BIKE PLAN UPDATE: FULL STEAM

As you've read in previous issues of the Tube Times, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is spearheading community planning and outreach for the City's official Bike Plan Update-and oh boy, does the community have a lot to say about bike issues! So far, we've collected more than 2,700 suggestions for bike improvements during seven public workshops and dozens of neighborhood group presentations. It seems that bike-friendly streets are what the people want and now is when they want them!

Bicyclists hashed out bike improvements at five Community Input Workshops in March and April

Plans Ready for Review Seven streets and/or intersections have already been analyzed and design concepts prepared, including:

  • Bike lanes and improvements on Market Street between Octavia and 8th Streets, including the reviled intersection of Market and Valencia.
  • Bike lanes on Illinois Street (the alternative to Third St.) including across the soon-to-be-built Illinois bridge.
  • Bike lanes on 16th/17th Street through the heart of the Mission, and continuing the 14th Street bike lanes north to Market.
  • Bike lanes on Oakdale Avenue in the Bayview.
  • Improvements at the "Death Monsters Ahead" intersection at Fell and Masonic.
  • Improvements for bike access to SFSU along the 19th/20th Avenue corridors.

We will soon have print-outs showing the proposed design changes at the SFBC office. Please pop by for a look and let us know what you think.

Now the Hard Part As the Tube Times goes to press, we are collaborating with the Department of Parking and Traffic to prioritize at least 15 additional projects from the thousands of suggestions. The top projects will be chosen to fill in major gaps within the Citywide Bike Network-and will help us achieve our goal of linking every neighborhood and commercial district via a combination of bike paths, bike lanes, and slow, traffic-calmed streets. It's going to be difficult to determine which are the most important projects to benefit the city as a whole.

Of course, this means that many suggested bike improvements won't be fully designed and ready to go. But fret not if your pet project doesn't make the cut, as suggestions for bike improvements to hundreds of other streets will be included in the Bike Plan Update as second tier projects that will become reality, ahem, down the road.

What's Next? The top 15+ additional priority projects will be analyzed, designed, and engineered this summer. By September the SFBC will be hosting five Community Feedback Workshops to see what the neighbors and bicyclists think of the proposed plans for all of the top 20+ projects. We hope to see you there!

For more information about reports from the first round of community workshops, the on-going neighborhood presentations, to volunteer, or to add your suggestions to the list, go to www.sfbike.org/bikeplan or contact Mary Brown at 431-BIKE, ext. 24.

By Mary Brown

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