The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will oversee the construction of an elevated bike pathway in its southern Mission District. The design calls for a 5-foot wide minimum curb lane to be raised approximately 2 inches above the road surface, with an additional 1-foot to 5-foot buffer zone.

Borrowed from European cities who’ve successfully implemented the design, San Francisco aims to separate cyclists from vehicular traffic, thereby reducing vehicle-bicycle conflicts.

The City’s efforts to provide safer bicycle facilities are part of its larger master plan to increase ridership to a minimum of 8 percent of the population by year 2018.