Last month, the Port Commission was ready to approve the next segment of protected bike lanes on the Embarcadero in front of the Ferry Building, connecting Mission to Broadway. Then, stating a variety of concerns, commissioners unexpectedly delayed the decision. We need your help to make sure commissioners vote yes this time around.
The Embarcadero is one of the most popular places in the city to bike, providing beautiful views of the bay along its three-mile stretch. After years of planning and outreach, the City began installing a two-way protected bike lane here last year, completing the section between Mission and Folsom streets. People can now bike in both directions comfortably, with green paint, concrete, and fencing separating the bike lane from people driving.
With the success of those two blocks, your San Francisco Bicycle Coalition advocated for the next segment, from Mission to Broadway, to be installed. We turned out at multiple board meetings and made sure that our decision makers knew the urgency and importance of improving the Embarcadero. Ultimately, the Port Commission is in charge of the Embarcadero, and this five-person body would need to approve these changes.
Commissioners cited concerns around signage and the use of the sidewalk, where people are allowed to ride a bike, and at the end of a lengthy discussion, they decided to delay the decision. We believe that those concerns should not hold up the approval, and we are committed to working with Port tenants to make sure this bike lane works for everyone.
That’s why we need you to write a letter before the Port Commission meets on July 13. If you’re tired of seeing drivers parked in the bike lane and you believe that our world-class waterfront deserves a better bike experience, take a moment and express your support to our decision makers so they know that safety can’t wait.