Eyes on the Street: More Progress on JFK Drive Parking-Protected Bikeway

The bike lane and the parking lane will soon swap sides around this ladder-shaped striping, which outlines the future buffer zone of the JFK Drive bikeway. Photos: Aaron Bialick

Crews have placed preliminary road markings for the coming re-design of JFK Drive in front of the Conservatory of Flowers.

Next month, JFK will become the first street in San Francisco where cyclists are protected from moving traffic by parked cars. The markings, for the time being, give bicyclists a teaser of how the protected bikeway will look, with the traffic pattern remaining the same for now.

Over the past few weeks, crews have been adjusting storm drains, adding curb ramps, and removing road stripes on JFK in preparation for the re-design. The project should be completed just before the city’s first on-street, two-way protected bikeway debuts in the southeastern neighborhoods.

See more photos after the break.

A view of how the parking-protected bike lane will be arranged. Image: SFMTA
When the re-design goes into effect, these cars will park to the left of the cross-hatched area, where the woman is riding, and bicyclists will ride to the right of it along the curb.
Preliminary markings delineate the "mixing zones" at intersections, where right-turning drivers will enter the bike lane and yield to bicyclists on approach.
A view from the future bike lane approaching the mixing zone.
  • Zack

    Thought I saw that they were out actually paving this morning – was really happy to see this project finally moving along.  Now please, OAK AND FELL!

  • Zack

    And by paving I meant painting/striping.

  • Guest

    Why Oak or Fell?  There are much better flatter, safer, parallel route choices than these two.

  • Anonymous

    Rode the new JFK cycletrack last week, and most of it by the museums was completely blocked by cars parking in it just as if it was business as usual and completely ignoring the paint that indicated a bike lane. The city is going to do something about this, right? If nothing else, DPT could at least be going around giving out warnings for a couple weeks and then transitioning to tickets. Motorists need to pay attention (I know that’s asking a lot, what with having to deal with their cell phones, playing with Facebook on their dashboard, eating a burrito, and putting make-up on).

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