Market & Octavia protest
Thanks for joining us on Friday morning, January 26
On Monday morning, January 22, 2007, a female cyclist was seriously injured in the mouth of the Central Freeway on Market Street at Octavia by a large truck making an illegal right-hand turn onto the freeway. She's presently hospitalized and in critical condition; our hearts and thoughts are with her.
This is the latest in what has become an all-too-frequent series of bicyclist knock-downs in this famously dangerous intersection, and we're absolutely fed up with the City's tolerance for a known dangerous condition on San Francisco's premiere bicycling, pedestrian, and transit street.
Thank you for joining us last Friday morning, January 26, for a public demonstration at the Market & Octavia to demand that the City address this dangerous condition (post-event press release, ABC7, SFist, NBC11, KTVU, KRON, KCBS, BeyondChron, FCJ).
Shortly after the morning rush hour, City crews installed "soft hit" posts on the border of the bike lane. This was a simple yet long overdue first step to ensuring the safety of San Francisco cyclists.
Supervisor Bevan Dufty has taken several steps to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists. For our full list of recommendations of what our City can do to tame this monster, please read our letter to MTA Executive Director Nathaniel Ford and look at our our visualizations of a raised lane or series of sharrows.