More Upgrades at Church and Duboce, But Colored Transit Lanes Delayed

Photos: Aaron Bialick

New green-backed sharrows, Muni shelters, planters, art murals and more were installed in recent weeks as part of the ongoing improvements to the bike and transit hub at Duboce Avenue and Church Street.

However, those waiting for the colored transit lanes on Church may be disappointed to hear they’ll have to wait another month. Although construction was originally set for September, Municipal Transportation Agency spokesperson Paul Rose said the lanes will now go in by the end of October. We’re waiting to hear back on the cause for the delay.

Meanwhile, other improvements continue sprouting up at Duboce and Church as part of the track replacement project, which is expected to be finished next spring. The intersection serves as the entrance to the heavily-used Wiggle bike route and a transit junction for Muni’s J-Church, N-Judah, and 22-Fillmore lines.

Following the addition of a green “bike channel” and wider boarding islands in June, Duboce now has green-backed sharrows connecting to the rest of the ones installed along the Wiggle this year, while the N and J stops have new shelters. SFMTA staff has said it also plans to add green-backed sharrows guiding riders across the tracks where they exit the two-way Duboce bikeway.

Mona Caron's new mural depicting the Sans Souci Creek.

Artist Mona Caron, who created the mural along the bikeway along the back of the Safeway building, added new touches to the Muni utility boxes on the sidewalk. On one side of the boxes, bicyclists entering the Wiggle are greeted by an illustrated flowing banner that lists the names of the streets that make up the route. On the other side, pedestrians are treated with a window to a re-imagined intersection featuring an uncovered Sans Souci Creek (which once roughly followed the path of the Wiggle), an agricultural plot, and an open community area replacing the Safeway and its parking lot.

At the N-Judah stop at Duboce and Noe Street (Duboce Park), crews were out today filling in the new planters, one of the finishing touches at the station. The ongoing work has brought wider sidewalks, ladder-striped crosswalks, and bike racks, and more along Duboce.

Check out more photos after the break.

The other side of the Muni utility box greets Wiggle riders.
Looking down Church Street, where the center lanes are set to become colored transit-only lanes next month.
Crews water the new plants at the N-Judah station at Duboce Park.
A new set of bike racks serves Duboce Park visitors and N-Judah passengers who bike to the stop.
The other utility box on Church painted by Caron.


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