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ARTICLE 6:
TRAFFIC REGULATIONS


Sec. 6.01.

Operation and Parking of Vehicles.

Sec. 6.01.1.

Limitation on travel lanes for motor vehicles over portions of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Ninth Avenue in Golden Gate Park.

Sec. 6.02.

Towing of Vehicles.

Sec. 6.03.

Parking of Customer's Vehicles in Golden Gate Park.

Sec. 6.04.

Certain Business Vehicles Prohibited from Golden Gate Park.

Sec. 6.05.

Commercial Vehicles Prohibited.

Sec. 6.06.

Parking of Sightseeing Buses.

Sec. 6.07.

Funeral Procession Routes.

Sec. 6.08.

Transportation of Residential or Commercial Garbage.

Sec. 6.09.

Soliciting Passengers for Vehicles Prohibited.

Sec. 6.10.

Penalties.

Sec. 6.11.

Exceptions.

Sec. 6.12.

Disability Access Standards and Authorized Vehicular Traffic Use for Golden Gate Park During Sunday Road Closures.

Sec. 6.13.

Prohibition on Motor Vehicle Traffic in Golden Gate Park on Saturdays.

Sec. 6.14.

Authorization of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.


SEC. 6.01. OPERATION AND PARKING OF VEHICLES.

(a) No person shall drive or propel any vehicle within any park except upon the paved roads, driveways, and highways provided or unpaved roads designated by sign or signal for use by such vehicular traffic;

(b) All persons operating vehicles must drive or propel them in a careful manner, at a lawful rate of speed, and in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Recreation and Park Commission, San Francisco Traffic Code and California Vehicle Code;

(c) No person shall drive or propel any vehicle on any planted area or on any access road or unpaved service road or firetrail in any park;

(d) No person shall park any vehicle on any lawn, or planted area, or unimproved area or on any pedestrian or equestrian lane, or on any access road or unpaved service road or firetrail or in any manner so as to block access to or exit from any service road or access road or firetrail, or in any other place in the park where the rules and regulations of the Recreation and Park Commission prohibit vehicular parking, unless allowed otherwise by permit;

(e) No person shall wash, grease, or repair any vehicle in any park except insofar as repairs may be necessary for the immediate removal of any damaged or disabled vehicle from the park;

(f) No vehicle shall be parked on any road, place or highway in any park except on the extreme right side of said road, place or highway and immediately adjacent to any curb or any planted portion of the park; provided, however, that the Recreation and Park Commission shall have full power and authority to set aside suitable space for the parking of any vehicle off any road, place or highway. The extreme right side of said road, place or highway shall be deemed to be the right-hand side of any road, place or highway as measured or applied in the direction in which any vehicle is traveling. Nothing in this Section shall be deemed to prohibit parking on the extreme left side of any one-way road or highway, provided such parking is otherwise permitted, which side shall be deemed to be the left-hand side of any road or highway as measured or applied in the direction in which any vehicle is traveling.

(g) No person shall park any automobile or any other vehicle, including a house trailer, whether attended or unattended, in any park, other than the Marina Green, between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., except (1) when attending an event or function authorized by the Recreation and Park Department, and then only when the person parks the vehicle in an area specifically designated for such parking in connection with said event or function; (2) when such parking is necessary because of an emergency, such as a flat tire or other mechanical failure, in which case the vehicle shall not be parked any longer than necessary; or (3) when a sign is posted or notice is otherwise provided that parking is permitted in a designated area between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., or some portion of those hours.

(h) No person shall park any automobile or any other vehicle, including a house trailer, whether attended or unattended, at the Marina Green between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., unless (1) such person has watercraft moored at Yacht Harbor and has displayed on the vehicle an official permit authorizing such parking from the Recreation and Park Department or (2) such parking is necessary because of an emergency, such as a flat tire or other mechanical failure, in which case the vehicle shall not be parked any longer than necessary.

