A raised lane, as pioneered on Valencia Street, increases visibility and provides built-in buffer from cars

Many municipalities are promoting bicycling as an environmentally friendly way to get around that doesn't require them to invest money in much new infrastructure. Bike lanes have become part and parcel of this movement, varying in design from a stripe on the side of the road to a fully protected pathway beside parked cars.

But a little-used design that might better protect cyclists while taking up less room is receiving consideration by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and the SF Public Utilities Commission: a raised bike lane, which aside from being protected provides a built-in ‘speed bump' that keeps motorists from straying into cyclists' territory.

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