SF asks judge to allow bike improvements

December 2, 2008 12:34:37 PM PST
The city of San Francisco asked a Superior Court judge Monday to allow it to make safety improvements at six hazardous traffic corridors while the city's Bicycle Plan awaits approval.

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Peter Busch will hold a hearing on the request Dec. 23.

A 2005 city bike plan, which includes new lanes, traffic signal improvements and bike rack installations, has been held up by a lawsuit filed by city resident Rob Anderson and two groups.

In 2006, Superior Court Judge James Warren issued an injunction requiring an environmental impact report and in 2007 Busch continued the injunction.

Last week, the city Municipal Transportation Agency and Planning Department issued a draft report. The public has until Jan. 13 to comment and the final document is expected next spring.

Meanwhile, Monday's filing by City Attorney Dennis Herrera asks Busch to modify the injunction to allow improvements at six locations where numerous collisions between cars and bikes have been reported.

Herrera said Monday, "We are confident that our motion today makes a compelling case for how we can best address and alleviate hazards to cyclists and pedestrians while respecting the limits of the court's injunction."

The six corridors include the intersection of Market Street and Octavia Boulevard; Polk Street between Beach and Market streets; the length of Valencia Street; Third Street; Folsom Street between 13th Street and the Embarcadero; and lower Market Street from Eighth Street to the Embarcadero.

The filing also seeks permission to install bike racks at Church Street near Market Street and Dolores and Guerrero streets near 18th Street. Herrera said city traffic engineers have identified illegally parked bicycles at the two locations as potentially hazardous to passing pedestrians and disabled people.


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