Keep Golden Gate Park Open to Everyone. Re-open JFK Drive

Keep Golden Gate Park Open to Everyone. Re-open JFK Drive

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Maryo Mogannam started this petition to Mayor London Breed and

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, a large percentage of visitors to Golden Gate Park came in cars, including San Franciscans, people who live elsewhere in the Bay Area, and tourists from around the world.  Those who relied on cars include seniors, people with mobility and other disabilities, families with children, and residents from places where driving is the only realistic option.  For many years before the pandemic, JFK Drive, the main street in Golden Gate Park, was open to all transportation modes.  There has been a parking-protected bike lane in both directions on JFK Drive for years.

At the beginning of shelter-in-place, Mayor London Breed closed the eastern part of JFK Drive to cars 24/7 with assurances it was on a temporary, emergency basis only, in order to provide more space for social distancing.  In essence, this has closed much of Golden Gate Park to anyone who can’t walk or bike in, which is inequitable, but it was imposed quickly and justified as one of many temporary measures to deal with an unprecedented public health emergency. 

As the pandemic is beginning to recede and San Francisco plans for reopening the City, some advocates are lobbying City government to permanently close the entire length of JFK Drive to cars 24/7/365.

Permanently closing JFK Drive to cars would create a permanent access barrier to Golden Gate Park for countless numbers of people, including many seniors, people with mobility and other disabilities, families, and people from places where driving is the only realistic option.  Is that fair?  Is that the San Francisco way?  It isn’t possible for San Franciscans who live in Bayview, Mission, Lakeview and Excelsior, for example, to get to Golden Gate Park on public transportation.  Everyone should have access to Golden Gate Park, one of San Francisco’s true gems.

We, the undersigned, strongly urge Mayor London Breed, the Board of Supervisors, the SFCTA, the SFMTA, and the Recreation and Parks Department to reopen JFK Drive to everyone in all modes of transportation immediately after the emergency declaration expires, except, as before, the eastern part on Sundays and some Saturdays.

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