(i) No person shall, in any park, allow any automobile or other vehicle to remain parked in any parking lot which is open for public use and for which a fee is charged for parking, including, but not limited to Kezar Parking Lot, for a period of more than 24 hours after the expiration of the period for which a fee is charged, unless otherwise allowed by permit.

(j) No person shall park any "oversized vehicle," defined herein as any vehicle longer than 19 feet and/or wider than seven feet, eight inches, whether attended or unattended in Kezar Parking Lot, unless allowed otherwise by permit.

(k) No person shall, in any park, allow any automobile or any other vehicle that is disabled to remain parked in any parking lot which is open for public use and for which a fee is charged for parking, including but not limited to Kezar Parking Lot, unless otherwise allowed by permit.

(Added by Ord. 603-81, App. 12/18/81; amended by Ord. 428-86, App. 10/31/86; Ord. 192-88, App. 5/5/88)

SEC. 6.01.1. LIMITATION ON TRAVEL LANES FOR MOTOR VEHICLES OVER PORTIONS OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DRIVE AND NINTH AVENUE IN GOLDEN GATE PARK.



The portions of the streets in Golden Gate Park, now known as Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and Ninth Avenue, commencing at the entrance to Golden Gate Park at Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way and extending to the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Concourse Drive in the vicinity of the Music Concourse, shall not provide for more than one lane in each direction for motor vehicle through traffic. Nothing in this Section shall be deemed to prohibit the use of the remainder of such street for any combination of parking for motor vehicles or bicycle- or public transit-only traffic.

(Added by Proposition G, 11/8/2005)

SEC. 6.02. TOWING OF VEHICLES.



Whenever any member of the San Francisco Police Department, employee or lessee authorized by the Recreation and Park Department or Commission finds any vehicle parked in violation of Sections 601(d), (e), (f), (g), (h), (i), (j), or (k) of this Code, such officer, employee or lessee may provide for the removal of such vehicle, so long as signs have been posted to inform the public that vehicles so parked are subject to removal and, with respect to Section 601(i), so long as there is an attendant on duty or other facilities permitting the patron to pay or remit the parking charges at the time the vehicle is first parked.

The procedure for removal and impounding of vehicles shall be as is provided for in applicable provisions of the San Francisco Traffic Code and Sections 22850 to 22855 of the California Vehicle Code.

Moreover, any vehicle stopped, parked or left standing in such a manner as to violate Sections 6.01(d), (e), (f), (g), (h), (i), (j), or (k) of this Code is an obstruction to the free use of property and a nuisance within the meaning of Part III of the Civil Code of California relating to nuisances and the abatement thereof.

(Added by Ord. 603-81, App. 12/18/81; amended by Ord. 428-86, App. 10/31/86)

SEC. 6.03. PARKING OF CUSTOMER'S VEHICLES IN GOLDEN GATE PARK.



It is unlawful for any person who operates or is employed by a business, including but not limited to, an auto repair business, which has custody of vehicles belonging to persons other than those who own or are employed by the business, to park any such vehicle in Golden Gate Park.

(Added by Ord. 603-81, App. 12118/81)

SEC. 6.04. CERTAIN BUSINESS VEHICLES PROHIBITED FROM GOLDEN GATE PARK.



It shall be unlawful for any person who operates or is employed by a business which is located within one mile of Golden Gate Park to park in Golden Gate Park within one mile of such business location a vehicle having thereon or attached thereto any exposed matter advertising such business or containing the name of such business.

(Added by Ord. 603-81, App. 12/18/81)

SEC. 6.05. COMMERCIAL VEHICLES PROHIBITED.



No person shall bring or cause to be brought into any park any vehicle designed, used or maintained primarily for the transportation of goods, wares, merchandise, soil, building material or other article or thing of commerce or trade, except by (1) the transverse road across Golden Gate Park between Lincoln Way at Nineteenth Avenue and Fulton Street at Park-Presidio Boulevard and/or Twenty-fifth Avenue, or (2) upon Stanyan Street between Fell Street and Oak Street, unless such person is bringing such vehicle into a park by permission of the Recreation and Park Department.

