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Eyes on the Street: More Progress on JFK Drive Parking-Protected Bikeway

3:41 PM PDT on March 22, 2012

These "ladder"-like markings on the ground will soon form the separation between a bike lane (to the rider's right) and a parking lane (where he is riding now). Photo: Aaron Bialick

Crews have placed preliminary road markings for the coming re-design of JFK Drive in front of the Conservatory of Flowers.

Next month, JFK will become the first street in San Francisco where cyclists are protected from moving traffic by parked cars. The markings, for the time being, give bicyclists a teaser of how the protected bikeway will look, with the traffic pattern remaining the same for now.

Over the past few weeks, crews have been adjusting storm drains, adding curb ramps, and removing road stripes on JFK in preparation for the re-design. The project should be completed just before the city's first on-street, two-way protected bikeway debuts in the southeastern neighborhoods.

See more photos after the break.

When the re-design goes into effect, these cars will park to the left of the "cross-hatched" area, and bicyclists will ride to the right of it. Photo: Aaron Bialick
Markings already delineate the "mixing zones" at intersections, where right-turning drivers will enter the bike lane and yield to bicyclists on approach. Photo: Aaron Bialick
A view from the future bike lane on approach to the mixing zone.

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