The process begins to make JFK permanent without a car

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Will the eastern half of JFK Drive remain without a car? That’s the question behind a new outreach effort, launched Tuesday by SFMTA and Rec and Park, to determine what future people want for Golden Gate Park. From outside the city:

An extensive public outreach process launched today is asking the public to consider a wide range of proposed updates to the car-free route on Golden Gate Park’s John F. Kennedy Drive, from altered street closures improving access to mobility services such as the park shuttle, the sharing of bicycles, scooters, taxis and pedicabs.

The Golden Gate Park Access and Safety Program, a joint effort of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), is charged with finding solutions that balance the need for safe and secure spaces. car with the need for access to Golden Gate Park for all visitors, including the elderly and the disabled.

With scheduled online office hours, park tours, and the program’s open houses and online surveys, anyone can influence the configuration of Golden Gate Park’s closed streets, as well as new or existing mobility options. improvements to be implemented to expand access to the park for everyone. Outreach also includes virtual open houses on September 30 and October 3, as well as pop-up information centers at neighborhood farmers markets and in Golden Gate Park every Sunday in October.

“The Golden Gate Park car-free course was designed to create a safe recreation area during COVID. It turned out to be a major draw, drawing more people to the park, serving commuters between the Sunset and downtown, and creating a safe space for kids to learn to drive. This has eliminated serious injuries on a segment of our critical injury network, ”SFMTA Director of Transportation Jeffrey Tumlin said in a statement. “We are pleased to support Rec and Park in their efforts, including the changes underway that will prioritize access for people with disabilities and ensure access for passengers and cargo loading, as well as visitors and employees. institutional. “

The city’s outreach mission includes a visit primarily for people with disabilities on October 2, 2021 at 10:30 a.m., hosted by Walk SF. already exists in the park, with full and direct access to museums via the underground parking lot and the ramp under Fulton’s JFK (see photo below). The Walk SF tour begins in Fulton and Tenth, at the entrance to the underutilized 800-seat garage at the de Young Museum.

There is already ADA access by car (or shuttle) at the museum entrance, with ramps under the JFK drive.  Photo: Streetsblog / Rudick
There is already ADA access by car (or shuttle) at the museum entrance, with ramps under the JFK drive. Photo: Streetsblog / Rudick

Walk San Francisco is also asking advocates to join their efforts and register to help shape the future of JFK Drive. Based on a statement from Jodie Medeiros of Walk SF, explaining the various options currently under consideration:

  1. The first option would revert to the pre-COVID situation, with vehicle traffic six days a week.
  2. The second option would allow private vehicles to return to JFK Drive from 8th Avenue to Transverse. This means that less than half of what we’ve enjoyed since April 2020 would go without a car.
  3. The third option is what we have now, but better. A car-free JFK Drive, from Kezar to Transverse Drive, every day – combined with a suite of improvements needed to improve accessibility.

Streetsblog goes with gate number three.

Walk SF is also asking people to visit the SFMTA survey and webpage and make sure to attend outreach meetings to share their views on the optimal future of Golden Gate Park and JFK Drive. “This is our chance,” Medeiros continued, “to finally win a JFK Drive for people of all ages and abilities to walk without fear of dangerous traffic.”

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