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.
Private motor vehicles are permanently banned from the eastern section of John F. Kennedy Drive (JFK) in Golden Gate Park, after a 7-4 vote by the Board of Supervisors, acting as the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA).
Mayor London Breed’s proposal to permanently ban private motor vehicles from certain drives in Golden Gate Park will go before the Board of Supervisors soon, however, they might make some adjustments if they approve it.
Regarding a proposed compromise, when has any legally protected group ever given up their civil and legal rights in the name of compromise?
As the City returns to normal routines, with SF residents back at work and in school, JFK Drive is now nearly empty on weekdays.
When I talk to the “Keep-JFK-Drive-closed” folks, they often end up agreeing that a compromise is a good solution.
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.