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JFK Drive Community Workshop #1 – June 13, 2011

Jun 282011

There was a great turnout of about 50 people at the first community workshop to discuss options for 1.5 miles of separated bikeway on JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park. This project will connect to other projects on the Bay to Beach Route of Connecting the City that the SF Bicycle Coalition has been working on this year, enabling more people to get across the city by bike.

Staff from the SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) presented two options for a separated bikeway on JFK Drive. The first, Option A, consisted of two one-way bikeways on each side of the street. The second, Option B, was a two-way bikeway on one side of the street.

After hearing from hundreds of members and from people at the meeting, the SF Bicycle Coalition continues to support 1.5 miles of continuous, separated bikeway on JFK Drive so that everyone can feel safe biking through the Park. The SFMTA will be providing more details on the options in the coming weeks – and we will keep you updated on how each design lays out on the full roadway. Below is some summary information on the two options (see the full SFMTA presentation here [3Mb PDF]) — take a look and visit our Connecting the City site to find out how JFK Drive fits into a larger vision for 100 miles of cross-town bikeways for everyone.

Option A — various possible cross-sections

Images: SFMTA


  • Two one-way bikeways on both sides of the street.
  • Bikeways would be 6.5 feet in width.
  • Discontinuous separation of the bikeway – due to variation in the width of the street this design, there would be gaps in the separation of the bikeway. Sometimes there would be a buffer on each side, or a buffer and parking on one side and no buffer on the other.
  • Intersections would operate as with standard bike lanes.
  • Could yield a 15–33% parking loss.

Option B

Images: SFMTA

  • A two-way bikeway on one side of the street.
  • Continuous separation of the bikeway – in some areas, the width of the street would allow for either a wide painted buffer, or a narrow buffer with parking on one side of the street.
  • Parking could be on the bikeway side of the street to create a further buffer, or on the opposite side of the street.
  • Bikeway lanes would be 13 to 18 feet in width (6.5 to 9 feet for each lane).
  • Buffer would be 5-10 feet in most places, or 3 feet in a few narrow locations if automobile parking is retained.
  • Strategic design treatments of boundary intersections, where cyclists cross from the opposite side of the street to the bikeway.
  • Could yield a 5–7% parking loss.