Biking through history: over a hundred years of advocacy in Golden Gate Park

If you saw a large group of people biking last Saturday, October 2 in Golden Gate Park, then you probably witnessed our latest event to celebrate the history of our city’s beloved park.
Two of your fellow San Francisco Bicycle Coalition members, Nancy Botkin and Marie Jonas, led this a beautiful ride to share the history behind some of the park’s famous spots.

Nancy and Marie kicking off the event.

Thanks to our partnership with the SFMTA on this event, attendees explored the history of how the park has changed over the last century. We biked all over the park stopping at the Panhandle, the Conservatory of Flowers, the Rose Garden, Chain of Lakes, and more. Nancy and Marie created an interactive map with historical photos for the ride; you can check out the map to see some of the photos or do the ride yourself.

Nancy explained that Speedway Meadow used to be a race track for horse-drawn carriages.

This ride was a perfect opportunity for us to hear from members about how amazing the car-free space has been. Now, we are continuing to ensure JFK Drive stays car-free permanently. Get involved and share your feedback on car-free Golden Gate Park using SFMTA’s survey.

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