San Francisco: Protected bike lanes approved for Valencia Street

Physical barriers will soon protect Valencia Street’s notoriously dangerous bike lanes despite objections from a Mission District school community.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors on Tuesday approved bike lanes protected by parked cars and other barriers for the corridor.

The new protected bike lanes will extend from Market to 15th streets, where they will connect to existing lanes with safe-hit posts extending from 15th to 19th streets. They will be protected in some places by parking placed between cyclists and the street, and in other places by posts.

The protected lanes met with opposition, however, as numerous parents and staff from San Francisco Friends School in the Mission District argued that passing cyclists would endanger children disembarking from cars and crossing the bike lane to go to school.