Lake Merced Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Projects
Lake Merced Park is a major recreational destination in the southwestern corner of San Francisco, encompassing natural open space, the lake with boating activities, golf courses, and a multiuse path for jogging and bicycling. Three major roadways encircle Lake Merced Park - Lake Merced Boulevard, John Muir Drive and Skyline Drive – all of which provide vehicular access to the park, to residential neighborhood, to nearby schools (Lowell High School, SF State University, Lafayette Elementary School), to nearby beaches and to other parts of San Francisco and Daly City.
SFMTA is currently managing two planning projects to explore potential areas of improvement for pedestrians and bicyclists on the roadways and paths that ring the park. The Lake Merced Pedestrian Safety Project will identify safety improvements at pedestrian crossings along Lake Merced Boulevard between Skyline Boulevard and John Muir Drive. The Lake Merced Bikeway Feasibility Project will determine the feasibility of installing bike facilities around Lake Merced Park.
The two planning projects shall run concurrently and coordinate with other projects in the area, including San Francisco Recreation & Park’s Lake Merced Improvement Project.
Lake Merced Pedestrian Safety Project
The Lake Merced Pedestrian Safety Project will study conditions for pedestrian safety and access along Lake Merced Boulevard between Sunset Boulevard and John Muir Drive. The project will include public outreach including the formation of a steering committee to understand current walking patterns, barriers and opportunities to improve pedestrian connections to and from Lake Merced Park and nearby transit stops. A traffic engineering analysis will review existing conditions, including collisions and traffic patterns, and an assessment of requirements to update the transit stops up to or beyond minimum standards.
The project will culminate in a Community-Based Transportation Plan (CBTP), and will include recommendations for improvements, preliminary conceptual designs, and an implementation plan
Lake Merced Bikeway Feasibility Project
At the request of District 7 Supervisor Norman Yee, the SFMTA is conducting a planning study to assess the feasibility of installing a bikeway around Lake Merced Park. This study will look at two options: 1) Extending or rerouting the existing multiuse pathway on property owned by San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) and managed by San Francisco Recreation and Park (RPD) to provide additional space for cyclists; 2) Installing a bike facility on Lake Merced Boulevard to connect with existing bikeway on John Muir Drive.
A final report will share key findings and recommendations with the public and District Supervisor and will include next steps and a funding strategy for any feasible design alterative identified through this effort.