Think of it as urban cycling with a view: San Francisco’s Mission district will soon be home to the city’s first raised bikeway as early as next year. The project will bring a whole new type of bicycle infrastructure to the city – one that’s expected to become more common in years to come. This showcase bikeway is part of the Mission/Valencia Gateway project and it will stretch southbound on Valencia Street from Cesar Chavez Street to Duncan Street.

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According to the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, this project brings the City by the Bay into the ranks of the world’s great bicycling cities like Copenhagen – but it’s a relatively new concept in the United States. Raised bikeways create a protected bike path that is separate from the street (where cyclists are subject to the perils of traffic) or sidewalk (where bikes endanger pedestrians). The Mission/Valencia project also integrates wider sidewalks, permeable pavement and two new plazas, creating a great environment and a safer experience for cyclists.

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Work is on the project is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2015 and it will continue until mid 2016. And this is just the beginning – raised bikeways are also planned for Masonic Avenue and 2nd Street within the next few years. The project is just one part of the larger multi-agency Green Infrastructure initiative led by the SF Public Utility Commission.

Keep an eye on for ongoing updates on this project and tips on how you can participate!

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