The Case for Change in SoMa

Biking is the fastest growing mode of transportation in San Francisco. We need the infrastructure to match that pace, and what better place to start than in SoMa?

On any given day, people take over 2,000 trips by bike on Folsom and Howard Streets. We’re biking to work, to home, to school, to pick up the kids and to meet friends. We bike because it’s the easiest and most affordable way to get around SoMa, a neighborhood where the crunch of the Bay Area’s growth in jobs and housing is felt the most.

Despite the 2,000 trips per day, the experience of biking in SoMa is filled with passengers unloading in bike lanes and speeding drivers on four-lane streets. Here’s where it changes.

Folsom-Howard Open House #1
Thursday, Dec. 8 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm
SoMa Recreation Center at 270 Sixth St.

Folsom-Howard Open House #2
Saturday, Dec. 10 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm
SoMa Recreation Center at 270 Sixth St.

As part of a larger planning effort, the SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is reshaping SoMa streets to accommodate the growth in jobs and housing as more people live and work here. We know that protected bike lanes and smart street design will make biking even more popular, but we can only do that by repurposing space on our streets for people.

RSVP Today

Help make this vision a reality. Your first chance to weigh in on this project will be at the two open houses next week led by the SFMTA.

Through our SoMa Member Committee, your SF Bicycle Coalition continues to advocate for streets that make sense and building out the network of protected bike lanes. Can’t make it? Email

Become a member and you'll improve your commute and get discounts at shops across the city.