Having run head-on into a wall of seemingly unexpected opposition, the SFMTA has been forced to revisit their options for San Francisco’s Polk Street Improvement Project.
Opposing the Agency’s plan to remove up to 170 street parking spaces along Polk Street to make way for dedicated bike lanes, the Save Polk Street Coalition is pushing for a plan which would create corner bulb-outs to shorten crossing times, slow traffic by changing signals, and add “sharrows” to the roadway but wouldn’t result in any dedicated bikeway.
Roughly five percent of existing metered parking spaces would be removed in order to install red zones near intersections to improve driver visibility and pedestrian safety.
The second of two SFMTA sponsored “open houses” to discuss and debate the proposed plans for Polk Street will held this evening from 5pm to 8:30pm at 1300 Polk Street.
∙ Polk Street Improvement Project [sfmta.com]
∙ Polk Street Showdown: Bike Lanes Versus Parking & Local Opposition [SocketSite]
∙ Polk Street Showdown: Directing The SFMTA To Revisit Their Plans [SocketSite]