2011 Mayor Questionnaire
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Market Street is scheduled for full repaving in 2015. The City has begun a public process to plan for and deliver a Better Market Street when the repaving work takes place. Do you support a continuous, physically separated green bikeway the full length of Market Street (maintaining/enhancing Muni and the pedestrian realm)?
Paul Currier: Yes. I also support the concept to turn large areas of our current downtown into pedestrian and “people powered” transit, much like the Promenades of Europe and South America.
Bevan Dufty: A separated bikeway spanning the length of Market will be revolutionary for biking mobility and increasing the number of San Franciscans who feel confident and safe bicycling downtown. As Mayor, I will make it happen with meaningful stakeholder involvement to ensure success. This bikeway is an opportunity to integrate bike transit infrastructure as a traffic mitigation effort built in, not onto, the design process.
Tony Hall: Yes.
Dennis Herrera : Yes, until we can achieve the vision I have articulated in my previous answer, I believe we should be doing everything possible to make Market Street safer and more enjoyable for cyclists and pedestrians.
Emil Lawrence: At the moment, yes.
Ed Lee: I am fully committed to transforming Market Street into a world-class boulevard. My administration will commit to exploring all options as part of this transformation, including the use of continuous, physically separated green bikeways.
Wilma Pang: [no response given]
Joanna Rees: Yes. The current configuration of physically separated green bike lanes on Market St. has already greatly increased bike ridership. It has proven to work.
Phil Ting: Yes, I am a firm supporter of a partitioned bike lane on Market Street, particularly if the green paint is improved to include gravel or some other material so that it does not affect cyclists’ traction. Going further, I would encourage the committee to look into buffered bike lanes, which other cities have implemented with success.
Leland Yee: Yes.
Cesar Ascarrunz: Yes, the improvements on Market street should be for bikers, pedestrians, drivers, and public transit.
John Avalos: Yes (see above). Currently, there are relatively few cars on Market Street. Most SF residents know that Market is not a good street to drive on. But the few cars remaining on Market still clog things up for bicycles and Muni. The long-term vision of a car-free Market Street may not happen until 2015, but we can continue to increase bike safety, reduce congestion, and encourage alternatives to driving, while planning a continuous separated bikeway.
Terry Baum: Yes. Physically separated bike lanes are already commonly used in Europe, and should be demonstrated to work here. Note that the width of the lane should be sufficient to allow bikes to pass each other; if not, the inability to change langes could be dangerous.
David Chiu: Absolutely, yes. Making bicycling safe and comfortable for all riders on Market Street is the most important step we can take to meeting our goal of 20% of trips by bicycle by 2020. If we can transform Market Street, it sends a powerful message that we can transform other streets in the city as well.
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