Previously: Bike Plan Injunction Could (Finally) Disappear Today

A San Francisco Superior Court judge today asked attorneys to submit further briefs on the city’s effort to lift a four-year-old injunction on its bicycle plan.

It’s not yet known when Judge Peter Busch will rule on whether to lift the injunction.

The plan would add 34 miles of bike lanes to the city’s existing 45-mile network, as well as 75 miles of shared-use lanes with cars, improved access to transit and bridges, and hundreds of new bike racks.

After the city Board of Supervisors approved the plan in August, City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a motion to lift a 2005 injunction on the plan filed by opposition groups who demanded an environmental impact study.

The environmental impact report was approved by the city Planning Commission in June.
Busch today asked attorneys for a declaration by Friday detailing specific bicycle safety improvements the city plans to take in the coming months, according to the city attorney’s office.

Busch also requested briefs by Nov. 12 on whether the court has the authority to reverse any improvements to the bicycle network, if the city’s environmental impact report on the plan is later found to be deficient.

In addition to seeking to lift the injunction, the city is facing a legal challenge to the adequacy of the EIR, a hearing on which is expected no sooner than March, according to the city attorney’s office.

Busch could issue a ruling on the injunction before then, but he has not said when, the city attorney’s office said.

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