2nd Street is one of South of Market’s most important bike routes, connecting the Financial District with Yerba Buena, South Beach and AT&T Park. The 2nd Street corridor is also home to a growing residential community, creative industries and local shops.
But if you’ve walked or ridden your bike down 2nd Street lately, you know it can feel like Carmageddon, especially during peak commute hours. Thankfully, the Department of Public Works has safety upgrades and enhancements in the works to make Second Street better for people walking and biking.
Proposed Changes for 2nd Street Would be Transformative
After years of planning, we’re excited to see the 2nd Street Improvement Project moving out of environmental review, with final approvals coming this summer/fall. These final approvals are our chance to make sure we get the safe, comfortable, and attractive 2nd Street we all deserve.
We will need lots of people coming out to speak up for a great 2nd Street at those final hearings, so sign up for our campaign to get notified when these are scheduled.
Here’s why we’re so excited and need your help to be sure great plans come to life: the proposed design for Second Street will bring safety improvements to the full length, from Market to King, and include a raised, green protected bike lane with bicycle-specific signaling to help reduce car/bike conflicts at intersections, plus wider sidewalks and improved streetscaping.
Broad Approval for Big Changes
2nd Street is home to thousands of residents, iconic neighborhood businesses and a growing workforce that arrives on transit, by bike, and on foot (and sometimes all three). That’s why we’re thrilled to see support from everyone who uses 2nd Street.
In addition to vocal support from our members who live or work in the area and have been working on this project for years, we’ve received nearly 20 business letters of support for the project. Last year we launched San Francisco’s first Bicycle-Friendly Business District in the Yerba Buena district with participation from 2nd Street merchants, and we will join the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition in promoting #BiketoShopSF Day on May 23rd, with 2nd Street one of the participating corridors.
Vision Zero Coming to 2nd Street
In the near term, look for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) to be making some much-needed bicycle improvements to Second Street as part of the City’s Vision Zero commitments, including a bike lane from Market to Mission and green-backed sharrows the rest of the way. Look for these improvements in the ground by the end of this year.
Help Win a Safe, World-Class Second Street
- Use #BiketoShopSF when visiting a 2nd Street business on Saturday May 23rd (more info coming soon).