SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) – After a lengthy debate, San Francisco lawmakers voted to permanently close John F. Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park to traffic, Tuesday night.
In a 7-to-4 vote, the Board of Supervisors approved making the 1.5 mile stretch of roadway car-free.
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JFK Drive was closed 2 years ago during the pandemic. The area was considered a COVID-safe outdoor space for people to exercise.
Mayor London Breed praised the decision.
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“San Francisco is a city with a rich history of celebrating our parks and open spaces, and making JFK car-free permanently is the next chapter in that story,” said Mayor London Breed. “This will continue to be a place for families, for children, for seniors, and for visitors to gather and have a safe and wonderful experience in Golden Gate Park.”
Supervisors Matt Haney, Rafael Mandelman and Dean Preston co-sponsored the measure.
San Jose is considering a similar move to permanently ban cars in San Pedro Square, one of the busiest streets in the downtown area.
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Surrounding roads were closed off during the pandemic to allow for outdoor dining and many restaurant owners want to keep it that way.