On Friday, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition sent a letter (download the PDF) to San Francisco’s new mayor, Ed Lee, welcoming him into office and also asking for his support of our Connecting the City blueprint for a 100 mile citywide bike network that is designed for everyone, from an eight-year-old child to an eighty-year-old grandmother, and provides door-to-door access to shop, commute and play by bicycle.
Citing San Francisco’s bicycling boom with 58% more people biking today than just four years ago and the fact that 7 in 10 San Franciscans ride bicycles in the city thanks to improvements like the new green, separated bikeway on mid-Market Street and popular events like Sunday Streets and our Safe Routes to School program, we specifically asked that the Office of the Mayor prioritize critical improvements along these three crosstown routes:
- Market Street: San Francisco’s main bike boulevard
- Fell and Oak Streets: Connect western neighborhoods to downtown jobs
- JFK Drive: Make family biking safe and enjoyable
The SFMTA and other agencies are already working on designing and implementing sections of our Connecting the City plan and the support and resources to execute these cost-effective projects are already in place, but we know that Mayor Lee’s leadership will be essential in moving these plans forward within the next few months.