When you think of 19th Avenue, you think of the cars, the traffic and the wide expanse of asphalt. It is one of San Francisco’s freeway-like local roads, despite connecting to churches, schools and large residential neighborhoods full of families in this southwest part of the city.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is holding a series of public meetings over the next few weeks to share early proposals for a major upgrade to the M Ocean View MUNI line, which would reclaim roadway for significant bicycle and pedestrian improvements.
Over the past two years, the City has been studying the feasibility of this large-scale project and looking at different alternatives to overhaul the M Ocean View for the thousands who use it every day to connect to SF State University, Park Merced, Stonestown Mall and other popular destinations along the line. They will present their findings and solicit your feedback at these meetings.
An exciting alternative would be moving the Muni line underground, leaving plenty of roadway to be reclaimed for walking and biking. With narrow sidewalks and no north-south bike route, this overhaul would makeover 19th Avenue into a beautiful boulevard rather than today’s harrowing experience.
If you dream of someday being able to bike on 19th Avenue or just want to see what the SFMTA has in store, come to one of the four public meetings throughout February or learn more at the SFMTA’s website here.