Tomorrow: Show Your Support for the Fell and Oak Bikeways

A rendering of what a protected bikeway on Fell could look like. Image: RG Architecture for SFBC

The SFMTA will reveal the proposed design for protected bike lanes on Fell and Oak Streets tomorrow, and supporters need to make their voices heard to ensure the agency doesn’t water the project down or it delay it any further.

The project was significantly delayed after the SFMTA set out to replace some of the free curbside car parking that would make way for the bike lanes. Construction is now slated for the winter, but a small group of vocal opponents are still pushing against major safety improvements for this crucial bicycle connector.

SFMTA staff will present a design for the project tomorrow, but could still make minor changes based on the input they receive at the charette. (See here for designs presented at the last workshop.)

The open house will be held tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the San Francisco Day School, located at 350 Masonic Avenue (at Golden Gate).

  • Someone who is over it.

    This blog is crazy one sided. As a person who was trying to educate themselves about both sides, I think I need to go elsewhere. Hilarious.

  • If “Fair and Balanced” is what you are looking for may I recomend http://district5diary.blogspot.com/

  • yes, Rob Anderson’s blog is also crazy and one sided, just like yours Murph.

  • mikesonn

    How did this meeting go? Was there any talk of making the area RPP? I can’t believe that the project is being held up because of parking concerns when parking isn’t even adequately addressed right now.

  • Someone who is over it.

    Hi Mike, I think that is part of the issue from the folks that live in the neighborhood. They would like to see RPP implemented before the parking spots are removed to offset the immediate and craptastic effect the removal of parking will have for the people that live in the neighborhood with cars. At least that’s what we voiced when we went down there for the open house. Before anyone freaks out on me here (makes assumptions about whether or not I am willing to pay for parking, if I ever ride a bike, my concern for the environment and/or picks apart my arguement, etc), I am very clear that most of the readers on this blog  will oppose this idea. Just voicing another side.

  • mikesonn

    Is the DMV still available for over night parking?

  • Anonymous

    @be1f95c8d898b9a0efc57daf06ea6d90:disqus  It’s always good to have other viewpoints when they are discussed rationally, as you seem to be doing.

    I agree that RPP needs to be implemented, but where I disagree is that we need to wait for that to happen in order to protect the safety of cyclists. Inconveniencing 80 people (the number of parking spaces that will be lost) seems worth it for the safety of even 1 cyclist. To me, the appropriate course of action is to get these lanes down on the pavement which will immediately protect thousands of cyclists, then later hash out the parking and RPP details. Again, this will certainly inconvenience some motorists, but only temporarily, and it is worth it if it prevents injury to others.

    Second, 140 new parking spaces were added last year in the DMV lot (http://sf.streetsblog.org/2012/01/20/sfmta-delays-fell-and-oak-bikeways-to-spring-2013-to-create-more-parking/). That more than offsets any losses here. I think people can deal with having only a net gain of 60 spaces will working out the details of the RPP.

  • Gneiss

    The RPP process requires more than 50% of households on each block in a new area to sign a petition.  http://www.sfmta.com/cms/pperm/17073.html.  The SFMTA had such a petition at the meeting on Saturday for residents to sign, but it’s really up to the residents, *not* the MTA to get a permit system in place. 

    The MTA representative had indicated that only 43% of cars parked in the affected blocks during the day had 94117 zip code registered addresses, so having the RPP in place would make a lot of sense.  So, if you really want to get an RPP in place, get out there and get signatures from your neighbors. 

    This process is completely independent from the re-striping of the street to accomodate a bicycle lane as it is a community based initiative rather than from the MTA.

  • Someone who is over it.

    already working on that Gneiss.