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Release date: October 1, 2012

*** Press Release ***

Photo showing Safe Hit Posts at Cesar Chevaz attached.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which manages all surface transportation in the City, today announced the installation of safe hit posts on Cesar Chavez Street from Vermont to Pennsylvania streets. Green paint treatment will be applied later this week.

Buffered bike lanes were installed at this location in March 2012.

“As we continue to implement the vision of the Bike Plan, we understand that the work does not stop once the plan is on paper. This project is another example of the MTA listening to the community and adjusting designs to meet their needs,” said Ed Reiskin, SFMTA Director of Transportation. “This work showcases an inexpensive, effective and attractive transportation option that that makes for a clearer and safer separation between bicycles and cars on this busy road.”

Safe-hit posts are a physical barrier that deters vehicles from infringing upon the bicycle lane. Safe hit posts were chosen as the means of separation due to the positive experience cyclists have had with them on streets like Market, Division, and Laguna Honda.

This project was first identified in the 2009 San Francisco Bicycle Plan and did not include buffers, hit posts or green paint. In June 2011, the SFMTA decided to revisit the design for bicycle lanes on Cesar Chavez, and partnered with the SF Planning Department to conduct community outreach on a design that could include separated bicycle lanes. Through a series of three meetings with the community, the current design emerged.

The Department of Public Works, which oversees street-resurfacing projects in the City, and the SFMTA will test the new green pavement treatment to evaluate its durability and potential effects on cyclist and motorist behavior.

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