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. In 2015, we have a chance to achieve this.
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 earlier this year when the three lower blocks of Polk Street gained a protected and green contraflow bikeway, but much remains to be done to make this critical corridor safe for everyone.
In the next couple of months, the SFMTA Board of Directors will vote on the design for Polk Street. Help us make sure that the final design includes protected bikeways and much-needed pedestrian improvements from Union to McAllister by speaking up! Join our Polk Street Campaign below to keep informed of opportunities to help us achieve our goal of a Safe Polk.
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.