MTA gives outline of Bike Plan in hopes injunction will be lifted

If the legal wrangling about The City's Bike Plan ends, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency says it would be able to complete 30 percent of the projects listed in the plan by March, which is the tentative date of a crucial hearing on the matter.

On Monday, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Peter Busch indicated he would consider lifting the injunction against the bike plan , so long as any work carried out could eventually be reversed.

On Friday, the City Attorney's Office filed a declaration with Busch outlining its time frame for the plan and declared that all elements of the bike plan are reversible.

Some of the earliest implementations of the plan include the additions of bike lanes to Bryant Street, Kirkham Street and Laguna Honda Boulevard. The City could also begin painting about 20 sharrows — directional signals on the pavement — a day if the injunction was lifted, according to the declaration, which was prepared by Damon Curtis, a planner with the MTA.

To satisfy terms of the injunction, The City completed an environmental impact report of the bike plan. Sometime early next year, likely in March, Busch will determine the adequacy of the EIR, and possibly lift the injunction and allow the bike plan to move forward.

On Nov. 12, he could give tentatively lift the injunction, under the stipulation that any work done on the bike plan could be reversed if he finds that The City’s environmental review was inadequate.

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