Crissy Field Ave
|July 2018. Crissy Field Ave closed permanently to cars|
So it's all good, right? Not quite. The road surface is very rough and uneven, and only minimal effort was put into sealing cracks prior to painting fancy bike lanes. The result: an obstacle course for downhill cyclists that results in broken spokes and dangerous dodging maneuvers to avoid the roughest patches.
If you would like to see this section improved, please drop a note to firstname.lastname@example.org. They are receptive to feedback and are continually working on improvements that make the Presidio a more friendly place to cyclists. Here's the note I sent:
I am a regular bike commuter from Marin to SF. Twice a day, ~4 days a week I travel through the Presidio by bike along with many other bicycle commuters that follow a similar route.
I am in general very pleasing with the conversion of Crissy Field Ave to a bike path. The car-free environment makes me feel safer, my southbound commute is now a couple minutes shorter, and I can avoid the dangerous off-camber curve at the bottom of Long Ave. However, there is a safety issue that I would like to see addressed. The poor quality of the pavement is a hazard both directly affecting cyclists traveling downhill, and indirectly impacting uphill cyclists and walkers that end up head-on with downhill cyclists trying to dodge the ruts.
Just today a cyclist broke two spokes on the downhill -- it takes a lot of impact to break spokes and she was lucky to avoid crashing. Furthermore, I have personally witnessed close calls as riders try to dodge the worst parts. The minor crack filling that was done before painting might be fine for cars, but is not sufficient for our skinny tires. I would like to see this stretch properly resurfaced. It is a huge thoroughfare for bikes and could be a shining example of what proper bike infrastructure looks like. Unfortunately right now it's more of a half-done-right obstacle course.
Thank you very much for your consideration.