|Sloat's Road Diet: two lanes of mixed traffic + a 7-foot bikeway with a 4-foot buffer|
There has been discussion recently of Caltrans handing over jurisdiction to local municipalities of urban highways, which in San Francisco includes Sloat Blvd, 19th Ave, Van Ness Ave, and Lombard St. The rationale is that cities should have a stronger say in the design of roads which function more as city streets than intercity motorways. Sloat Blvd in particular has little merit for being designated as a state route. These recent changes to Sloat's road layout seem to suggest that Caltrans is rethinking their priorities and that some of these state-controlled roads can operate more like city streets without having to go through the cumbersome process of changing hands.
I know it's pretty wet out there, but go and check out these new lanes!!
More photos after the break.
|The right-most lanes in both directions, now home to buffered bikeways, have been repaved, making for smoother two-wheeled travel.|
|Enjoying a Saturday afternoon ride.|
|Added in 2010, speed radar signs help people better assess their speed when driving. Unfortunately, 45 mph and higher are typical speeds for this street.|
|Improvements to the street's numerous uncontrolled crosswalks were also included in the project. Here is a freshly-painted continental crosswalk with "shark teeth" (out of shot) and new "yield" signage.|
|Bike Route 50, which continues up Portola Dr and down Market St, is now more comfortable for bicycling.|