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Release date: 11/25/09

*** Press Release ***

Mayor Gavin Newsom and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) welcomed the order issued today by the San Francisco Superior Court to partially lift the 2006 injunction against the City’s Bike Plan. The modification allows the SFMTA Bike Program to begin implementation of bicycle network improvements.

"While we had hoped for the complete removal of the injunction, this order paves the way for real growth in bicycling in San Francisco,” said Mayor Newsom.  "Making bicycling safer and more attractive improves San Francisco's environment and helps people lead healthier lives."

"The SFMTA is poised to make San Francisco the pre-eminent city for bicycling in North America," said Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., SFMTA Executive Director/CEO.  “Today’s action by the Superior Court will foster the responsible promotion of bicycling envisioned in the Charter-mandated Transit First policy."

The SFMTA Bike Program will begin implementing bike improvements consistent with the Court’s decision early next week and will provide a timeline and schedule on Monday.

Even while the Bicycle Plan has been under the injunction, bicycling has increased dramatically in San Francisco, rising 53 percent, based on recent data.  SFMTA counts also show that bicycling activity increases by an average of 50 percent after a bike lane is added, including the following examples where bike lanes have been added in the past: Howard Street (300 percent increase); Valencia Street (144 percent increase) and Arguello Boulevard (67 percent increase).

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