Golden Gate Park Access and Safety Program
The Golden Gate Park Access and Safety Program is a collaboration between the SFMTA and the SF Recreation and Park Department (RPD) to bring a suite of safety and mobility enhancements to the park. The program recommendations were informed by months of community engagement and feedback from more than10,000 San Franciscans.
The Golden Gate Park Access & Safety Program proposes a variety of policy recommendations focused on traffic safety, equity, accessibility, and mobility to Golden Gate Park—especially for those with high barriers to access. The program proposes making permanent the 3-mile stretch of car-free streets in the park from Lincoln Way to Kezar Drive, including JFK Drive. These streets will continue to allow access for emergency vehicles, Paratransit vehicles, park maintenance vehicles, and vehicles permitted to use Golden Gate Park facilities by RPD. Other improvements include:
- A vastly improved free Park Shuttle program
- Expanding and upgrading available ADA parking
- Ensuring vehicle access from the Richmond to Golden Gate Park and reducing traffic congestion on Chain of Lakes Drive
- Improving the service and reliability of Muni lines that serve Golden Gate Park
- Increasing awareness of pick-up/drop-off options for vehicle access to the park
- Partnering with community-based organizations on programming that connect residents of equity priority communities to the park
- Bringing bikeshare and micromobility services to the park
- And much more!
Thank you to every person and organization who participated and engaged over the past several months—your feedback is directly shaping the more sustainable, equitable, and joyful future of Golden Gate Park. The program team looks forward to your ongoing participation and feedback throughout this process.
The Golden Gate Park Safety and Access Program proposals will be presented March 10 at a joint hearing of the Recreation and Park Commission and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board.
Learn about the Golden Gate Park Access & Safety Program
Established during COVID-19 as an amenity for residents sheltering-in-place, the car-free route has become immensely popular over the past two years: many more park visitors have used the car-free route during COVID than when it was open to car traffic. Over the past year, SFMTA and RPD staff have been working to address access and mobility challenges associated with the route.
In early 2021, San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) convened a working group of key stakeholders to identify shared values for the park, unmet needs for park visitors, and a framework of action items to meet those identified needs. The Golden Gate Park Access and Safety Program responds to the action items identified by the SFCTA Working Group to improve access, mobility, and equity for all park visitors with the suite of project proposals listed above and builds on the feedback that has been received.
Getting to Golden Gate Park
Want more information about the car-free route through Golden Gate Park? Want to know where is accessible ADA parking? Want to know how to get to your favorite park destination? Find more information on the Golden Gate Park Access & Safety Program at the SF Rec & Park website.