PROP K Sales Tax Funds Bicycle Safety Education
Since 2008 the Transportation Authority has funded adult and youth bicycle safety classes using Prop K half-cent local sales tax. These classes address the needs of cyclists with a variety of skill and experience levels, and include classroom lectures as well as field-based training in a controlled environment and on public streets. The classes are free of charge to the public, and held throughout the city. The classes are sponsored by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, and are offerred by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition using the League of American Bicyclists Bicycle Education cirrculum. To see a list of upcoming classes and to learn more, visit the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Urban Bicycle Workshops webpage.
NEW VIDEO ON RIDING SAFELY IN SAN FRANCISCO
We have a new tool to learn about the rules of the road for bike riding in San Francisco. Produced by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, this video, titled "Urban Bicycling Basics: Rules of the Road," presents ten mini-lessons for safer riding. It was funded in part by the Transportation Authority's Prop K Local Transportation Sales Tax and Transportation Fund for Clean Air grant programs. Remember: ride safely, responsibly, and predictably!
BIKE PLAN IMPLEMENTATION CONTINUES
CITY FOCUSES ON ENHANCED BIKEWAYS AND BICYCLE STORAGE
Since the Superior Court fully lifted the injunction against the San Francisco Bicycle Plan in August 2010, the City has installed 22 miles of bicycle facilities, 51 miles of sharrows, nearly 1,200 sidewalk bicycle racks, and other bicycle infrastructure citywide. Over two-thirds of the bicycle lane mileage identified in the Bicycle Plan is now in place, including bicycle lane projects completed in 2012 such as Bayshore Boulevard (Cesar Chavez Street to Silver Avenue), Folsom Street (13th to 19th Streets), Holloway Avenue (Junipero Serra Boulevard to Varela Avenue), Portola Drive (O'Shaughnessy to Sloat Boulevards) and the bicycle left-turn signal and bulb-in at Market and Valencia Streets.
Watch the growth of San Francisco's network of bike routes, lanes, and paths maintained by the SFMTA in this interactive map by Betsy Emmons for MapStory. (Text continues below map)
In addition, we've continued working with various project sponsors to ensure that innovative bicycle facilities continued on track to full design or construction, including the Wiggle (Fell and Oak Streets between Scott and Baker Streets); the Marina Green Bicycle Path; Second Street from Market to King Streets; JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park; Cargo Way; Cesar Chavez Street between Kansas and Pennsylvania Streets; and Masonic Street between Fell Street and Geary Boulevard; as well as a bike station at the Civic Center BART/Muni Station and parking improvements at the 4th and King Caltrain Station. Nearly all of these projects were funded wholly or in part by Prop K and other sources programmed or prioritized by the Transportation Authority including TFCA, CMA block grant funds, and TE funds.
The Transportation Authority has also directed Prop K and TFCA funds to support SFMTA's ongoing encouragement and education efforts including the annual Bike to Work Day event in May, year-round bicycle safety education classes, the update and production of the San Francisco Bike Guide and Bike Map, and promotion of safe bicycling through the SFMTA's Light up the Night campaign. The SFMTA also released the 2012 State of Cycling Report, which includes bicycle ridership trends and survey results. The San Francisco Department of the Environment (SFE) continued implementation of the City's Bicycle Fleet Program, rebranded in 2012 as CityCycle, and provided outreach on bicycling to City and County of San Francisco employees and to San Francisco employers as an alternative to single-occupancy vehicle trips. In 2012, the Transportation Authority also allocated Prop K funds to the SFMTA for activities in San Francisco that support the initial set-up and launch of a pilot regional bicycle sharing program, which is set to begin in 2013.
In our role as Prop K administrator and as CMA, we've worked closely with the SFMTA and other sponsors of bicycle projects to ensure that there is a steady bicycle project development pipeline, which includes planning and delivery of the next generation of bicycle facilities (e.g. separated bikeways, innovative treatments that enhance existing bicycle facilities, and short-and long-term bicycle storage) and establishing a pool of ready-to-go projects that are very competitive for discretionary grant funds. Consistent with this action, the Transportation Authority directed Prop K funds to the SFMTA for the planning and/or design of green wave signal projects on 4-6 corridors across the city and long-term bicycle storage. The Transportation Authority has also worked with the SFMTA on analyzing the benefits of future bicycle infrastructure investment as a part of the Transportation Authority's update to the SFTP.