Twin Peaks For All
On October 20th, 2020 the SFMTA and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department released a survey seeking public feedback regarding five proposed roadway options for Twin Peaks Boulevard. Over 1,700 people responded to the survey, ranking support for each alternative and sharing opinions about how the different options would or would not meet the needs of individual users. This is an overview of the Twin Peaks for All project and the survey results.
Twin Peaks for All
Twin Peaks is a beautiful and unique destination for San Francisco residents and visitors alike. The Twin Peaks Boulevard gates were closed early in the pandemic to reduce crowding at the lookout point parking lot. The gates were closed on the north, at Burnett Avenue, and the south, at Portola Drive. Since then, Twin Peaks Park use by hikers, joggers and people on bicycles has increased significantly with an average of over 800 visitors each weekday and over 1,100 on weekend days.
While the new park configuration received support, they are also significant community complaints, particularly from:
- San Franciscans who love the viewpoint and are unable to walk or roll all the way up the hills
- The tourism industry, for whom the viewpoint is one of our more memorable sights
- Nearby neighbors who have complained about parking, noise and crime caused by park visitors
In an attempt to address these concerns, the south end gate at Portola Drive was opened in September daily between 6:00 p.m. and midnight to provide local access to the top of the peaks for people driving. However, some unresolved issues remain, so the SFMTA is working with the community and other city departments including Rec and Park, SFPD and Public Works on new ideas to ensure access and balance needs at Twin Peaks.
Twin Peaks Park and the viewpoint should be accessible for everyone. Our goals for the new designs include:
- Restoring access to the viewpoint, especially for people with disabilities
- Providing a space for people walking and rolling that allows for physical distancing
- Reducing negative impacts by park users on neighbors
- Retaining the extraordinary increase in new park users by maintaining safe, continuous routes for those traveling on foot, bicycle and assistive mobility devices.
Alternative Designs Options for Feedback:
The below options are a set of ideas that attempt to balance the needs of the community. We are asking for feedback to understand how each option might work and the input will help us determine an option (or combination of options) that we should pursue as a final proposal.
1. Burnett Avenue Option
- Burnett Avenue gate is open 24 hours, with parking and a vehicle turnaround available on Christmas Tree Point Road.
2. Portola Drive Option
- Continue keeping the Portola Avenue gate open, extending the hours to noon to midnight daily.
3. One-Way Southbound Option
Implement one-way, southbound vehicle traffic, from the north gate at Burnett Avenue to the south gate at Portola Drive. Reserve the northbound vehicle travel lane for people walking and bicycling.
4. One-Way Northbound Option
Implement one-way, northbound vehicle traffic, from the south gate at Portola Drive to the north gate at Burnett Avenue. Reserve the southbound vehicle travel lane for people walking and bicycling.
5. Pre-COVID Option
Open both the north and south gates, as were conditions pre-pandemic. The east side of the figure eight is reserved for people walking and biking and the west side of the figure eight is reserved for two-way traffic.
Thank you for your interest and input on this important project. The survey is now closed, but we are excited to have received more than 1,700 responses. Community feedback will be analyzed and final proposals shared with the community.