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Andrew Casteel —

Cyclists planning to participate in the Bay Area’s 16th Annual Bike to Work Day on Thursday will be greeted by a new feature on Market Street — a separate bike lane now replete with bright green paint.

The enhancements to the bike lane were added over the weekend to Market Street between Gough and Eighth streets. The green paint, similar in color to a “bike box” put down on Scott Street earlier this year, coincides with a new measure to separate the bike lane by adding “safe-hit” posts to the area designated for cyclists.

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SFBC and MTC Debut New SF Bike Mapper

Andrew Casteel —

Not to be outdone by Google Maps for bicycles or Ride the City, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC), the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, SF Environment and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) launched a new online bike map this week that they hope will be the most useful of the various mapping tools available to cyclists. The SF Bike Mapper is built on a Google Maps platform, but combines many of the elements cyclists in San Francisco have come to expect from the Bicycle Map, including a very helpful layering feature that shows street grade by color. The SF Bike Mapper also allows users to add layers for transit and real-time traffic.

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Andrew Casteel —

Cyclists who routinely ride on Market Street from Gough Street eastbound have no doubt noticed a steady stream of changes to the bicycle lanes as the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has been adding safe-hit posts and creating the impression of greater safety and dignity for cyclists on the corridor. Over the weekend the SFMTA took that process a few giant leaps forward by adding vibrant green paint to the protected lanes to further distinguish the bicycle-only space. The lanes are part of the SFMTA's Sustainable Streets division, which has secured permission from Caltrans and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to experiment with various pavement colors and treatments in bicycle lanes, the Market Street Calm the Safety Zones, and other areas of the city.

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Gearing up for Bike to Work Day

Andrew Casteel —

Thursday's Bike to Work Day will be the first time in more than three years that the annual spring event can be cast by cycling enthusiasts more as celebration than protest.

That's because in November a San Francisco Superior Court judge partially lifted a 2006 injunction that barred the city from striping new bike lanes and moving forward with other biking enhancements until a comprehensive environmental assessment of the San Francisco Bicycle Plan was completed.

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Green Feature - Bike to Work

Andrew Casteel —

San Francisco has been greening up its act quite a bit lately. There are many opportunities to promote a sustainable and greener you. The Green initiative nods at supporting local and organic farmers, eco-friendly choices and healthy, supportive environments. You’d probably get a double nod if you mentioned biking. For some, the idea of hopping on a bike and riding down the streets of San Francisco is fantastic.

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