Polk Street bike, pedestrian plan scaled back to keep car parking

by : sfexaminer – excerpt

After an outcry from merchants, San Francisco’s transit agency has unveiled a new plan for Polk Street that backpedals from an earlier proposal to remove swaths of on-street parking to help improve the bustling street for bicyclists and pedestrians.
A new plan that was developed following a caustic merchant response during a March community meeting preserves most of the parking on the segment of Polk Street from California Street to Union Street — the stretch about which criticism was the loudest.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which has a goal of significantly increasing the number of bicyclists in The City, originally proposed eliminating parking “fully from one side and partially from the other” and removing street parking altogether along lower Polk Street to make space for dedicated bike lanes. The new proposal removes up to 20 of the existing 168 parking spaces on the Upper Polk segment, between California and Union streets, mostly near intersections. It also calls for a painted green bike lane along one side of the street and a shared bike lane with painted green bike sharrows on the other… (more)

SFMTA, Chiu Stand By Unprotected Bike Lane Proposal for Polk Street

by Aaron Bialick : sf.streetsblog.org – excerpt

The SFMTA is moving forward with a plan for Polk Street with no protected bike lanes, except for one direction of an 11-block stretch. SFMTA planners and Supervisor David Chiu maintain that the plan is sufficient to make the street safe enough for a broad range of San Franciscans to bike on, though the design has been guided less by safety considerations than the desire to appease merchants who oppose the removal of any car parking(more)