Marketbikelane.jpgSan Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu introduced a resolution Tuesday calling for more pilot projects to be implemented on Market Street, citing the success of recent moves to divert traffic off the popular thoroughfare.

The resolution calls on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and other city departments and agencies to further divert private automobile traffic off of Market Street, what Chiu called “the city’s greatest boulevard.”

Chiu said he hoped the projects would be similar to one started in September 2009 and made permanent this past March requiring eastbound traffic to turn right at Sixth and 10th streets.

Bike lanes were also recently painted green on Market Street between Eighth Street and Octavia Boulevard.

Chiu’s resolution proposed further diversion of private automobile traffic on both eastbound and westbound Market Street, and extending and colorizing transit-only lanes on the street to reduce delays of Muni’s buses and streetcars.

He said he envisioned Market Street “as a world class avenue, but we need to act now to make this vision a reality.”

Market Street, which is slated to be repaved in 2015, currently handles 200,000 transit riders on surface Muni routes, more than 200,000 people walking, and thousands of people bicycling each weekday, according to Chiu’s office.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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