Thank you for your coverage of the road closure of JFK Drive. Since 1967 JFK Drive has been closed to cars on Sundays and holidays, 6 a.m.-5 p.m.
In April of 2007, a negotiated Compromise Agreement went into effect that added closing Tea Garden Drive to Transverse April through September. It has been in effect since then. JFK was never closed at night.
Closing JFK Drive 24/7 is totally inhumane to those of us who need a car to get to our destinations. We are completely excluded from enjoying any of the winter night activities in Golden Gate Park, such as the much-celebrated Entwined Lights installation, and the light show inside the Conservatory of Flowers that we used to park on JFK Drive at night to enjoy.
If the excuse for closing it was for children to learn to ride bicycles, why is it closed at night? Do people teach their children to ride bicycles in the dark? It is unfathomable that the needs of the elderly and the disabled and those multi-generational families from outlying neighborhoods are being dismissed. We are human beings and should be treated equally as the able-bodied.
JFK Drive should be reopened immediately, and the Compromise Agreement from 2007 should be permanently restored.
Tomasita Medál, ParkAccess4All
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