(Added by Ord. 603-81, App. 12/18/81)

SEC. 6.06. PARKING OF SIGHTSEEING BUSES.



No person shall park a sightseeing bus in Golden Gate Park unless such person (1) has obtained a permit from the Recreation and Park Department and paid any fee which may be required by the Department for the issuance of such permit and (2) parks in an area which has been designated by the Commission as a parking area for sightseeing buses, either by the posting of a sign or by written notice kept on file with the Secretary of the Commission and made available to any interested person upon request.

(Added by Ord. 603-81, App. 12/18/81)

SEC. 6.07. FUNERAL PROCESSION ROUTES.



No funeral precession, hearse, nor any vehicle designed for or carrying the body of a deceased person shall enter Golden Gate park except (1) by the transverse road across Golden Gate Park between Lincoln Way at Nineteenth Avenue and Fulton Street at Park-Presidio Boulevard and/or Twenty-fifth Avenue, or (2) upon Stanyan Street between Fell Street and Oak Street or (3) upon Main Drive from the Stanyan Street entrance to the park to Kezar Drive and along Kezar Drive to Lincoln Way.

(Added by Ord. 603-81, App. 12/18/81)

SEC. 6.08. TRANSPORTATION OF RESIDENTIAL OR COMMERCIAL GARBAGE.



It is unlawful to transport residential or commercial garbage in any vehicle within the confines of any park. "Garbage" shall include, but not be limited to, the following: Dry or wet fill, emptied food containers, metallic machinery parts, auto parts, refuse, offal, vegetables, paper, dirt, remains of food, newspapers, filth or rubbish. This Section shall not apply to an authorized scavenger service which is servicing any facility or area in any park.

(Added by Ord. 603-81, App. 12/18/81)

SEC. 6.09. SOLICITING PASSENGERS FOR VEHICLES PROHIBITED.



No person shall solicit or arrange or contract or make any agreement for or establish or maintain any stand or other equipment for procuring customers or passengers for any carriage, coach, automobile, bus or other vehicle, let or used for hire, in any park without first having obtained a permit to do so from the Recreation and Park Commission. Nor shall any person drive or park a taxicab in any park for the purpose of procuring customers unless such person is responding to a call for a taxicab.

(Added by Ord. 603-81, App. 12/18/81)

SEC. 6.10. PENALTIES.



A person who violates Section 6.01(c), (d), (e), (f) or (g) of this Code shall be guilty of an infraction and upon conviction thereof shall be punished for the first offense by a fine not to exceed $50; for the second offense committed within a one-year period by a fine not to exceed $100; for a third and each additional offense committed within a one-year's period by a fine not to exceed $250.

This Section shall not be deemed to contradict Section 6.02 of this Code concerning the towing of vehicles in violation of Section 601(d), (f) or (g).

(Added by Ord. 603-81, App. 12/18/81)

SEC. 6.11. EXCEPTIONS.



The provisions of this Article shall not apply to any person employed by the City and County of San Francisco, the State of California, or the United States Government while in the discharge of authorized duties and while operating an official vehicle or any other vehicle with an appropriate permit displayed.

(Added by Ord. 603-81, App. 12/18/81)

SEC. 6.12. DISABILITY ACCESS STANDARDS AND AUTHORIZED VEHICULAR TRAFFIC USE FOR GOLDEN GATE PARK DURING SUNDAY ROAD CLOSURES.



(a) Findings and Purpose.

(i) Golden Gate Park was created more than 100 years ago to provide a sanctuary from the pressures of urban life. Golden Gate Park remains an irreplaceable resource of open space for visitors to and residents of San Francisco, especially those families for whom it is difficult to travel out of the City for recreation.

(ii) For more than 30 years, Sunday and holiday closure to motor vehicles of a portion of John F. Kennedy Drive, approximately 1.5 miles in length, between Kezar Drive and Transverse Drive, and closure of portions of adjacent roads connecting with that portion of John F. Kennedy Drive, has been one of the most popular attractions in Golden Gate Park, attracting hundreds of thousands of people each year from every neighborhood, racial/ethnic group, age category, and income level.

