Separate bike pathway on Market extended 

Market Street, one of the nation’s busiest thoroughfares for bicyclists, now has an extended separate pathway just for two-wheel transportation.

On Thursday, the Municipal Transportation Agency, which manages bike operations in The City, began installing a series of safe-hit posts—flexible cones that separate bicycle and automobile traffic—along Market Street.

The new separate bike pathway will run on Market Street from Gough Street to Eighth Street and is an extension of an original separated lane that ran from Larkin Street to Polk Street.

Despite a lengthy legal injunction against any bike-related improvements in The City, the number of bicyclists in The City has expanded greatly over the past few years. Since 2006, the number of bicyclists documented by the MTA on the corner of Market and 11th streets has increased by 48 percent, from 545 riders to 808 riders.

“Market Street is one of San Francisco’s key arterial streets,” MTA executive director Nat Ford said. “Making it and safer and more inviting to cyclists helps to open our city to this sustainable mode.”

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