San José Avenue’s northbound buffered bike lane, added last year, led to a 62 percent increase in the number of people biking this relatively flat stretch known as the Bernal Cut. Now designers envision physically protected bike lanes going both directions along San José Avenue between I-280 and Randall Street, and the improvements begin arriving as soon as this year.
This is a significant step towards making biking safer and more comfortable for residents of Glen Park, the Excelsior and other nearby neighborhoods. It was announced recently by staff members of the SF Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA) and Caltrans, who convened community members to report on the successful completion of the original one-and-a-half mile pilot project, including buffered bike lanes. Thanks to all of our members who were able to attend and show continued support for safety improvements to San José Avenue.
The physical protection planned for San José Avenue is slated to include concrete safety barriers, called K-rails by Caltrans, for most of the Bernal Cut and scheduled for installation south of Randall Street this fall. The corridor is also scheduled for repaving from the off-ramp north to 28th Street.
The result of more than 20 years of community and member advocacy, a physically-protected San José Avenue will bring us significantly closer to our vision of a network of protected bike lanes criss-crossing our city. Email the SFMTA today and let them know how protected bike lanes on San José Avenue will improve the safety and comfort of your commute.