Today, we celebrate the approval of a game-changing policy to amend the City’s transportation code, allowing San Francisco to build life-saving street safety projects more quickly than ever.
The SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board of Directors unanimously approved a new “Quick-Build Policy” earlier today, which expedites the approval processes for creating protected bike lanes and other street safety improvements. This new policy will allow City planners to be proactive about the change we know is needed on high-injury corridors throughout the city.
This landmark policy marks the culmination of months of effort from our members and other advocates demanding citywide, systemic change in response to the huge increase of traffic fatalities in 2019. Our elected leaders, led by Mayor Breed and Supervisor Haney, have also championed these changes, calling for safety projects to be built more quickly citywide. The quick-build policy will be a major pathway to accomplishing the Mayor’s ambitious goal of building twenty miles of protected bike lanes in the next two years.
In addition to the quick-build policy, SFMTA staff also named the first set of projects to be implemented.
- Howard St. from the Embarcadero to Third St.
- Valencia St. from Nineteenth to Cesar Chavez Ave.
- Seventh St. from Folsom St. to 16th St.
- Alemany Blvd. from Congdon St. to Putnam St.
- California St. from Arguello Blvd. to 18th Ave.
- Golden Gate Ave. from Polk St. to Market St.
- Leavenworth St. from McAllister St. to O’Farrell St.
This new policy is just a first step. We’ll need to keep pushing to make sure these seven and future quick-build projects go in the ground as planned. As we continue to make progress towards safe streets for all, our members lead the way. Help us bring the change we need and join the SF Bicycle Coalition today.