(iii) Proposition J. the Golden Gate Park Revitalization Act of 1998, adopted by San Francisco voters on June 2, 1998, has as one of its primary purposes to take steps to reduce the impact of automobiles in Golden Gate Park while still providing long-term assurance of safe, reliable, and convenient access for visitors to the Park. This goal remains of paramount importance in ensuring that Golden Gate Park is scenically beautiful, environmentally sensitive, culturally diverse, and accessible to all.

(iv) Concerns about ensuring automobile access to the cultural institutions in the Golden Gate Park Concourse area, including the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum and the California Academy of Sciences ("CAS"), have been addressed by the construction of an underground parking garage in the Concourse area pursuant to the aforementioned Proposition J.

(b) Disability Access Standards. The following disability access standards shall apply to the Sunday and holiday road closures of John K. Kennedy Drive and related roads.

(i) Disability access to Golden Gate Park shall comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Golden Gate Park Revitalization Act of 1998.

(ii) All vehicular access points to the areas of closure shall contain directional signage that describes all access points and accessible surface parking areas for people with disabilities and provides directions to the underground parking facility in the Music Concourse. Signage also shall include telephone and TTY/TDD contact numbers where callers can obtain information on disability access during the road closure periods.

(iii) The Department, in consultation with the Department of Parking and Traffic, Fine Arts Museums, Golden Gate Park Concourse Authority, and Mayor's Office on Disability, shall explore and adopt disability access measures. Such measures may include, but are not limited to:

(A) The provision of eight (8) accessible parking spaces on 8th Avenue between Fulton Street and John F. Kennedy Drive during the closure period.

(B) An additional ten (10) accessible parking spaces to assist with access to the road closure areas.

(C) A signed drop-off zone for people with disabilities on Bowling Green Drive as close as practicable to its intersection with John F. Kennedy Drive.

(D) An authorized intra-park transit shuttle that is accessible and operates frequently on the closed sections of John F. Kennedy Drive, additional accessible parking spaces and additional signed drop-off zones for people with disabilities outside of the area of closure.

(c) Exempt Motor Vehicles. The following motor vehicles are exempt from the Sunday road closures:

(i) Emergency vehicles, including but not limited to police and fire vehicles;

(ii) Official City, State, or federal vehicles, or any other authorized vehicle, being used to perform official City, State, or federal business pertaining to Golden Gate Park or any property or facility therein, including but not limited to vehicles of the Recreation and Park Department and construction vehicles authorized by the Recreation and Park Department; and

(iii) Authorized intra-park transit shuttle buses or similar authorized vehicles used to transport persons within Golden Gate Park.

(d) Emergency Authority. The General Manager of the Recreation and Park Department shall have the authority to allow traffic on roads that would otherwise be closed in accordance with this Section in circumstances which in the General Manager's judgment constitute an emergency such that the benefit to the public from the street closure is outweighed by traffic burden or public safety hazard created by the emergency circumstances.

(Added by Ord. 229-06, File No. 060701, App. 9/14/2006)

SEC. 6.13. PROHIBITION ON MOTOR VEHICLE TRAFFIC IN GOLDEN GATE PARK ON SATURDAYS.



(a) Findings and Purpose.

(i) This legislation supports and is in furtherance of the findings set forth in Section 6.12.

(ii) The public interest will be served by a Saturday closure of John F. Kennedy Drive, between Transverse Drive and the western side of Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, and closure of Stow Lake Drive East connecting with that portion of John F. Kennedy Drive.

(iii) Saturday road closures are necessary for the safety and protection of persons who would use these roads during the closures.

