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

Illinois Street. Photo: ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/sfbike/sets/72157627008205243/##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: ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/sfbike/sets/72157627008205243/##SF Bicycle Coalition##
Illinois Street. Photo: ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/sfbike/sets/72157627008205243/##SF Bicycle Coalition##
Back-in angled parking on Sagamore Street. Photo: ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/sfbike/sets/72157626983248537/with/5897922293/##SF Bicycle Coalition##
The double-stripe on the right discourages people from riding in the door zone. Photo: ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/sfbike/sets/72157626983248537/with/5897922705/##SF Bicycle Coalition##
Sagamore Street connecting to Brotherhood Way. Photo: ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/sfbike/sets/72157626983248537/with/5897922293/##SF Bicycle Coalition##
Alemany Boulevard. Photo: ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/sfbike/sets/72157627132950704/with/5909313455/##SF Bicycle Coalition##
Alemany Boulevard. Photo: ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/sfbike/sets/72157627132950704/with/5909313455/##SF Bicycle Coalition##
Alemany Boulevard. Photo: ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/sfbike/sets/72157627132950704/with/5909313455/##SF Bicycle Coalition##
  • Drsb

    I love the opening image! right under the overhang at the back of the photo is where a UPS truck blocked the bike lane forcing me to go around it and out of the bike lane and across the muni tracks that are still in the ground.  unfortunately my bike tires got caught in the grove and i broke my arm.  When do the muni tracks get taken out so the path is even safer?

  • jwb

    The lane on Illinois St. is a real beauty.  I especially appreciate how it’s half in and half out of the gutter, with an edge trap running down the middle.  Well done, SFMTA.

  • icarus12

    I cheer every time a new bike lane gets painted onto San Francisco’s streets.  Yes, they are not perfect, but what a huge improvement!  They eliminate most conflict between impatient drivers and slower bicyclists when the former believe the bikers are taking too much of a lane.  The bike lanes have made a huge difference to my wife who is intimidated by car traffic.  We now ride together in many parts of the City, thanks to the presence of these bike lanes.

  • In that first picture, are the streetcar tracks not used? Because if they are, the yellow dividing line doesnt make sense.

  • Em

    I live close to Alemany / Sagamore and the new bike lanes are great. There’s a bit of a problem with the usual “bike lane to nowhere” syndrom where last time I rode it, the bike lane on Sagamore at the end just spits you into a very busy intersection. But still, the lane while it lasts is very nice and will contribute to bikers ability to move across this traffic and car-heavy part of town.

    Now, the thing which is still the most sorely missing for us in the South is a safe connection to Mission/downtown. The route over San Jose is a cruel joke and I would actually prefer if the bike lane on it would be erased before some unsuspecting new rider pays dearly there for the city’s negligence to get the semi-highway traffic under control and establish a safe bike route.

  • Em

    I live close to Alemany / Sagamore and the new bike lanes are great. There’s a bit of a problem with the usual “bike lane to nowhere” syndrom where last time I rode it, the bike lane on Sagamore at the end just spits you into a very busy intersection. But still, the lane while it lasts is very nice and will contribute to bikers ability to move across this traffic and car-heavy part of town.

    Now, the thing which is still the most sorely missing for us in the South is a safe connection to Mission/downtown. The route over San Jose is a cruel joke and I would actually prefer if the bike lane on it would be erased before some unsuspecting new rider pays dearly there for the city’s negligence to get the semi-highway traffic under control and establish a safe bike route.

  • jwb

    Those tracks don’t go anywhere.  The only working tracks on Illinois are the ones leading into the Muni Metro East facility.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know if the train is still running today. But as recent as a few years ago I saw run coming down the road.

  • Anonymous

    The loading truck for ABS Seafood on Illinois st routinely park 6 ft from curb, completely cutting off the bike lane and even poke into traffic lane a bit. They are probably doing this forever. But now that there is a bike lane, it leads directly toward the truck.

  • Nick Korobi

     They are not muni tracks. They are owned by the railroad. And the land is technically owned by the railroad still. Its not the best street to ride down considering it is a very active commercial and industrial area. Trucks back into the building’s loading docks throughout the day and also deliveries are made up and down the street constantly. I see people fall all of the time when going over the tracks but that is what the risk is of putting a bike lane in an industrial area.

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