Tonight we took a box of 25 pristine traffic delineators out into the San Francisco evening.
First, we restored the posts that went missing in Golden Gate Park earlier this week. That looks a lot safer for folks strolling and biking through the flagship park in San Francisco.
The SFMTA has the right safety approach by attempting to narrow the car lanes from 2 to 1 at the crossing. But drivers don't always respond to paint and we always want to be safe. So we added posts in the cross hatched "no car" area that helps reinforce what the paint was intended to do.
An experiment on Folsom
And then we tried an experiment that we've been talking about for a while. SOMA is one of the most dangerous parts of San Francisco to walk and bike, and we wondered if we could show what things might look like with a protected bike lane pilot.
We frankly can't understand why the nice folks at SFMTA don't make Folsom and Howard parking protected bikeways, but this is the best we could do with our limited budget.
We believe that a generous spacing between posts 1) makes the presence of the bike lane much more prominent and safer for bikers and 2) allows plenty of room for automobile drivers to access their free curbside parking. It's a win-win.
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