Ready to Ride SF’s First Raised Bike Lane?

San Franciscans can finally ride a bit higher on part of Market Street. The city’s first raised bike lane is now complete!

For two blocks on Market Street — eastbound between Gough and 12th Streets — the SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has installed several different designs of raised bike lane. One of the most obvious differences is the varying slant of the curb between the bike lane and the street, with some stretches more vertical than others.

This project in particular will serve as a testing ground for future designs. The SFMTA will evaluate elements of the four different Market Street designs they just put in, then will use that to guide the style of other raised bike lanes coming to places like Polk Street, Second Street and Masonic Avenue.

And we’re not curbing our enthusiasm. Nope. We’ve got photos! Check out the construction phase and post-construction phase below and log your feedback with the SFMTA on their very brief survey.

We know how great raised bike lanes can be (this great!), and we’re thrilled to figure out which designs work best for our city. This first raised bike lane is a huge milestone for San Francisco, and they should only get better from here.

San Francisco's first raised bike lane under construction.

San Francisco’s first raised bike lane under construction.

During construction, one of the angles being tested for the edge of San Francisco's first raised bike lane.

During construction, one of the angles being tested for the edge of San Francisco’s first raised bike lane.

With construction complete, San Francisco's busiest corridor for biking now includes a first for the city.

With construction complete, San Francisco’s busiest corridor for biking now includes a first for the city.

One stretch of the test-case raised bike lane employs a more perpendicular edge to prevent incursions by motor vehicles.

One stretch of the test-case raised bike lane employs a more perpendicular edge to prevent incursions by motor vehicles.

As for better bike lanes for the rest of Market Street, we’re still pushing hard for that through the Better Market Street project. Join our Market Street campaign today to stay up to date on improvements and opportunities to help win better bike lanes the rest of the way!

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