The City is getting started today on its first bike lane project along Townsend Street, since the moratorium on new bicycle lanes and other bike-related improvements was lifted last week.
On Friday, a Superior Court judge lifted a 2006 injunction that was blocking The City from moving forward with its plan for 45 new bike lanes and other bike infrastructure improvements citywide.
“With this decision, better bicycling in San Francisco starts now,” Newsom said in a statement released after the injunction was lifted. “From today on, our efforts to promote bicycling as a healthy and environmentally sustainable transportation alternative will surge. Bicycling has increased 34 percent since last year, and I know that with a safer and more inviting bike network, more and more San Franciscans will start bicycling.”
The first post-injunction project will include significant bike improvements on Townsend Street, Laguna Honda Boulevard and North Point Street. A new bike lane will be striped today at Townsend and Fourth streets.
The bike plan injunction was imposed in June 2006 as a result of a lawsuit filed against The City by San Francisco resident Rob Anderson. He successfully argued that San Francisco did not conduct the necessary environmental studies needed to implement the plan, a proposal for 34 miles of new bike lanes in The City.