Sloat Blvd bike lanes
a Caltrans-led road diet for a healthier neighborhoodMay 2012 — Come to a Caltrans community meeting to discuss recent improvements to Sloat Boulevard and speak up for additional safety improvements on Sloat and Skyline. Caltrans will be hosting a community meeting on Thursday May 24 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in the Great Hall of the San Francisco Zoo (1 Zoo Road). Caltrans officials will be discussing the Sloat Boulevard safety improvements that went in the ground in January 2012 from Everglade Drive to 19th Avenue as well as future improvements and resurfacing projects on Skyline Boulevard (SF City Limit to Sloat) and Sloat Boulevard (Skyline to 19th Avenue). Hope to see you there - email Neal@sfbike.org if you have any questions.
January 2012 — San Francisco just got a very nice gift from Caltrans, the state transportation agency, who put a big piece of Sloat Boulevard (a.k.a. CA Hwy 35) on a road diet, including buffered bike lanes — woo-hoo!
From 19th Avenue to Everglade Drive, Sloat Blvd has been converted from three travel lanes to two, with a seven-foot-wide bike lane and four-foot buffer filling the newly-liberated and repaved right lane.
At the request of Supervisor Carmen Chu, who asked Caltrans to find ways to make Sloat safer for pedestrians, Caltrans has carried out a suite of "complete streets" measures to make this three-lane highway into a safer, calmer, healthier street for all users, adding bike lanes, crosswalks and lower speed limits (from 40 MPH to 35 MPH).
This brand-new stretch of bike lanes is a perfect complement to recently-installed bike lanes on Portola Drive and points the way to an upcoming Bike Plan project on Sloat from Skyline to the Great Highway.
Take a ride on this newest link in the city's bike route network and see what you think, and send a thank you note to Caltrans and the City Leaders who made it this complete street possible. It's wonderful to have Caltrans' help making San Francisco an even better town for everyday biking! (Addressing this email to firstname.lastname@example.org will automatically send it to Supervisors Carmen Chu, Sean Elsbernd, SFMTA Director Ed Reiskin, Caltrans D4 Director Bijan Sartipi, and Neal Patel of the SF Bicycle Coalition).