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Fall 2022 Slow Streets Update

Following the success of the COVID Response Slow Streets Program, the SFMTA is proposing an ongoing Slow Streets Program for San Francisco. The SFMTA will bring details of the Program to the SFMTA Board on December 6, 2022, along with a resolution containing an initial set of 15 corridors for the Slow Streets Network.  

Participate in the December 6, 2022 SFMTA Board of Directors Meeting 

Date: December 6, 2022 

Time: 1:00 PM  

Location: City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA, Room 400, Floor 4  

Or join online (sfgovtv.org/sfmtaLIVE). 

Agenda: Posted on the SFMTA Board meeting calendar event on Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Members of the public may attend the meeting to observe and provide public comment at the physical meeting location listed above or join online (sfgovtv.org/sfmtaLIVE). 

For more details about the December 6, 2022 SFMTA Board meeting, including the meeting agenda and instructions for providing public comment, please visit the December 6, 2022 SFMTA Board meeting calendar event.   

Proposed Slow Streets Program 

Staff recommends that the SFMTA Board approve a Slow Streets Program (Program) to establish low-stress routes on residential streets in San Francisco for shared transportation. Local traffic is permitted on these corridors, but these streets prioritize biking, walking, and other forms of active transportation. Each corridor will be designed to achieve the overall goal of the Program:  

Develop low-stress streets that provide active transportation connections within neighborhoods and connect to and/or enhance the City’s recommended bikeway network with a focus on improving residential streets by calming vehicle traffic, making them easier to navigate and friendlier for walking and biking. 

Based on nationwide best practices from the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide, SFMTA staff propose the following clear, data-driven criteria targets for ensuring success and safety on the Slow Streets network: 

  • Vehicle volumes:  
    • Target of 1,500 Average Daily Traffic 
    • Maximum of 3,000 Average Daily Traffic 
  • Vehicle Speeds:  
    • Target of 20 Miles per hour 
    • Maximum of 25 Miles per hour 

Proposed Slow Streets Program Corridors 

Following and shown on a map linked here is a list of the 15 Slow Streets recommended for inclusion in the Slow Streets Program:  

Previously Authorized Post-Pandemic Slow Streets to be Re-Authorized under Program 

  • Golden Gate Avenue, from Parker Street to Broderick Street
  • Sanchez Street, from 23rd Street to 30th Street
  • Shotwell Street, from Cesar Chavez to 14th Street

COVID-19 Response streets to be Authorized under Program

  • 23rd Avenue, from Lake Street to Cabrillo Street
  • Arlington Street, from Roanoke Street to Randall Street
  • Cabrillo Street, from 45th Avenue to 25th Avenue
  • Somerset Street, from Silver Avenue to Woolsey Street
  • Clay Street, from Arguello Boulevard to Steiner Street
  • Hearst Avenue, from Ridgewood Avenue to Baden Street     
  • Lyon Street, from Turk Street to Haight Street     
  • Minnesota Street, from Mariposa Street to 22nd Street     
  • Noe Street, from Duboce Avenue to Beaver Street     
  • 12th Avenue, from Lincoln Way to Lawton Street     

New Recommended Slow Streets to be Authorized under Program

  • 22nd Street, from Bryant Street to Chattanooga Avenue
  • Cayuga Avenue, from Naglee Avenue to Rousseau Street

Slow Streets to be forwarded to the Board for consideration for inclusion in the Program

  • Lake Street, from Arguello Boulevard to 25th Avenue 

The initial set of corridors proposed for inclusion in the permanent Slow Streets program reflect the most successful corridors introduced as part of the COVID Response Slow Streets program, along with two other corridors that meet programmatic criteria.   

Next Steps 

Pending authorization from the SFMTA Board of Directors, SFMTA staff propose to begin collecting updated vehicle volume and speed data for each of the authorized Slow Streets.

Any remaining temporary COVID-19 Response Slow Streets materials on streets not recommended for inclusion in the ongoing program will be removed in the Winter of 2022/2023. 

Questions? 

Take a look at our Fall 2022 Slow Streets Frequently Asked Questions document: Fall 2022 Slow Streets FAQs | SFMTA. If you have questions about the December 6, 2022 SFMTA Board of Directors meeting, email MTABoard@sfmta.com