Long-awaited bike plan on Fell-Oak up for Board approval

By: Will Reisman : sfexaminer – excerpt

A long-awaited plan to add separated bike lanes to busy sections of Oak and Fell streets is up for approval Tuesday.
The three-block stretch on both Fell and Oak between Scott and Baker streets is a vital east-west route for cyclists, but many are afraid to ride on the segment because there is virtually no separation between bikes and fast-moving cars, said Leah Shahum of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which oversees bike operations in The City, has proposed adding cycle tracks — elevated pathways separated from street traffic — on the three-block stretch of both Fell and Oak…
On Tuesday, the SFMTA’s board of directors will vote on the project. If approved, the bikeways and crosswalk enhancements could be in place by the end of the year, with the rest of the work being completed in 2013, said SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose. The project will cost $1.26 million, with most of the funding coming from a recently passed street improvement bond…  (more)

Beautification to slow 19th Avenue down
By Marisa Lagos – excerpt
…The concrete jungle that is 19th Avenue will soon be a little greener – and, city officials are hoping, a bit safer for pedestrians and drivers.
In the meantime, however, drivers should expect delays as construction crews work to landscape 15 blocks of the westside thoroughfare’s median, from Wawona Street up to Lincoln Way… (more)

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