Photo by Keisuke Omi
San Francisco won a new open street at one of its most iconic locations. Thanks to an outpouring of support from our members and allies, the proposed project for Twin Peaks was unanimously approved last week.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board voted to approve a pilot project to dedicate the scenic east side of Twin Peaks for people biking and walking. The two-year pilot project establishes a welcoming open space where people can enjoy the sweeping views of the city safely. Visiting will become easy and inviting to all modes of transit by converting the west side to two-way traffic and adding seating with ample space to walk and bike on the east side for people who want to take in that one-of-a-kind skyline view.
This exciting opportunity was made possible by extensive collaboration between San Francisco Recreation and Park and the SFMTA, who held a series of public meetings to get input from a wide range of stakeholders. At the hearing on Tuesday Vice-Chairman Cheryl Brinkman of the SFMTA Board of Directors noted that there is a “growing appetite” for these kinds of spaces being opened up to people walking and biking. The Board was in agreement that this project is an important step towards making Twin Peaks accessible to everyone.
This victory would not have been possible without the support of our members and our partners at Walk SF who collected 150 signatures in support of the proposal, and the Bay Area Ridge Trail who connected the importance of this project to a larger network of trails in the region. A special thanks to Alexander Magee of the SF Urban Riders and to our other members who waited hours to speak on behalf of a new Twin Peaks.
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