One of the key ways the SF Bicycle Coalition helps keep your ride safe and smooth is by making sure construction sites are safe for everyone – but we need you, the members help. Our staff depend on our 12,000 members to be the eyes and ears, and look for you to alert us when you see something unsafe for people biking or walking.
On Friday we received a phone call from one of our members about the unsafe and un-permitted closure of the Panhandle at Masonic Avenue. In response, we jumped into action, alerting the Safe Paths of Travel (SPOT) Program of the SFMTA, who enforce construction site safety, and compliance with city policies. The SPOT Program team spoke to the contractors on the phone, who assured them they would be done with work by 4:00 PM on Friday, and set up a meeting for Monday morning at 10:00 AM, when the contractors permit began.
Unfortunately, on Monday morning, the contractor began work early – during the rush hour commute, forcing hundreds of people bicycling and walking into busy Masonic Avenue and riding the wrong way on Fell Street. SF Bicycle Coalition staff alerted SPOT inspectors again, who headed to the site immediately and issued an official warning to the contractor, and fixed the site for everyone’s safety.
As of 10:30 AM on Monday, the crosswalk was reopened, and anyone traveling by foot or bike now have a safe path – all thanks to our members and staff. While we know that, sometimes, construction will disrupt bicycle routes – but it’s important construction sites are preparing a safe, clear, and legal way for people on foot or bike to get through.
While we are working closely with the SFMTA, DPW, and other agencies to help design smart detours for many projects, sometimes, others surprise us. So, we need you to help be our eyes on the street — if you see a hazardous construction site where foot or bicycle traffic is being diverted unsafely, let us know by emailing program manager, Marc Caswell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to include a description of the problem, the location, date, and time, and photos, if possible.
And, remember, the only way the SF Bicycle Coalition can do this important work is with the support of people like you – who want a
safe and easy way to get around town by foot and bike. If you aren’t a member, join our 12,000 member coalition at sfbike.org/join !