Valencia Bikeway Improvements
The project team is resuming planning and design work on mid-Valencia (between 15th to 24th St).
Have a question or want to provide initial feedback on the pilot project? Send an email to the team at: Valencia@SFMTA.com.
If you are a business, office/residential complex, or Shared Spaces permittee in the project area, please take the Loading/Shared Spaces Survey to help us develop the curb management plan.
Valencia Street is a vibrant commercial corridor with a diverse set of restaurants, shops, bars and services. Valencia also serves as a major north-south bike route for those who live, work, visit and travel through the neighborhood. As the street has become more popular, the city has heard increasing community concern about traffic safety on the corridor. Ride-hailing services, commercial vehicles, and food pick-up services are frequently double-parking in the bike lane, posing safety concerns for all who travel on Valencia Street.
In 2018 and under Mayor London Breed's leadership, the SFMTA Board of Directors approved a project to pilot and evaluate a parking-protected bikeway from Valencia Street from Market to 15th streets. Additional project elements included better intersection visibility, school loading islands and parking and loading changes. In spring 2020, the project team shared a parking-protected bikeway design on Valencia Street from 19th Street to Cesar Chavez, as part of the SFMTA's Quick-Build Program. However, local business were heavily impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Shared Spaces Program became vital for economic recovery, resulting in more demand for curb space for uses such as the Shared Spaces parklets, parking and loading, and queuing of patrons. At this time, the project team shifted their focus to immediate pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements on the corridor.
Improve safety for all who travel on Valencia Street
Provide an improved bikeway along the corridor
Improve passenger loading, commercial loading and curb management
Reduce the number of conflicts between those who walk, bike and drive on the corridor
2019 SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS
The Valencia Bikeway Pilot Project: in partnership with Mayor Breed's directive, the SFMTA piloted and implemented parking-protected bike lanes on Valencia Street from Market to 15th streets. After implementation, the project team evaluated the design, which showed the project was successful from a traffic safety perspective. The pilot project was heard at the SFMTA Board of Directors meeting on December 4, 2018.The pilot project was approved to become a permanent project in June 2020.
2021 SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS
During the COVID pandemic, the project team installed immediate improvements, including daylighting (adding red zones at intersections to improve visibility), signal timing changes, and additional bike parking along the Valencia corridor.
The 2022 protected bikeway design on Valencia Street will involve quick-build improvements for the corridor. Quick-build projects are reversible, adjustable traffic safety improvements that can be installed relatively quickly. Unlike major capital projects that may take years to plan, design, bid and construct, quick-build projects are constructed within weeks or months and are intended to be evaluated and reviewed within the initial 24 months of construction. Typical quick-build type improvements include:
- Paint, traffic delineators, and street signs
- Parking and loading adjustments
- Traffic signal timing
- Transit boarding islands
The public and neighboring stakeholders will be informed of these projects prior to construction and will have the opportunity to provide input at a public hearing. Additionally, the SFMTA, through its Vision Zero Safe Streets Evaluation Program, will analyze projects pre- and post-implementation to review outcomes and determine design effectiveness. These findings will be reported to the public on the SFMTA website as well as reported back to the SFMTA Board of Directors within 24 months. Evaluations will inform near-term modifications and long-term designs for streets.