Healing the Bernal Cut: A Safer Bikeway on San José Avenue

Earlier this week, the SFMTA began construction on the much-awaited San José Avenue pilot project. The pilot, stretching from the I-280 off-ramp to Randall Street, will reduce traffic speed and create a northbound buffered bike lane similar to the one that already exists on the southbound direction, allowing people biking downtown to enjoy increased protection through the Bernal Cut. The pilot will also include some soft hit posts and green paint.

Much like the recently implemented Polk Street contraflow, the project will close a critical gap in our bike network and finally create a safe and symmetrical bike route from the Mission to the Excelsior and Glen Park neighborhoods. This project is the result of years of community organizing – particularly from the College Hill Neighborhood Association – as well as the leadership of Supervisor Wiener and the support of Supervisor Avalos and Campos, together bringing us closer to our vision of Connecting the City!


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