“NO” TO TWIN PEAKS 24 HOUR VEHICULAR ACCESS VIA PORTOLA GATE!

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This petition asks the SFMTA Board of Directors to say NO to the flawed “TWIN PEAKS FOR ALL SFMTA STAFF RECOMMENDATION”.

SFMTA staff recommended on 1/19/2021 its Board of Directors approve opening vehicular traffic access to Twin Peaks Boulevard through the Portola Drive gate at all times, while keeping the Burnett Avenue gate permanently closed.

SFMTA conducted a survey last year to gauge public perceptions of five different proposals regarding vehicular access to Twin Peaks Blvd. Their current recommendation was not part of the survey!

SFMTA staff argues their current recommendation was adequately addressed in the survey and that it discussed their modified open at all times “Option 2 – Portola Drive” proposal with neighbors and stakeholders. This is not true.

The arguments presented in the recommendation are only appropriate for the SFMTA Survey’s original “Option 2 – Portola Drive” proposal which called for the Portola Drive gate to be open only from noon to midnight. The current “Portola Drive gate open at all times” recommendation had NO local community group participation and does not adequately represent the recreational and safety interests of Twin Peaks neighbors and the City of San Francisco.

●        The results of the SFMTA Survey yielded a 52% preference for keeping the Portola Drive gate closed at southern Twin Peaks Blvd., leaving this section always vehicle-free and available for recreational use.

●       Keeping the Portola Drive gate open at all times while also increasing traffic is not an acceptable option! THERE ARE OTHER REASONABLE SOLUTIONS THAT WILL BETTER SATISFY ALL STAKEHOLDERS AND IMPROVE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY. Before any final decision is made, the SFMTA and other city agencies must conduct ADEQUATE impact analysis and engage with ALL neighbors and stakeholders from the areas impacted.

●        The current recommendation will increase local traffic on southern Twin Peaks Blvd. 24 hours a day because the Burnett Avenue gate is permanently closed and its traffic will be rerouted to the permanently opened Portola Drive gate.

●        Southern Twin Peaks Blvd. has become extremely popular with a 10x increase in pedestrians and the additional daytime vehicular traffic will increase the risk of injuries to pedestrians walking on the side of the road. The current modified “Option 2” recommendation has made no provision for remediating the increased risk introduced by its extra hours of increased traffic (no "Vision Zero SF" policy).

●        Increased local daily traffic will have a significant impact on Portola Drive, Panorama Drive, and Midcrest Way commute traffic in addition to the adjacent corridor signal light patterns which have not been upgradable since the 1960's.

●        The additional traffic will increase local Noise and Air-pollution. The 24 hour traffic noise will be especially adverse in the early morning hours when the local southern Twin Peaks residents are trying to sleep.

●        Residents of Portola Drive, Panorama Drive, Midcrest Way, Cityview Way, Marview Way, Glenbrook Way, Mountain Spring Ave and Palo Alto Ave would be particularly impacted.

PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION IF YOU CONCUR and want to keep southern Twin Peaks Boulevard free of vehicular traffic as much as possible. Please make yourself heard by adding a brief comment with your petition signature so that SFMTA and Mayor London Breed will automatically receive your comment.

We encourage you to also send more detailed email comments directly to SFMTA address TwinPeaks4All@SFMTA.com . This petition will continue to collect signatures until the SFMTA Board of Directors makes a final decision later in the spring of 2021.

Additional information:

Twin Peaks for All SFMTA Project - https://www.sfmta.com/projects/twin-peaks-all

Twin Peaks for All SFMTA Survey Results - https://www.sfmta.com/blog/twin-peaks-all-survey-results



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