Jefferson St Bike Lanes
Close the Gap in the Bay Trail!
In 2003 and 2004, the Port Commission (the Port) and Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) worked together with the Department of Parking and Traffic on a Fisherman's Wharf Area Plan, intended to improve circulation and provide new open space in the Fisherman's Wharf area.
At numerous public meetings, hundreds of residents voiced a strong desire to see new bicycle facilities provided between the Embarcadero and the Aquatic Park - currently a major gap in the regional Bay Trail. As a result, the planning team has presented a series of alternatives for reconfiguring Jefferson St.
Alternative D, endorsed by the SFBC, calls for restriping Jefferson St. to provide bi-directional bike lanes, one eastbound travel lane, and accommodation for the existing F-line historic streetcar. This plan would fill in the bike network gap while keeping access for all modes to the main street of Fisherman's Wharf, ensuring the prosperity of businesses in this important tourist district.
Unfortunately the only bike improvements that were included in the final plan were the addition of shared lane pavement markings, which do nothing to provide a bike route through gridlock, or to provide eastbound access.
Jefferson Street is so important to the Citywide Bike Network and the Bay Trail because it is the last major gap in the bayfront bike route between the Giants Stadium and the Golden Gate Bridge. We are asking elected officials to support a world-class bikeway along our waterfront, one that will provide residents with transportation choices and recreational opportunities, while attracting additional tourists to the City to help our economy.