SFMTA hearing officers today approved a plan to replace car parking on Eastern Cesar Chavez Street with buffered bicycle lanes. A previous iteration of the plan was dropped in June  after industrial businesses in the area pressured City Hall because they objected to losing traffic lanes for trucks.
The new redesign  would add buffered bike lanes separated by “safe-hit” posts along the stretch between the 101 and 280 highways. On most of the route, the proposal calls for replacing parking lanes instead of traffic lanes.
The project, along with a set of twelve new bicycle parking corrals , next heads to the SFMTA Board of Directors for final approval.
“The project that’s coming back is coming back better,” said San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Policy Director Andy Thornley. “This will be an even more comfortable bike lane than what we had approved in June of 2009.”
SFMTA Engineer James Shahamiri said that some design details on the project still need to be worked out, but they likely won’t require any further legislative approval. Removing travel lanes in the westbound direction along that stretch, he said, is “still on the table.”
Twelve new on-street bicycle corrals also passed the hearing with a unanimous show of support – including 40 emails – at the following locations:
- 18th and Dolores Street
- 29th Street and Tiffany Avenue
- Powell and Chestnut Streets
- Harrison and 20th Streets
- Haight near Clayton Street
- Valencia near 24th Street
- Judah Street near 45th Avenue
- Polk and Washington Streets
- Fillmore near Sutter Street
- 16th near Mission Street
- 18th and Collingwood Street
- Valencia near 23rd Street
An additional bike corral was proposed at Minnesota and 22nd Streets, but SFMTA staff said it will be re-worked to accommodate plans to add an intersection bulb-out.
Also approved was an initiative from Caltrans to remove travel lanes and add bike lanes on a section of southern San Jose Avenue.
The removal of a Muni bus stop shelter on Turk and Hyde, which residents complained attracts  drug activity, was approved, although many spoke in opposition.
See the rest of the items on the agenda here .