Making the Oakdale Bike Lanes Safer
Oakdale Avenue is an important thoroughfare for the Bayview Community. Whether you are going to an event at the Bayview Opera House, a class at City College Southeast Campus or even to Sunday service at one of the many churches in the neighborhood, Oakdale Avenue is the quickest, flattest route in the area.
Farther out Oakdale Avenue, as one approaches Bayshore Boulevard, residential blocks give way to warehouses and commercial buildings, with larger and faster traffic. It also happens to be the best route to the Mission. Over the years, the SF Bicycle Coalition has advocated for improved, separated bike lanes on this important corridor.
An Incomplete Streetscape Proposal
On June 11, 2013 the City’s Green Connections project team hosted a Community Open House to present a new greener streetscape designed to improve walking and biking on Oakdale Avenue, but only between Quint Street and Lane Street or roughly between City College Southeast Campus and the Joseph Lee Recreation Center.
Beyond Quint though, there are no plans to make the street safer, in spite of being scheduled for repaving all the way to Bayshore. The SF Bicycle Coalition believes this is an excellent opportunity to make this street safer and urge the City to add separated bikeways, reduce speeding and add urgently needed safety improvements from Bayshore Boulevard to Keith Street.
Safer Streets for Everyone
San Francisco is a city with a great number of green spaces. Often times though, reaching these green spaces can be a challenge for people living neighborhoods like the Bayview. We urge the City to prioritize adequate bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in the Bayview.