8th Avenue Neighborway Project

Project Overview

8th Avenue at Anza Street with new pavement

The goal of the 8th Avenue Neighborway Project is to make 8th Avenue a safer and more pleasant place to walk or bike to neighborhood destinations and nearby parks. If you'd like to receive email updates about events or milestones for this project, please sign up for updates on the "Receive Updates" tab above. For a summary of documented community issues and more about the Neighborway concept, please click the “Details” tab above.

The SFMTA Livable Streets project team is currently conducting design of a toolkit of traffic calming measures for the 8th Avenue corridor and surrounding streets. These measures could include traffic or turn restrictions, speed humps, traffic circles, or other elements. The 8th Avenue Neighborway project will hold a Public Open House meeting on March 11, 2017 to present this toolkit of traffic calming measures to the 8th Avenue community for feedback.

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Project Details

8th Avenue Community Concerns:

Thanks to those who gave input to Livable Streets on safety issues in the neighborhood at our information table event in October 2016, or through our online survey.  We reviewed the over 150 comments that we received and have documented the following top community concerns:

  • High levels of traffic and congestion on 8th Avenue - including personal vehicles, tour buses, commercial vehicles, and bicycles

  • Driver and cyclist failure to stop at Stop signs

  • Driver speeding on 8th Avenue, Balboa, Cabrillo, and Lake Streets in particular

  • Conflicts between tour buses, commercial vehicles, and personal vehicles - including double parking around Clement Street and the Safeway loading dock between Fulton and Cabrillo

  • Safety/visibility issues for pedestrians when crossing Fulton and Geary

  • Conflicts between people biking and high levels of vehicle traffic

What is a Neighborway?

The 8th Avenue Neighborway project will investigate a variety of traffic calming measures aimed at creating a neighborway, which is defined as a residential street with low volumes of auto traffic and low vehicle speeds where bicycles and pedestrians are given priority over motor vehicle traffic (especially “cut-through” traffic). Residents of neighborway streets benefit from reduced vehicular traffic on their street and lower vehicle speeds, while neighbors who walk or bike to Golden Gate Park or the Presidio and beyond will benefit by having a calm, slow-traffic street on which to reach their destination.  Some possible traffic calming measures that could be used to create a Neighborway are:

  • Speed humps
  • Traffic circles
  • Traffic Diverters (concrete elements that allow bicycles and pedestrians to pass freely but divert car traffic to other routes)
  • Forced turns for vehicles or turn prohibitions for vehicles
  • Traffic Islands
  • Signage
  • Pavement markings


  • SFMTA will host a Public Open House meeting to gather community feedback on traffic calming and safety improvement options on March 11, 2017.
    • To view a selection of the materials that will be shared at the March 11 Open House, please click the Documents tab


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