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It’s launch time for our campaign to save car-free JFK (again)!

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It’s true: the fate of car-free JFK must be decided – again – by the voters this fall.

Very few people know yet that there’s now a ballot measure to take away this safe space for people in Golden Gate Park called Proposition I (so a big NO on Prop I).

But there’s also now Proposition J (say hooray for Prop J to save JFK!). Proposition J would reaffirm the legislation that made JFK Promenade permanent in April – and make sure we don’t have to go to the ballot again on this issue.

And on a related note, Proposition N would transfer the management of the overpriced, underutilized 800-space parking garage in Golden Gate Park to SF Rec and Park to better support equity and access.

So we need to start getting the word out now to vote NO on I, YES on J, and YES on N. There are just 7 weeks until voters get their mail-in ballots, and 11 weeks until Election Day on November 8.

So here’s how you can jump into the campaign with Walk SF and save car-free JFK (again):

  • Fill out our campaign sign-up form. Whether you want to put a sign in your window, talk to voters, do behind-the-scenes work, or share a talent – tell us how you’re in it to win it.
  • Come to the overall campaign kickoff and canvassing event on Saturday, August 27 from 10AM – 12PM. This is being organized by Safe Parks for All campaign, which Walk SF is part of. After a gathering on JFK Promenade, folks will fan out to nearby neighborhoods to canvas. RSVP to attend.
  • Come to our volunteer meet-and-greet on Wednesday, August 31 from 5PM – 7PM. We’ll share updates, socialize, and sign folks up for all kinds of opportunities this fall. RSVP to attend.

We have a ton of work to do to protect the JFK Promenade that we love. We’re going to need to reach so many people. But I know so many of you care and will step up. The power of all of us is how we won the first time, so let’s do it again!

Walk SF has believed in these car-free spaces for a long time for one reason: safety. In a city where an average of three people are hit every day while walking, we need significant safe spaces for pedestrians. It’s that simple. This campaign is about our safety, and these spaces are critical in making San Francisco a city that prioritizes people on our streets. 

Questions about the campaign? Contact Nick at nick@walksf.org.