We know that much more needs to be done to make Golden Gate Park a welcoming place to people walking and biking. This is your chance to move SF’s biggest park towards that.
Now close your eyes and imagine the most perfect day in Golden Gate Park.
There’s a light breeze and the fog hasn’t rolled in yet. Children laugh as they pass on scooters and bikes, ringing a bell. Swing dancers follow an upbeat tune at Lindy in the Park. Music plays from a boombox as the Church of Eight Wheels holds its Sunday service at the roller skating rink. And the Conservatory of Flowers, the California Academy of Sciences and the de Young Museum all tempt you in for a stroll before time comes to meet up with friends picnicking at one of the many grassy lawns.
San Franciscans are lucky to enjoy gorgeous parks throughout our city, and there is something extra special about Golden Gate Park. With over 1,000 acres of open space, making Golden Gate Park truly a place for people to walk, bike and gather means opening up yet more space for people.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of car-free Sundays and the 10th anniversary of Healthy Saturdays on JFK Drive, and it’s time to see the success of this program expand. Over the coming months, your San Francisco Bicycle Coalition will step up our advocacy for more open streets space in Golden Gate Park. Join our mailing list to get the latest updates and opportunities to see more space in Golden Gate Park opened up to people walking and biking.
The first open streets event was on April 2, 1967, kicking off the Summer of Love. Called the People’s Day in the Park, we now celebrate the freedom and joy every Sunday of the year. In 2006, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition led a broad coalition of community advocates to win Healthy Saturdays a year later, which brought more open streets space, albeit for just half of the calendar year.
In a busy, dense city like San Francisco, we cherish open spaces. Take the first step towards helping us open more streets and making parks a place for people first by signing up for updates and action alerts today.