Biking and Rolling Plan Open House Meetings Start This Week

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Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Adults and students ride their bikes, crossing a street on a sunny day.

Community members enjoy a sunny ride during a recent Bike and Roll to School event.

We have kicked off a series of open house meetings to get your feedback about the San Francisco Biking and Rolling Plan. We hosted the first event on Monday in North Beach.

Here’s where our next few meetings will be:

  • Wednesday, July 10 from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Upper Noe Rec Center
  • Monday, July 15 from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Southeast Community Center
  • Wednesday, July 17 from 5 - 7 p.m. at the SF State Cesar Chavez Student Center 

The goal of the San Francisco Biking and Rolling Plan is to create a safe, connected citywide network for biking and rolling that will be within a quarter mile of every resident. It will replace the Citywide Bicycle Master Plan, which was last updated in 2009.

We want to make sure you have a chance to talk with our team, ask questions and provide feedback. That’s why we’re hosting a total of 11 open house meetings across the city through mid-August. 

You can find the complete schedule on our Biking and Rolling Plan flyer

Person rides bike on a bikeway that' painted green in SoMa. In the background, a bus, vehicle and motorcycle cross the same intersection.

This bikeway on 3rd Street provides a dedicated space to bike and roll. It’s one example of a separated bicycle “facility.”  

What the Biking and Rolling Plan will look like

The updated network will feature high-quality bicycle “facilities” that provide a designated space for people to bike and roll. Here are some examples:

  • Bikeways that are separated from car traffic by a physical barrier like a bollard or a median 
  • Low-vehicle, low-speed traffic routes that prioritize active transportation and community-building (including Slow Streets) 
  • Bikeways that are designated by striping, signage and pavement markings coupled with traffic calming measures to slow down cars traveling alongside bike lanes
  • And other types of infrastructure 

People gather outside, standing by their bikes. We see lots of trees and grass in the background.

We've hosted more than 100 community discissions about the plan, and we’re excited to hear from more people who do and don’t already bike and roll in the city.

Getting your input

At the upcoming open house meetings, we will share the Biking and Rolling Plan feedback we have received so far.  We’ll present three scenarios for a biking and rolling network that were developed after more than 100 community discussions over 18 months. 

This should help start conversations about ways to create a citywide network for people using bikes, scooters, skateboards, powerchairs and other electric mobility devices. We want to know what you think about what types of bicycle facilities work for different parts of the city. 

Muni bus has bike stored on the front rack. A rider with a helmet smiles near two Muni staff, who stand by the bus.

We’re working with several community partners to gather feedback about the updated plan. They include PODER, which teaches its members how to store their bikes on Muni. 

Why we need the Biking and Rolling Plan

Developing a new biking and rolling plan is crucial to providing options for getting around the city. This will be especially important as San Francisco begins to build 82,000 new units of housing over the next eight years. There simply won’t be enough room on our streets for all those new city residents to drive everywhere. And not everyone will have the same access to driving.

A survey we conducted in 2023 showed that 29% of city residents ride a bike, scooter or other micromobility device at least once a week. 80% of those surveyed are interested in getting around by biking or rolling but don’t feel that it’s safe enough for them to do so.

People in equity priority communities report feeling even less safe. We are working with community organizations in the following neighborhoods that historically have been left out of transportation conversations:

  • Bayview Hunters Point 
  • The Mission 
  • The Excelsior 
  • The Tenderloin 
  • The Western Addition 
  • The Fillmore 
  • SoMa 

We want to identify and address past harms while building trust and charting a new way forward.

Our community partners are Bayview Hunters Point Community Advocates, PODER Bicis del Pueblo, the Tenderloin Community Benefit District, New Community Leadership Foundation and SoMa Pilipinas. They are making sure the voices and perspectives of excluded communities are heard and that the plan centers equity. 

Person holds peace sign while standing in intersection where people nearby ride bikes.

Whether you walk, bike, roll or drive in the city, we’re looking forward to your feedback on the updated plan. 

Next steps

The SFMTA Board of Directors will discuss the San Francisco Biking and Rolling Plan at its August 6 meeting and another board meeting later this year.

The board is expected to vote on a final plan in early 2025. Once the plan is fully implemented, there should be bike facilities on 6 - 10% of San Francisco streets.

You can learn more about the biking and rolling plan and the open house meetings on the San Francisco Biking and Rolling Plan webpage