Board of Supervisors approves longer Market Street bike lane

Market Street is the Highway 101 for bicyclists in San Francisco, but faced with bicycle lanes that suddenly disappear and major potholes, as well as heavy traffic competition, a commute can often leave riders frazzled or worse.

Now, the Board of Supervisors and city officials are taking action to make The City’s busiest bicycle route a little more bike-friendly. Supervisors unanimously approved on Tuesday adding a new sections of bike lane on westbound Market Street from Van Ness Avenue to Octavia Boulevard and eastbound from Gough to 12th Street.

“It will be a more or less continuous bike lane from Eighth to Castro Street,” said Andy Thornley, program director for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. “That’s an important thing. The big idea from our end is that our bike lanes are a network. If you have eight blocks of bike lanes and then nothing, there’s no continuity. Imagine if Muni operated that way.”

Thornley also said that stretch of Market Street is also a dicey stretch for bike riders. Recently, he said the coalition videotaped several near-misses between cars and bicycles in the area.

But while bicyclists are applauding the new lanes, local shops are worried they might take a bite out of business because The City is eliminating about 30 spaces on Market Street to accommodate the lanes.

“My clients are always saying there is no parking in the area,” said Bob DeTulio, general manager for DeLessio Market and Bakery. “A lot of small businesses around here lose 10 to 20 percent of their business and they will close their doors.”

DeTulio said he believes less traffic in the area could lead to greater blight. Another merchant, Christopher Albanese, said he felt “railroaded” because they had only a month’s notice to weigh in on the changes.

To make up for the loss of parking, The City is planning to add a handful of parking spaces on Market, 12th and Brady streets as well as add meters to unmetered spots in the area.

In addition to the new bike lanes, city crews will resurface Market Street below Eighth Street and paint new chevrons on the street reminding drivers to share the road with bikes ahead of next month’s Bike to Work Day.

Bay Area NewsLocal

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

The sidewalk on Egbert Avenue in the Bayview recently was cluttered with car parts, tires and other junk. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
New surveillance effort aims to crack down on illegal dumping

’We want to make sure we catch people who are trashing our streets’

The recall election for California Gov. Gavin Newsom is scheduled for Sept. 14. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
SF could play a big role in overcoming Democrat apathy, driving voter turnout for Newsom

San Francisco voters are not used to swaying elections. Just think of… Continue reading

Health care workers treat a Covid-19 patient who needs to be intubated before being put on a ventilator at Providence St. Mary Medical Center during a surge of cases in Apple Valley, Dec. 17, 2020. Confronted with surging infections, California became the first state in the country to mandate coronavirus vaccines or testing for state employees and health-care workers. (Ariana Drehsler/The New York Times)
In California, a mix of support and resistance to new vaccine rules

By Shawn Hubler, Livia Albeck-Ripka and Soumya Karlamangla New York Times SACRAMENTO… Continue reading

Dave Hodges, pastor at Zide Door, the Church of Entheogenic Plants that include marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms, holds some psychedelic mushrooms inside the Oakland church on Friday, July 22, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Psychedelic spirituality: Inside a growing Bay Area religious movement

‘They are guiding us into something ineffable’

Most Read