New Bike Lanes to Help Cyclists Crossing Muni Tracks Not Fall On Their Faces

Striking a blow to the schadenfreude of watching fellow cyclists eat it while biking across Muni tracks, SFMTA has decided to experiment with new bike lanes that cross 17th and Church's front wheel slip-n-slide:

The SFMTA added guidance markings this week to the intersection of 17th and Church Streets, where the 17th Street bike lane meets Muni’s F-Market and J-Church streetcar lines. Car parking spots near the corners were also removed to improve visibility and provide more room for cyclists to maneuver safely.

The dashed lines and sharrows direct cyclists to cross the tracks at nearly a perpendicular angle, which minimizes the risk that bike wheels will get caught in the track crevices — a common bicycling hazard in San Francisco. Similar treatments have been used in Seattle.

More pics of paint and people not falling over at Streetsblog.

Comments (11)

This is a good idea. The bike lanes in Seattle on which these are based are awesome - they direct you do this fun s-curve, which is enjoyable at speed.

Now I would like to see something to address the cluster at the Duboce/Chuch/Muni/Safeway alleyway vortex.

“Vortex” is the most appropriate term I’ve ever heard for that intersection. I hope it catches on.

What did people do back in the days when they had to think for themselves?

You mean, before they striped roads? I dunno, ask your great-grandpa.

It’s a city. Roads need markings. Get over it.

I mean before people had to be shown how to get over tracks. I never needed help. Get over it.

Fall a lot.

Even with the arrows if its wet you must keep off the front brake or learn how to bunny hop or just ride a bike with fat tires

Awesome…. I am one of the bikers that have eaten it on those rails

I’ve bought there in the rain on a motorcycle, hard. Painted lines? Whatever.

Nanny State nonsense.

Yeah, just like putting guard-rails on the edge of Highway 1, or crossing-gates at train-crossings.

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