Closing the gap at the Alemany Maze

Similar to the Hairball, the “Alemany Maze” is a knot of streets that merge where Highways 101 and 280 meet on the borders of Bernal Heights and Portola. Soon, we will be seeing improvements to bicycle and pedestrian safety, particularly for those visiting the popular Alemany Farmers Market.

Last year, City planners wrapped up a study to identify ways to improve connectivity at this location. After outreach with local stakeholders, the first phase of the project was approved last Tuesday at the SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board. By the end of this year, construction will begin to install protected bike lanes along the stretch of Alemany Boulevard that is adjacent to the large parking lot that hosts the farmers market every Saturday.

Image from SFMTA Board meeting presentation (Source: SFMTA)

A bike lane will also be added to San Bruno Avenue to create a southbound connection from Alemany, and pedestrian crosswalks will be re-striped so drivers can see them better.

This project was originally funded by former Supervisor David Campos, and we thank Supervisor Hillary Ronen for continuing to see this project through to construction.

Closing gaps in the bike network across the city is critical so that residents in every neighborhood have safe access to their local destinations by bike. We were excited to see attention brought here so we showed up to voice our support when it went before the SFMTA Board.

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