After three long years of waiting, bikers and sustainable transportation enthusiasts will finally have their day in court. A hearing is scheduled for this morning to lift an injunction which has prevented San Francisco from implementing physical improvements to bicycle transportation since June of 2006.
The injunction stemmed from a lawsuit filed by the Coalition for Adequate Review, which asserted that the plan had not conducted an adequate environmental review under the requirements of the California Environmental Review Act.
To comply, the city carried out a full environmental impact process on the plan, which was certified by the Planning Commission this summer. Details on the specifics of the environmental report can be found here.
The city’s bike plan calls for an additional 34 miles of bike lanes, as well as experimenting with color pavement for bike lanes, adding thousands of sidewalk bike parking lots and street parking corrals, and numerous other programs. A full list of the proposed programs is available on the Bicycle Coalition’s website.
Muni, the city department which will be be responsible for moving forwards pending a favorable review, is prepared to initiate the plan as soon as they get an okay from court.