Last month, over 400 attendees packed the room at the Valencia Open House to check out designs for protected bike lanes from 19th to Cesar Chavez streets. Now that feedback from our members, neighbors and merchants has rolled in, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) will refine the project before it heads toward final approvals next month. Sign up today to stay connected on how you can help us win this people-first project.
At the Open House, opposition showed up in full force to delay the project, even resorting to media attention to sabotage the project before the public saw designs. The SFMTA took all feedback they received at the open house seriously and are now prioritizing in-depth stakeholder outreach until the project moves towards approvals. For now, they’ll prioritize attending merchants meetings, briefing Supervisors and sitting down with stakeholders along Valencia Street to make sure their concerns are heard and fixed to the best of their abilities.
This project is now expected before the SFMTA Board in April and your SF Bicycle Coalition will continue to push the City to do their part to see this project move forward swiftly. We cannot let these safety improvements be delayed. With the recent pedestrian fatality at 18th and Valencia, this project is imperative if we do not want to lose one more life on our streets to traffic violence.
Because timelines for the project have shifted and designs may change, we need you more than ever to stay in the loop. Let’s make sure that we’re ready to win this once it reaches the SFMTA Board, sign up for the Valencia mailing list today.