Friday, March 9, 2012
Thousands of daily commuters, weekend visitors to the Academy of Science and de Young Museum, and explorers of Golden Gate Park will be enjoying 1.5 miles of separated bikeway on the eastern half of JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park in a matter of weeks! The JFK Drive separated bikeway design includes a continuous painted buffer between the bikeway and moving vehicles, with parked automobiles adding an additional buffer in some sections. These kinds of bikeways have been used around the country and world to increase safety for those biking and to create a more inviting space for those wanting to bike more.
The new bikeway will improve biking on JFK Drive from Transverse Drive to Stanyan Street, including improved connections to the Panhandle Path, and new curb ramps and additional van-accessible blue zone parking stalls. The project should be completed by the end of March.
See www.sfmta.com… for more information about the project and ways to give your input. The SF Bicycle Coalition is also holding free Urban Cycling Workshops in the area in February and March 2012. See sfbike.org… to sign up for these free workshops on how to bike safely and confidently in San Francisco.
Urban Bicycle Workshops: Intro to Safe Cycling
With so many San Franciscans already biking and so many more people considering using a bike to get around the city, this introductory course is perfect for everyone. This four-hour, in-classroom course will cover the basics for how to choose the right bike and properly fit a helmet as well as tips for the safest ways to ride in traffic. Techniques to avoid or handle road hazards and emergency maneuvers along with the best way to lock up your bike and how to use a bike in combination with public transit, and biking rights and responsibilities. This free class, hosted by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is open to adults and anyone over 14 years of age; preregistration is required. See sfbike.org… for upcoming courses in the area and to sign up today!