Folsom Street gets a bike-friendly makeover

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The new design teaches motorists and cyclists to safety merge when approaching right turns off of Folsom Street.
Steven T. Jones

In the wake of some high-profile cases of motorists running over cyclists in San Francisco this year, including the Aug. 14 death of Amelie Le Moullac at the intersection of Folsom and 6th Streets, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has taken a lane from drivers to create safer cycling along seven key blocks of fast-moving Folsom Street.

The project on one-way Folsom Street between 11th and 4th streets creates an extra wide bike lane with bright green cycling signage on the roadway, with that green lane narrowing and breaking up as it approaches the right turns on 10th, 8th, and 6th streets. The idea is communicate with both motorists and cyclists about how to safely merge and avoid having cars make the unsafe “right hook” turns that are dangerous to cyclists.

“Right now, the project is almost complete and it should be complete by the end of the month,” SFMTA spokesperson Paul Rose told the Guardian.

He said the design was discussed and subject to community outreach efforts during community plan meetings in recent years, but that it was recently accelerated as a $250,000 pilot project with help from Sup. Jane Kim’s office following public concerns about how dangerous that fast-moving strip is to cyclists.

Rose said the traffic flows in the project area will be carefully monitored to see how it’s working, and the agency hopes to learn from that data “so it will inform future projects.”

While San Francisco planners try to learn from other bike-friendly cities, particularly in Europe, Rose also said the agency is on the cutting edge in this country of trying to create safer conditions for the rapidly growing community of cyclists in San Francisco.

“A lot of the work we do in San Francisco generally is the first around country. One of those is sharrows,” Rose said, referring the cyclist shared arrow (sharrow) markings that are ubiquitous around San Francisco, and which remind motorist to safety share the road. 

Comments

than achieved by any amount of brightly colored paint.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 10, 2013 @ 12:47 pm

@Guest - Thank you ever so much for taking the time to post your anonymous, uinformed opinion. It's so much more compelling than all the actual research on traffic safety that underlies these improvements.

Posted by Jym on Dec. 19, 2013 @ 8:13 am
Posted by Guest on Dec. 19, 2013 @ 8:59 am

is what is needed. Anything less is a useless half-measure.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 10, 2013 @ 2:05 pm

Instead of trying to negotiate reasonable compromizes that might benefit a majority, and give all parties something, you instead make a hopelessly idealisticand unrealistic demand that represents a total victory for a small extremist minority and gives a big FU to everyone else.

And then you wonder why you never get what you want. You are deluded.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 10, 2013 @ 2:15 pm

Running down bicyclists and small animals and polluting the atmosphere with CO2 while propping up third-world dictators who hate this country and oppress their own people. We need to face up the facts that cars=death. Eventually all private autos outside those needed for farm use will be banned. It's inevitable. We are the future and you are the past. Get over it.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 10, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

If that is you "winning" then i'd rather lose.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 10, 2013 @ 3:36 pm

And then left him lying on the sidewalk with a severe brain injury and a smashed pelvis? The one that took off?

Yeah - that's some kinda "winning" - severely injuring a young, hard-working economist who'd done nothing his whole life but give to other people.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 10, 2013 @ 4:05 pm

got killed in an attack with a baseball bat

Posted by Guest on Dec. 10, 2013 @ 4:23 pm

Sometimes the government has to take action to restrict private ownership of "things" to protect the greater good. Cars are one example, guns another.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 10, 2013 @ 4:34 pm

Meanwhile I've just bought a new V8.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 10, 2013 @ 5:55 pm

Oh wait, we tried that and it didn't work out so well.

How about banning breathing!

Posted by Guest on Dec. 10, 2013 @ 6:21 pm

both that emitted from cars as well as from people.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 10, 2013 @ 8:12 pm
Posted by Guest on Dec. 11, 2013 @ 7:39 am

Idiot deserved to die. He was out in the middle of the street where the cars belong. They should give the guy who ran him over a medal or something.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 10, 2013 @ 8:07 pm

Wasn't in the middle of the street, was also not an "idiot" nor has he died.

From the sounds of it you're the idiot who deserves to die, you and everyone else driving those agents of planetary destruction known as "cars." You're all little Eichmanns.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 10, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

What about people who usually commute by bicycle but occasionally use a car. Perhaps the are Josip Tito? What about people that don't own a car but accept rides from friends? Are they Hippocrates? Inquiring minds want to know!

Posted by Rocket J on Dec. 11, 2013 @ 2:21 pm

"We are the future and you are the past. Get over it." Charming. What are you? 20+ yrs.old? "Hope I die before I get old. Talking 'bout my generation." Same sentiment - many decades before you were a twinkle in your parents' eyes.

