For months, the City has teased us with beautiful renderings and a promising new design concept for Better Market Street. Now, it’s finally time to see the proposals for ourselves and help guide the development of 2.2 miles of protected bike lanes along one of North America’s most-biked streets.
As a preview for the open houses, we hosted several City planners at our office last week as part of our Bike Talks series for members. As the lead project manager from SF Public Works, Simon Bertrang presented dozens of slides showing the design of the proposed, sidewalk-level bike lanes before our members peppered City staff with questions. The excitement for the project was palpable; the possibility of near-term improvements at Market and Sansome was even met with applause.
Beyond the immediate and urgent needs, though, this project is truly a once-in-a-generation opportunity. SF Bicycle Coalition member Trevor asked about the life of this new design. Would we be going through all this planning only to see this design last five or so years?
“We’re thinking this would last more like 50 years,” Simon of Public Works answered.
Now, it’s time to start turning out and showing up for what the next several decades of our city’s defining downtown boulevard will look like from the Embarcadero to Octavia. Your voice will be crucial to seeing that a visionary project is delivered that transforms Market Street into a welcoming and enjoyable place to bike.
Better Market Street Open House #1
Saturday, March 10 from 10 am – 12:30 pm
UC Hastings Alumni Resource Center, 200 McAllister St.
Better Market Street Open House #2
Wednesday, March 14 from 6:00 – 8:30 pm
UC Hastings Louis B. Mayer Lounge, 100 McAllister St.
This is our chance to guide the project towards a bike-friendly future where people who bike are truly integrated into the fabric of Market Street. Can’t make it to an open house or have more thoughts to share? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.