Monday, August 16, 2010

More Townsend bike lanes.

They have finished striping Townsend on the Westbound side from 4th to 7th.

Bike lane - townsend @4th Westbound on Twitpic

I feel like crying. Not because we have a bike lane on such a notoriously bad stretch of road - but because San Francisco managed to get this done quickly despite a minor logistical hurdle.

See those cars? Thursday, they were parked perpindicular to the road. As I rode down Townsend this AM, I noticed the parallel parked cars and was a little shocked that a change went in without months of public notice and hand-wringing.

"Park Parallel" - new signs reminding of parking co... on Twitpic

A "PARK PARALLEL" sign is in place reminding the regulars of the change. I tried to snap a photo but failed - there were signs that designated this stretch of road a tow-away zone last Friday, they must have just rousted all the cars off Townsend and put the stripes and signs in that day.

This is a huge improvement to the street. The travel area is now wider with a designated bike lane in a spot that was formerly occupied by perpendicular parked cars - cars that would back out into bike traffic with little notice at alarming frequency.

I also saw workers on the Eastbound side of Townsend this AM - probably prepping the parking changes that will happen on that side of the road, that will supposedly allow the City to add a sidewalk, removing pedestrians from aimlessly walking down the roadway.

5 comments:

Tamagosan said...

SWEETNESS.

Michael Graff said...

Door zone?

murphstahoe said...

Fer cryin out loud.

Paul said...

Like.

djconnel said...

A small victory for mobility over private property storage.