Actions you can take right now to support a permanent car-free JFK Drive
On April 28, 2020, Mayor London Breed officially closed JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park from Kezar Drive to Transverse Drive 24 hours per day for safe space for exercising with social distancing.
JFK Drive was transformed overnight from a designated “high-injury” street to something incredible. JFK Drive became a destination for people to connect with each other and nature without fear of dangerous traffic. And it’s continued to improve, with SFMTA and the SF Recreation & Park Department making changes to boost accessibility, plus improve service on the 44-O’Shaughnessy bus.
This space has become invaluable for our health and safety, plus strongly supports the city’s climate goals. It can’t go away. But it could.
Later this fall, the Board of Supervisors will determine JFK Drive’s fate. Three options are on the table. One would revert back to how JFK Drive was pre-COVID. One would bring traffic back to a large section of JFK Drive, reducing the car-free space by more than half.
The third option is what we have now, but better. A car-free JFK Drive, from Stanyan to Transverse Drive, every day – combined with a suite of needed improvements to enhance accessibility.
Now is when the public gets to weigh in and further shape these options before a final proposal goes to the Board of Supervisors in early winter.
That means NOW is when we must quickly build a powerful movement in support of a car-free JFK from all parts of the city – and demonstrate what this space means for our health, safety, climate, and future.
YOU are how we will do this. This fast-turnaround campaign will be ALL about people power! So please take a minute to:
- Chip in so our JFK campaign can go as big as possible. Even if you can only make a small gift, it will go a long way toward victory.
- Tell us how you can help our campaign over the next two months. We have options!
- Ask your questions and share your thoughts with SFMTA. There are many online and in-person public input opportunities; we suggest starting with the Storymap survey.
This is our chance to finally win a JFK Drive for people of every age and ability to walk without fear of dangerous traffic.
We can’t miss this chance to make history for everyone who walks!