New Bike Lanes Completed on Illinois, Sagamore, and Alemany Boulevard

Illinois Street. Photo: SF Bicycle Coalition

Bicycle riders can enjoy bike lanes on three new routes striped within the last couple of months, as the SFMTA continues to roll out the city’s Bicycle Plan.

Illinois Street now offers a safer north-south route from Mission Bay to Dogpatch while Alemany Boulevard and Sagamore Street connect the city’s southern neighborhoods.

On Illinois, car parking was replaced on some stretches, but rearranged on others for a total addition of three spots, according to the SFMTA [pdf].

Bike lanes added on Sagamore Street connect riders from Alemany to already existing bike lanes on Brotherhoood Way. Some parking spots were reconfigured to safer angled parking. A similar configuration was done on Illinois Street. That should make it easier for drivers who are pulling out of their spots to see bicyclists.

The addition of a two-way center turn lane should also help calm motor traffic on the street and provide a safer way for drivers make turns. Part of the bike lane also includes double stripes on the right side, which should discourage users from riding unsafely in the door zone.

Buffered bike lanes on Alemany Boulevard that began construction in May have also been fully marked and supplemented with soft hit posts to provide better separation from fast-moving motor traffic.

Illinois Street. Photo: SF Bicycle Coalition

Illinois Street. Photo: SF Bicycle Coalition

Back-in angled parking on Sagamore Street. Photo: SF Bicycle Coalition

The double-stripe on the right discourages people from riding in the door zone. Photo: SF Bicycle Coalition

Sagamore Street connecting to Brotherhood Way. Photo: SF Bicycle Coalition

Alemany Boulevard. Photo: SF Bicycle Coalition

Alemany Boulevard. Photo: SF Bicycle Coalition

Alemany Boulevard. Photo: SF Bicycle Coalition