On Saturday December 3, over 250 people came out to the SFMTA’s Open House to discuss various design options for separated bikeways on three blocks of Fell and Oak Street between Scott and Baker.
Community members were invited to drop in anytime during the four-hour Open House, allowing for even more people to fit this community meeting into their schedule. All the parents on bikes with their kids in tow on bikes, senior citizens living nearby, workers from Divisadero Street and scores of everyday commuters found a window of time to come and add their input.
The SFMTA presented a wealth of information about the leading options to add a separated bikeway on three blocks of Fell and Oak Street – developed from national standards and field research and influenced by the community goals brainstormed at the first community meeting in September. On December 3rd, the SFMTA presented more details on the bikeway designs, and stated that they are prioritizing their planning efforts only on the options that maintain the current number of automobile travel lanes.
The SF Bicycle Coalition is thrilled to see the SFMTA’s attention on improving these three blocks of Fell and Oak Street. Neighbors have been asking for calmer neighborhood streets for decades, and our members consistently cite these three blocks of Fell and Oak Streets as some of the scariest to bike on now and a priority for safety improvements.
This project and community meetings have benefitted from extensive community outreach including door-to-door business and resident outreach before public meetings, prominent signs on the road, mailers to local residents, and a strong partnership with many of the community groups in the area. All these activities have brought a large and diverse crowd together to share their experiences and ideas for improvements at every step of the process. With input from from neighbors, commuters, pedestrian and disability activitists, and SF Bicycle Coalition member at these meetings, we are confident we’ll all move forward to make swift fixes to these three blocks of Fell and Oak Street.
Stay tuned for more updates on this project in the coming weeks. We’ll be posting specific information about the design proposals when they become available and make sure you’re notified on opportunities to weigh in on the design and speak up in support when decisions are being made.
Please contact Neal Patel (415.431.2453 x312) if you have any questions or if you want to be added to our Fell and Oak email list for timely updates on how you can get involved.