Proposed Page Street Bike Connection Would Link Divisadero To Market Street

Proposed Page Street Bike Connection Would Link Divisadero To Market StreetPhoto: SFMTA Livable Streets
Nuala Sawyer
Published on May 25, 2016

A new strategy to create bike infrastructure along Page Street is in the works, as part of the Lower Haight Public Realm Project. Called the Page Street Green Connection, the plan would build bike lanes along Page stretching from Divisadero to Market, highlighting a popular commuter corridor for cyclists.

Early-stage proposals for the plan were first presented during the District 5 Joint Open House at John Muir Elementary earlier this month. 

The Green Connection project has been broken into three sections. Section one is the biggest, stretching from Divisadero to Webster. Section two runs from Webster to Octavia—and has already seen some recent work, in the form of a bike lane and bike box. And section three would link cyclists from Octavia to Market. 

Section 1

For section one, which stretches from Divisadero to Webster Street, two proposals were presented. The first would keep the same street structure in place, but add bike sharrows to the road to encourage street sharing. 

Option 1

The second option would be to stripe "advisory lanes" onto Page. Also called "non-compulsory bicycle lanes," these would consist of green stripes down the center of Page Street that cars would also legally be able to travel in. 

Option 2

Bike advisory lanes would be a new approach for San Francisco streets—no other such lanes are currently in place. Those who make it over to Oakland regularly however may notice a similar version running along 40th Street near McArthur BART. 

Section 2

The second stretch of Page Street being considered for changes runs from Webster to Octavia streets. Option one in this stretch would be to extend the recently-striped center-running bike lane up another block, so that it starts from Webster instead of Laguna. A median diverter at Laguna and Page would force westbound and eastbound* traffic to turn off Page, lessening the volume of cars on the north side of the street. (*Correction: an earlier version of this article implied it would only be westbound traffic diverted.)

Option 1

A second proposed option is to create an eastbound greenway along the south side of the street between Webster and Octavia. No parking would be lost—instead, the bike lane would be installed next to the curb, with parked cars acting as a barrier between moving traffic and bicycles.

Option 2

Both proposed options focus on eastbound traffic; Page Street is used heavily by bike commuters heading eastbound in the morning, but less frequently by cyclists heading west in the evening, due to its steep grade.

Section 3

Last but not least are the two short blocks of Page Street from Octavia to Market. The first option considered would be simple—just the addition of green sharrows. 

Option two would be more complicated, and would involve changing up the parking along those blocks. A two-way greenway would be installed, but with it three different solutions for incorporating parked cars and moving vehicle traffic:

Full, detailed explanations of the above three sections of Page Street and their accompanying proposals can be found on SF Planning's website for the Lower Haight Public Realm Plan. Details on Section 1 (Divisadero to Webster) can be found here, and Sections 2 and 3 (Webster to Octavia) are here

Do you live or commute along Page Street? What type of transit infrastructure would you like to see built? Let us know in the comments, or email feedback to Planner Jessica Look at [email protected].