Connecting the City

Crosstown Bikeways for Everyone!
A Project of the
San Francisco
Bicycle Coalition

What is Connecting the City?

Connecting the City addresses the question of how to make San Francisco a city that is easy to shop, live, work and play in while also preserving our unique neighborhoods and commercial districts. By designing our city’s bike network for everyone, from an eight-year-old child to an eighty-year-old grandmother, we can provide inviting and safe door-to-door access to shop, commute and play by bicycle. Already, huge and growing numbers of diverse San Franciscans are biking thanks to improvements like the Market Street separated bike lanes and events like Sunday Streets (a 71% increase in bicycling just in the past five years) — it’s clear that more San Franciscans want to get around by bike.

Connecting the City builds on this demand and envisions the year 2020 when 100 miles of crosstown bikeways will help a growing population of San Francisco residents and visitors bike more often, relieving our crowded roadways and strained transit system. Elegantly designed bikeways that are physically separated from vehicles will help everyone from you, your boss, your neighbor’s child or your mother-in-law to feel comfortable and safe biking on San Francisco streets. San Francisco is a center of innovation and biking is integral to fostering the culture and economy of innovation in the city. To feed that economy of innovation and open it up to more people in the city, we need to invest in Connecting the City. Learn more about the bikeway routes.

More Stories

  • Detour on Valencia St. at Cesar Chavez Begins Monday, July 2

    Jun 292012

    For the past year, the City has been making improvements to Cesar Chavez Street, including bike lanes and more green space. This week, the construction reaches the intersection of one of the city’s most popular bicycle routes, Valencia Street. This means that there will be some detours on this important bicycle route for about two months, and we wanted to be sure you were aware of these changes. The SF Bicycle Coalition has collaborated with the relevant City agencies to ensure that the bicycle detours are well-marked and easy to follow.

    As of Monday, July 2, bike traffic in the southbound direction of Valencia will share a lane with car traffic for about half of a block. Bike and car traffic in the northbound direction will not be permitted through the intersection at all. For bicycles, the detour will be Guerrero Street, where there is bike lane, or San Jose Avenue through the hospitals parking lot; whichever is easier for you.

    Your SF Bicycle Coalition has worked hard to ensure that the City is providing the smoothest detours and lots of signage during this construction, but if you see something that is unsafe, call 311 directly to report the problem, and let us know by emailing marc@sfbike.org. Thank you for your patience during this construction period, and for being a member of our organization.

  • Campaign Central

    Feb 12012

    Please follow the latest Connecting the City news at sfbike.org/connectingthecity

  • Act Now to Help Get Separated Bikeways on Fell and Oak in 2012

    Dec 202011

    Want to help get separated bikeways on three blocks of Fell and Oak Street between Scott and Baker? Take a few minutes today and ask Mayor Ed Lee and SFMTA Director Ed Reiskin to connect the Panhandle to the Wiggle with separated bikeways. As the SFMTA nears the end of it’s community outreach and planning process and narrows in on likely options, it’s important for our city leaders to hear your story and why separated bikeways on these three blocks of Fell and Oak are important to you. Click here to read the SFMTA’s detailed project information and presentation

    Please email mayoredwinlee@sfgov.org and Ed.Reiskin@sfmta.com today. We’ve prepared the following email to help you voice your support. Please also cc: neal@sfbike.org.

    Your email is important to show the diversity of support for three blocks of separated bikeway on Fell and Oak Street between Scott and Baker. The SFMTA is currently summarizing neighborhood feedback and narrowing in on options for this project. Stay tuned for updates and more ways you can help. Contact neal@sfbike.org for more information or to be added to our Fell and Oak email list.

