When we work together to exercise people power, decision-makers will take action — and that’s exactly what happened on Tuesday night. The five members of the San Francisco Port Commission directed the Port’s staff to bring back an action plan within three months to implement a near-term protected bike lane on all of the Embarcadero.
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Your San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is deeply grateful for all of the members who wrote emails and showed up to the Port Commission Meeting on February 11. Even though the meeting began mid-afternoon, the Embarcadero discussion did not conclude until after 7:30 pm. Nevertheless, over 25 people stayed throughout the course of the meeting to give public comment, and we know that the experiences people shared around what it’s like to bike on the Embarcadero today made an impact on the Port Commissioners decision to push for a faster, and more holistic solution
“The Embarcadero should be a gateway for San Francisco, but the lack of protected bike lanes make this trip impossible and hostile for thousands of people who would be interested in biking or riding a scooter,” said Marcel Moran, an SF Bicycle Coalition member.
Frequent bike commuter and San Francisco resident Katie Duerr gave her first comment ever at a public meeting, describing the multiple bike crashes she’s been involved in along the Embarcadero. “I was here in 2018 to see the designs and I’m looking forward to that being a reality,” she said, referring to the open house where the SF Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA) and Port staff unveiled a preferred design for a fully protected bike lane for the entirety of the Embarcadero.
“We need goals and we need a plan of action, not just a presentation every six months,” said Port Commission President Kimberly Brandon. We are thrilled that the need for change and urgency was echoed by every Port Commissioner, and look forward to coming back together in three months to see the new action plan.
We thank City staff for taking bicycle and pedestrian safety seriously by rising to this challenge set forth by both the Port Commission and SFMTA Board. Join our campaign to hold them accountable to their promises, and we’ll keep you updated with our efforts to bring a world-class biking experience to our waterfront.