Major bike and pedestrian improvements headed to Arguello Boulevard

Arguello Boulevard is about to get a whole lot safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Wider bike lanes splashed with colorful paint, bike turn “boxes” and continental crosswalks were approved for Arguello Boulevard by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors on Tuesday.

These are near-term parts of a larger Arguello Boulevard Safety Project. The paint will splash down between the Presidio and Golden Gate Park, and the long-term safety improvements will go before the board later this year, according to the SFMTA.

Ed Reiskin, director of transportation at SFMTA, who lives nearby the street himself, said, “I bike up and down Arguello. It’s a good thing for consideration.”

Supervisor Eric Mar is a strong supporter of the project, which his aide Angelina Yu spoke in favor of at the meeting.

One cyclist, Kristin Tieche, told the board she was supportive of the project. She reminded the board that Heather Miller, a cyclist, was killed by a speeding car in Golden Gate Park two months ago.

“It re-emphasized the need for more bike infrastructure, especially near the parks,” she said.

Some neighbors around Arguello Boulevard who oppose the project said the loss of parking caused by pedestrian improvements was a major concern. Ronald Giampoli, president of Cal-Mart on California Street, said the changes nearby may lead to low visibility for drivers.

“I’d hate to see some of my customers run over,” he said.

Taking the neighbors’ complaints into account, the board directed staff to study parking management in the area.

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