City Lets Cargo Way Protected Bike Lane Fall Apart
A crew came through in August and repaved the motor vehicle lanes of Cargo Way, but left the bike lane in total disrepair
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As cyclists who use Cargo Way in the Hunters Point/Bayview neighborhood know all too well, the bike lane, once celebrated as San Francisco’s first on-street protected bike lane, is in a state of disrepair, with broken pavement, a dangerous, tire-grabbing groove, and a busted fence. And in a stark display of how some city officials regard bicycle safety, the city repaved the adjacent car/truck lanes in August, but skipped the bike lane.
“I’m not a regular cyclist there (it’s so out of the way I’m not sure it’s on anyone’s regular route). But I do bike there often to get to Heron’s Head Park, often with my kayak in tow. It has been in a state of disrepair for years. Fences busted up by cars, large piles of rocks and trash building up for months if not years, bumpy surface. It’s basically ignored as far as maintenance is concerned, in my opinion,” wrote bike advocate Adam Long in an email to Streetsblog.
Going by the comments section from Streetsblog’s story about the opening of the lane in 2012, pavement conditions weren’t exactly great even when it first opened–they’ve just gotten worse.
Streetsblog has a request for an explanation out to the Port of San Francisco and San Francisco Public Works, which apparently share responsibility for maintaining the bike lane and street, and will update this post accordingly. However, a source close to the agencies said the city decided moving the concrete dividers and fence to repave the bike lane wasn’t worth the money.
More photos of the conditions on Cargo Way below.