  • JFK Drive Separated Bikeway Construction Begins

    Dec 122011
    Thousands of daily commuters, weekend visitors to the Academy of Science and de Young Museum, and explorers of Golden Gate Park will be enjoying 1.5 miles of separated bikeway on the eastern half of JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park in a matter of weeks! Construction will begin this week (January 23rd) on fixing the drainage issues in many locations along JFK Drive, allowing for a pond-free bike ride during the rainy season. The city will also be adding new curb ramps and adding addition van-accessible blue zone parking stalls – making JFK Drive more accessible for some mobility-impaired visitors. After 3 weeks of curb ramp and drainage construction, restriping will begin. These improvements come after many months of the SF Bicycle Coalition, the SFMTA, the Mayor’s Disability Council and other working together to create a design that will be safer and more inviting for everyone. The JFK Drive separated bikeway design includes a continuous painted buffer between the bikeway and moving vehicles, with parked automobiles adding an additional buffer in some sections. This project will be on JFK Drive from Transverse Drive to Stanyan Street, including improved connections to the Panhandle Path. The SFMTA is also adding new curb cuts along JFK Drive, to improve access to the curb for many visitors using wheelchairs and scooters.See the SFMTA’s JFK Drive project page for more specific information on the design. Parking-protected bikeways have been in the ground in cities across North America and around the world for many years with many promising benefits. People biking enjoy an extra level of comfort being separated from motor vehicles – helpful for both seasoned bike commuters and those new to urban biking – and the SF Bicycle Coalition is thrilled to see this first example go in on JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park. People traveling on JFK Drive should take care of the following once the new design is in the ground:
    • Enter and leave the bikeway at intersections and stay clear of the buffer zone.
    • Be alert for people crossing the bikeway to enter or exit parked vehilces.
    • Be aware of people with disabilities who may need to use part of the bikeway to exit vehicles.
    • Obey all signs and markings and yield to pedestrians.
    • When driving, be alert for people biking and walking and yield to pedestrians at intersections.
    • When driving, park away from the curb along the buffer zone and use the buffer to enter and exit your vehicle. Watch for people on bikes when crossing the bikeway.
    Watch this instructional video from Portland, Oregon that shows what to expect when biking, driving, or walking on parking-protected bikeways: On the Right Track from Mayor Sam Adams on Vimeo. A special thanks goes to Mayor Lee, Supervisors Mar and Mirkarimi, the SFMTA, the Concourse Authority and the Recreation and Parks Department and Commission for conducting extensive community outreach for this redesign. And special thanks to the hundreds of SF Bicycle Coalition members for sharing your personal stories and speaking up at public hearings in support of this SFMTA project. The SFMTA will begin construction in January 2012 and should be completed in mid-February. The JFK Drive separated bikeway will be testing out many design features that the SF Bicycle Coalition would like to see replicated across the city on streets like Fell and Oak between Scott and Baker, Polk Street, Masonic Avenue, and more. Stay tuned for ways that you can provide feedback on the JFK Drive separated bikeway directly to the city once it’s in the ground. Email Neal@sfbike.org if you have any questions about the JFK Drive separated bikeway, and watch our Connecting the City video that shows how this idea can grow in the coming years in San Francisco and connect you to neighborhoods across the city by bike.

  • Hundreds come out for December’s Open House for Fell and Oak Separated Bikeways

    Dec 52011

    On Saturday December 3, over 250 people came out to the SFMTA’s Open House to discuss various design options for separated bikeways on three blocks of Fell and Oak Street between Scott and Baker.

    Community members were invited to drop in anytime during the four-hour Open House, allowing for even more people to fit this community meeting into their schedule. All the parents on bikes with their kids in tow on bikes, senior citizens living nearby, workers from Divisadero Street and scores of everyday commuters found a window of time to come and add their input.

    The SFMTA presented a wealth of information about the leading options to add a separated bikeway on three blocks of Fell and Oak Street – developed from national standards and field research and influenced by the community goals brainstormed at the first community meeting in September. On December 3rd, the SFMTA presented more details on the bikeway designs, and stated that they are prioritizing their planning efforts only on the options that maintain the current number of automobile travel lanes.

    The SF Bicycle Coalition is thrilled to see the SFMTA’s attention on improving these three blocks of Fell and Oak Street. Neighbors have been asking for calmer neighborhood streets for decades, and our members consistently cite these three blocks of Fell and Oak Streets as some of the scariest to bike on now and a priority for safety improvements.

    This project and community meetings have benefitted from extensive community outreach including door-to-door business and resident outreach before public meetings, prominent signs on the road, mailers to local residents, and a strong partnership with many of the community groups in the area. All these activities have brought a large and diverse crowd together to share their experiences and ideas for improvements at every step of the process. With input from from neighbors, commuters, pedestrian and disability activitists, and SF Bicycle Coalition member at these meetings, we are confident we’ll all move forward to make swift fixes to these three blocks of Fell and Oak Street.

    Stay tuned for more updates on this project in the coming weeks. We’ll be posting specific information about the design proposals when they become available and make sure you’re notified on opportunities to weigh in on the design and speak up in support when decisions are being made.

    Please contact Neal Patel at neal@sfbike.org or 415.431.2453 x312 if you have any questions or if you want to be added to our Fell and Oak email list for timely updates on how you can get involved.

Goals

  • 2012: Heart of the Bay to Beach route +

    Building out the heart of the Bay to Beach route, including the eastern half of JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park, the three critical blocks of Fell and Oak Streets between Scott and Baker Streets and other sections of the Wiggle, will give more people of all ages the confidence to bicycle more often and will be a great demonstration of a comfortable, safe and inviting bikeway. Meanwhile, 2012 will also be a great opportunity to trial innovative approaches to welcoming more and better bicycling on the Embarcadero and Polk Street during the 34th America’s Cup trials, with an eye to more permanent projects in these areas.

  • 2015: 25 miles of bikeway

    The Bay to Beach, Bay Trail and North-South bikeways are complete making San Francisco an easier place to shop, work, live and play.

  • 2020: 100 miles of bikeway

    San Franciscans will be able to easily bike anywhere in our seven mile x seven mile city on a network of crosstown routes that give door-to-door biking access. Thanks to this wonderful infrastructure — and much more! — 20% of trips are being made by bicycle by 2020, making our city a more welcoming place for anyone to live, work and play.