It took the Pandemic to rid Golden Gate Park of environment killing cars

Good riddance cars.Car Free GG Park III 4.27.2020

I never thought I would read the news that a large swath of Golden Gate Park will return to its true roots. A car free environment.  At least for the next several weeks car obsessed motorists will have to park their air destroying machines in another place and walk into the park.

It’s a genuinely day of celebration for those who have pushed to rid the park of cars. It’s only temporary, or so it seems.  Perhaps it’s an omen for a better San Francisco.

San Francisco Chronicle 4.27.2020

San Francisco will close part of John F. Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park and John F. Shelley Drive in John McLaren Park to cars starting Tuesday for the duration of the city’s stay-at-home order.

Vehicle traffic along John F. Kennedy Drive will be closed from Kezar Drive to Transverse Drive, which is the same restriction as the city’s regular Sunday street closure.

The closures, scheduled to go into effect at 6 a.m., are meant to help people maintain 6 feet of physical separation when walking, running and biking, city officials said.

Mayor London Breed said that officials decided to close the streets after examining people’s interests and observing that people have been going to the parks on weekends and mostly practicing social distancing.

“We wanted to do something that would help,” Breed said during a news conference, adding that the closures will be in place only until the stay-at-home order expires. “We don’t want people driving to the park. … We still need you to socially distance yourselves.”

The closures were announced Monday after health officials in six Bay Area counties — Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara — and the city of Berkeley said in a joint statement that they plan to extend revised shelter-in-place orders through May.

Officials said the new order will reduce specific restrictions for a small number of lower-risk activities, but did not immediately offer more details on Monday.

Although the street closures are meant to increase space for people who visit parks, city officials urged people to practice social distancing. People who are older than 60 or have underlying health conditions should not leave their homes, officials said.