City’s Bike Plan remains on hold

Advocates hoping for the dissolution of an injunction against The City’s Bike Plan will have to wait a little longer after a Superior Court judge ordered at least a 10-day delay in the case before making any decisions.

Judge Peter Busch ordered both sides to submit briefs Nov. 12 detailing arguments for and against relief of the injunction.

The Bike Plan was approved by The City in 2005 and consists of 34 new miles of bike lanes, among other enhancements. But it was put on hold in 2006 when a local group successfully sued The City, claiming the plan was authorized without undergoing an environmental impact report.

On Monday, Busch said he’ll hear arguments Nov. 12 for lifting the injunction on a conditional basis, with the caveat that it could be reversed upon finalization of the report. 

“We won’t be completely satisfied until we get full relief of the injunction,” said Andy Thornley, project manager for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.

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