MTA Board Votes to Approve EIR and Bike Plan

In a decision advocates hailed as a victory for bicyclists in San Francisco, the MTA Board of Directors voted uaninmously this afternoon to approve the EIR and adopt the Bike Plan, legislating 45 of the 56 priority projects, which will add about 34 miles of new bike lanes in the city.

A crowd of bicyclists at the meeting erupted into cheers after the final vote was taken. It followed nearly four hours of testimony from a diverse group of 200 bicyclists — organized by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition — who filled an overflow room on the 1st floor of City Hall, and lined up outside the main meeting room on the 4th floor.

A smaller group of people opposed to the 2nd Street bike lanes, as they’re currently proposed, was successfull in getting 2nd Street taken off the first wave of projects. The MTA announced that plan would come back in the next round.

The final vote was 5-0, with Directors Tom Nolan and Malcolm Heinicke absent.

"It’s a historic day for bicycling in San Francisco," said MTA spokesperson Judson True. "Adopting the CEQA
findings, approving the Bike Plan, and legislating 45 projects is an incredible accomplishment.  We’re very proud of the work
that our staff, other city agencies, and the bicycling community has
done.  It has been a long process."

Mayor Gavin Newsom, the SFBC and MTA staffers were scheduled to attend a press conference and celebration at 3 p.m. on the Polk Street side of City Hall.  We’re staffing and will post more soon.

  • mbrandt

    Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mr. Tall

    What were the 11 projects that didn’t get approved?

  • Nick

    Job well done.

  • ian

    how much of the bike plan is class I paths? it seems that though this is a great win for bikes in the city, but while class II and III work for ages 15-55 maybe, for a true 8 to 80, you need more separated paths. i hope we’ll see more of those in the (very) near future…

  • ian

    grammar fail… dunno what my brain was on

    it seems that while is a great win for bikes in the city, class II and III bike lanes work for ages 15-55 maybe, and for a true 8 to 80, you need more separated paths. i hope we’ll see more of those in the (very) near future…

  • Because six hours at the bike plan meeting today had some entertaining moments that you may have missed, I submit this record of the flippant:

    http://bikeculturetheory.wordpress.com/2009/06/26/scene-at-the-sf-bike-plan-hearing-a-serious-then-flippant-recap/

  • marcos

    Wasn’t approval of this a mere formality at this point and won’t the real “action,” if any, take place in Superior Court?

    Always wonderful to see those responsible for delay downplaying their role in delay and claiming credit for moving towards approval.

    -marc