New study prompts retry of Saturday Golden Gate
Park auto prohibition
Supervisor McGoldrick leads charge
Supervisor Jake McGoldrick (right) led a rally Tuesday on the
steps of City Hall calling attention to a
new study showing Golden Gate Park usage increases when autos
are prohibited. Following the press conference, McGoldrick introduced
new legislation to close part of John F. Kennedy Drive to vehicular
traffic on a six-month trial basis.
By Tamara Barak, Bay City News Service
February 28, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - In a second attempt to close a
section of Golden Gate Park to cars on Saturdays, San Francisco
Supervisor Jake McGoldrick Tuesday introduced legislation to close
part of John F. Kennedy Drive to traffic on a six-month basis.
The stretch of road in question -- from Kezar Drive to Traverse
Drive - has long been closed to traffic on Sundays.
The new legislation is based on a recently-published
study showing that neighborhood impacts are virtually the
same on Saturdays as they are on Sundays, and that the number
of visitors to the de Young Museum is actually higher when the
park is closed, said Cassandra Costello, McGoldrick's aide.
On May 15, Mayor Gavin Newsom vetoed
identical legislation sponsored by McGoldrick to close the
road to vehicles on Saturday, citing concerns over traffic, parking,
access to the museums in the park, and access to the park for
At the time of his veto, Newsom commissioned a study to measure
That study, released Feb. 15, showed that car-free space in Golden
Gate Park doubles visitors' usage of the park and actually increased
patronage of local businesses, Costello said.
Costello said McGoldrick was planning to work with the city's
Recreation and Parks Department and the Mayor's Office on Disability
to address access concerns. The legislation will likely go before
the full board in late March, Costello said.
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