Where Do You Want to See San Francisco’s Next Protected Bike Lane?

With new protected lanes on (parts of) Howard and Valencia, advocates ask: what's next?

SFBC's Brian Wiedenmeier, outgoing Supervisor Jane Kim, SFMTA's Ed Reiskin, and other officials and advocates at yesterday's ribbon cutting for Howard Street's new protected bike lane. Photo: SFBC
SFBC's Brian Wiedenmeier, outgoing Supervisor Jane Kim, SFMTA's Ed Reiskin, and other officials and advocates at yesterday's ribbon cutting for Howard Street's new protected bike lane. Photo: SFBC

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For a couple of years now, advocates Maureen Persico and Matt Brezina have been organizing “People Protected Bike Lane” protests on some of San Francisco’s more dangerous streets. The publicity that these protests have garnered, coupled with steady pressure maintained by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, have led to tangible results on streets such as Turk and Upper Market.

In 2018 and going into 2019, they can celebrate some more victories: yesterday’s official opening of the Howard protected bike lane (seen in the lead image) and the just-opened first bits of a protected bike lane on the upper part of Valencia, with more on the way.

Of course, these projects aren’t finished: Howard is still a mess from Sixth to the Embarcadero. And Valencia is only on track to get a protected lane from Market to 15th. Brezina told Streetsblog he is well aware of how much work remains to be done, despite the happy smiles and the ribbon-cutting ceremonies: “I nearly got doored on Howard last night between Fourth and Fifth, where the Howard protected lane … does not exist,” he said in an email.

It goes without saying that the pressure has to stay on to close these gaps and get Embarcadero, site of a fatal crash last summer, fixed. Still, Brezina and Persico are thinking ahead and, as they start strategizing for 2019, they want to hear from you about where they should focus next.

Take their survey. And read what they have to say about 2018:

@PeopleProtected Team

2018 was an incredibly successful year for our bourgeoning movement.  Because you stood on the line, together we pressured politicians and city agencies to act urgently on near-term protected lanes. The results can be felt as you bike new protected lanes on Upper Market, Townsend, Howard and Valencia. These protected lanes were all constructed in record time in part because politicians pay attention to hundreds of people putting their bodies on the line for safety.

We are nowhere near the finish line. Even the streets listed above have large stretches of dangerous, unprotected lanes. More people will get hurt and our climate crisis will grow until we transform these streets.

Please take three minutes to answer a few questions in this survey about where you feel we need protected lanes. Your answers will help drive where we perform our next actions

Click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PVBMVBC

Persico and Brezina pose for a shot with State Senator Scott Wiener during a protest on Upper Market in Dec. 2017. Photo: Streetsblog/Rudick
Persico and Brezina pose for a shot with State Senator Scott Wiener during a protest on Upper Market in Dec. 2017. Photo: Streetsblog/Rudick

As a case study, we’ve also attempted to explain the strategy, tactics and timeline required to get protected lanes installed on Valencia Street.  Please read and share this post.

http://peopleprotected.com/anatomy-of-winning-a-protected-bike-lane-in-a-major-american-city-a-two-year-battle/

Finally, we need to recruit more supporters, because even on Valencia, we are probably going to have to go stand on that street again this year.

Please encourage friends/coworkers to sign up here: http://peopleprotected.com/sign-up/

Thank you! So proud to stand on the line with you.

matt & maureen

Discuss your answers to the survey in the comments section below.

And if you’re still in a mood to answer questions after taking the People Protected bike lane survey, it’s not too late to send some feedback Streetsblog’s way, too, by taking our own reader survey.

  • Bruce

    ALL THE WAY up Polk

  • jd_x

    My list of streets that need protected bike lanes:
    – Polk
    – Embarcadero
    – North Point
    – Columbus
    – Rest of Valencia
    – Market St
    – Battery
    – Sansome
    – 3rd St
    – Kirkham
    – Pennsylvania between Cesar Chavez and 22nd St
    – Arguello
    – 23rd Ave in Richmond
    – Great Ocean Highway
    – 17th St in Mission

  • crazyvag

    Stockton -> 4th to Caltrain. Most lanes are already closed due to Central Subway construction, so no traffic issues.

  • Flatlander

    Arguello
    I-80 from TI
    Turk
    3rd St all the way down

  • mx

    Sansome. Major two-way connector through downtown that already has a lot of traffic restrictions, so it wouldn’t worsen the getting to/from the freeway gridlock. I’d hope that it could have a safe protected bike connection to Market St with a design and signage that connects it to the new 2nd St lanes.

  • joechoj

    This is why “StreetsblogSF” doesn’t work for the BayArea. When you fail to specify that this is SF-centric, readers from outside SF think this may apply to them, when it doesn’t.

    Please include location tags in all your titles, and please consider renaming to “StreetsblogSFBay”.

  • Kieran

    A few more streets to add to your well-thought out list-

    Harrison st

    Lombard st between Van Ness and Richardson/the Palace Of Fine Arts/Lyon st

    Brannan st

    Bryant st

    Noriega from La Playa to 19th ave

    Bay st

    Oakdale between 3rd st and Bayshore blvd

    Geneva ave

    Evans ave between Cesar Chavez and the Post Office/Navy Yard

    Junipero Serra between St Francis Circle and 19th ave

    Portola ave from St Francis Circle to the Clipper/Market/Burnett intersection

    5th st

    South Van Ness between Mission st and Cesar Chavez

  • Roger R.

    A fair point. I changed the headline. But please post other Bay Area locations where you’d like to see protected bike lanes.

  • Flatlander

    Curious why you don’t use Folsom instead of South Van Ness. I’ve always loved riding Folsom with the green wave.

  • Kieran

    I agree with you about Folsom. Folsom from Precita Park until the Embarcadero could easily use a bike lane.

  • Bruce

    To which I would add:
    – 11th Street
    – Mission/Otis westbound from 11th to Gough

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