Risky Business: What It’s Like to “Take The Lane” on Masonic Avenue While Cycling Downhill

Going uphill, cyclists use the ridiculously wide sidewalks of poorly-designed Masonic Avenue, but going downhill, people don’t really have that option.

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There’s a reason why Masonic is here, why it’s a major north-south route. The alternatives for cyclists are a half-mile to the west (Stanyan) and a half-mile to the east (newly “improved” Divisadero with extra small lanes, which were sacrificed for an embiggened median).

Our City Family has a plan for changes, sometime, but it costs $30,000,000 per mile…

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5 Responses to “Risky Business: What It’s Like to “Take The Lane” on Masonic Avenue While Cycling Downhill”

  1. Douglas Douglas says:

    Thanks for your blast. I know that the streets are much in need of attention. We already enjoy good bike lanes on many streets but there is a long way to go. DD

  2. peter says:

    That’s not true. One of the virtues of cycling is that one doesn’t need to rely on major traffic arteries to get someplace. The alternatives to Masonic are Ashbury, Central, Lyon, Baker… cars can’t cut across the Panhandle, but bikes can.

    Why we need to spend gazillions to calm and beautify Masonic is beyond me. We could only spend billions and get solid results.

  3. sfcitizen says:

    I don’t view those streets – Ashbury, Central, Lyon, Baker – as alternatives as they don’t go through. USF, Wallenburg, Lucky, Mervyn’s – all those serve to pen in Masonic, which was the least hilly choice for a major route back in the day…

    Agree that we don’t need $20,000,000 to fix Masonic up…

  4. Al says:

    Get Google Earth and look at the city in 3d (with 2x exaggerated terrain). It immediately becomes apparent where bike routes should go.

  5. sfcitizen says:

    Testify. That’a good idea…

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