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SFMTA Installs Second Green Wave for Bikes on 14th Street

11:45 AM PDT on May 25, 2012

The SFMTA recently implemented its second green wave on 14th Street, re-timing traffic signals for more bicycle-friendly speeds from Dolores to Folsom.

Following the success of SF's first green wave on Valencia Street, the 14th Street project was installed in March, said SFMTA spokesperson Paul Rose, adding that the agency is still "evaluating and tweaking it, if necessary."

"This is a pilot because it is our first downhill green wave, but we do not see it as temporary," said Rose. "Once we feel that it is working as intended, we will install signs stating what speed the signals are timed for."

SF Bicycle Coalition Communications Director Kristin Smith said the organization "is very pleased to see the 'green wave' tool used on more and more of San Francisco's key bikeways."

"It's a simple but powerful way to prioritize bike traffic and make bicycling even more convenient and comfortable," she said. "Of course, it's not just good for bike traffic -- by pacing traffic to a human speed, green wave streets are safer for everyone."

Next month, staff from the SF County Transportation Authority plans to propose "four to six potential new Green Wave corridors along the existing San Francisco Bike Network," according to an agency document [PDF]. The SFCTA board is expected to approve $71,000 in Prop K sales tax funds in June to plan and implement them, and the document says they could be completed between April and October of next year.

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