An Iconic Neighborhood Greenway
Make it a 2014 New Year's resolution to make biking the best it can be on this popular bike route. After three rounds of community meetings last year, the SFMTA and SFPUC have teamed up an unveiled strong designs for calming Scott Street traffic and improving biking connections.
The Wiggle is the flattest route between Duboce Park and the Panhandle, and is a lovely journey through a largely residential part of the city and some neighborhood retail streets. Featuring everything from greenery to Victorians and corner stores, it's a wonderful snapshot of San Francisco that thousands and thousands of people enjoy every day, including people on bicycles.
SFMTA and SFPUC are working together to improve the walking and biking experience along the Wiggle, and now is the time to be heard. On January 22, 2014, they will be holding the final community open house and unveiling their proposed designs. We need to make sure that the changes include strong bike infrastructure to make this route safe and welcoming for all.
What is a Neighborhood Greenway?
According to the Portland Bureau of Transportation, "neighborhood greenways are residential streets with low volumes of auto traffic and low speeds where bicycle and pedestrians are given priority."
Neighborhood greenways create a calmer experience and allow bicycle riders, pedestrians, and even drivers to relax and slow down in an often stressful city. Compared to separated bikeways and bike lanes, neighborhood greenways focus more on sharing the space instead of separating.
Residents and planners pushing for neighborhood greenways usually have the following goals in mind: