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