|Another nearly-complete link on the San Francisco Bay Trail!|
|The project limits and surrounding bicycle and Bay Trail network. Source: SFCTA, StreetsblogSF|
This project is particularly exciting because it contains several new bikeway design features for San Francisco. The cycle track will be bidirectional with both directions of bicycle traffic traveling together (think: Duboce Bikeway). Additionally, the bikeway will be separated from motorized traffic by
The City is also earning good karma and setting valuable precedent by repaving various portions of the heavily-potholed roadway beforehand. I'm looking at you Cesar Chavez East!!
Check out the construction photos after the break.
|This gentleman feels right at home even though the bikeway is still under construction. He's off to fish; I hope he catches a big one!|
|Trucks serving a large USPS mail facility, Recology's Recycle Central, Bay Natives, and other businesses rumble along the street. It's pretty clear soft-hit posts would not provide sufficient separation.|
|And here's how the |
|This isn't your typical patch pave job – crews actually grinded away poor pavement and repaved with real asphalt.|
My initial impression upon my visit last weekend was that this is actually a very pretty street. There are lots of mature Eucalyptus trees (more greenery than on most SF streets), the sky reflects the blueish-green color of the Bay, and (at least on weekends) it's a surprisingly quiet and peaceful part of town. I encourage everyone to take a ride over to Heron's Head Park and India Basin when this is completed – you won't be disappointed!
|Lots of beautiful mature trees and a clear fog-free blue sky.|
The SF Redevelopment Agency and the Port together completed a Conceptual Design Study for Cargo Way back in May 2008 detailing streetscape improvements that could be implemented on the street in the long-term. I'm excited to see this cycle track come in later this month, but I encourage those interested to advocate heavily for what's included in this design study. I would especially like to see walking conditions improved on Cargo Way. And this plan does not stand alone. The SF Planning Department's recently-initiated Green Connections project also has its sights set on improving this corridor, so now all we need is some strong community support!