Many treatments are bold and eye-catching (indeed some have even made headlines), but there are also a lot of other lessor-noticed innovations that have popped-up recently...
|A directional sharrow points the way to the McCoppin shute.|
A first for SF and appearing just this week – directional sharrows. These angled shared lane arrows help to guide people along a bike route. In this case, riders are guided off Valencia St onto the McCoppin shortcut leading to Market St and Octavia Blvd. I can think of many locations where this would be useful – perhaps we should get in the habit of placing these just before any intersection where the bike route changes course?
|Here's a similar (and older) example at the Shrader Valve.|
The "Denver Dude" icon (which is used to mark dedicated bike lanes) can also be modified to provide way-finding. Here such a stencil directs cyclists diagonally across the intersection at Fell St & Shrader St to a buffered bike lane waiting on the other side.
|Many more streets are seeing closely-spaced sharrows.|
Short of striping green-backed "super" sharrows, closely-spaced sharrows do a great job of enhancing the visibility of bike routes. Here on the just-repaved Market Street, sharrows are placed about every 50 feet. Still, for a street with this much bike traffic, these should have been green!
|Bike boxes are popping up everywhere – helpful for those hairy left turns.|
Glad to see that the SFMTA is growing more comfortable with bike boxes. While not necessary at every intersection, they are very useful for assisting with making left turns and for when heavy cues of people on bikes are expected. This is also new at McCoppin & Valencia (same intersection as the first photo).
Has anyone spotted any other small innovations that make a big difference? Let us know in the comments.