On May 3, 2022, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors officially adopted Mayor London Breed’s ordinance that would keep the eastern portion of JFK Drive closed to vehicle traffic. The Academy appreciates the thoroughness and degree of community involvement that led to the development of this legislation, and supports the City’s ongoing commitment to equitable access to Golden Gate Park for all who want to visit.
Here is a summary of key components of the ordinance:
Road closures and safety updates
The ordinance would adopt the Golden Gate Park Access and Safety Program, which would:
- close JFK Drive to private vehicle traffic between Kezar Drive and Transverse Drive, as well as several other small roads in the park
- change MLK Drive to one-way eastbound from Chain of Lakes Drive to Sunset Boulevard
- change Middle Drive West to one-way westbound from Metson Road to MLK Drive
- establish a protected two-way bicycle lane on the east side of Transverse Drive from JFK Drive to Overlook Drive
- establish a one-way westbound bicycle lane on the north side of MLK Drive between Middle Drive and Sunset Boulevard
Quarterly and annual impact reports
The ordinance urges the Recreation and Parks Department (RPD) and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) to prepare quarterly and annual reports until 2033 regarding the Golden Gate Park Access and Safety Program’s impact on the usage of the Music Concourse and the implementation status of other policy initiatives included in the report.
The reports will include:
- information about visitation to the California Academy of Sciences, de Young Museum, and Gardens of Golden Gate Park
- information about visitation to the park from equity-priority communities
- feedback from the disability community
- a summary of traffic safety and collisions
- data and analysis on usage of the Music Concourse Garage
Garage and de Young Museum access
The new legislation directs RPD to:
- implement a plan to ensure adequate shuttle service, paratransit van service, accessible parking spots, traffic safety, unencumbered delivery access to the de Young Museum loading dock, and bicycle connectivity.
- work with SFMTA, Music Concourse Community Partnership, the de Young Museum, the California Academy of Sciences, and other stakeholders to improve the usage of and access to the Golden Gate Park Concourse Garage.