Years Later, Fell and Oak Protected Bike Lanes Nearly Complete

Update: Many of you have voiced concerns about double-parking in the new Oak Street protected bike lane. We reached out to Supervisor London Breed’s office about this, and they referred this issue to SFPD. Thanks to Supervisor Breed’s office, we’ve received confirmation from both the SFMTA and SFPD that they will increase enforcement of double-parking in the bike lane. Please continue reporting issues to 415-553-1631 and tweeting at @SF311.

If you’re one of the thousands who commute by bike on the Wiggle every day, you may have noticed construction on Fell and Oak Streets to connect the Wiggle to the Panhandle.

We’re very happy to share that the protected bike lanes being constructed on both streets are almost done! By the end of April, concrete medians and rain gardens will be complete on both Fell and Oak Streets, just in time for Bike to Work Day on May 14. During construction, be sure to slow down and bike with care.

When it comes to protected bike lanes, Fell and Oak’s concrete medians are not the only examples in our city. But this project can add a lot to the conversation about the the future of our streets, especially since building a network of protected bike lanes is one of the most powerful ways to make biking in San Francisco safe and inviting for everyone.

This project in particular has been a long time in the making and the result of years of advocacy together with our members. Striped bike lanes for Fell and Oak were approved back in 1997 and protected bike lanes were approved in 2012.

Here’s an abbreviated history of Fell and Oak Streets:

Fell-Oak-Timeline

Keep in mind there will be a learning curve with this new infrastructure for people biking, walking and driving. When you see double-parking violations, report them to the City by calling 415-553-1631 or tweeting at @SF311. Please also mention @SFBike and use the hashtag #ParkingDirtySF.

If you’d like to get more involved in our efforts to connect the Avenues to downtown and the many neighborhoods in between, join our mailing list for campaigns in this area. Better yet, come speak up at next month’s SFMTA hearing on improvements to the Wiggle.

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