Valencia Street Bikeway Implementation Plan

PROJECT BACKGROUND

Bicyclists navigate around a vehicle that is blocking the Valencia Street bike lane.

Valencia Street is one of San Francisco’s most heavily used biking corridors and was first striped with bicycle lanes in 1999. Today, the corridor also experiences heavy use by delivery vehicles, transportation network company (TNC) vehicles, and other vehicles, leading to congestion and conflicts.

Much of Valencia Street between Mission Street and Market Street is identified as a High Injury Corridor.

In March 2017, the San Francisco Planning Department’s draft Market Street Hub Public Realm Plan, focused on the area near the intersection of Market Street with Valencia, Haight, and Gough Streets, and began to look at the issues affecting cyclists on this corridor and proposed a parking protected bikeway on Valencia Street between Market and 15th Streets.

The Valencia Street Bikeway Implementation Plan, requested by Supervisor Sheehy, will confirm the feasibility of protected bike lanes on these blocks, the associated tradeoffs, and the potential for near-term implementation, and will expand consideration to the full Valencia Street corridor.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The Valencia Bikeway Implementation Plan will comprehensively assess alternatives for improving Valencia Street between Market Street and Mission Street. The study will focus on opportunities to upgrade the existing bike lanes given the high volume of cyclists on Valencia Street, history of bicycle-motor vehicle crashes, and evidence suggesting that illegal parking and loading within the bike lane is prevalent. The study will also consider opportunities to improve safety for all roadway users in developing and assessing project alternatives.

Potential recommendations could include, but are not limited to:

  • Physically protected bike lanes.
  • Adjustments to parking and loading regulations (e.g., color curbs) to better reflect emerging transportation demands.
  • Targeted enforcement and education programs related to parking, loading, and transportation network company (TNC) regulations.
  • Small-scale upgrades to existing signs and pavement markings.

All recommendations will consider existing bike facilities, parking, and loading on cross streets to Valencia. The proposed Valencia bikeway will also include elements to provide connections with bike facilities on cross streets to create a comprehensive network for cyclists.

One of the deliverables of the Implementation Plan will be a phasing plan for recommendationsto to upgrade existing bike lanes on Valencia Street, including immediate and longer-term action items for each segment of the corridor. The phasing plan will be based on a combination of stakeholder input and technical analysis with the goals of (1) ensuring that issues where there is consensus move forward to implementation immediately even as more complex issue require further study and (2) using near-term implementation to test and evaluate long-term options. Near-term implementations may include quick and effective strategies to improve safety or pilots on targeted blocks to test potential long-term bikeway configurations. The study will rely heavily on community and stakeholder engagement to thoroughly understand the unique needs of each block of Valencia and develop recommendations addressing those needs.

 For more information please see the project's Prop K Allocation Request Form.

PROJECT OUTREACH

Extensive outreach will be conducted to inform the study. This will include meeting with key stakeholder groups (such as the Valencia Corridor Merchants Association, Bicycle Advisory Committee, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, WalkSF, Mission Economics Development Association, and the Mission Economic and Cultural Association), TNCs and delivery companies, and the SFPD and SFMTA. In addition, there will be at least two large-format public meetings. All public outreach will be done multilingually, with materials in English, Spanish, and Cantonese, to ensure that a diverse group of San Franciscans can contribute.  

TIMELINE

  • Data Collection: 10/2017 - 03/2018
  • Assess Opportunities and Constraints: 01/2018 - 06/2018
  • Stakeholder Outreach: 03/2018 - 09/2018
  • Develop Implementation Plan: 06/2018 - 09/2018

CONTACT

Project Manager

kimberly.leung@sfmta.com
(415) 701-4653