You want this breathtaking view? There's a road redesign giving bikers/hikers their own lane! pilot project begins! pic.twitter.com/Kq1xEuZT9C— carolyn tyler (@ctylerabc7) July 13, 2016
There was a learning curve for those taking the curves of Twin Peaks Boulevard to get to the scenic overlook.
"I was unclear which way to go," said one person. "I'm not sure what the change is all about."
The change is a two year pilot program that the SFMTA launched Wednesday. ABC7 News was there as crews put up signs and barriers.
"It's about taking an iconic location in San Francisco and making it into an even better place for people to go who might be walking or riding their bikes up there," said Miriam Sorell with SFMTA.
A rendering of the new roadway configuration. It shows a portion of the eastern stretch of Twin Peaks Boulevard. The side with the breathtaking views is now car free. On the western side, what had been a one way road has been converted into a two-way street for cars.
Muni says the changes are not the result of a crash that killed a pedestrian in 2012, but activists say the redesign will help with safety.
Signs going up to alert cars, cyclists and walkers of roadway changes at Twin Peaks Blvd. 2yr experiment begins now! pic.twitter.com/byHTsXTo8F— carolyn tyler (@ctylerabc7) July 13, 2016
"The improvement to Twin Peaks will definitely make it safe and will, you know, work to prevent crashes that have been taking place like the one in 2012," said Nicole Ferrara with Walk SF.
But there has been opposition from tour bus companies and some neighbors who say the roadway is more dangerous with the two-way traffic. But pedestrians and bicyclists we talked to like the change.
"It's wide and it's a nice spot so it'll be good," said a bicyclist.
Another woman added, "I love it when they shut down the streets so I can bring the dog."
If Muni considers the experiment a success, it could become permanent.
Click here to learn more about the pilot program.