SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Board of Directors voted and approved protected bike lanes on Tuesday, June 18.
Along with protected bike lanes, the SFMTA Board also voted on other safety measures for pedestrians and bikers in the city.
On Folsom Street, an eastbound, transit-only lane between 10th Street and Mabini Street will be painted red and for Muni buses. The 12-Folsom, 8-Bayshore, 8AX and 8BX-Bayshore Express and 27-Bryant lines will be the lines that will speed up. Also for Muni buses, there will be nine new and/or improved boarding islands.
Bike lanes will have small concrete islands protecting the lane from traffic and will be on the south side on Howard Street, between Fourth Street and 11th Street.
Timed traffic lights will allow pedestrians, vehicles, and bikers to cross at different times. Extended and raised sidewalks will decrease the space between curbs and help pedestrians be visible to drivers. There will also be mid-block traffic signals to prevent cars from speeding and allow pedestrians a reasonable amount of time to cross the street cross.
Howard Street and Folsom Street in the South of Market neighborhood will be the first streets to see the change, which is expected to go into effect in 2023.