Golden Gate Park Traffic Safety Project

Project Overview

A woman on a bicycle rides through Golden Gate Park on JFK Drive

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 through traffic in the park.

In November 2016, the SFMTA in partnership with SFRPD installed 10 speed humps on John F. Kennedy Drive (west of Transverse Drive) to address speeding in the near-term. Based on the feedback heard at a subsequent public open house in December, our two agencies have developed another set of safety improvements projects for the entire park that can 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 collected; in addition, we continue to solicit feedback on larger circulation changes.

If you didn't have the chance to attend Sunday Streets and fill out a survey, you can provide us your feedback on our online survey. Before taking the survey, please review the June 2017 Project Information Boards available on the 'Documents and Reports' tab above.

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Project Details

The Golden Gate Park Traffic Safety Project will identify proposals to ensure that park roads best serve park visitors. As part of this process, in December 2016, the SFRPD and SFMTA held an Open House in Golden Gate Park. The goals of the Open House were to provide the public with information about the project, collect feedback on the project's priorities, and gather information about specific locations on park roads for further study. This feedback, in addition to on-going data collection and an online survey, will be used to develop proposals for safety improvements and traffic changes on park roads. You can take the online survey here: Golden Gate Park Traffic Safety Project Feedback Survey.

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Vision Zero

Every year, 30 people are killed and 200 more are seriously injured while traveling 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.


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 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.

Ten speed humps were built on JFK Drive between Transverse Drive and Great Highway at the edge of the park. 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

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


  • August 4, 2016: Mayor Lee Issues Executive Directive on Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety
  • November 2016: Speed Humps Constructed on JFK Drive
  • December 3, 2016: Community Open House
  • December 2016 - March 2017: Review Data, Open House Feedback, and Online Survey; Draft Proposals
  • Spring 2017: Detailed Design of Near-Term Interventions
  • Spring - Summer 2017: Additional Community Outreach
  • Summer - Winter 2017: Implement Near Term Interventions
  • 2018+:  Additional outreach, study, and analysis for any potential larger-scale projects


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