Posted by jebbie on Dec. 16, 2013 @ 10:53 am

I assumed you were trolling in your first comment, since though I've suspected that the banning of the private automobile was the goal of a small segment of the population, it's politically too early to reveal that goal. But you went right out and said it, didn't you?

Posted by Hortencia on Dec. 18, 2013 @ 10:02 am

We can safely dismiss them as whack jobs.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 18, 2013 @ 10:42 am

Free unicorns for everybody would also help, but that's not going to happen either.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 10, 2013 @ 2:20 pm
Posted by Guest on Dec. 10, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

Ban cars on every other street.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 10, 2013 @ 2:41 pm

To ease congestion, they said that depending on the last number of your license plate (odd or even) you could only drive on alternate days of the week.

So everyone ensured that their two cars has license numbers ending in an odd number and an even number.

Lefties always think they can out-smart ordinary people, abut they never can..

Posted by Guest on Dec. 10, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

It sounds almost as wonderful as Aspen.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 10, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

none of them demonstrate the arrogance of SF cyclists which, in turn, explains why SF cyclists die and Aspen cyclists do not

Posted by Guest on Dec. 10, 2013 @ 3:35 pm

Published the report anywhere? How do you measure normative judgements like "arrogance" on a quantitative scale?

Posted by Guest on Dec. 10, 2013 @ 4:22 pm

I have.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 10, 2013 @ 4:27 pm

sharing the results of your peer-reviewed and published study of the arrogance level of SF cyclists vs. Aspen cyclists, would you?

Posted by Guest on Dec. 10, 2013 @ 4:53 pm
Posted by Guest on Dec. 10, 2013 @ 5:29 pm

Aspen cyclists have discovered the secret to immortality? No wonder everything is so perfect there.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 10, 2013 @ 8:07 pm

Millionaires aren't just nicer than you and me - they are more careful too.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 11, 2013 @ 7:38 am

Probably rode with big city bravado rather than small town deference

Posted by Guest on Dec. 11, 2013 @ 8:24 am

He deserved to die, unlike the perfect immortal gods of Aspen.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 12, 2013 @ 5:15 pm

Aspen resident, in support of the original claim that no Aspen cyclist has ever been killed in an accident there.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 12, 2013 @ 5:33 pm

A huge thank you for that post blog site.A total whole lot many thanks once more.
Will study on...

Posted by Is Psychic Source Legit? on Feb. 20, 2014 @ 8:35 pm

Progressives are the modern day equivalent of Marie Antoinette

Posted by Guest on Dec. 10, 2013 @ 2:17 pm

If bicycle operators obeyed the rules of the road for wheeled vehicles fewer bicycle involved accidents would take place.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 10, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

Pedestrians too. No one should be allowed to use the road except cars. Then the world would be a much better place.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 10, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

It's bikes that don;t seem to know where they belong.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 10, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

Pedestrians should stay on the sidewalk. They only get hit when the wander into the street. They need to get rid of crosswalks now. If you are too poor to drive you should just stay in your house.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 10, 2013 @ 8:05 pm
Posted by Guest on Dec. 10, 2013 @ 3:34 pm

All you have to do is watch them for a while. Every car driver is 100% law abiding.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 10, 2013 @ 8:09 pm

I till stay to the right even though all the fancy painting.

Cars always just drive down the extra wide bike lane just as the do on 9th.

It's better to stay to the right where the old lane is instead of being killed for progressive entitlement.

Posted by Matlock on Dec. 10, 2013 @ 6:16 pm

a vehicle will hit the bike while avoiding another vehicle.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 10, 2013 @ 6:20 pm

like that thing in GG Park designed to have bikes ride into the curb when people get out of their cars on the right. At least on the left you can swerve to the left if you are going to get doored the old way.

Whatever transit "experts" come up with and the bike coalition is for, the progressives will always obey in droves.

Posted by Matlock on Dec. 10, 2013 @ 6:34 pm
Posted by Guest on Dec. 10, 2013 @ 6:41 pm

I'll take what matlock says about bike safety any day over the word of some "expert." Clearly he's smarter than the traffic engineers. You can tell by the quality and clarity of his posts here. He only lives in his mother's basement because of a vast progressive conspiracy.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 16, 2013 @ 11:39 pm

great idea, let's all get along by taking lanes away from the car drivers that already hate the cyclists. and no, drivers do not obey the laws 100% of the time, but that does not give open inviation to meatbags on 2 wheels to do the same. don't let someone else be responsible for your safety.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 11, 2013 @ 7:10 am

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