The survey results are in, and the results are clear: SoMa streets need to be redesigned with people as priority.
Thanks to nearly 500 survey responses, we’ve had a chance to dig into what a bike-friendly vision for Folsom and Howard Streets really looks like. The overwhelming response shows us just how important these key SoMa corridors are to our members and the power we have to make real change.
- You use SoMa streets a lot. 79 percent of you either live in or visit the South of Market neighborhoods several times a week.
- You love biking. 84 percent of you use biking as your primary mode of transportation in SoMa.
- You are multimodal. Aside from biking, many of you get around SoMa by walking or taking transit.
- Folsom and Howard are your preferred routes to go east and west. While Market and Mission provide other options, most bike on Folsom and Howard.
- Seventh, Eighth and 11th Streets are your preferred routes to go north and south.
We also hear you: Biking on Folsom and Howard right now isn’t the most pleasant experience. From vehicles in the bike lane to speeding traffic and complicated intersections, real solutions are needed to respond to your concerns.
The SF Municipal Transportation Agency will launch their Folsom and Howard Streetscape Project in the coming months to start digging into the details of what a protected bike lane connecting Second to 11th Streets will look like. We will share our findings with them to help inform their planning process.
Major street redesigns such as this don’t come around often, but this November, San Francisco voters will have the opportunity to invest and fund more bike projects. Your San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is proud to endorse Yes on J&K and we’re asking you to help pass these two joint ballot measures. Without them, projects like Folsom and Howard won’t be possible.