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Voice Your Support for a Safer JFK Drive

Sep 172011

Thank you to hundreds of neighbors, cultural institutions in Golden Gate Park, and SF Bicycle Coalition members for helping bring 1.5 miles of separated bikeway to JFK Drive — the project is in the final stretch of approval and the SF Bicycle Coalition needs you to help carry it through.

This separated bikeway on JFK Drive between Stanyan and Transverse Drive will make it much more comfortable for the thousands of people already biking this route, and for the thousands more who would like to. This project will add one-way separated bikeways on each side of JFK Drive. Each separated bikeway would be at least six and half feet wide with a three to seven foot wide painted buffer. Parked automobiles would buffer the bikeway in some places as well (see many examples of parking-protected bikeways in this great short film from Streetfilms).

sample cross-section for JFK Drive near Stow Lake
sample cross-section for JFK Drive near Stow Lake

See the MTA’s final presentation (delivered at the August 16th Community meeting) here.

Earlier this year, over 400 people completed the SFMTA’s survey, where a strong preference was voiced for one-way separated bikeways on JFK Drive. 90% of survey respondents supported one-way separated bikeways, and the same percentage stated that a separated bikeway is appropriate for a park setting. This project, as finalized by the community, will remove approximately 153 parking spaces on JFK Drive. The SFMTA has located some replacement parking (converting parallel parking to perpendicular parking) to recoup an additional 73 parking spaces. The net loss of 80 parking spots to fit in this important bicycle safety facility represents less than 3% of all parking in the eastern part of Golden Gate Park.

The San Francisco strongly supports the JFK Drive separated bikeway — for the safety of and comfort of those who are already biking, and the thousands who would like to — and we are thankful to the hundreds of people who have helped shape and move this project forward. You can add your voice in two ways.

1. Send an email to Phil Ginsburg, General Manager of the Recreation and Parks Department, and CC Neal Patel, and him know that you want 1.5 miles of safe, protected bikeway on JFK Drive this year.

Send your letter to Philip.Ginsburg@sfgov.org today and also cc: neal@sfbike.org, using this sample if you would like:

2. Speak up at an upcoming hearing. See below for dates and times and let Neal know if you can make it:

  • October 5, Concourse Authority Approval, 4:30 pm, City Hall Room 263
  • October 20, Recreation and Parks Full Commission, 10am, City Hall Room 416

Email neal@sfbike.org if you have any comments or questions. Let’s get connecting the city!