2nd Street is one of South of Market’s most important North-South bike routes. This corridor connects the financial district with Yerba Buena, South Beach and AT&T Park and boasts a growing residential community, creative industries, and neighborhood retail.
The City is repaving 2nd Street in 2016. The project is currently under environmental review, with the complete redesign to be finished in late 2016. The proposed design will run the length of 2nd Street and will include a raised, green cycle-track with bicycle-specific signaling that will help reduce car/bike conflicts at intersections. Additional features also include improved pedestrian facilities as well as curbside access for paratransit. If you haven’t had an opportunity to bike on or see a raised bikeway before, take a look at these examples from elsewhere in the country and world.
In 2009, the SFMTA pulled aside the bike safety project for 2nd Street between Market Street and King Street. This project would have installed bike lanes on this stretch – part of the citywide bike network and an important route for those getting to work, home, and regional transit (Caltrain and BART). Back in June 2009, some community members did not support some of the proposed traffic changes and urged the city for more time to review proposals and add input.
As with a few other Bike Plan projects that were not legislated in 2009, the SF Bicycle Coalition has been urging the city to bring this project back to the community and consider upgrading the project design to a separated bikeway that is safer and more inviting for people of all ages. The SF Bicycle Coalition, along with Supervisor Jane Kim and other community leaders were saddened to learn that federal funding that was meant to install bike lanes, pedestrian safety improvements, and other streetscape elements on 2nd Street had to be reprogrammed to other city projects because of funding deadlines.
The timeline for the completion of the project is as follows:
- March 2013 – September 2014: Environmental Review.
- October 2014: Approvals and legislation.
- June 2014 – June 2015: Detailed construction design.
- September 2015 – September 2016: Construction.