Why One San Francisco Bike Lane Design Is Upsetting Drivers and Cyclists (AUDIO)

By Julie Caine : transportationnation.org – excerpt

A prominent bike lane in San Francisco may be suffering because of its unique design. The ambitious, and expensive, bike lane striping of Golden Gate Park stands out from the other projects of San Francisco’s bike plan for the criticism it draws from cyclists and drivers alike.
“I think it’s one of the dumbest things I ever saw that they put these stripes down here,” says driver Jimmy Harris of the lanes,…
It cost at least $425,000 to lay the stripes down – and the MTA estimates more than that to plan it all out.
So, what do the people who travel along JFK think about the new configuration?…
The people who most advocated for – and implemented – the striping of Golden Gate Park are examining the effects. The SF Bike Coalition has a webpage devoted to the “JFK Separated Bikeway Project.”…
The page addresses some of the problems: cars that aren’t parked where they’re supposed to be; people crossing the bikeway without looking. SFMTA has a page called the JFK Cycletrack. It includes a survey in which people can share their thoughts about what they like and don’t like… (more)

Looks like SFMTA will have to step up their PR campaign in order to avoid losing any more face with the professional transportation industry. We hear SF has the third worst run municipal transportation system in the US, slightly better than LA and Honolulu. If they want to be a world class city destination, it may be time to hire a world class transit manager who takes Muni, not a bicycle, to work.