Golden Gate Park Traffic Safety Project

Project Overview

Photo of people walking, bicycling, and driving on JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park

A green space used by 13 million people each year, Golden Gate Park is both a place of recreation and travel. In support of Mayor Ed Lee’s Vision Zero Executive Directive, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department (SFRPD) are partnering on the Golden Gate Park Traffic Safety Project, which aims to reduce unsafe vehicle speeds and better manage traffic in the park.

In November 2016, SFMTA in partnership with SFRPD installed 10 speed humps on John F. Kennedy Drive (west of Transverse Drive) as a near-term measure to address speeding. Since late 2016, staff have solicited feedback from stakeholders to inform the development of another set of safety improvement projects for the entire park that will be constructed in late 2017 and early 2018.

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Project Details

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department (SFRPD) are partnering on the Golden Gate Park Traffic Safety Project, which aims to enhance the safety of all users, reduce unsafe vehicle speeds, and better manage traffic in the park.

WHERE WE ARE

In November 2016, the SFMTA installed 10 speed humps on John F. Kennedy Drive (west of Transverse Drive) as a near-term measure to address observed speeding. Following this, in December 2016, SFMTA and SFRPD held an open house in Golden Gate Park to provide the public with information about the project, collect feedback on priorities, and gather information about specific locations for further study. This feedback, in addition to ongoing data collection and an online survey, was used to develop proposals for safety improvements and traffic changes on park roads to be constructed in late 2017 and early 2018.

These projects were presented at Sunday Streets in Golden Gate Park on June 11th, where feedback from the public was solicited; additional feedback was collected through an online survey conducted over the summer. The project team is currently refining these projects (the details and locations of which are available for view under the 'Documents & Reports' tab) for implementation beginning later this year.

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Vision Zero

John F. Kennedy (JFK) Drive is on the city’s Vision Zero High Injury Network for people on walking and bicycling – the 12% of city streets that account for 70% of severe and fatal traffic collisions.

Every year, approximately 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 the Vision Zero policy in 2014, the City and County of San Francisco is working to build better and safer streets, educate the public on traffic safety, enforce traffic laws, and prioritize resources to implement effective initiatives that save lives. Vision Zero aims to eliminate all traffic deaths in San Francisco.

SPEED HUMPS

Ten speed humps were built on JFK Drive between Transverse Drive and the Great Highway in late 2016.

Speeding is a threat to everyone using the park, whether for recreation or to reach their destination. 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 someone driving a car at 40 mph, you only have a 10 percent chance of survival; at 20 mph, the chance of survival is 90 percent. Our study of travel behavior along JFK Drive shows that drivers are typically going 7-9 mph above the speed limit in the daytime, and even faster at night. Speed humps are proven to be effective at reducing vehicle speeds, reducing the number of vehicles travelling 35-40 mph by over 70 percent.

Map of Golden Gate Park showing speed hump placement along the western half of JFK drive, including 9 humps and 1 raised crosswalk.

Timeline

  • August 4, 2016: Mayor Lee issues an Executive Directive on pedestrian and bicycle safety
  • November 2016: Speed humps constructed on JFK Drive west of Transverse Drive
  • December 3, 2016: Community open house
  • December 2016 - March 2017: Review data and public feedback; draft near-term proposals
  • Spring - Summer 2017: Additional outreach; detailed design for near-term improvements
  • June 11, 2017: Outdoor open house at Sunday Streets in Golden Gate Park
  • Late 2017 - early 2018: Implementation of additional near-term interventions
  • 2018+: Additional outreach, study, and analysis for any potential larger-scale projects

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