Biking in San Francisco
Bicycling is an integral part of San Francisco’s transportation system: Every day, residents and visitors take more than 80,000 bicycle trips in the city. The Transportation Authority is working with City agencies and community organizations to make biking safer and more accessible for people of all ages. These efforts support San Francisco’s Vision Zero commitment to eliminate road deaths by 2024 and our climate action goal of achieving 50 percent sustainable trips.
Promoting safer, more accessible biking
The Transportation Authority uses sources including Prop K, Prop AA, Transportation Fund for Clean Air, and the One Bay Area Grant program to fund bike infrastructure projects that make our city’s streets safer and more comfortable for people biking. We have funded everything from protected bike lanes, intersection improvements, and bicycle barometers, to familiar necessities like bike racks and the Civic Center Station bike parking facility. The Transportation Authority also supports the expansion of Bay Area Bike Share, now Ford GoBike, to 4,500 bikes in neighborhoods across the city.
In addition to funding, the Transportation Authority conducts planning and delivers projects that support the SFMTA’s Bicycle Strategy and regional connections. This includes the new Vista Point, constructed as part of the Yerba Buena Island I-80 East-Side Ramps project, which provides a rest area for people arriving at Yerba Buena Island from the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge bicycle and pedestrian path.
Encouraging residents and commuters to get around on two wheels
Recognizing that it takes more than infrastructure to make bicycling more accessible for all, the Transportation Authority also promotes bicycling and bike safety in San Francisco.
We support Bike to Work Day, an annual, city-wide event hosted by the SF Bicycle Coalition that encourages San Francisco residents and commuters to bike to work. On this day, thousands of residents bike to work, often with their district supervisors and neighbors in commuter convoys.
The Transportation Authority also supports safer biking by funding bicycle safety classes for San Franciscans of all ages and bicycle abilities. Classes are sponsored by the SFMTA, and are implemented throughout the community and in schools through partnerships with organizations like the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and YMCA.
These projects are funded in part by Prop K, San Francisco’s half-cent sales tax for transportation.
Photo courtesy SF Bicycle Coalition.