The Difference Some Sleek New Paint and Pavement Makes on Market Street

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It’s remarkable how much more dignified bicycling on mid-Market Street feels with the fresh coat of smooth asphalt and green paint that crews put in over the weekend. The bike lane’s transformation from something like an abandoned trench to a green carpet is almost as refreshing as when it was first painted green (in fact, it’s brighter now than ever).

Crews made one neat change in the configuration at Market and 10th Street: Where there used to sit an empty traffic lane blocked by a sign since the forced right turn for cars was implemented in 2009, the bike lane was shifted to the left, which provides more of a straight shot for bicycle riders as they cross the intersection and makes the removal of that traffic lane finally feel official.

It also leaves a stretch of empty curb space to the right of the bike lane — no word yet on what that will be used for. Perhaps it’s time for Twitter to build the first parklet on Market Street?

Crews paint a fresh coat on the center bike lane on the eastbound approach to 10th Street, where cars must turn right. Photo: Aaron Bialick
Just past 10th Street, the bike lane has been shifted closer to the center of the street. Photo: Aaron Bialick
  • Kyle

    I hope the hit posts come back. Academy of Art buses were parked in an entire block of bike lane this evening.

  • Anonymous

    “It also leaves a stretch of empty curb space to the right of the bike lane — no word yet on what that will be used for.”

    It will be used by taxis, who will pull out suddenly as cyclists approach, as just happened to me 10 minutes ago.

    We need those soft-hit posts back, and the bike counter is still off (it’s been off for almost a week now).

  • M.

    The photos aren’t ‘shopped, right? So that is well and truly, emeraldly, blindingly green!

  • Really nice. Totally first world experience. Kudos to the City Family for this.

  • guest

    Bikesharing station…

  • Anonymous

    I was there today. It was quite green.

  • Guest

    I down on Market just to check out the action Friday evening. It was pretty crazy! There were three crews pulling up the pavement and jackhammering away. I wish all construction projects could move at that speed!

    But when I was back there on Sunday, I cringed, seeing private autos continuing to drive down Market St. More than just the right turn arrow, we need do not enter signs, and red pavement! It still feels too much like an open road for motorists and naturally they just drive on… (I bet GPS directions probably tell drivers to keep going down market…)

    In fact, if we cant ban cars on Market, can we pilot more red pavement for the transit only lane? It’s already legislated as buses and taxi, so why not actually implement it as such??

  • Andy Chow

    They just need to put a small concrete island to enforce right turn. It would be far more effective than any color pavement.

  • Ryan Brady

    How feasible would it be to create some no taxi drop-off zones? Market St. and Valencia are hugely desirable areas, but I’d think it would be reasonable to restrict taxis to dropping people off at the intersections.

  • Emergency vehicles?

  • Anonymous

    Can take the rails/muni lane.

  • I wonder if European-style taxi waiting lines would help mitigate this somewhat?

  • Anonymous

    Are you being sarcastic? The “City Family” is a designation for a governing clique of cronies intent on keeping them and theirs in municipal sinecures and dressing up mediocrity as progressivism.

  • Andy Chow

    The color pavements don’t work as well because it is a non-standard device and that a lot of people driving are coming from out of SF (and many in SF don’t even know it). I think it would be better to use standard devices to direct drivers away from those lanes at the entrance by making transit lane appear not to be a lane. The closest example would be 3rd Street in the Bay View where the T-Line is separated from the regular traffic. The lane for cars simply is marked to direct off the track with the use of double yellow line and hash marks.

  • A very standard device that could be used is a NO TURNS sign on all roads crossing Market.

  • That’s at least 60 cents of ten cent words!

  • Nope. Love the repaving. Great job from the City folks. I’m kind of a glass half full guy, and believe that praise that is due should be given.

  • mikesonn

    “Why is the pavement different? Screw it, I’ll just keep going. It can’t mean anything important.”

    Yes, those people are operating 2 ton vehicles are high speeds with pedestrians and cyclists all around.

  • Anonymous

    Murph, And your point is . . .? That I compressed three ideas into one sentence and used the vocabulary of a college freshman? Please don’t discourage others from posting comments by imposing your stylistic preferences.

  • No point. I was just like “wow, have not heard the word ‘sinecure’ lately”

  • Anonymous

    Ok, sorry for taking offense. I was one of those highly active, but also book-reading kids and took a lot flak from classmates for vocabulary that seemed right-sized to me, but not to them.

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