by Joshua Sabatini : 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)