SFMTA Board Meeting: Second Street Protected Bike Lanes


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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board of Directors will be considering proposed traffic and parking improvements associated with San Francisco Public Works’ Second Street Improvement Project. This project is a key part of San Francisco’s Vision Zero initiative of eliminating traffic deaths. The project seeks to create bicycle facilities and bus stop improvements on Second Street from Market to King Streets, as well as establish a new traffic signal at the intersection of Second and South Park.

The Second Street Improvement Project will provide raised bikeways in addition to floating parking, loading and bus bulbs along Second Street between Stevenson and Townsend Streets. Second Street is a designated bicycle route in the 2009 San Francisco Bicycle Plan, but has no bicycle facilities. It is the only north-south bicycle route in SoMa between the Embarcadero and Fifth Street. San Francisco Public Works, in partnership with the SFMTA, hosted a series of community meetings between May 2012 and May 2013 to establish project goals, gather community feedback, develop design alternatives, and present a final concept.

San Francisco Public Works collaborated with the SFMTA and the San Francisco Planning Department to develop the final project proposal, which generally removes a travel lane on Second Street to one in each direction; adds right-turn lanes; restricts left-turns off of Second Street from Mission Street to Brannan Street; and removes some metered parking along the eight-block project corridor. Sidewalk widening will also be implemented between Harrison Street and Townsend Street, and Muni bus boarding islands will be added between Stevenson Street and Townsend Street.

Approval by the SFMTA Board of Directors is the final step in the legislative process and is an opportunity for members of the public to send comments via e-mail or testify in person.

The purpose of this hearing is for residents to express their concerns regarding the proposed changes on their streets. The SFMTA Board will make the final approval based on the outcome at the public hearing. Any interested parties are encouraged to attend.

Comments may be emailed to MTABoard@sfmta.com. To read about the proposed improvements to Second Street in more detail, visit http://www.sfdpw.org/index.aspx?page=1489


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