SFMTA Crews Begin Striping Alemany Boulevard Buffered Bike Lanes

Crews striped the first stretch today eastbound from Rousseau Street to Justin Drive. Photo: Aaron Bialick

Alemany Boulevard will soon be dramatically safer for cycling as SFMTA crews began striping the city’s newest stretch of buffered bike lanes today.

Despite acting as a vital connection between the Glen Park and Bayview neighborhoods, this stretch of Alemany between Rousseau Street and Bayshore Boulevard [pdf] has long been uninviting for people who bike without any protection from drivers traveling at dangerously high speeds.

“Alemany Boulevard is such an important connector in the city, and with these new bikeways we will see even more people riding comfortably to work or school or the farmers market or simply for fun,” said San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Leah Shahum.

The section has long reinforced the 280 freeway as a gouge through the city’s southeastern neighborhoods with a vast, parallel six-lane roadway. The new bike lanes, which will be separated from motor vehicles by safe-hit posts and a striped buffer as wide as nine feet, will provide residents a more accessible route to destinations like the thriving Alemany Farmer’s Market and bike routes toward downtown San Francisco.

“The bike lanes have eight-foot lanes here. This is good, cause these cars are flyin’ down here,” said the project foreman as crews striped the first stretch from Rousseau Street to Justin Drive.

The bike lanes will connect with existing lanes on Alemany to the west and link to the Glen Park BART station. However, to the east of Putnam Street as Alemany passes underneath the 101 freeway, the bike lanes will disappear, and turn into sharrows.

Crew members said they expect to finish the project this week. See more photos after the break.

Photo: Aaron Bialick

The west end at Rousseau Street where the existing bike lanes end. Photo: Aaron Bialick

A rider navigates around the construction zone. Photo: Aaron Bialick

Just east of today's addition. Notice the dark preliminary lines marking the stripe placement. Photo: Aaron Bialick

Passing underneath the 101 freeway where only sharrows will be added. Photo: Aaron Bialick

The approach towards Bayshore Boulevard on the east end of the route. Photo: Aaron Bialick

Preliminary markings westbound on the north side of the 280 freeway. Photo: Aaron Bialick

The improvements will make it easier to get to the Alemany Farmer's Market without a car. Photo: Aaron Bialick

This stretch of road between the 101 freeway and the farmer's market is apparently so dangerous the sidewalk needed to be barricaded. Unfortunately, it will only receive sharrows. Photo: Aaron Bialick

Bayshore Boulevard, the natural shoreline of San Francisco. Photo: Aaron Bialick

These bike lanes on Bosworth Street connect bike commuters from Alemany to the Glen Park BART station. Photo: Aaron Bialick