This Week: Safer Potrero, Geary BRT Town Hall

Get involved in safety improvements on Potrero Avenue at a community workshop on Tuesday, and discuss the latest on the Geary Bus Rapid Transit project at a town hall hosted by Supervisor Eric Mar. Here are this week’s highlights from the Streetsblog calendar:

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  • Josh Handel

    Show up to the Potrero meeting tomorrow and speak out against the massive, 10 foot wide median they have planned. Tell them they can better use that space to provide either more sidewalk, or a physical barrier to protect the bike lanes.

  • Mark

    Word on the street.. bikeway may be moved off Potrero to Hampshire to make way for BRT and to retain parking…

  • mikesonn

    BRT while retaining parking… Yeah, that’ll work out great.

  • Anonymous

    They will say that “Hampshire is a more calmed safer street”. It’s also a gigantic mess of randomly parked cars that block views on the narrower street.

    Of course the biggest issue is that they will officially move the bikeway off of Potrero, at which point the residents of Hampshire will throw a fit.

  • Anonymous

    After the Polk Street surrender, it would appear the MTA has clearly learned its lesson: nothing but nothing is more important than providing cheap in-road storage space for private automobiles.

  • Anonymous

    Potrero has lights while Hampshire has stop signs.

  • Jim

    Hampshire is a much nicer street to ride on than Potrero is right now

  • gneiss

    I think it would be fine to move the designated bike route from Potrero to Hampshire, but in order for that to get adoption from people on bikes, they would need to prioritize bike traffic over car traffic on that route so people can get to their destinations as quickly as they can by taking Potrero. That would mean actually blocking off car lanes so Hampshire can only be used for local car access on individual blocks, and give cyclists and pedestrians priority at intersections. Can anyone guess how much political capital the SFMTA is willing to burn on that initiative?

    So long as Hampshire remains a PITA for bicycles to use, they will gravitate toward Potrero which would remain the faster route.

  • gneiss

    I think it would be fine to move the designated bike route from Potrero to Hampshire, but in order for that to get adoption from people on bikes, they would need to prioritize bike traffic over car traffic on that route so people can get to their destinations as quickly as they can by taking Potrero. That would mean actually blocking off car lanes so Hampshire can only be used for local car access on individual blocks, and give cyclists and pedestrians priority at intersections. Can anyone guess how much political capital the SFMTA is willing to burn on that initiative?

    So long as Hampshire remains a PITA for bicycles to use, they will gravitate toward Potrero which would remain the faster route.

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