Bike plan injunction might be lifted

Once upon a time, city officials could add a bike rack to a sidewalk or paint a lane for cyclists on the street without fear of legal repercussions. Those days of yore could return tomorrow.

A three-year-old injunction against The City’s bike plan might be lifted on a conditional basis by a San Francisco Superior Court judge, depending on his interpretation of two briefs due on his desk tomorrow.

November 12 was the date set by Judge Peter Busch as the deadline for representatives in the legal battle to submit supporting briefs for and against the conditional dissolution of the injunction.

Busch said he’d consider lifting the injunction, provided that any implementation of the plan is reversible. On Friday, the Municipal Transportation Agency filed a declaration, saying all work done on the bike plan could be eventually undone, if need be.

Busch didn’t say when he’ll make a decision on whether to lift the injunction, but tomorrow is the first day he could possibly take action on the matter.

The judge is scheduled to review the adequacy of the environmental analysis of the bike plan sometime next year. If the analysis is deemed adequate, the injunction on the bike plan would be lifted on a permanent basis.
 

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