San Francisco and its transit agency have lofty goals. Half of all trips made in San Francisco by 2018 will be by modes other than cars , and 20 percent of vehicle trips will be by bike in 2020 , if the city has its way.
One major obstacle to both of those goals is paint. Yeah, the gooey stuff.
Sup. Eric Mar convened a hearing on bike expansion strategy today, exploring a newly released repor t he requested from the budget analyst which outlines the (bike) path to a more fixie-friendly San Francisco.
The report outlined obstacles to expanding bicycle use in the city and gave many recommendations on raising funds, but one of the lowlights was a series of backlogs in the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority’s Traffic Paint Shop, which paints bike lanes and sharrow signs on pavement across the city.
The problem is, the bike lanes aren’t getting painted. At least not all of them.
“I felt, with bike advocates and others, pissed off,” Mar said, of the lack of progress on bike safety implementation in the city. “This hearing is coming from much of those frustrations.” Read more »