SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Part of San Francisco’s Twin Peaks lookout area is going car-free as part of a two-year pilot project to make the popular tourist destination safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Starting Wednesday, the eastern half of the “figure 8” roadway loop will be open only to pedestrians and bicyclists, while the western half will switch from one-way to two-way vehicle traffic, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

 

Twin Peaks open space pilot program. (SFMTA)

Twin Peaks open space pilot program. (SFMTA)

The project, approved by the SFMTA board in April, will also add legal parking spaces at the center and south intersections to deal with illegal parking that was already occurring.

The new designations will be marked with paint and temporary barriers.

Over the next year, the SFMTA will evaluate the changes by counting the number of vehicles on the road, observing traffic patterns and parking behavior, taking speed surveys and conducting surveys of people using the area. Those findings will be used to develop a permanent plan for the area.

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