Rally Friday Morning to Save Market/Octavia Bike Lane


San Francisco Bicycle Coalition members, cyclists and several electeds, including Supervisors Ross Mirkarimi and Bevan Dufty, plan to be at the intersection of Market/Octavia tomorrow morning to protest an MTA proposal to remove the eastbound bike lane and concrete barrier. Turn out and add your voice to the growing list of those opposed to removing a bike lane at one of the city’s most dangerous intersections.

From the SFBC press release:

Cycling advocates and city leaders will rally at the Market and Octavia
intersection this Friday, January 16th at 9am in an attempt to save a
bike lane and protective barrier that the SF Municipal Transportation
Agency (MTA) proposes to remove. Opponents, who believe the MTA plan
will significantly lessen bike safety at the infamously dangerous
intersection, are expected to express their shock and frustration that
city transportation leaders would remove a bike lane during a time when no new bike lanes have been added in more than two years.

The plan to eliminate this critical piece of bicycle infrastructure in San Francisco goes before a judge next Thursday.

Flickr photo: Cheryl Brinkman

  • Leah

    Thank you Streetsblog for getting the word out about this important issue. At a time when NYC has striped more than 100 miles of bike lanes in the last 2 years, while SF has striped 0 new bike lanes because of the Bike Plan injunction, it’s truly shocking that some SF leaders would allow the MTA to even consider this backward step.

    For folks who can’t come to the rally, please write the Mayor, the MTA leaders, and the Supervisors to urge them not to strip the bike facilities.

  • olen

    Wait- I’m an SF bicyclist and am absolutely IN FAVOR of the removal of this tiny stretch of bike lane!!!! Anywhere else i would disagree, but in this case, it is important that cyclists be seen and integrated into car traffic because with the current design, bikers are too separate from traffic and are not seen. I ride this bit frequently and KNOW this would be safer!!!! Help!