By the end of this year, we could have a fully protected bike lane on the entirety of Folsom Street in SoMa. To make this possible, the SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) needs your input on a quick-build project to close the gap between 2nd and 5th streets.
Your San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has advocated for a protected bike lane on Folsom Street for years. When we won approval for the Folsom Howard Streetscape project in 2019 with expected completion in 2023, we knew we needed to advocate for a quick-build protected bike lane in the meantime. And now, Folsom street has protected bike lanes between 5th and 11th streets and Spear and 2nd streets.
Now, we need to fill in the gap between 2nd and 5th streets in order to have a fully protected Folsom Street in SoMa. This quick-build project would add bike signals, transit boarding islands, pedestrian safety improvements, and a protected bike lane along these three blocks.
With a history of fatal bike crashes in SoMa, we know how important a protected bike lane is for Folsom Street. We’re excited that the SFMTA is moving forward with community engagement and have created a new way to give your input online in lieu of an in-person open house.