Forwarded from SFMTA:
Hello Randall and Chenery bikeshare station stakeholders,
After much deliberation and analysis, the SFMTA has decided to approve the permit for the proposed bikeshare station at Randall and Chenery.
This has been the most outreach GoBike and the agency have performed on any single station, and we very much appreciate engagement with such an involved neighborhood. Throughout this process, I have repeatedly heard neighbors share exactly the same perspectives regarding existing conditions, but still arrive at completely polar conclusions on the station.
Our exercise with collective field observations allowed for communal witness of the circulation and congestion issues that were repeatedly discussed by stakeholders. The SFMTA maintains that the purpose of bikeshare is to offer a viable alternative mode, which relieves traffic pressure. In no way do we expect everyone to use bikeshare, but as more people use it, and as the system grows, congestion and parking competition decrease, which means everyone benefits whether they ride bikeshare or not.
Additionally, the SFMTA is committed to improving safety, especially for our most vulnerable populations like children. Numerous parents commented on the station proposal, some in support, others in opposition, and even others ambivalent, explaining that they saw the bikeshare advantages—both as an alternative travel option and as an improvement to pedestrian crossing visibility at the intersection—but were simultaneously concerned given loading behavior. The Bikeshare Program shared school circulation concerns with the Traffic Operations section, and staff dedicated to programmatic school safety will assess measures toward safer conditions. Some potential improvements include speed humps on Randall and Chenery to maintain slower vehicle speeds, longer white zones to increase curb-side loading and reduce double parking, and modified parking time limits to more closely match the school schedule.
This has been a lengthy process. Thank you for your participation and your patience.
Bikeshare & Bike Parking Program Manager
Scootershare Policy Evaluation Lead
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
1 South Van Ness Avenue, 7th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103