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CYCLE TRACKS ON SECOND!

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Visit the Great Second Street web site at www.GreatSecondStreet.org.

A landscaped cycle track is an economical way to widen the people zone of the street.

Pedestrian Experience

The sidewalks are narrow and crossing the wide streets with speeding cars is harrowing. In recent years the number of walkers has increased as more residents and workers have moved to this former industrial area.

Sidewalk extensions at critical corners, textured crosswalks, and wider sidewalks are all common ways to welcome the walker.

"Barne Dances" (also know as Pedestrian Scrambles) like the one at 4th and Folsom, stop vehicles in all directions and allow pedestrians to cross diagonally as well as in the current crosswalks. The prioritize the pedestrian, make walking more pleasant, and are much safer. Though they can eventually include fancy pavement, they can be done with signal retiming.

Existing: Sidewalk in front of the ClockTower looking south.

Bicycle Route

Second Street is a major route in the San Francisco Bicycle Network.  Bike lanes will be added as part of the upcoming repaving.

There is enough width in the Second Street roadway for Copenhagen style separated bike lanes to fit easily. An "8 to 80" design would make the street safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

The existing bicycling infrastructure in the area is sparse.

This sketch shows a possible separated cycle track configuration along Second Street from Brannan to Townsend Street. This is the widest part of the Second Street roadway.

Green Connector

Second Street has been identified by the San Francisco Planning Departmentas the 'green connector' between downtown San Francisco and the Giants AT&T Park at the Embarcadero.

What would make Second Street GREAT?

Traffic Congestion

Often the rush hour turns the street into a virtual parking lot when 5 lanes of cars get compressed into 1 at Second and Harrison.

Most of the day the street has very light traffic which speeds due to the freeway like width.

EXISTING: Sidewalk in front of the ClockTower looking north.

In the evening much of Second Street serves as storage for the Bay Bridge auto queue.

What would make Second Street GREAT?

Existing: Sidewalk in front of the ClockTower looking south.

A landscaped cycle track is an economical way to widen the people zone of the street.

EXISTING: Sidewalk in front of the ClockTower looking north.

In the evening much of Second Street serves as storage for the Bay Bridge auto queue.

Pavement is past due for replacement.

This sketch shows a possible separated cycle track configuration along Second Street from Brannan to Townsend Street. This is the widest part of the Second Street roadway.

This sketch shows a possible separated cycle track configuration along Second Street from Harrison to Brannan Street.

This sketch shows a possible separated cycle track configuration along Second Street from Mission to Harrison Street. The narrower roadway here, due to the wider sidewalks, means that to do cycle tracks a parking lane would have to be removed.

New bicycling infrastructure standards form NACTU promote European style "8 to 80" separated lanes.

The Better Streets plan has been the official we design streets in San Francisco since 2010.

The Better Streets Plan, approved in 2010, guides street re-paving in San Francisco to recognize the multi-faceted use of streets in the urban context: walking, transit, cycling, trucking, and private auto use.

This page from the Central Corridor Project shows the current official, but sparse, cycling facilities in the area.

The existing bicycling infrastructure in the area is sparse.

The SFBC Bicycle Map of San Francisco shows the gap in north/south bicycle lanes in this neighborhood. Currently the Embarcadero and then 7th Street are the only routes that have been improved to even minimal standards.

The San Francisco Planning Department is currently working on the Central Corridor Project Plan. Second Street is the eastern edge of this district.

Second Street has been designated a "Green Connector" by the Green Connections initiative of the San Francisco Planning Department.

1866 - before the cut was made through Rincon Hill.

1869 - After the cut on Second Street.

19th century stereoscopic view from Rincon Hill back towards downtown

1905 - Second Street

1994 - Second Street where it meets Market.

We hosted a neighborhood meeting to talk about what we wanted as locals.