The SFMTA removed safety infrastructure on Folsom St. and they need an email from you!

Yesterday, the SFMTA removed our safety infrastructure from Folsom and Division, and we need your help to demand that the city make this bike lane - and all our streets - safe for everyone.

Folsom east of Division. This simple protected bike lane was keeping cars out of the bike lane & keeping bicyclists safe

Folsom east of Division. This simple protected bike lane was keeping cars out of the bike lane & keeping bicyclists safe

Within hours of our work being featured on the front page of the Chronicle, the SFMTA removed posts on Folsom at Division that protected cyclists at a busy intersection for weeks. To add insult to injury, the SFMTA worker blocked the bike lane with his truck while removing our posts.

SFMTA truck blocks bike lane. There is a systemic blindness to pedestrian and bicyclist safety at SFMTA

SFMTA truck blocks bike lane. There is a systemic blindness to pedestrian and bicyclist safety at SFMTA

Over the past few weeks, SFMTA has prioritized removing our safety infrastructure over adding new infrastructure. They’ve removed safety features on Crossover, Geary, Valencia, Scott, and now Folsom. Sadly, just yesterday a cyclist was hit in the Valencia bike lane and was hospitalized. It is clear that the organization in charge of San Francisco street safety doesn’t take the welfare of our cyclists and pedestrians seriously.

Today's Ask:

Please email the city leaders we’ve listed below. Feel free to use our template or write your own message. We want the city to know that (1) the posts on Folsom made you more safe (2) you want those posts to be replaced with something as good or better, and (3) that you demand immediate safety improvements while long term street transformations are developed.

Your overwhelming support keeps us going strong - thank you so much! Until the city steps up, we will continue to install infrastructure to transform our streets into safe places for all. Please forward this email to others who care about street safety in San Francisco.

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Send your email to these addresses:

ed.reiskin@sfmta.com 

jane.kim@sfgov.org 

scott.wiener@sfgov.org 

norman.yee@sfgov.org

mayoredwinlee@sfgov.org

gillian.gillett@sfgov.org 

MTABoard@sfmta.com 

luis.montoya@sfmta.com 

tom.maguire@sfmta.com

mari.hunter@sfmta.com

megan.wier@sfdph.org

SFMTrA@gmail.com

mohammed.nuru@sfdpw.org

Suggested Subject: 

I feel unsafe biking on Folsom St. When will you replace the protected bike lane?

Email Body:

I was distraught to hear that you removed the SFMTrA’s posts that protected the bike lane on Folsom at Division.  I and many others ride this route and the posts improved the safety of my commute; I did not have to swerve into traffic around cars parked in the bike lane at this busy intersection.

Why are you prioritizing removal of effective safety infrastructure and lagging on putting it in?  SF signed on to Vision Zero in 2014; Mayor Lee signed an Executive Directive mandating city departments to expedite Vision Zero measures; Supervisors Kim, Wiener, and Yee are members of the TA’s Vision Zero Committee; and San Francisco has both a Vision Zero Task Force and a Vision Zero Coalition.

However, our streets have become more dangerous than ever: with 20 traffic fatalities in the first eight months of 2016, and at least 5 people hit each day on our streets, we’re on track for the worst year in a long time.

The glacial pace, low calibre, and small scale of pedestrian and cyclist improvements demonstrates that SF isn’t living up to its commitment to Vision Zero and the promise to eliminate serious crashes by 2024.  We need fast, effective, and widespread street transformations now!

We demand immediate safety improvements across the city while long term street transformations are developed. When will you install a protected bike lane on Folsom with something as good or better than the posts that improved safety for the past few weeks?