Bikeway Update: JFK Drive Coming in January, East Cesar Chavez in March

San Francisco will soon see its first parking-protected bikeway like this one on ##'s Kinzie Street##, which was installed less than 30 days after Mayor Rahm Emanuel entered office. Photo: ## Koonce/Flickr##

Update: An explanation for the delay of the JFK bikeway project was provided by SFMTA staff below.

Protected bikeways on John F. Kennedy Drive and eastern Cesar Chavez Street will arrive in January and March respectively, San Francisco transportation planners said this week.

The parking-protected bikeway on JFK in Golden Gate Park, previously slated to be installed this month, has been pushed back to January, according to an email update from SFMTA Livable Streets Division Planner Miriam Sorell. The reason for the delay, which is not the project’s first, was to mitigate construction impacts on the neighboring de Young Museum and California Academy of Sciences during a peak season, she said.

Delaying construction has also allowed the SFMTA to perform more outreach and “refine design details through additional meetings with stakeholders regarding concerns raised by members of the disability community and pedestrian safety advocates,” said Sorell.

On eastern Cesar Chavez Street, a bikeway separated from motor vehicles by soft-hit posts is also due to be installed in March, SFCTA Deputy Director for Policy and Planning Anna Laforte told the SFCTA Plans and Programs Committee yesterday. It will arrive the same month as a two-way bikeway on Cargo Way in Hunter’s Point.

Laforte also said the Cesar Chavez project, which was re-drawn after a previous iteration was dropped, will include colored pavement treatment at “conflict zones,” mainly at intersections.

Last weekend, the SFMTA also held a public workshop for the protected bikeway project on Fell and Oak Streets, drawing input from hundreds of attendees. That project is expected to be implemented by summer.

  • TwinPeaks_SF

    Lovely. While not as sexy as some of the facilities elsewhere (I’m looking at you NYC), the many new protected cycle tracks SF has seen recently really do add up to a more comfortable and safe experience.

  • blizzzz

    Agreed.. all improvements are welcome.. especially for people like me who commute via East Chavez to Cal Train regularly. But yes… still lacking when compared to other cities such as NYC, Portland, and our sister city up North  Vancouver, BC.

  • Anonymous

    Really excited about these, especially the eastern Cesar Chavez one because it is so absolutely horrendous right now for the growing number of cyclists that are using it.

    Anybody know if the city has plans to stripe a bike lane on Pennsylvania from Cesar Chavez at least up to the Caltrain station? That section, especially the first block going up the hill from Cesar Chavez were lots of big trucks are entering the freeway, really, really, really sucks for bicyclists. It seems like such a no-brainer to add a bike lane here since definitely two lanes aren’t needed for cars. I would think the appropriate time to add such a bike lane would be when fixing eastern Cesar Chavez ….

  • Anonymous


  • This bikeway fucks over all the musicians who use Secret Studios at 2200 Cesar Chavez. During peak evening hours on weeknights, from about 5PM-12AM, the only parking available is on the street. The nearest bus stop is over a 1/2 mile away. Riding a bike with your tuba is simply not realistic; neither is walking through this sketchy light industrial area at night.

    I’m a six-year bike coalition member and commute almost every day. But, fuck this. Just found out about it today. Makes Secret Studios completely unusable for hundreds of musicians.

  • Anonymous

    I used to bike to band practice with a full drumkit in my trailer all the time, through sketchy West Oakland. Just covered it with a tarp and never had any problems. Not saying it is easy, but far from impossible. Just ask all those people portaging their kids AND a load of groceries every day.

    I think one of the most difficult aspects of bike and pedestrian advocacy is in convincing people to give up the curbside parking that they have become accustomed to, but which was never guaranteed. Public streets should ideally be devoted to the movement of traffic, not storage.

    It can be difficult to look past a project that inconveniences oneself to appreciate the safety and mobility benefits that it will provide to the greater community. For instance, there likely have been other musicians at Secret Studios who wanted to bike, but felt that it was unsafe to do so on Cesar Chavez. This project will be beneficial to them, both allowing them to leave the car at home while saving some money in the process, and simultaneously taking up one less parking spot that another person who is unable or unwilling to bike may then use. Also, the increased number of bikes and pedestrians on the street will make crime less likely, statistics show, alleviating some of your safety concerns.

  •  Right now Cesar Chavez is a death trap for *thousands* of cyclists. Figure it out.

    And every Wednesday night, a brass band arrives on bikes to the bike path under 101 on Chavez WB, and gives an impromptu concert. Amusing.

  • Fran Taylor

    I just walked with the pooch over to 2200 Cesar Chavez to look for possible solutions. I don’t know if evenings are comparable to a Sunday afternoon, but the Gibraltar Business Center — home to the Futon Shop, a restaurant supply place, and several other small businesses — at 2150 CC was deserted. Would it be possible to park there? If those businesses didn’t want to open their lot at night to just anyone, perhaps Secret Studios could create a placard for musicians to display on their dashboards.
    And thank you, David, for confirming what CC Puede and other campaigners for a better Cesar Chavez Street have been saying for years about the utterly inadequate Muni service to this area. Please convey this to the TEP contacts.
    I hope you and other musicians can work something out. The original plan crafted by the community preserved parking but took out a vehicle travel lane. Trucking companies that were contributors to the mayor’s campaign fund squawked, and that plan got nixed. No connection, of course.

  • Boo

     It is too bad about the bike paths in front of Secret Studios at 2200 Cesar Chavez.There are 6 lanes on this street. It seems a good comprimise would be to have two lanes for bikes two for cars and one for parking. Easy boom done.

  •  That was the original plan. The trucking interests came to complain, you didn’t come to support. Easy, boom, done.


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