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December 3rd Open House Will Shape Separated Bikeways on Three Blocks of Fell and Oak Street.

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Mark your calendar for Saturday, December 3 from 10am to 2pm for an SFMTA Open House to discuss separated bikeways on Fell and Oak Streets between Scott and Baker Streets. For the tens of thousands of you who live, work, or pass through this area, it’s very important to take some time to drop by the SF Day School (350 Masonic at Golden Gate) any time during the Open House to learn about the latest proposals, offer your input, and help support these important safety improvements. These three blocks represent a crucial link for safe and comfortable biking across town on the popular Bay to Beach route, and neighbors have been working for decades for calmer streets.

At the first community workshop in September, over 100 people came out to help shape the SFMTA’s plans for a separated bikeway on Fell and Oak Streets between Scott and Baker Streets. Members from the North of Panhandle, Alamo Square, and Lower Haight Neighborhood Associations, the Wigg Party, local business representatives, and many neighbors and SF Bicycle Coalition members came out and the discussion was lively. After a break-out session, those in attendance stressed that the main goal of this project should be to prioritize safety of all road users.

The SFMTA presented 5 options for a separated bikeway on these three blocks of Fell and Oak Streets. The first three options (shown below) involve one-way bikeways on both Fell and Oak Streets, while the other two include a two-way separated bikeway on either Fell or Oak Street. Click here to download the SFMTA’s full presentation.

These design concepts come from decades of community efforts at calming streets in the neighborhood, and a robust community outreach process in 2011 for these specific proposals, including the following recent activities:

June 2011 – Businesses on Fell and Oak Streets between Scott and Baker surveyed about ideas and concerns of general separated bikeway concept.

July – August 2011 – Alamo Square, Inner Sunset, and North of Panhandle Neighborhood Associations discuss preliminary concepts for Fell and Oak Separated Bikeways at their monthly public meeting. All residents and business on Fell and Oak between Scott and Baker received flier of these neighborhood meetings on their door.

August 2011 – Outreach about project details and upcoming Community Workshop at the Inner Sunset Farmer’s Market and Alamo Square Flea Market.

September 2011 – 1st Community Workshop for Separated Bikeways on Fell and Oak Streets between Scott and Baker Streets attended by over 100 community members and business representatives. All businesses and residents in a 20 square block around the project are received notification of the Meeting by hand-delivered and/or mailer.

At the December 3 Open House, the SFMTA will present more detailed information about each design and will be soliciting feedback – your input is crucial to make sure the project moves forward with the most community input on the design and in a timely manner.

The SF Bicycle Coalition will be providing free bike valet at the Open House from 10am to 2pm, so you know your bike will be safe while you participate. There will also be a free bike education workshop immediately following the workshop at 2pm, as an introduction to safe urban cycling.

Contact (or 415.431.2453 x312) if you have any questions, and we’ll see you on December 3rd.