What’s on the horizon for Twin Peaks?

Photo of a bicycle stopped atop twin peaks at sunrise with San Francisco skyline in the back view.

In March, the City opened up Twin Peaks to people as a much-needed respite during current public health orders. As a beloved SF park, Twin Peaks provides residents and tourists alike with gorgeous views of the San Francisco Bay area and an expansive open space in the center of the city. Since Twin Peaks was closed to cars, it has been a major success, garnering over 800 visitors per day and 1,100 on weekends.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) conducted a survey this past November to determine the future of Twin Peaks and the results made it clear: people overwhelmingly prefer to keep the open space. If you want to help advocate to keep this open space, sign up for Twin Peaks updates!

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Over 1,700 SF residents who either live near, or bike, walk, or drive to Twin Peaks responded to the survey last November. The survey provided a better understanding of their needs and any concerns they have surrounding the Twin Peaks closure.

Here are some of the highlights from the survey results:

  • Of the 10,000 comments given by neighbors, a significant portion advocated for a full or partial closure of Twin Peaks.
  • 52% of respondents favored the Burnett Avenue option which keeps a section of Twin Peaks open for cars including Christmas Tree Point but opens up the majority of road space for people.
  • Keeping Twin Peaks fully open to cars was the least preferred option among respondents.
Photo of Twin Peaks with Portola gate closed and Burnett Ave gate open

The Burnett Avenue option favored by 52% of survey respondents.

Alongside the SFMTA’s survey, we also reached out to see how people felt about the current situation atop Twin Peaks. We heard from our members, neighbors, and those visiting the space that they felt safer and and the space was more enjoyable with fewer cars on the road. One Twin Peaks neighbor shared: “We have a 1 ½-year-old son who I take hiking at [Twin Peaks] all the time. It’s been a real lifeline during this difficult time, but more than that, it has been a massive improvement to the area.” The highest percentage of survey respondents live near Twin Peaks and most residents from the neighborhood favor closing a portion of Twin Peaks to cars permanently despite calls from a few neighbors to open this space back up to cars.

Access to this open space has not only become a way to connect to neighbors, friends, and family in the pandemic — it has allowed us to reimagine the spaces we live, work and play in. Twin Peaks should be a place for all of us and we’ll need your help to keep this open space year round. Stay involved and join this people-first campaign.

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