(b) Saturday Road Closures. The following roads in Golden Gate Park shall be closed to motor vehicle traffic on Saturdays, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time and Pacific Daylight Time, subject to the inclement weather condition protocols that apply to the current Sunday road closures: John F. Kennedy Drive between Transverse Drive and the western side of Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive and Stow Lake Drive between Stow Lake Drive East and John F. Kennedy Drive. The Recreation and Park Department, with the assistance, as needed, of other City departments, shall arrange for appropriate barriers to motor vehicles to be placed within Golden Gate Park so as to effectuate the aforementioned street closures. The Saturday road closures mandated in this subsection (b) shall be in effect from the first Saturday in April through the last Saturday in September.

(c) The disability access standards, exempt motor vehicles provision, and the emergency authority of the General Manager, as set forth in Sections 6.12(b), (c), and (d), respectively, shall apply to the Saturday road closures established herein. The Saturday closures established herein also shall be subject to the following additional conditions:

(i) Prior to the annual starting date for the closures set forth in subsection (b), the Director of the Mayor's Office on Disability, in consultation with the Recreation and Park Department and the DeYoung Museum Access Division, shall determine whether physical accessibility is provided through the closure area compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

(ii) Vehicle deliveries to the DeYoung Museum loading dock during the Saturday and Sunday closure are specifically acknowledged and authorized herein. Such vehicles shall have unimpeded access to the Museum's loading dock from John F. Kennedy Drive through the road closure area. The DeYoung Museum shall develop appropriate protocols that provide for unencumbered delivery access to its loading dock and maintain safety of individuals within the road closure area. The Museum shall evaluate such protocols and delivery activities on a regular basis to ensure that adequate delivery access and public safety are maintained. If necessary, the Recreation and Park Department, in consultation with the Mayor's Office, shall institute additional or modified methods that ensure adequate delivery access to the Museum and public safety.

(iii) The Recreation and Park Department, in consultation with the Mayor's Office on Disability, shall develop appropriate signage for the Saturday Road closure to minimize any traffic disruption.

(d) Effect on Sunday and Holiday Road Closures. This Section is not intended to have any effect on street closures in Golden Gate Park on Sundays and holidays except for the provisions of subsection (c)(ii) concerning delivery access to the DeYoung Museum's loading dock.

(e) Conflict With Other Provisions of Law. If any provision of this Section conflicts with an earlier enacted provision of this Article or of any other earlier enacted provision of law, and the conflict cannot be reasonably reconciled, the provision of this Section shall govern.

(f) Severability. If any provision, sentence, clause, or other part of this Section is held to be invalid or unlawful, such a holding shall not limit or abrogate other parts of this Section that can be given effect independently of the invalid or unlawful provision, sentence, clause, or part. If the application of a provision, sentence, clause, or other part of this Section to a person or class of persons, or to a specific circumstance, is held to be invalid or unlawful, such a holding shall not limit or abrogate other applications of the same provision, sentence, clause, or part that can be given effect independently of the invalid or unlawful application.

(Added by Ord. 98-07, File No. 070269, App. 5/4/2007; Ord. 271-07, File No. 070489, App. 11/26/2007)

SEC. 6.14. AUTHORIZATION OF THE SAN FRANCISCO MUNICIPAL TRANSPORTATION AGENCY.



(a) The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is authorized, in conformance with Charter Article VIIIA, to work with Recreation and Park Department staff to:

(1) Identify locations suitable for the establishment of paid parking areas or zones on property under the jurisdiction of the Recreation and Park Commission, including, but not limited to, the use of pay stations and parking permits;

(2) Set rates for paid parking on park property that are closely comparable to the rates set for similarly situated paid parking;

(3) Develop and implement a parking management plan for park property.

(b) The implementation of any parking restrictions, parking rates and/or parking management plan by the SFMTA under this section shall be subject to the approval of the Commission; the location of paid parking areas and parking restrictions are subject to the approval of the Board of Supervisors.

(c) The Commission shall retain authority to grant or deny permits for the use or closure of park roads in conformance with S.F. Municipal Code and Commission policies.

(Added by Ord. 178-09, File No. 090716, App. 7/27/2009



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