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Golden Gate Park Traffic Safety Project
December 3, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
We want to hear from you! Please join City staff on December 3rd to help establish goals for our efforts to ensure safe access to the park’s amazing destinations, whether you walk, drive, ride a bike, or take public transportation.
Tell us about how you get around Golden Gate Park and about specific locations where you have felt unsafe or see opportunities for improvement. We will share background about previous Park safety efforts and ongoing challenges, and we will ask you to provide feedback on the City’s priorities for this project. Your input will help RPD and SFMTA develop recommendations to make Golden Gate Park safe for all travelers through the Park; these recommendations will be presented at subsequent public events.
For questions or concerns you can contact Gary McCoy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-831-2749
Golden Gate Park Traffic Safety Project in support of Vision Zero
Golden Gate Park is one of San Francisco’s greatest treasures, welcoming more than 13 million visitors each year.
In support of Mayor Ed Lee’s recent Vision Zero Executive Directive, the goal of the Golden Gate Park Traffic Safety Project is to reduce unsafe vehicle speeds and better manage vehicular through traffic within the park. San Francisco’s Recreation and Park Department (RPD) and the Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) are partnering to ensure that the roads in Golden Gate Park best serve our visitors, San Francisco residents, and park neighbors.
Mayor’s Executive Directive
In June 2016, JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park was the site of a traffic fatality, when Heather Miller was hit by a speeding car while riding her bicycle near 30th Avenue. Following this tragedy and others on San Francisco’s roads, Mayor Ed Lee issued an Executive Directive on Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety on August 4, 2016. Mayor Lee’s Executive Directive orders all City departments to improve City streets and the citywide bike network with a key focus on a number of areas, including:
- deliver near-term safety improvements to reduce speeds and vehicular through traffic on JFK Drive in the next six months;
- initiate study of expanded traffic calming and traffic restrictions in Golden Gate Park within the next three months.
Every year, 30 people are killed and 200 more are seriously injured while travelling on city streets. As a county, San Francisco ranks among the highest (worst) for traffic deaths and injuries in California. These deaths and injuries are unacceptable and preventable, and San Francisco is committed to eliminating them.
By adopting a policy called Vision Zero in 2014, the City and County of San Francisco is committed to building better and safer streets, educating the public on traffic safety, enforcing traffic laws, and prioritizing resources to implement effective initiatives that save lives. Vision Zero aims to eliminate all traffic deaths in San Francisco.
The SFMTA and RPD are committed to Vision Zero and this project will support the Citywide goal by improving traffic safety in Golden Gate Park.
Planning for Safety Improvements
This fall, the SFMTA and RPD want to hear from you to help us identify opportunities and priorities as we develop recommendations to make Golden Gate Park safe for all travelers through the Park.
We aim to work with the community to identify solutions that reduce speeds and better manage vehicular traffic. We have begun to collect data on how the park is used and where traffic collisions are currently taking place, and we will hold a series of community events to first gather feedback on existing conditions and then vet potential solutions.
The first community open house will be held on December 3, 2016 at the County Fair Building (1199 9th Avenue) from 10:00am to 12:00pm.
Early Implementation – Speed Humps
In October and November of 2016, nine speed humps and one raised crosswalk will be installed to reduce speeding on John F. Kennedy Drive from Transverse Drive to the Great Highway. Research has shown that lowering speeds – from 40 mph to 20 mph, for example – dramatically improves the likelihood someone will survive a collision. If you’re hit by car going 20 mph, you have a 90 percent chance of survival. Our study of travel behavior along JFK show that drivers are typically going 7 to 9 MPH above the speed limit by day, and even faster at night. Speed humps are proven to be effective at reducing vehicle speeds, with the SFMTA finding that they can reduce the number of vehicles traveling 35 – 40 MPH by over 70 percent.
JFK Drive is on the city’s Vision Zero High Injury Network for people on bikes or walking, the 12 percent of city streets that account for 70 percent of severe and fatal traffic injuries.