or just really bad pavement, then lay squares of new asphalt in its place, smoothing the transition and repairing big cracks. (Read more about the plans to repave Market Street.)
Crews started at South Van Ness and went all the way to Main Street, then back and hit many of the specific locations recommended by SF Bicycle Coalition staff and volunteers. Keep an eye out for these new patches -- the pavement is darker than the old pavement, and you can see a smooth transition point, rather than just a filled pothole. A big thanks to the late nights of hard work for the DPW staff who are making Market Street just a little bit smoother!
2nd Street Pavement Improvements
The SF Bicycle Coalition's Good Roads Campaign is pleased to announce that thanks to our work and partnership with the Department of Public Works (DPW), Second Street is getting smoother, safer pavement right now. The SF Bicycle Coalition has been working with the DPW to identify very hazardous stretches of pavement throughout the city and we thank the city for fixing the dangerous pavement on 2nd Street between Market Street and Harrison Street so quickly. Second Street is an important bike route and it's important to ensure that the pavement is safe for everyone who uses this street. Stay tuned for more information from the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition on getting the bike lanes on the ground next year on 2nd Street and how you can help identify other hazardous blocks of pavement in other neighborhoods.
A New Kind of Pavement ImprovementFlex Seal Treatment comes to San Francisco
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's Good Roads Campaign is pleased to announce that the city is testing our a new, more affordable pavement treatment in San Francisco, and we want to know what you think about biking on it. The Department of Public Works has already applied the Flex Seal treatment to numerous blocks across the city. The Flex Seal treatment, which has been successfully used in Los Angeles, is made from recycled materials (like tires). You'll know you're riding over it, as it is applied curb to curb for one or more blocks, is very dark in appearance and has a textured feeling. We're excited about the potential of this material to improve safety and surface predictably by eliminating cracks and other hazards.
The Good Roads Campaign is looking to you for feedback on what's it's like to bike on this new treatment. Is braking any different? How does it feel when it's wet?
Blocks that have received the Flex Seal Treatment from curb to curb
2011 Resurfacing UpdatesThe Good Roads campaign is continually working with the City to prioritize resurfacing on streets that carry a large number of bicycle traffic. Thanks to the Department of Public works for making our streets safer to bike on. Here's where to find the freshest asphalt this year
2010 Good Roads resurfacing victories
*all completion dates are estimates and subject to change
Construction in the Bike LaneFour things you should expect The Good Roads Campaign has been hard at work in 2010 making sure your bike trip through construction sites is safe. After a number of complaints from members about unsafe conditions along major bike routes earlier this year, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has teamed up with the Department of Public Works to better educate and train key individuals and contractors on ways to keep construction sites safe for everyone. While we have seen improvements, we still need YOU to be the eyes on the street to help keep our streets safe. Here are four things you should expect when construction is happening on your favorite bike lane:
1. A temporary bike lane formed by cones or paint (where possible)
2. A bike lane clear of debris, gravel and construction equipment
3. Steel plates that don not have gaps between them, have smoothed edges, and ones that are not slippery
4. If a bike lane is temporarily removed, you should expect to see a Bikes Allowed Use of Full Lane sign visible to all road users, and you should bike in the middle of the lane for your safety.
The Good Roads Campaign has brought about big improvements to construction sites on Folsom and Valencia streets, but WE NEED YOU to report any construction project that does nott fit the above specifications or feels unsafe for any other reason. If you feel a construction site is unsafe, call 311 to report the details and email Marc so we can follow up and ensure safety.
Turn 'Em In!
Is there a pothole you pass every day on your bike ride in to work? Do you dodge a rough spot in the road every trip to the grocery store? The time is now to pull over, get out your phone, and call 311 to report that hazard using the 'SFBC' tag. All year long and on every trip, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition challenges you to Turn Em In!
To inspire you to be your own hero of the bike lane, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has partnered with Family Style artists Jonas Madden-Connor and Francois Vigneault to show just how easy it is for you to get the smooth ride you deserve. Check back here every Tuesday in April for the latest installation. What will happen to our bicycling heroine? Will the hero be able to save her bike lane? Stay tuned to find out!
Start turning in those hazards now! Tell the operator "SFBC" sent you!
The SFBC Wins Some Market St. Improvements
Market Street from 8th St. to 2nd St. is enjoying wide patches of new asphalt in some of the most worn-out places. These patches offer a better and longer-lasting fix than simple pothole filling. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has supplied a list of other important streets on the bike network that need this kind of treatment, and will post updates on their progress as they happen.
