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Residents celebrate the return of the Muni 21-Hayes bus service to Golden Gate Park

San Francisco residents who live in the city’s Western Addition, Hayes Valley and Tenderloin neighborhoods celebrated the return of 21-Hayes bus service to Golden Gate Park on Saturday, while visitors to the park took their first ride on adapted bicycles on car-free John F. Kennedy Drive. .

Saturday’s celebration was announced by the San Francisco Recreation and Park District and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

Advocates for transit riders, seniors and people with disabilities boarded the 21-Hayes bus in Alamo Square for a community ride with representatives from the SFRPD and SFMTA and Supervisor Dean Preston, who supported the restoring the line, which had been suspended since March 2020. The new, slightly modified route departs every 20 minutes from Grove and Hyde Streets near Civic Center Station and the Main Library to St. Mary’s Hospital, directly across from the east end of Golden Gate Park, including car-free JFK Drive. It is one of three major lines returned to service, which also includes the 6-Haight-Parnassus and 2-Sutter lines.

“After a long wait, I am happy to welcome these neighborhood bus routes back,” said Mayor of London Breed. “As our city continues to rebound from the impacts of the pandemic, we need to make sure it’s easier for all residents to access all that San Francisco has to offer, especially our public spaces. Restore Muni to pre-pandemic levels and providing equitable alternative modes of transportation will help us deliver on our promise to create a more accessible San Francisco.”

“Public transit is crucial for our city. I am delighted to celebrate the return of these essential bus routes, including my daily commute: 21 Hayes,” Supervisor Preston said. “This has been a difficult time for transit riders, operators and all workers who keep transit running. I greatly appreciate the remarkable coalition of advocates who successfully lobbied for the return of these lines. , and I look forward to continuing to champion efforts to restore and expand public transit in our city.”

Once in Golden Gate Park on Saturday, community members hopped on the park’s free shuttle to watch a demonstration of the Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program’s adaptive cycling program, which was launched .

The free program associates disabled people with adapted bicycles upon prior reservation. BORP Cycling Center is home to one of the largest collections of adaptive bicycles in the world, including handcycles, recumbents, side-by-side tandems and other models. The program is for children, youth and adults with physical and visual impairments, as well as their families and friends.

“Golden Gate Park belongs to everyone, and we are delivering on our promise to improve access to its treasures,” said Phil Ginsburg, general manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Park District.

“The adaptive cycling program means park visitors of all disabilities can reap the benefits of nature while enjoying exhilarating exercise on car-free JFK,” he said.

“We are listening to the community and know that there is strong support for both a robust transit system and better access to the park,” said SFMTA Director of Transportation Jeffrey Tumlin. “We are pleased to support healthy transportation options for all San Franciscans who travel to and through Golden Gate Park, especially those with limited mobility.”

The adaptive cycling program will run from 1 to 4 p.m. by appointment from April to October. Locations will alternate between the Golden Gate Park Music Concourse next to the new accessible bandstand lot and the Great Highway at Judah Street.

To reserve a bike, contact BORP Cycling Center at (510) 848-2930 or [email protected]

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