Dozens of bicyclists heading down San Francisco’s Folsom Street Wednesday morning stopped to sign letters to Mayor Ed Lee asking for the city to improve safety for cyclists in the city’s South of Market neighborhood…
Some of the coalition’s ideas include fast-tracking a redesign plan that would make Folsom Street a two-way street with separate bike lanes.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is analyzing two options for making Folsom Street safer—keeping the street one-way but with fewer lanes for cars or making it a two-way street, agency spokesman Paul Rose said.
The proposed changes are part of a citywide bicycle plan. The changes would still need to undergo an extensive review process before being implemented. That process is expected to take until June 2015, Rose said. At the earliest, revamping of the street would begin 2017, Rose said… (more)
Is this the name of the game? Every Street in town must now get signatures to keep their parking and the traffic flowing? What is the point of forcing everyone to slow down so the bicycles can speed past us? No wonder the animosity is growing between the cars and the bikes.
New Bicycle Parking Requirements Approved by Planning Commission…
The proposal is anticipated to go before the Board of Supervisors in June 2013. If the proposal is adopted, garages and buildings owned and leased by the City will be required to upgrade the bicycle facilities within one year to comply with the new Planning Code standards. The proposal will also require new and renovated privately owned commercial buildings, and new residential buildings to comply with the bicycle parking requirements… (more)
Less than two years after the court allowed San Francisco to implement its ambitious bicycle plan, the city has striped more than 20 miles of new bike lanes, added hundreds more bike racks and made it more difficult to drive down Market Street.
But the efforts, which city officials will highlight Thursday as part of the annual Bike to Work Day event, aren’t without controversy. A lawsuit prevented the city from implementing bike-improvement projects for four years until it studied the potential impacts. Many of the biking upgrades affect motorists with the loss of curbside parking or traffic lanes, or a combination of the two.