SoMa is experiencing rapid residential and commercial growth and is poised to be among the neighborhoods with the highest bicycle ridership in San Francisco. With this rapid growth comes a need to make SoMa streets more safe and organized for all road users.
Currently, people riding a bike eastbound on Folsom Street must navigate a difficult segment between 1st and 2nd streets where they are forced to ride in a narrow bike lane sandwiched between lanes of vehicle traffic and merge with freeway-bound vehicles.
To enhance safety and better organize the roadway, the SFMTA is proposing to move the Folsom Street bike lane curbside to eliminate the need for people bicycling to merge with heavy volumes of freeway bound vehicles. The agency will also install a dedicated bicycle traffic signal at the Essex intersection to separate people biking from right-turning vehicles and special markings to provide clear direction on where motorists can expect bicyclists to be riding.