UPDATE: IB 29 coaches rerouting via Park Presidio-Cabrillo-12th-Fulton-25th to regular route. Stop @ Crossover/Fult https://t.co/VTUoZ0XnnV (More: 21 in last 48 hours)

Golden Gate Park Access and Safety Program

Project Introduction

The Golden Gate Park Access and Safety Program is a collaboration between the SFMTA and the SF Recreation and Park Department (RPD). This program proposes updates to the current open-streets route that can deter cut-through traffic, improve traffic safety, enhance the park experience, and increase park access – especially for those with high barriers to access.    

Next Steps  

The program team is currently developing the program proposal that will be presented to the Board of Supervisors in Spring 2022. Thank you to the thousands of San Franciscans who have shared your opinions to date! Staff technical analysis and the nearly 10,000 responses we received from the public through in person events, community presentations and the program survey since September will inform the overall direction of the proposal and the various access and mobility improvements included in any final proposal. 

During this time, the program team is still conducting outreach with a particular focus on the seniors, people with disabilities, and non-English-speaking residents.  

To request a presentation for your neighborhood or community group, email us at GGPAccess@sfmta.com. 

Learn about the Golden Gate Park Access & Safety Program 

During the fall, the project team hosted or attended over 50 outreach events with the community. Thank you to all who showed up and offered our feedback through our survey! 

You can view the various proposals for the park in our StoryMap, available in five languages: English, 繁體中文, Filipino, Русский, Español 

And if you missed our outreach events and want to catch up on what was shared, you can watch a recording of the virtual information session hosted by the program team. 


Project Timeline 
Summer-Fall 2021
Public Outreach & Technical Analysis
Winter 2021/22
Proposal at Board of Supervisors
Spring 2022
Implementation & Evaluation
Project Status
Project Success
On schedule
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Improvements will focus on accessibility to key park destinations
Improvements will improve safety and park experience for people running, rolling, and strolling


For decades, San Franciscans have supported fewer cars in Golden Gate Park: the current car-free route is an outgrowth of long-standing roadway closures on Saturdays and Sundays within the park. Established during COVID-19 as an amenity for residents sheltering-in-place, the route has become immensely popular over the past year: 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 delivery challenges associated with the route.  

A map showing the current car-free route through Golden Gate Park. The route begin on the east side of the park at Stanyan Street and JFK drive, and continues past the Music Concourse and the De Young Museum to Crossover Drive, which bisects the park from north to south. From there, the car-free route continues through the west side of the park on Overlook Drive, Middle Drive, and MLK Drive until it reaches the Great Highway.

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 will respond to the action items identified by the SFCTA Working Group to improve access, mobility, and equity for all park visitors.  

In an effort to create safer spaces for people to recreate during the City’s COVID-19 response, there is currently a virtually car-free route from one end of the park to the other, from Stanyan Street at the east end of the park, to Ocean Beach and the Great Highway at the west end. 

Getting to Golden Gate Park

Want to know what the current alignment of the car-free route is in 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 Golden Gate Park's car-free route at the SF Rec & Park website.

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Contact Information
Christopher Kidd