16th and Valencia: What we currently see and what we can expect (click to enlarge)
The San Francisco Department of Public Works and StreetsBlog brings us news that the Valencia Streetscape Improvements Project is set to kick off this week. Unlike the proposal from June 2006, Valencia will only be renovated from 15th to 19th this time around. Okay, we’ll take it.
Construction is expected to last 9 months and will proceed block-by-block. From the DPW’s factsheet about the project:
A Renewed Valencia Streetscape between 15th and 19th Streets will provide sidewalk improvements on both the east and west sides of Valencia Street. Improvements include: removal of the striped center median, better spaced and more accommodating curbside loading zones for trucks, improved traffic/parking and bicycle lane alignment, sidewalk widening, bulb-outs, pedestrian scale lighting, art elements, bike racks, kiosks, and new street trees. The aim is to provide residents and visitors with safe and easy access to businesses, schools, shopping and regional transit connections, enhancing the sense of place with a unified ribbon of streetscape improvements. (link)
Most importantly, the city expects to install “bicycle oases.” From StreetsBlog:
One feature of the project will be unfamiliar to most San Franciscans: mid-block bicycle oases. “On the mid-block bulb-outs and a few of the other corner bulb-outs, we’ve actually planned bike oases,” said Opbroek. “There’s an example of this up in Portland, where they’ve done a space on the sidewalk with rows of bike parking.”
If the bicycle plan injunction isn’t lifted before the project is completed, however, there’s a chance the bike oases could be jettisoned. In that case, “they’ll have to be installed at a later date,” said Opbroek. “If for some reason that didn’t happen – I expect that it will, but if it didn’t – that space could also be used for tables and chairs or additional merchants spilling out.” (link)
There better be palm trees.
The plan for Valencia between 15th and 16th (click to enlarge)
The plan of Valencia Street between 16th and 17th St. (Click to enlarge)
The plan for Valencia between 17th and 18th (click to enlarge)
The plan for Valencia between 18th and 19th (click to enlarge)
They are also proposing to transform the bike racks into pieces of art. Here were some concepts. How badass will it be to lock your dumpster bike up to some dancing skeletons? (click to enlarge)
(StreetsBlog coverage | the DPW’s informational page)
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