SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Several safety improvements are coming to the Golden Gate Bridge in the wake of complaints by bicyclists forced to share the eastern sidewalk with pedestrians during construction on the western side of the structure.

With the western sidewalk closed through September due to construction, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition boss Leah Shahum said riding has been chaotic.

“Everyone’s looking to the bridge district to really step up and be responsible about the situation,” said Shahum. “This is a long-planned project and they could have predicted these challenges, so we’re hoping that they do step up to the plate and make sure the conditions are improved.

KCBS’ Tim Ryan Reports:

Golden Gate Bridge District spokeswoman Mary Currie said the district is paying attention to the needs of walkers and bikers.

“The very first thing that we’re going to do is add some striping to the sidewalk,” said Currie.

That should happen as soon as we have a non-foggy night to help the paint dry. There will be additional signs too, and bridge cops are being told to help direct traffic in sluggish spots.

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Comments (6)
  1. fred thompson says:

    Won’t matter. Bicyclists are rude and don’t follow the rules of the road anyway and expect to be “over advocated’. On Van Ness this AM, a bicyclist cut in front of a bus and then yelled at the bus driver . I was almost hit yesterday by a bicyclist running a stop sign. Then you have the tourists on the sidewalk. Don’t get me started. License bicylists just as you license drivers. Penalize them for not following the law.

    1. George says:

      I whole heartedly agree!

  2. robert says:

    Let them swim across. Rude beliigerent demanding entitled adolescents.

  3. Steve says:

    I hope the new striping separates northbound and southbound traffic instead of encouraging head-on collisions.

  4. Eamonn says:

    Ah yes, sanctimonious motorists (with a sense of entitlement bigger than a Hummer) lecturing other road users about how to obey the law. That’ll be worth listening to once they hang up the phones, put down the makeup, stop for red lights, stop at stop signs, and start obeying speed limits for a change, i.e. never. For every anecdote you give me about a stupid cyclist on Van Ness I can give you a hundred about stupid motorists on 101.

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