I attended the Board of Supervisors meeting that decided the fate of JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park. Prior to the vote, there were presentations of studies that had no focus on the Monday-to-Friday closings. Of course, that was what the vote was about – to expand the weekend closures to every day of the week.
It did not matter to Board members that there are very few visitors to JFK Drive during the week and those who visit tend to stay on sidewalks where it is more pleasant and safer. It did not matter that civic institutions, like the de Young Museum, are still recovering from COVID closures and wanting better weekday access for visitors opposed the closure. It did not matter that Supervisors who represent constituencies from cross-town (out of cycling distance) opposed it or neighboring organizations like PAR opposed it.
The JFK Drive, a.k.a. “roadway,” is now primarily benefitting cyclists. Dedicated lanes were not enough. Concerns for others unable to cycle around town or cross town to visit the park were disregarded. This selfish “cycling” activism supported by Board members does not serve the greater good. Go visit JFK Drive on a weekday and see for yourself.
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