Dangerous for All, But Especially for People Biking
Valencia Street, a street on the high-injury network, is finally getting the attention it deserves. This lively commercial corridor is one of the busiest bike and pedestrian streets in San Francisco, yet cars still dominate it. Frequent double parking, speeding, and unsafe turning behaviors – and constant rideshare drop-offs and pickups – make the street dangerous for both pedestrians and bicyclists.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), as instructed by a directive from Mayor London Breed, is fast tracking a protected bike lane as part of the Valencia Bikeway Improvements project. The project is focused on bike-related safety infrastructure because the majority of collisions on Valencia are bicycle-motor vehicle. But the project offers important opportunities to make Valencia much safer for pedestrians. Protected bike lanes create a buffer between moving cars and pedestrians, and narrow the street which slows speeds.
Walk San Francisco is following this project to make sure that the safety needs of pedestrians are being considered.
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