Polk Street is the North-South route in San Francisco for people on bikes, but is also notoriously dangerous. That’s why Polk Street is an essential part of Connecting the City, our vision for a network of bikeways linking our city’s neighborhoods.
Despite its importance, bicycle infrastructure on this corridor remains woefully inadequate and plans for future changes do not include a continuous and protected bike lane in both directions. That’s why we continue advocating for better bikeways along the whole length of Polk Street. We won a huge victory in 2014 when the three lower blocks of Polk Street gained a protected and green contraflow bike lane and yet another victory this year when the SFMTA Board of Directors voted for protected bike lanes from McAllister to Pine, but much remains to be done to make this critical corridor safe for everyone.
Help us make sure that all of Polk Street includes protected bikeways and much-needed pedestrian improvements from the Aquatic Park to Market Street by joining our Polk Street Campaign.
Our members lead the vanguard for a safer Polk Street, but many organizations have also taken up the cause. San Francisco’s Vision Zero Coalition – and Folks for Polk in particular – have added their voices to the call for a more livable corridor and are key allies in our mission to improve this important corridor in 2015.
Do you know an organization, business or school on or near Polk Street that wants to help shape the city’s final design? Email us and find out how to get involved!
Launched in the mid-2012, the City’s official Polk Streetscape Project stretches for 1.3 miles from McAllister to Union. The current SFMTA’s preferred conceptual design does not include a continuous and protected bike lane in both directions, instead splitting the corridor into distinct segments, each receiving different levels of infrastructure improvements depending on merchant feedback. While the proposal does incorporate positive elements, particularly south of California Street, it misses the goal of having a continuous and protected bike lane in both directions. Your support will be critical in making sure we can do this.