Last week, the SF Bicycle Coalition was invited to present our Connecting the City vision at the Transportation Authority Plans and Programs meeting by Supervisor David Chiu. San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Acting Executive Director Renée Rivera shared our vision for continuous and connected crosstown bikeways as one of the smartest and most effective transportation investments the Transportation Authority could make. Board of Supervisor Presisent David Chiu’s call for re-shaping our streets to encourage 20 percent of all trips by bike by 2020, based on the affordable plans laid out in the Connecting the City plan, will help guide the future of San Francisco’s streets.
Yesterday, the Board of Supervisor’s unanimously adopted President Chiu’s resolution of the goal of 20% of trips by bike by 2020. A huge milestone to helping San Francisco plan for the pending population and job boom. Connecting the City’s safe and comfortable crosstown routes are the key to making more trips by bike possible and reaching 20% of trips by bike by 2020. This plan will help ensure that the city is an easy place to shop, commute, live and play for the one million people who will need to move around it.
Today’s SF Examiner reports on the story (reposted below).
SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco set itself a new transit goal Tuesday: By 2020, 20 percent of trips taken should be by bicycle.
The ambitious goal will serve as a guide for city officials when making development or budget decisions. It builds on The City’s transit-first policy that encourages traveling around by means other than a car.
An estimated 7 percent of the trips taken today in San Francisco are by bicycle. Legislation setting the goal of 20 percent of trips taken by bicycle come 2020 was introduced by Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and unanimously approved Tuesday by the board.
The new goal comes as San Francisco plans for the expected influx of 150,000 new residents and the creation of 230,000 new jobs over the coming decades.