Uh, How Are You Supposed to Cycle from the End of the Wiggle Behind the Safeway to Market Inbound, Legally?

This has been a mystery to me.

You’ve just come from the Lower Haight by going behind the Church Street Safeway to end up at Point A and, of course, you want to use Market Street to continue your journey inbound so first you’ll need to get to Point B.

Most cyclists just ride in the crosswalk, as dude in the photo is doing, but that’s illegal in CA currently, is it not?

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I guess you are supposed to walk your bike across Buchanan and then wait for the signal and then walk your bike across Market and then continue your journey.

Otherwise, you’re doing it wrong…

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One Response to “Uh, How Are You Supposed to Cycle from the End of the Wiggle Behind the Safeway to Market Inbound, Legally?”

  1. It’s a trouble spot that’s been discussed among the street design folks for years. It’s not always best to design a legal exact perfect method, when informal solutions are safe and obvious. The design (especially with streetcar tracks in the mix) is bound to be expensive and arcane. Unless you could come up with something that is both “proper” and obviously the best way, people will ignore it.
    As a side note, the location is geographically interesting: The hill the mint is on used to be three times as tall and extended all the way to 15th Street, until Market Street and Dolores Street were cut through it. There was a reservoir exactly above the spot in your photo. That’s why the Safeway parking lot entrances are labeled as a city street called Reservoir.

    I love discovering this kind of thing. To share my enthusiasm, I’ve put together a little tour of the area, called Walk the Wiggle–pay what you want. Feel free to join one of the five coming up in Jan. & Feb.

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