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Cayuga Avenue Slow Street
Project Introduction

The Cayuga Avenue Slow Street extends 1.7 miles through the Cayuga Terrace, Excelsior, and Mission Terrace Neighborhoods, from Rousseau Street to Naglee Avenue. It’s home to many families and functions as an important community connection to Cayuga Playground and Balboa High School. Cayuga Avenue was identified as a bicycle route and candidate for traffic calming in the 2019 Excelsior Neighborhood Traffic Calming Project. Cayuga Avenue was approved for inclusion in the Slow Streets Program by the SFMTA Board on December 6, 2022.  

Learn more about the Slow Streets Program

Cayuga Avenue Slow Street Evaluation 

The SFMTA will collect data on both traffic volumes and speeds once the Cayuga Avenue Slow Street has been implemented, and adjust corridor designs as necessary to meet the Slow Streets vehicle speed and volume criteria. Keep an eye on this page for further details about the Slow Street Evaluation. To receive project updates, please sign up via the link on the righthand side of this page. 

Project Timeline 
Project Approval
December 2022
Design Process
Spring-Summer 2023
Fall 2023
Data collection + evaluation
Late 2023


Plans to make active transportation improvements to Cayuga Avenue date back to 2019. Through the 2019 Excelsior Neighborhood Traffic Calming Project, the community identified a need for traffic calming materials such as speed humps on Cayuga Avenue in front of Balboa High school. After the COVID-19 response Slow Streets Program was launched in 2020, Cayuga Avenue was identified as a potential Slow Street. The project team sent mailers to residents within 1,000 feet of the corridor and hosted an online open house to discuss Cayuga’s inclusion in the Slow Streets Program. Community outreach indicated strong support for Cayuga as a Slow Street, however material shortages and logistical challenges prevented implementation during the COVID-19 phase of the program. 

Cayuga Avenue Slow Street Design 

The draft design for the Cayuga Avenue Slow Street includes:

  • Slow Streets delineator signs at select intersections

  • Slow Streets pavement markings 

  • Slow Streets identification signs on Cayuga Avenue and select cross streets 

  • A median diverter at Cayuga Avenue and Geneva Avenue 

  • New marked crosswalks    

  • Traffic calming elements, such as speed cushions

View the Draft Design

Next Steps 

Spring 2023: Implementation is in progress and will take place in phases through Fall 2023. 

Questions? Please reach out to the project team at, using the subject line "Cayuga Avenue". To receive updates on the Cayuga Avenue Slow Street, please sign up via the link on the righthand side of this page.  

Contact Information
Please include "Cayuga Avenue" in the email subject line