When you ride by the protected bike lanes under construction on Upper Market, remember that it was a few hundred of you who spoke up to make this project happen.
When City support for this project wobbled, our members let them know that safety is non-negotiable. Thanks to your help, we won SFMTA board approval, then defeated an appeal that threatened the project.
Construction crews broke ground this past weekend. And as the City continues trying new ways to deliver safety improvements, like racing to deliver near-term protected bike lanes, we continue working with them to learn from those experiences. Those Folsom Street protected bike lanes, where parallel parking spaces traded place with the bike lane, did not include repaving that new bike lane, making for an unpleasantly bumpy ride.
We’re happy to see learning from that experience, and your feedback, applied to the parking protected bike lane on Upper Market, where repaving is presently underway. This will ensure that people biking Upper Market can enjoy a safe, smooth bike lane along this important bike route. We’ll see crews working to stripe the bike lanes and installing concrete islands for the next several weeks, with work to be completed by early May. Members should expect periodic road closures and parking restrictions as the crews continue their work on Upper Market.
While construction proceeds, consider biking more slowly and paying extra attention to any posted signs and detours. If you have questions or concerns, we recommend you contact City staff directly at the SFMTA. You can contact project manager Casey Hildreth at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any construction hazards should be reported using SF 311.
Thank you, members, for everything you’ve done and continue doing to make this happen.