New Bike Lanes Proposed in San Francisco

<p>Officials in San Francisco are floating a plan that would add 34 more miles of bike lanes to the city, nearly doubling its current stock. The addition would require the removal of street parking and could take over some traffic lanes.</p>
March 27, 2008, 11am PDT | Nate Berg
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"San Francisco bicyclists would be able to ride on 34 miles of new bike lanes - routes that would, in some cases, mean a loss of curbside automobile parking and traffic lanes, under a plan being circulated by city officials."

"The plan would nearly double the city's existing network of bike lanes, which cover 44 miles of city streets."

"Some would require the removal of street parking and traffic lanes, or the narrowing of traffic lanes."

"The recommendations are aimed at updating San Francisco's 1997 bicycle plan, a document that is required to make the city eligible for regional, state and federal grants."

"In addition to creating new lanes, the new proposal calls for the creation of more secure bicycle parking. It also suggests starting a pilot project that would allow bikes on the Municipal Railway light-rail system and stepping up enforcement and penalties against motorists who illegally double-park in designated bike lanes."

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Published on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 in The San Francisco Chronicle
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