SFMTA Crews Begin Filling in Green Bikeway Gaps on Market Street

Eastbound Market Street at Van Ness Avenue. Photo: Aaron Bialick

SFMTA crews were spotted installing more green coloring on the Market Street bike lanes today, and say they expect to complete the entire section between Octavia Boulevard and 8th Street in time for Bike to Work Day May 12.

A dashed green treatment can now be found on the sections of bike lanes approaching Van Ness Avenue, complementing the recently installed bike boxes, as well as Octavia Boulevard and near the Haight/Gough Street intersection. More soft-hit posts are also expected to be added to missing sections.

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has urged the SFMTA to fill in the gaps since soft-hit posts and green lanes were first installed on portions of Market between Van Ness and 8th Street nearly a year ago. The SFBC says the green lanes on the city’s most important street for bicyclists have greatly increased safety by making people who ride bikes more visible to drivers and deterring illegal parking.

Crew members said they plan to continue greening the bike lanes in the early mornings this weekend and over the next two weeks.

Market Street westbound at Van Ness Avenue. Photo: Aaron Bialick
  • Anonymous

    If they have any leftover paint, South of Market pedestrians would love to see crosswalk ladders painted so that drivers get the hint that they aren’t on freeway ramps … granted green may not be ideal, but any ole design in the crosswalk seems to keep drivers better behaved in Oakland’s Chinatown.

  • Anonymous

    If they have any leftover paint, South of Market pedestrians would love to see crosswalk ladders painted so that drivers get the hint that they aren’t on freeway ramps … granted green may not be ideal, but any ole design in the crosswalk seems to keep drivers better behaved in Oakland’s Chinatown.

  • Mark D.

    Spectacular! Hope every Bike to Work Day feels like christmas.

  • Nick

    I dislike how they stretch out these installation over multiple years. Is there a reason they have to wait until Bike to Work Day (every year) to improve conditions for cyclists?

  • Very nice, and sorely needed at all the other intersections along Market. This will hopefully cue motorists that they need to keep the the left.

  • Um….no?

    Right turning cars should be all the way to the right. Hence the striped nature of the lanes (not solid).

    It’s frighting to here so many cyclists complain about “cars blocking the bike lane” when they’re doing exactly what they should be doing.

    It’s a lane, not a sidepath.

  • Anonymous

    I have ridden my bike up market 4 days a week since the box was painted, and have yet to see a single bike stop before being completely within the pedestrian crosswalk. That is the sort of thing that can really damage the goodwill of non-cycling voters. (Keep an eye on what is going on in NYC right now)

  • prinzrob

    Some of the new infrastructure along Market St is nice, but I usually take the lane through these areas between the train stops and the sidewalk. Wouldn’t riding far to the right here just give car drivers more of an opportunity to right-hook you just before you get to the intersection? A green, dashed lane from curb to curb would have been better, or maybe right in the middle to encourage the safest lane position, as it doesn’t seem wide enough to “share”.

  • Get Real

    I find myself on Market just as often and have noted with equal regularity a car stopped on the bike box leaving the crosswalk the only spot to safely wait the light. If a pedestrian gives me a look I simply point to the car blocking the box. Most Market pedestrians couldn’t give to shits anyways and walk wherever they want crosswalk, no crosswalk, light or no light.

  • Um Yeah

    Actually Jass the car is only supposed to be there when they are the first at the light, or the light is green and they are safely ahead of any bike in the the bike lane. It is not a cue for the turn. Cars are obligated to yield to cyclists in the lane. You are correct it is a lane, a bike lane. Autos must yield as such.

  • Um yeah,

    It absolutely is a place to queue up for the turn. Thats the safest thing to do AND it’s the law.

    Any vehicle turning right must be as far to the right as possible. The law says to do so something like 100 feet before the intersection (the striped distance).

    Yes, the car must yield to anyone already in the right lane, as they would in any other lane-changing circumstance. In California, bike lanes are NOT for exclusive use of the cyclists. Right turns are one of many situations in which cars MUST use the bike lane

    Otherwise, you would create right hooks. And we dont want right hooks

  • Yes, cue up to the right if you’re turning right. But in general, at those intersection on Market, the cars taking up the middle of the lane are just continuing straight. In those cases, it sure would be nice if they kept left instead of hogging the middle.

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