Judge Issues Partial Tentative Ruling on Request to Modify Bike Injunction

A San Francisco judge, in a tentative ruling issued this afternoon, agreed to a portion of the city attorney’s request (PDF) to modify the bike injunction to "enhance markings on already existing bike lanes," but will move forward with a hearing tomorrow before deciding on an MTA plan to remove a portion of the eastbound Market Street bike lane and concrete barrier at Octavia Boulevard.

In a separate decision, Superior Court Judge Peter J. Busch denied two motions by the attorney for Rob Anderson, who filed the lawsuit halting the bike plan, alleging the city was in contempt for not amending the General Plan to language that existed before the bike plan was adopted.

Responding to a request by City Attorney Dennis Herrera, Busch refused to grant the MTA’s traffic engineers discretion to make minor safety improvements as they see fit. He denied a similar request in April.

He agreed, however, to let the MTA add more sharrows, angled striping and other enhancements on Folsom, Polk, Market and Valencia Streets. He did not rule yet on requests to make improvements on the Third Street corridor or add bike racks and signs at Market and Church and Dolores and Guerrero near 18th Street. That’s where the MTA says a number of bicyclists have been locking their bikes on Muni’s boarding islands, creating "potentially hazardous conditions for passing pedestrians and the disabled."

We’ll be covering tomorrow’s 9:30am court hearing and will post more as it happens. 


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