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SFMTA Looks At $18M Bike-Friendly Makeover Of Masonic Avenue

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — San Francisco's Municipal Transportation Agency wants to make major changes on a busy thoroughfare in San Francisco with a long history of accidents.

Masonic Avenue would get an $18 million safety facelift that would encourage bicycling and discourage driving.

Officials plan to discuss this week a major redesign that would eliminate a traffic lane during commute hours along with almost 170 parking spaces. Instead, there would be a 1.2 mile elevated bike lane and a green median strip.

KCBS' Barbara Taylor Reports:

Elizabeth Stampe of Walk SF welcomes the proposal. "There have been many people who have been hit by cars there," she said.

In the past two years, more than 130 people have been injured and both a bicyclist and a pedestrian have been killed on Masonic.

"There was the terrible incident of the woman killed right outside Trader Joe's and that's something that we can prevent and we really have to act," Stampe added.

The $18 million project still lacks a funding source.

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