I confess to surprise verging on shock that the January issues of the Richmond Review and Sunset Beacon newspapers would abuse its public trust by marshaling its reporting staff to manipulate public opinion on a subject on which the public has diverse views.
At today’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Connie Chan asked Mayor London Breed about her vision for post-pandemic road measures in San Francisco, specifically Great Highway, JFK Drive, and Slow Streets.
I discovered Golden Gate Park’s car-free JFK Drive. More accurately, car-free JFK let this longtime San Franciscan discover the old park in a magical new way.
For the second year in a row, banning cars from (the eastern part of) JFK Drive made it impossible for many people with mobility disabilities, seniors, those who live far from Golden Gate Park and others to see the Winter Lights shows.
While plans to overhaul the Dahlia Dell in Golden Gate Park normally might be welcome and supported, the closure of John F. Kennedy Drive has raised questions about equity and access for the Dahlia Society members who traditionally take care of the plants there.
It is unfathomable that the needs of the elderly and the disabled and those multi-generational families from outlying neighborhoods are being dismissed.
I don’t buy the notion that the cycling community is all about avoiding the perilous automobiles.
SFMTA, is tasked with finding solutions that balance the need for safe, car-free spaces with the need for access to Golden Gate Park for all visitors, including seniors and the disability community.
A permanently car-free JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park moved closer to reality after the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a resolution urging the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) to create a “beach to bay” car-free connection across the City.
According to the New York Times’s Aug. 8 article titled “San Francisco’s Cyclists Cheer a Road Less Traveled. Museums Mourn It,” San Francisco’s flagship museums are at risk because the “bike lobby” convinced the City to close a section of Golden Gate Park’s JFK Drive to private cars.
The controversy about keeping Golden Gate Park’s John F. Kennedy Drive car-free east of Transverse Drive after the pandemic ends is shifting into overdrive. A new study might help steer the debate.
Is JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park accessible to all or just to able bodied and financially able?
For more than a year, the public has been enjoying a car-free experience along John F. Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park, from the eastern entrance of the park to Crossover Drive. But when the pandemic restrictions are finally lifted, they might face a choice of keeping it this way or not.
Photos and captions by Emily Huston.
A new art installation by San Francisco artist Charles Gadeken titled “Entwined” sits in Peacock Meadow in the east end of the park next to the Conservatory of Flowers. The art installation honors Golden Gate Park’s 150th anniversary and will run from Dec. 10 to Feb. 28.