Golden Gate Park was never meant to be a freeway. At long last San Francisco City Hall is in agreement. It has been a struggle.
I am beyond ecstatic. Despite the yammering and caterwauling of motorists and their political enablers who feel their right to unimpeded access to every nook and cranny is inviolate San Francisco has said STOP!!!
At long last cyclists, runners, walkers and all those who treasure a car free environment have prevailed.
The next step needs to be permanent closure of the Great Highway along the Pacific Ocean coastline.
Excerpted from San Francisco Chronicle 9.23.2020
San Francisco expanded its Slow Streets program recently with the opening of the final link of a car-free route through Golden Gate Park, enabling a cyclist, jogger or hiker to pass from the Panhandle to the Pacific without coming into contact with an internal combustion engine.
People on two legs, and on two wheels, were predictably ecstatic. People in four-wheeled vehicles — at least some of them — were hotter than a crankcase.
“This,” said cyclist Trevor Gould of San Francisco, coasting down Martin Luther King Drive toward the largest ocean in the world, “is wonderful. What a great freedom, not to have to worry about getting run over.”
“Our quality of life just went up,” said Justin Davis, who was pushing his 9-month-old son, Levon, in a jogging stroller.