San Francisco: Parking-protected bike lane approved near 4th and King Caltrain Station

From no protection to full protection, cyclists just scored a major win on Townsend Street.

The City’s transportation board approved parking-protected bike lanes Wednesday that will run along Townsend between Fifth and Eighth streets, right near the Fourth and King Caltrain station.

That area sees regular clashes between cyclists and ride-hail vehicles from Uber and Lyft. It also has the most parking citations issued “anywhere in The City,” said one city planner.

Ultimately the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors voted to approve the protected bike lanes, which will be protected by parked cars on some segments of Townsend and run between slices of sidewalk elsewhere. Either way, bikes will be physically separated from car traffic.