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Twin Peaks For All

Project Introduction

Update:

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 view of San Francisco

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

Map showing a blue line representing vehicle access from the Burnett gate up to the entrance of Christmas Tree Point parking lot 24 hours day. A green line indicates pedestrians and bikes only from the Portola Gate to the entrance to Christmas Tree Point. A green line indicates the east side of the figure eight is reserved for pedestrians and biking.

  • Burnett Avenue gate is open 24 hours, with parking and a vehicle turnaround available on Christmas Tree Point Road.

2. Portola Drive Option

Map showing a blue line indicating two-way vehicle access from Portola Drive gate (at Panorama Drive) to Christmas Tree Point from noon to midnight daily. A green line indicates pedestrian and bicycle only from the Burnett Gate to Christmas Tree Point at all times. A green line indicates the east side of the figure eight is reserved for pedestrians and biking.

  • Continue keeping the Portola Avenue gate open, extending the hours to noon to midnight daily.

3. One-Way Southbound Option

Map showing a purple line indicating one-way, southbound vehicle traffic, from the north gate at Burnett Avenue to the south gate at Portola Drive at all times. A green line indicates the northbound vehicle travel lane from the south gate at Portola Drive to north gate at Burnett Avenue being reserved for pedestrians and bicycling at all times. A green line indicates the east side of the figure eight is reserved for pedestrians and biking.

  • 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

Map showing a purple line indicating one-way, northbound vehicle traffic from the south gate at Portola Drive to the north gate at Burnett Avenue at all times. A green line indicates the southbound vehicle travel lane from the north gate Burnett Avenue to the south gate at Portola Drive being reserved for pedestrians and bicycling at all times. A green line indicates the east side of the figure eight is reserved for pedestrians and biking.

  • 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

Map with a blue line indicating both the north and south gates open at all time for vehicles as were conditions pre-pandemic. A green line indicates the east side of the figure eight is reserved for pedestrians and biking. The west side of the figure eight is reserved for two-way traffic.

  • 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 responsesCommunity feedback will be analyzed and final proposals shared with the community. 

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