San Francisco approves Masonic boulevard plan

San Francisco Bicycle Coalition tells us the SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) unanimously approve a plan to transform Masonic Avenue from a traffic sewer into a grand boulevard with wide sidewalks and a raised, buffered cycletrack.

Here’s Masonic as it appears today through the North of Panhandle (NOPA) neighborhood:

Masonic Avenue Google Streetview San Francisco

Intersections on and near Masonic are among the most dangerous in San Francisco, rampant speeding and numerous physical encounters between cars and pedestrians (and cars and cyclists) where drivers speed through red lights on double right turning lanes.

Here’s the plan endorsed by the NOPA Neighborhood Association and approved by SFMTA looks like this. Note that the sidewalks on either side are wider than the traffic lanes. Narrow radius turns will slow traffic through intersections and large bulbouts will further protect foot traffic. Street parking will be removed, a median with trees added, and five foot cycletracks placed between the sidewalk and the street.

Masonic Avenue boulevard plan


  • bikesgonewild
    September 25, 2012 - 1:59 pm | Permalink

    …what other agencies need approve of the plan before it goes forward (or gets tied up in red tape) ???…

  • September 25, 2012 - 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Funding is the big bugaboo. I imagine an EIR will be needed as part of the final design.

  • MikeOnBike
    September 25, 2012 - 11:52 pm | Permalink

    I don’t understand how “Intersections on and near Masonic are among the most dangerous in San Francisco” will be improved by “five foot cycletracks placed between the sidewalk and the street.”

    Won’t the cycletracks cause more intersection conflicts, such as right hooks?

  • September 26, 2012 - 9:30 am | Permalink

    A few people have asked that question. I looked (very briefly) for intersection plans didn’t find any.

  • eltejano
    September 27, 2012 - 12:52 pm | Permalink

    “sewer” is a bit strong. yes, it’s an incredibly busy street with different sections that could use improvement.

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