Neighbors seeking review for bike plan on Fell, Oak streets

Three neighborhood residents have filed an appeal against a bike and pedestrian project near the Panhandle, hoping to halt it for further environmental review.

In the works for more than a decade, a separated bike lane on a three-block stretch of both Fell and Oak streets was approved last month by the board of directors of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which oversees cycling policies in The City. The plan also called for pedestrian safety upgrades and the removal of 55 parking spaces.

However, three residents — Mark Brennan, Ted Loewenberg and Howard Chabner — have filed an appeal against the approval, requesting a stay on any project implementation until the plan is studied further. The claim, filed with the City Attorney’s Office, states that the project drastically alters the streets, makes it more difficult for residents to access their homes, and impedes visibility and access to driveways, among other issues. While the SFMTA’s citywide bike plan — which includes the Fell and Oak project — received environmental clearance in 2009, this project was not specifically studied as part of that report, the appeal claims.

Paul Rose, a spokesman for the SFMTA, said the agency will continue to move forward on the plan, with paint-striping work scheduled for this week, weather permitting.

“We’re confident in the environmental work that went into this project,” Rose said. “We will continue to move forward with the implementation on the Oak and Fell pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements.”

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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