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Move to Make Part of Twin Peaks Car Free

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City officials want to make the east side for hikers and bikers

Some of the best views of San Francisco can be had from the top of Twin Peaks, but those sights could be harder for motorists to take in the future.

News of a Municipal Transportation Agency plan to eliminate car and bus traffic on the east side of the dual peaks was published in the San Francisco Chronicle's Matier & Ross column.

According to that report, the new plan would limit cars to the west side of the slopes, where the scenery is less breathtaking. What is currently a double lane, one-way roadway on the west side would become a two-way street. The east side passage would be for people on foot or on bikes.

This follows a $350,000 settlement the city paid to the family of a woman who was killed by a drunk driver while walking up the east side of Twin Peaks. Recreation and Parks Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg told columnists Phil Matier and Andrew Ross that the new measure would increase the "recreational accessibility of the area" and make it "safer for bicyclists and pedestrians."

The Christmas Tree point viewing area (and its parking for 30 some cars) would not be affected. However, traditionally spillover vehicles have parked on the shoulder of the east side road, and that would no longer be an option.

If approved by the MTA board, the measure would begin as a pilot project this summer.