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The Left-Turn Bike Signal at Market and Valencia Is Open for Business

Posted By Aaron Bialick On November 29, 2012 @ 4:07 pm In Bicycle Commuting,Bicycle Infrastructure,Bicycle Plan,Market Street,SFMTA,The Mission | 40 Comments

It’s officially rideable: The left-turn pocket and traffic signal connecting Market and Valencia Streets is finished as of today, the SFMTA announced on its Livable Streets Facebook page [2]. Finally, the bicycling gates from Market to the Mission have been opened to people who don’t feel comfortable merging across three traffic lanes and a set of streetcar tracks [3] to turn left with car traffic. A simple but incredibly useful upgrade.

The green-backed sharrow (not pictured) in the center of the street seems like a nice touch, but the concrete divider in the bike lane has drawn some skepticism from observers during construction. If you pass by it on your commute today, let us know in the comments how it works for you.

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[1] Image: http://sf.streetsblog.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2012/11/marketvalencia.jpg

[2] SFMTA Livable Streets/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=470884396284012&set=a.129453683760420.11389.129234557115666&type=1&theater

[3] merging across three traffic lanes and a set of streetcar tracks: http://sf.streetsblog.org/2011/06/02/when-will-one-of-the-citys-most-harrowing-turns-for-cyclists-be-improved/

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