17th Street bike lanes
another link for better biking
**UPDATE: The city has begun repaving 17th Street from Mississippi Street to Dolores Street! The SF Bicycle Coalition has long advocated for advanced paving of key bicycle routes to ensure safer bikeways. Thanks to the city for prioritizing safety and creating smoother bikeways! SFDPW crews are out repaving 17th Street between Potrero and Harrison Street this week (June 12) and the bikeway will be striped around June 22!
Thanks to the hard work of SFMTA staff and support from countless residents, businesses, and SF Bicycle Coalition members and volunteers, the 17th Street bike lanes are moving closer to completion. Portions of these bike lanes have gone in on 17th Street and will ultimately connect the Castro all the way to the Bay. Bike lanes on the Harrison to Potrero stretch of 17th Street were approved by the SFMTA in 2011 after unanimous public approval, and will be painted in the Spring of 2012 after repaving of the corridor.
This project includes bike lanes on 17th Street as well as other connecting streets like Potrero Avenue, 16th Street approaching Market Street, and Kansas Street in Potrero Hill.
Voice your support for the 17th Street Bike Lanes!
Send an email to Supervisors Jane Kim and Scott Wiener and MTA Sustainable Streets Director Bond Yee today to voice your support for the 17th Street bike lanes. Your voice will help show the huge demand for better biking in San Francisco and help bring more projects like it.
You can use the text below as a guide, and email to Jane.Kim@sfgov.org, Scott.Wiener@sfgov.org, Bond.Yee@sfmta.com, and CC Chema@sfbike.org:
The long history of the 17th Street Bike Lanes
Community members have been long-advocating for a safer east-west biking corridor on 17th Street, and it's still not finished. Here's the long history that goes back almost a decade:
- 2002: Community Meetings for the Bike Plan Update discuss options for bike lanes on 16th Street or 17th Street.
- 2002-2005: SF Bicycle Coalition volunteers reach out to neighbors and businesses and narrow in on 17th Street options for bike lanes.
- 2007-2008: SF Bicycle Coalition members and the public come out for public hearings on the Bike Plan Environmental Impact Report (EIR).
- 2008: SF Bicycle Coalition members once again talk to neighbors and businesses and participate in an SFMTA Open House to discuss 17th Street and other bike lane projects.
- 2009: SF Bicycle Coalition volunteers reach out to businesses and neighbors to attend the SFMTA Community Meeting for 17th Street bike lane project.
- 2009: SF Bicycle Coalition volunteers go door-to-door and collect over 10 support letters from businesses in the area for 17th Street bike lanes.
- 2009: Bike Plan EIR certified and Bike Plan (including portions of 17th Street project) approved by MTA Board of Directors members testify in support.
- 2011: SF Bicycle Coalition volunteers go door-to-door to all businesses and reach out to neighbors in the 17th Street area between Treat Street and Potrero Avenue in preparation for another Community Meeting to discuss parking changes for 17th Street bike lanes.
- 2011: Public Hearing on proposed parking changes on and around 17th Street to fit in bike lanes.
The 17th Street bike lanes are part of a plan which will add over 30 miles of new bike lanes across San Francisco
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