Valencia Bikeway Improvements

Check out our latest project update for more details:

May 2024 Project Update

Results from our 3-month evaluation of the mid-Valencia pilot are in. Click the button below to see the report:

Mid-Valencia Pilot 3-month Evaluation Report

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Mid-Valencia Pilot Educational Factsheet

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Project Introduction

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.

Project Timeline
Jan 2018 to Late 2019
Community Outreach
Pending
Early 2019
Pilot Bikeway (Market to 15th streets)
Completed
Spring to Summer 2018
Data Collection/Conceptual Alternatives Analysis
Pending
Early 2019
NT Curb Mgmt Improvements
Pending
Project Status
  1. Planning
  2. Preliminary Engineering
Improvements
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Bikeway Improvements
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Improved Curb Management
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Project Details, History or Features

PROJECT GOALS

  • Improve safety for all who travel on Valencia Street
  • Preserve the economic vitality of Valencia Street
  • Ensuring movement and access of goods and people

PROJECT HISTORY

EARLY 2018

The project team kicked off the Valencia Bikeway project, which is a capital project aimed at improving traffic safety and transportation along Valencia Street between Market to Cesar Chavez.

FALL 2018 - 2019 NEAR-TERM 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 (northern Valencia). 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.

EARLY 2020

The project team kicked off a planning and design process for the southern Valencia pilot (Valencia Street between 19th Street to Cesar Chavez). Due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for the agency to shift to the pandemic response, the project team paused the southern Valencia pilot. Proposed design concepts from the southern Valencia pilot were never approved or implemented

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.

2022-2023 MID-VALENCIA PILOT

In 2022, the project team resumed work on the Valencia Bikeway Project and is currently proposing a pilot on a new section identified as mid-Valencia (Valencia Street between 15th to 24th streets). The pilot effort kicked off a planning and design phase in early Summer 2022.

This effort, a continuation of the northern Valencia pilot, involves quick-build type treatments for the corridor and aims to improve traffic safety and transportation in the near-term. 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

Check out the mid-Valencia virtual open house that was live between September 16, 2022, and September 30, 2022, for more information on the proposal. The pilot design was approved by the SFMTA Board of Directors on April 4, 2023, for a 12-month pilot period. Construction was completed in mid-Summer 2023 and the pilot officially started on August 1, 2023. In February 2024, the 3-month evaluation report of the pilot was completed and presented to the SFMTA Board of Directors. A 6-month evaluation is planned for Spring 2024.

2024 LONG-TERM VALENCIA

Along with ongoing work to improve the mid-Valencia pilot, the project team has kicked-off several technical studies to inform future project activities to develop a long-term vision on Valencia. These studies are expected to be completed in late 2024 and they will inform eventual planning, community outreach, and design work.

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