The Good Roads Campaign also launched an intensive audit of sunken or damaged utility covers on Market Street this summer and reported the hazards to (DPW) through 311. These defects are often much more difficult to repair as the casings for the covers, or manholes, must be replaced or raised to surface level. DPW inspectors confirmed the problems and coordinated the repairs with a dozen public agencies and private utilities. DPW and the utility crews completed repair work on 58 manholes between 8th and the Embarcadero. Once Market street west of 8th receives similar treatment, cyclists can enjoy a much safer commute until the scheduled re-design and re-paving of Market Street in 2013.
Both these fixes on Market Street came about after hours of Good Roads volunteer activity identifying some of the most dangerous sections of Market Street, and DPW's commitment to a safe Market St. We thank all of those who have helped make this street a little safer.
Call or Email 311 for all your Good Roads needs!
The City encourages all concerned cyclists and citizens to use 311 to report any surface hazard - this includes potholes, debris or glass on the street, and utility or construction crews that might be blocking the bike lanes while they work.
You can start at the main 311 page or go directly to the Street Defect reporting page. Once you state whether the defect is in a park or not, a pop-up window will appear, and you'll be asked for some information. You have the option to report anonymously, but by creating an account, you'll be able to track your requests later.
Important!: Enter your last name as SFBC. This will allow us to examine all reports made by SFBC members so we can do the tracking for you. We've come a long way with getting the Department of Public Works to respond quickly to problems on the bike network - help us continue to track their response by entering your last name as "SFBC."
Telephone InstructionsYou can still call hazards in to 311 and speak with an operator. In order for the SFBC to track the City's response rate, make sure you mention that you are calling on behalf of the "SFBC" and take down the service number. It's as simple as that and you should see results in a week or so!
Please keep us informed if your requests are NOT being attended to in a timely fashion by emailing Marc. We are working hard with DPW patching crews and all of the utility companies to proactively ensure safe conditions for cyclists, but need your eyes to make sure it happens!
Crater Invaders a Huge Success!
We want to thank over 50 volunteers who braved the winds this past Saturday stenciling potholes and pavement cracks all over the City. From Polk St. to Mission Bay, Arguello to SOMA and places in between, we managed to cover about 50 miles of road, and report about 60 new potholes in to 311!
NBC11 airs, SFBC Raises Pothole Awareness (video).
BeyondChron reports, Bicyclists Take to the Streets for Safety.and SFist reports See You Later, Crater Gator
See also photos tagged sfbcstencil on Flickr.
Today's efforts will lead to the smoothing of numerous hazardous areas. When you are on your bike commute, make sure to look out for problem areas and report them to 311. We thank the Department of Public Works and their efforts to fill potholes that plague bicyclists. We applaud them on their initiative to make our streets safer.
We thank the Department of Public Works for being very responsive to calls to 311 and fixing potholes on our streets. But we also know this isn't enough. We need streets that bicyclists travel on most frequently to have better pavement than their current dangerous condition. We need the City to prioritize streets on the Bike Network when repaving, and maybe even to repave JUST the bike lane in some cases. Overall, this is a big problem for cyclists all over the city, and we need to send the message across loud and clear now!
Sing out the Good Roads Gospel!
We are inspired by the original Good Roads Movement of 100 years ago, when organized bicyclists led the way to properly paved roads across town and across the country.
be sure to check out Hank Chapot's account of The Great Bicycle Protest of 1896 (the grandfather of Critical Mass, woo-hoo!)
Potholes of San Francisco
By community filmmaker Greg Rodgers
Viva las Lane Stewards!
You may have noticed new paint on the streets recently: white paint outlines the most dangerous potholes and rough spots on key bike routes. This is the work of the SFBC's volunteer Lane Stewards, who have been deputized to tag the most egregious spots. While the markings themselves are proving an immediate help to many cyclists, we've got a commitment from the Dept. of Public Works (DPW) that they will follow in the Lane Stewards path, to patch and smooth the indicated spots on these routes. Thanks Stewards & DPW!
How to File a Claim against the City
In the unfortunate case that you and/or your bike are injured or damaged because of a pothole, you might be able to recover some costs by filing a claim from the City and County of San Francisco. The process is pretty self-explanatory from the instructions on the City Attorney's web-site. Contact Marc if you have any questions, and let us know how your claim turns out in the end. Good luck!