Twin Peaks car restrictions approved

Mike Koozmin/2012 S.F. Examiner file photo

Mike Koozmin/2012 S.F. Examiner file photo

The western portion of Twin Peaks’ highest road will soon be officially closed to cars.

The controversial Twin Peaks street closures were approved Tuesday in a unanimous vote of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Board of Directors.

“The Twin Peaks Boulevard Figure Eight Pilot Project” will last two years, from June 1 to May 31, 2018.

Starting in June, the Twin Peaks Boulevard’s eastern portion will be reserved for walkers and cyclists. That’s the side most famous for its stunning views of downtown San Francisco, the Mission, the Bay Bridge and the San Francisco Bay.

The closure would not affect the popular Christmas Tree Point, known for its binocular-enhanced views and a popular spot to drive in, park, and take in the view.

However, the one-way western portion of Twin Peaks Boulevard will become a two-way street and the sole province of vehicles on Twin Peaks.

Some neighbors decried the changes, saying mixing vehicles and tour buses would make for a dangerous concoction for cars and cyclists alike.

“A tight blind curve” on the west side of the north peak would become more fraught for cyclists needing to will increase a chance of collision, said Jeffrey Perrone, a technology worker and Twin Peaks cyclist.

Not everyone agreed. Christopher Bowns, a Castro resident who frequently bikes Twin Peaks, said, “It’s not a good place to drive to, and you shouldn’t be driving up to it.” He welcomed the changes.

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Above, a rendering showing how the restrictions will work. Courtesy SFMTA.

The San Francisco Tour Guide Guild expressed concerns as well, saying in a statement that any traffic delays based on the new Twin Peaks changes “would have an immediate and extremely serious impact on all vehicle tours to Twin Peaks,” which are often very time sensitive, they wrote.

Though some spoke against the proposal, and a few in favor of it, SFMTA Board Director and Vice Chairman Cheryl Brinkman reminded the audience that the program is only a pilot.

She asked for time for the project to be evaluated.

“I hear the input of the people opposed to it, i ask that you give it a chance,” she said. “Let’s give it a try, there is just such a desire in this city for car free space so people can just look at the view.”bikesSFMTAtrafficTransitTwin Peaks

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