Eyes on the Street: Holloway Bike Lane Connects SFSU, City College

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The SFMTA has installed bike lanes and speed bumps on Holloway Avenue between Beverly Street and Ashton Avenue, a stretch that serves as the main bicycling route connecting SF State University to City College’s Ocean Campus and Balboa Park Station.

The configuration has a bike lane on one side of the street and a parking lane on the other, switching sides at Vernon Street. The side without a bike lane has sharrows. Traffic lanes have also been narrowed.

Henry Pan, an SFSU student who bike commutes on Holloway, said “traffic is noticeably calmer now,” and the project is “long overdue.”

The project is the second iteration of a 2010 traffic calming experiment that narrowed traffic lanes on Holloway and the parallel Garfield Avenue, from Junipero Serra Boulevard to Ashton Avenue. The original configuration was removed after residents complained it was ineffective and too confusing (for instance, the design included shoulders that weren’t marked as bike lanes, but had a similar width).

The new Holloway improvements link a few other ongoing traffic calming and bike lane projects along the corridor through Ingleside. On the west end, buffered bike lanes were installed in 2012 on Holloway between Junipero Serra and 19th Avenue as part of a road diet. On the east end, the SFMTA installed a partial bike lane and sharrows on the block of Lee Avenue that connects to Ocean Avenue, a heavily-trafficked street which lacks bike lanes. The Planning Department recently launched an initiative to redesign Ocean.

Between Ashton and Lee, the SF Public Utilities Commission also plans to install a “green street” traffic-calming plan with bulb-outs and rain gardens starting in mid-2015.

  • Gezellig

    I was wondering if someone would report on this! I live in the area so I was surprised to discover this new change recently, as I hadn’t been aware it was an upcoming change.

    A few observations, as a daily rider on Holloway:

    –> If only one side may get the bike lane at a time, it is nice that they did it with respect to grade. The uphill grade going eastbound on Holloway from Junipero Serra till about Vernon was always a bit more stressful on sharrows.

    –> the width of the new bike lane is at least half over the sloped rough concrete gutter, so in practice for a smooth non-horizontally tilting ride you need to hug the half of the bike lane closest to cars which has the smooth asphalt. This kind of design is suboptimal.

    –> cars still treat Holloway *way* too much like an arterial thoroughfare. I think one way to fix this would be implement either bike-boulevard-like barriers every few blocks OR make Holloway a one-way one-car-lane street ideally changing flow directions every couple blocks. *And* the loss of one car-traffic lane would free up space for a two-way cycletrack while *still* preserving car parking.

    This kind of solution is a common traffic-calming feature in the Netherlands still allowing local access but preventing a road from becoming a thoroughfare. Example:


    If you look at Lijnbaansgracht on the map it’s a one-way street that flips flow directions 3 times in 3 blocks. Of course people on bikes are allowed to go contraflow on these blocks so it’s a perfect thoroughfare for bikes.

    This is the kind of more innovative thinking I really wish SF were doing.

  • Kevin

    I miss the soft-hit posts here, that was a much better setup, but I’m happy about a bike lane I guess.


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