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Advocates continue to push back against a redesigned "Better Market Street" without protected bike lanes. The new plan, proposed last month, would have cyclists continue to mix with 20-ton trucks and buses, as well as city cars, taxis, and errant motorists who turn down Market Street despite the signs.
First of all, anyone who still thinks 'car-free' Market Street is already 'safe' simply needs to look at the lead image and watch this video from Luke Spray, taken during a typical bike ride on Market Street:
Munroe especially called out the absurdity of using sharrows to protect cyclists on such a busy street with so many large vehicles.
Britt Tanner, Senior Engineer with SFMTA's Sustainable Street Division, sent the following reply:
The California MUTCD Section 9C.07.C states that sharrows may be used to “alert road users of the lateral location bicyclists are likely to occupy within the traveled way.” Our conceptual drawings propose side-by-side sharrows to alert drivers that bikes are encouraged to ride side-by-side in the curb lane along Market Street. We’ve heard negative feedback regarding using two side-by-side sharrows, so we are also considering revising the design to use a single sharrow.
The placements of the sharrows was intended to be conceptual, and we welcome feedback. The final striping for the roadway between 5th and 8th would not be installed until after construction is complete, in 2023. Given that, we have time to work through issues of MUTCD compliance if we go forward with the side-by-side sharrows.
Hint from Streetsblog for traffic engineers: if your safety questions come down to the MUTCD guide and whether to use double or single sharrows, you've already f*cked up.