Folsom Street will soon be safer and more comfortable for bicyclists as the city finishes up the installation of new protected bike lanes. The new, separated bike lanes run both north and south on Folsom from Pine Street to Valmont Road and have a concrete curb separating them from vehicle travel lanes. The city also added green bike lane markings and new wayfinding signage as part of the project.
The protected bike lanes will be fully completed later this month when the city installs plastic delineators on top of the curb separators to provide enhanced visibility of the curb separation for bicyclists and motorists.
Check out photos of the new protected bike lanes in the slideshow below:
The city’s Low-Stress Walk and Bike Network Plan identified Folsom Street as a high-priority corridor for receiving separated bike lanes due to the street’s 30 mph speed limit; high level of average daily traffic; history of bicycle-related crashes, particularly at the intersection of Folsom and Pine streets; and feedback from community members that expressed a need for safer, more comfortable bicycle facilities.
The new bike lanes are being installed as part of the city’s Pavement Management Program – Mobility Enhancements initiative. The initiative combines annual pavement resurfacing work with bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvements to help the city make progress toward its Vision Zero goal of zero deaths, zero serious injuries on our streets. The section of Folsom receiving the curb-separated bike lane received pavement resurfacing work this summer.