Rally to Save the Market & Octavia Bike Lane

It seems that instead of adding bike lanes after a 2 year hiatus, the city wants to take one away. On January 22, the city plans to ask Judge Peter J. Busch permission to remove the Market & Octavia Bike Lane as an emergency safety improvement proposed by MTA traffic engineer Jack Fleck.

Market and Octavia is a dangerous intersection for bicyclists and it’s confusing as to why they would remove it when the Upper Market Community Plan proposal from 2008 recommends safety improvements like raised bike lanes, colored pavement, and an extension of the concrete safety barrier.

San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and its supporters are holding a rally to save the bike lane on Friday, January 16th at 9am at Octavia and Market.

1 Comment so far

  1. Tara Tiger Brown (tarabrown) on January 28th, 2009 @ 8:06 am

    Good news!

    From the SF Bike Coalition website:

    "Judge Denies City’s Attempt to Remove Bike Lane
    After over 200 bicyclists and state and local officials rallied to save the Market & Octavia Bike Lane, we cheered today’s decision by Superior Court Judge Peter J. Busch to reject the SF Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) proposal to remove a bike lane and protective barrier at the notoriously dangerous Market and Octavia intersection."

    Read more here: http://www.sfbike.org/?octavia

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