Thousands of daily commuters, weekend visitors to the Academy of Science and de Young Museum, and explorers of Golden Gate Park will be enjoying 1.5 miles of separated bikeway on the eastern half of JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park in a matter of weeks! Construction will begin this week (January 23rd) on fixing the drainage issues in many locations along JFK Drive, allowing for a pond-free bike ride during the rainy season. The city will also be adding new curb ramps and adding addition van-accessible blue zone parking stalls – making JFK Drive more accessible for some mobility-impaired visitors. After 3 weeks of curb ramp and drainage construction, restriping will begin. These improvements come after many months of the SF Bicycle Coalition, the SFMTA, the Mayor’s Disability Council and other working together to create a design that will be safer and more inviting for everyone. The JFK Drive separated bikeway design includes a continuous painted buffer between the bikeway and moving vehicles, with parked automobiles adding an additional buffer in some sections. This project will be on JFK Drive from Transverse Drive to Stanyan Street, including improved connections to the Panhandle Path. The SFMTA is also adding new curb cuts along JFK Drive, to improve access to the curb for many visitors using wheelchairs and scooters.See the SFMTA’s JFK Drive project page for more specific information on the design. Parking-protected bikeways have been in the ground in cities across North America and around the world for many years with many promising benefits. People biking enjoy an extra level of comfort being separated from motor vehicles – helpful for both seasoned bike commuters and those new to urban biking – and the SF Bicycle Coalition is thrilled to see this first example go in on JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park. People traveling on JFK Drive should take care of the following once the new design is in the ground:
- Enter and leave the bikeway at intersections and stay clear of the buffer zone.
- Be alert for people crossing the bikeway to enter or exit parked vehilces.
- Be aware of people with disabilities who may need to use part of the bikeway to exit vehicles.
- Obey all signs and markings and yield to pedestrians.
- When driving, be alert for people biking and walking and yield to pedestrians at intersections.
- When driving, park away from the curb along the buffer zone and use the buffer to enter and exit your vehicle. Watch for people on bikes when crossing the bikeway.