Examiner Letters to the Editor – excerpt
In your article about all the successful bike lanes around San Francisco (“Lane changes moving S.F.,” July 1), the author failed to point out the inherent problems with the new Golden Gate Park bike lanes. They’re unsafe for cyclists, motorists and pedestrians alike.
The people who designed the lanes must be social planners and not engineers familiar with bicycle traffic engineering, since the lanes are actually illegal according to the California Highway Design Manual. In its chapter on bikeway planning and design, the manual states, “Bike lanes shall not be placed between the parking area and the curb.”
Cars have fewer parking spaces and now have to block traffic while trying to parallel park into a much smaller lane than before. They then have to try to unload their passengers and pets while cyclists whizz by as they try to cross the lane to get to the curb.
Cyclists now ride in a lane between the curb on the right and parked cars on the left. You have cyclists, roller-bladers, rental bikers and children all stuck in the same lane with pedestrians trying to get to and from their cars. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has lost sight of bicycling safety in its effort to speed up implementation and boast about cross-city bike lanes.
Thanks for pointing out the state designs standards.
p. 15 of the June 26, 2012 edition of the Highway Design Manual, 1003.2 Class II Bikeways (1) a, “Bike lanes shall not be placed between the parking area and the curb. Such facilities increase the conflict between bicyclists and opening car doors and reduce visibility at intersections. Also, they prevent bicyclists from leaving the bike lane to turn left and cannot be effectively maintained.”
Wonder how many rules have been ignored by the SFMTA in their rush to disrupt our lives.
And, we wonder who will file the first complaint.
Bikeway Planning and Design