Bike lane through the Hairball on Potrero

One of the most dangerous intersections in the Mission is now getting a bit safer with the inclusion of some long-awaited bicycle lane striping! Previously, navigating the dangerous Hairball Gauntlet has been extraordinarily treacherous for cyclists, especially those turning right off the skybridge from Cesar Chavez to Potrero who are expected to contend with merging traffic exiting from the 101.  While this spells things out a little more clearly, until they stencil in that bicycle guy (hopefully with pink helmets), drivers will still probably get confused.

Hopefully we won’t need to get the tank.

(BTW, I totally messed up by not taking the photo directly 180 degrees from this point of view so you can see what I’m talking about regarding the merging 101 traffic–this shortcoming will be ameliorated soon)

3 Responses to “Bike lane through the Hairball on Potrero”

  1. mark says:

    Anyone know who to contact to get some of the other hazardous bike zones remedied? My personal nightmare is always getting in to the left turn lane on to Valencia when travelling up Market from the Gough intersection. Speeding cars, MUNI cars and rails and other bikers always seem to make it tricky.

  2. le_sacre says:

    @mark: If I’m reading your description correctly, what I usually do when there’s traffic is just stop and wait on the north side of Market for the light to change at the crosswalk. It’s never too long of a wait as the light is pretty fast, and as a cyclist, it behooves you to be patient.

    What flummoxes me is that weird eastbound section of Market around 10th/11th St where the bike lane is suddenly to the left of the right turn lane, thus forcing you to bike across a lane of traffic to stay in the bike lane. I gather that somehow this is supposed to be better, but I find it incredibly stressful when there’s any traffic around me, and on occasion I’ve had to just pull over and wait for an opportunity just to stay in my lane.

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