This project not only will remove 100 parking spaces which greatly affect surrounding residents and businesses but also will be putting cyclists at increased danger as Fell or Oak Streets while they may be the fastest are not the safest routes for Cyclists to take. The SFMTA needs to find a safer alternative then putting a bike lane on a main thoroughfare. Would they ever imagine putting a bicycle lane down 19th Avenue? We dont think so. Also you will no longer be allowed to make a right hand turn off of Oak St. onto Divisadero St? We feel there is a better solution to make the Divisadero Corridor safer for Cyclists.
From the SFMTA's Website:
The project will require the removal of about 80-100 parking spaces, primarily on the south side of Oak Street and the south side of Fell Street between Scott and Baker streets. The SFMTA is INVESTIGATING options to offset this loss of parking and estimates that ABOUT 1/3 of the lost parking spaces can be added back on nearby streets by converting parallel parking to perpendicular parking. The SFMTA is also INVESTIGATING how residential permit parking could free up additional parking spaces for area residents.
Please take some time and sign this petition to Luis Montoya to let him know that this is not a change for the better and will only hurt residents, businesses and cyclists in the end.