San Jose Avenue
From the Mission to the Excelsior
The SF Bicycle Coalition is delighted to be part of a very active coalition of neighbors, parents, and schools dedicated to fixing the long-ignored stretch of San Jose south of Randall. San Jose is a key connection in the north-south Bernal Cut corridor between the Mission District and Glen Park and the Excelsior. Bike lanes co-exist with fast moving traffic and on the north bound lane, absolutely no physical protection.
For the past twenty years, hundreds of people have pushed for an improved San Jose Avenue. Whether they bike, walk or take transit, San Jose Avenue is considered by all a street that requires attention, having lived with freeway-style speeds on their 25 mph residential street. See photos below.
Dozens of supporters showed up at City Hall in July and October 2004 to support legislation sponsored by Supervisors Dufty and Ammiano to fix this dangerous stretch of street. The inquiry called for seven specific changes (including bike lanes) that would make an enormous improvement in the livability and bikeability of this street. This will help reduce the volume and speed of traffic along this neighborhood corridor.
San Jose Avenue is a little-known, but surprisingly quick and flat route from Downtown or the Mission all the way out to Excelsior, Outer Mission, City College and SF State. Although it is currently masquerading as a freeway, San Jose Avenue is actually a city street and a critical link from the Valencia bike lanes, through the Tiffany Wiggle to Glen Park, Excelsior and beyond. SF Bicycle Coalition members are again working with neighborhood groups to calm and reduce the traffic south of Randall Street, with the ultimate aim of having a safer, symmetrical and protected bike lane on both the sides of San Jose.
Many thanks to the long-time SF Bicycle Coalition members who have worked for years to make this neighborhood more bike friendly, as well as to California Senator Mark Leno, who sponsored legislation during his time as San Francisco Supervisor which established bike lanes on San Jose Avenue south of Randall.
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