Lanes and Gains for Excelsior/Outer Mission by Mary Brown

The #1 goal of the SFBC is to enlarge the city's Bike Network. That means more striped bike lanes on the streets, separate bike paths, and traffic-calmed streets where bikes and cars can safely share space. This will provide an extensive, interconnected set of lanes, paths, and streets where people from ages 8 to 80 can feel safe bicycling to school, work, shopping, anywhere at all.

144% Increase in bicyclists on newly-striped Valencia Street
41% Increase on Polk Street
67% Increase on Arguello Boulevard
If the city builds the Bike Network, we know that the number of people biking for transportation in San Francisco will more than double to 60,000 in the next five years. The proof is on the streets. During the past several years, the number of bicyclists using streets with bike lanes has increased significantly each time a bike lane was striped.

We're looking forward to adding San Jose Avenue and 7th Street to that list soon - the Board of Supervisors recently unanimously passed the proposal to stripe bike lanes on part of San Jose Ave. in the Outer Mission. These lanes connect with Valencia and Tiffany Streets to extend a popular bike route to City College and the southern areas of the city.

Bike lanes on Seventh St. have passed their first hurdles and are headed to the Board of Supervisors for approval. If passed, bike lanes would be extended on 7th St. between Townsend and 16th.

But there's much more work ahead! With members' help, the SFBC has identified its top priorities in organizing for the Bike Network. We need your help to push the city to make room for bikes.

SFBC's top bike network priorities:

Residents Work for Bike Lanes on Cabrillo

They've handed out flyers to bicyclists, walked 50 blocks distributing letters to residents, attended Town Hall meetings on weekends. They are members of the SFBC's Richmond Bike Committee, and they're working like crazy to improve the neighborhood with bike lanes. The first objective: bike lanes on Cabrillo Street.

Cabrillo is wide, quiet, with no bus line, and is flat in comparison to its neighboring streets. It connects with the popular Arguello bike lanes. A number of schools and playgrounds dot the street, drawing children from across the Richmond. Many bicyclists already use the street for their commute, crossing over from the often-dangerous and poorly lit Golden Gate Park's John F. Kennedy Drive.

Cabrillo has plenty of room for bike lanes without losing any parking spaces or traffic lanes. But understanding the importance of community outreach, the SFBC volunteers are talking to neighbors to make sure they understand the proposal. Already we have support for the proposal from Supervisor Jake McGoldrick, the Richmond Neighborhood Coalition, Planning Association for the Richmond, Senior Action Network, and Walk SF.

Wherever you live, we'll need your help soon to show citywide support for the bike lanes. To get involved, contact Leah at 431-BIKE, x-2, or shahum@sfbike.org.

Market Street Bike Lanes: Now and Soon!

Lots of exciting action on Market Street - both long-term planning for bicycle, pedestrian, and transit improvements and short-term organizing for easy, quick bike lanes! Detailed plans have been drawn up to fill in all the bike lane gaps between Castro and 8th Streets. The plans, created by SFBC member and professional planner Josh Switzky, show extra-wide, colored bike lanes along this length of Market. In order to make room for these fantastic Amsterdam-rivaling bike lanes, some parking spaces will have to go, so we'll need support in order to get the bike lanes approved quickly.

A brand-new committee is forming to get this project rolling - please come to its first meeting on Tuesday, April 23 at 6pm at the new LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market at Octavia. Call 431-BIKE, x-4, to RSVP or get on the committee's email list.

Meanwhile, on the other end of Market St., the S.F. Transportation Authority is starting its year-long planning study of street improvements from Embarcadero to Van Ness that could involve more significant changes, like creating separate bike paths, true transit-only lanes, restricted car access, and more. The SFBC is actively involved in leading the community outreach for this planning project and is helping to solicit feedback and organize community hearings. For more information or to be put on this email list, contact Leah Shahum at 431-BIKE, x-2, or shahum@sfbike.org.