Folsom and Howard: Near-Term Solutions

Long-term visions help guide the future of SoMa, but near-term solutions are urgently needed now for Folsom and Howard streets. While the long-term Folsom and Howard Streetscape Project brings exciting designs for protected bike lanes, our members have pushed and won commitments for near-term improvements. Now it’s time to hold the City to their commitment.

Next week, we’ll have an opportunity to take a look at what near-term improvements are in store for Folsom and Howard at two special open houses hosted by the SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). The goal here is to make Folsom and Howard safe for all users with improvements in the ground by the end of the year.

Folsom-Howard Open House #1
Thursday, July 13 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Gene Friend Rec Center, 270 6th Street

Folsom-Howard Open House #2
Saturday, July 15 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Gene Friend Rec Center, 270 6th Street


Through you, our members, we know the experience of biking in SoMa is filled with passengers unloading in bike lanes and speeding drivers on four-lane streets. Both Folsom and Howard are on our high injury network and you’ve made it clear that the streets need changes independent of the larger streetscape project.

At these two open houses, the SFMTA will present near-term designs for Folsom and Howard, including parking-protected bike lanes, loading zone improvements and transit boarding islands. Our calls for safe streets now have led to this quick action by the City. Now let’s let them know that we want to see these improvements in by the end of the year.

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