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SFBC News: First bicycle traffic signal in San Francisco!

Celebrate SF’s First Bicycle Traffic Signal at Fell/Masonic

Join the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and City leaders along with bicyclists, pedestrians and local media to celebrate the installation of San Francisco’s first ever bicycle traffic signal at the notoriously dangerous intersection of Fell/Masonic on the Panhandle Path. The celebration will begin at 11:30a.m. on Tuesday, September 23rd

The SFBC has spent years advocating for safety improvements at this intersection, and we are relieved that this safety fix is finally in place. This special traffic light separates the crossing light into two phases. Pedestrians and bicyclists will receive a green walk and green bicycle signal when it is their turn to cross, and then a separate green arrow will indicate when vehicles can turn left. These phases ensure that bicycles and pedestrians will not cross paths with left-turning cars.

Bicycle safety improvements like this one have been frozen since June 2006, when a court injunction required that an Environmental Impact Report of the City’s Bike Plan be completed. In May, the Superior Court lifted this injunction due to the high number of casualties at this intersection. We commend the MTA and the City Attorney’s Office for advocating to the Court on this public safety issue, and we urge them to do the same for other high-collision areas, as well as requesting that the Judge lift the ban on adding new bike racks, sharrows, and signage for cyclists.

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