Market Street is one of the busiest bikeways in the United States, and this week, one block of it got even better. After hearing from your San Francisco Bicycle Coalition about increased double parking concerns in front of the building between 9th and 10th Street on Market, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency put in new soft hit posts on this critical part of the bike network! We are thrilled to see the SFMTA move so quickly to make the Market Street bike lanes better, and hope this indicates more speedy progress ahead!
This block of Market Street is one of the most popular bike routes in the country, with nearly 3,000 daily riders passing by the city’s only bike barometer. But delivery trucks, taxis and transportation network companies (like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar) used to double park in the bike lane, forcing people on bikes into traffic, keeping them from being counted, and making traffic patterns unpredictable. Now that the bike lane is protected with soft hit posts for much of the block, it will make it safer for people on bikes and for people driving, as everyone’s behavior will be more consistent. This safety improvement will become even more important as the ground floor is transformed into a giant market, sure to bring more deliveries and traffic to the corner.
Thanks SFMTA for helping improve safety for everyone and making the Market Street bike lanes better!
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