SAN FRANCISCO, CA –Western Addition, Hayes Valley and Tenderloin residents today celebrated the restored 21-Hayes bus service to Golden Gate Park, while park visitors with disabilities took their first spin on adaptive bikes on car-free JFK, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency announced.
“After a long-anticipated wait, I’m happy to welcome back these neighborhood bus lines,” said Mayor London Breed. “As our city continues to bounce back from the impacts brought on by the pandemic, we need to ensure that it’s easier for all residents to access everything San Francisco has to offer, especially our public spaces. Restoring Muni to pre-pandemic levels and providing equitable alternative modes of transit will help us deliver on our promise to create a more accessible San Francisco.”
Advocates for transit riders, seniors, and people with disabilities boarded the 21-Hayes at Alamo Square for a community ride with Rec and Park and SFMTA representatives and Supervisor Dean Preston, who supported reinstatement of the line, which had been suspended since March 2020. The slightly modified new route runs every 20 minutes from Grove and Hyde streets near Civic Center Station and the Main Library to St. Mary’s Hospital, just across the street from Golden Gate Park’s east end, including car-free JFK. It is one of three major routes brought back into service today, also including the 6-Haight-Parnassus and 2-Sutter.
“Public transit is crucial to our City. I’m thrilled to celebrate the return of these essential bus lines, including my daily ride: the 21 Hayes,” said Supervisor Preston. “This has been a difficult time for transit riders, operators, and all the workers who make public transit run. I greatly appreciate the remarkable coalition of advocates that successfully pushed for the return of these lines, and I look forward to continuing to champion efforts to restore and expand public transit across our City.”
Once at Golden Gate Park, community members hopped on the park’s free shuttle to see a demonstration of the Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP) Adaptive Cycling Program, which launched today.
The free program matches people with disabilities to adaptive bicycles by advance reservation. BORP Cycling Center hosts one of the largest collections of adaptive bikes in the world, including handcycles, recumbent bikes, side-by-side tandems, and other models. The program serves children, youth and adults with physical disabilities and visual impairments, as well as their family and friends.
“Golden Gate Park belongs to everyone, and we are delivering on our promise to improve access to its treasures,” said San Francisco Recreation and Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg. “The Adaptive Cycling Program means park visitors, regardless of disability, can reap the benefits of nature while enjoying exhilarating exercise on car-free JFK.”
“We’re listening to the community and know there’s strong support for both a robust transit system and improved park access,” said Jeffrey Tumlin, SFMTA Director of Transportation. “We’re happy to support healthy transportation options for all San Franciscans getting to and around Golden Gate Park—especially those with limited mobility options.”
The Adaptive Cycling Program will run 1-4 p.m. by appointment from April through October. Locations will alternate between the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park next to the new accessible bandshell lot and the Great Highway at Judah Street. To reserve a bike, contact BORP Cycling Center at 510-848-2930 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The restoration of the 21-Hayes and the Adaptive Cycling Program are the latest in an array of improvements taking effect in the park this summer and part of the Golden Gate Park Access and Safety Program’s more than 40 initiatives to improve safety, equity, accessibility and mobility.
Other recent improvements in the park include an accessible parking lot offering 20 free blue zone spaces; paved walking surfaces; accessible paths; curb ramps; and taxi stands.