Friday, August 08, 2014

SFMTA Repaints Market Street Bike Lane Stripes 

(Before the repainting, there were no safety stripes at this location.)

By Todd Swindell and Michael Petrelis

Do you recall our July 18 post about our service request to the SFMTA asking the transit agency address the dangerous lack of clearly visible white stripes for the bike lane on Market Street, from Guerrero to the Central Freeway ramp?

We pointed out that the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition labeled the intersection the most hazardous one in the city, and we shared a video documenting the deplorable state of nearly invisible safety stripes on the pavement.

View our "before" video of the dangerous stretch of pavement here:

 After filing the service request, we reached out to SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose for guidance in shepherding our concerns to the street painting division of the traffic and parking branch of the agency, and eventually communicated with painting supervisor Reggie Ruaro.

He explained that our service request was scheduled to be completed the second week of August, and we were pleased knowing this info. However, Reggie surprised us on July 30 with an early morning phone call saying a crew would be out later that day to repaint the safety stripes. Because of the SFMTA's concern for the well-being of bicyclists on this part of Market Street, the paint job was fast-tracked.

We will follow up with a new service request for bright green bicyclist symbols to be painted inside the white stripes, to expand safety measures for bicyclists and all users of this busy section of Market Street. Kudos to the SFMTA, especially Reggie and his work crew, for a quick and excellent job.

Here's an "after" photo of the roadway taken yesterday afternoon.

This essay is cross-posted from our campaign Facebook page.

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