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Golden Gate Avenue Slow Street

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Project Introduction

 

This project is an effort to improve traffic safety and further enhance the Slow Street on Golden Gate Avenue between Masonic Avenue to Broderick Street. It will entail an outreach process to determine traffic safety issues users of the Slow Street experience, and if warranted, propose a design to address those concerns.

Additionally, this project will assess community support for extending the Slow Street from its current extents of Masonic Avenue and Broderick Street, to Parker Street and Divisadero Street.

The Golden Gate Avenue Slow Street was approved by the SFMTA Board of Directors during the August 3rd, 2021, Board meeting to maintain in place as a post-pandemic Slow Street. As such, the objective of this project is not to explore the designation of Golden Gate Avenue as a Slow Street, but to determine if additional traffic safety design treatments are needed. 

Project Goals

 

  • Determine and implement other traffic safety features that can further calm the street and make it a friendlier, more inviting, and conducive space for people walking, biking, exercising, recreating, or driving
  • Assess support for extending the Golden Gate Avenue Slow Street several blocks west to terminate at Parker Street instead of Masonic Avenue and one block east to terminate at Divisadero Street instead of Broderick Street
  • Support the SFMTA's Transportation Recovery Plan - Slow Streets corridors provide a low-stress network of walking and biking routes, which offer an alternative mode of travel that can augment Muni service
  • Repurpose the space on the residential street for use beyond just motor vehicle access and travel

Below is a map showing the extents of the Golden Gate Avenue Slow Street and the proposal to extend it:

Golden Gate Avenue Slow Street map

Project Timeline 
Initial Community Outreach
October - November 2021
Pending
Project Design
November 2021
Pending
Design Outreach
November 2021 - January 2022
Pending
Project Approvals
February 2022
Pending
Project Implementation
TBD
Pending

Background

 

Slow Streets were conceived and implemented as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their purpose is to provide more space for physically distanced essential trips through modes like walking or bicycling and enable residents to exercise or recreate outside during the shelter-in-place order. Slow Streets were part of the Mayor’s Emergency Public Health Order, and most of them will sunset once the order has been lifted and the city is no longer in the state of emergency.

While the COVID-19 emergency purpose of Slow Streets will diminish and disappear in time, the treatment serves important purposes for recovery and beyond. Slow Streets are an important aspect of the SFMTA’s Transportation Recovery Plan in creating low-stress walking and bicycle routes that augment limited Muni service and establishing public spaces for neighbors to build connections. By prioritizing the use of these streets for walking, biking, and as an outdoor space, Slow Streets represent a repurposing of public space towards a broader set of needs.

User surveys conducted in early Spring of 2021 have shown support for the Slow Street on Golden Gate Avenue to last beyond the pandemic. The authorization to maintain the Slow Street and disassociate it with its original authorization under the Mayor's Public Health Order was made during the August 3rd, 2021 SFMTA Board of Directors meeting. That approval also prompted the Slow Streets team to kick off this project, which encompasses an outreach and design process to learn more about people's user experiences from a traffic safety standpoint on the Slow Street and propose traffic safety treatments from the Slow Streets toolbox to resolve issues determined. 


Proposed Slow Street Extension on Golden Gate Avenue

 

The original temporary Slow Street on Golden Gate Avenue was limited to four blocks (between Masonic Avenue and Broderick Street) because of the original design of Slow Streets. Soft diversion (ie, the traffic barricade and signs), which is the main tool that enables temporary Slow Streets to function, cannot be applied at signalized intersections due to operational safety concerns. 

Because Golden Gate Avenue has been approved to remain as a Slow Street post-pandemic, the tools in the Slow Street design toolkit can be considered and applied to the Slow Street. Tools like median diverters and left-turn restrictions can be incorporated onto the current extents of the Golden Gate Avenue Slow Street, and their inclusion would solve the operational concerns that prevented it from being a longer Slow Street. See the Slow Street Design Toolkit section for more details on how median diverters and left-turn restrictions work.

If extended, the road to closed to through traffic regulation would apply and soft diversion (traffic barricades) would be added to Golden Gate Avenue between Parker Street and Masonic Avenue, and Golden Gate Avenue between Broderick Street and Divisadero Street. Median diverters and left-turn restrictions are required to be included at the intersection of Golden Gate Avenue and Masonic Avenue and Golden Gate Avenue and Divisadero Street, to make the extension feasible. 

This extension would extend the benefits of a Slow Street to a longer portion of Golden Gate Avenue.


Project Outreach

 

As mentioned previously, resident and user surveys were conducted in early Spring of 2021  to evaluate how the Golden Gate Avenue Slow Street was working and to assess the community's thoughts on it. The surveying effort also helped inform the possibility of maintaining the Slow Street past the pandemic. Here are some findings and community feedback from the surveying effort: 

Golden Gate Ave Slow Street 2021 Survey Summary

Spanish and Chinese Translation

Upcoming Outreach Meetings and Events

We want to hear about your experience using the Golden Gate Avenue Slow Street, thoughts on how to improve it and determine your support for extending the lengths of it. The project team is planning a number of events later this fall to conduct community outreach and gather feedback:

Traffic Safety and User Experience Survey:

10/15/2021 Update: Thank you for your interest. At this time, the survey is closed. Please check back at a later time for future community feedback opportunities. 

Take the survey and share your feedback with us regarding your user experience using the Golden Gate Avenue Slow Street. We also want to know your thoughts on potentially adding other design tools from our Slow Streets design toolkit to further improve the Slow Street. The team will be using this feedback to assess the need and to develop a design for the post-pandemic Golden Gate Avenue Slow Street.

Take the Survey

Community Hosted Meetings (ongoing)

If you host, coordinate, or attend a standing community organization or neighborhood association meeting, let us know and we can come to you virtually. The Golden Gate Avenue Slow Street project team would be more than happy to attend and present at a community/neighborhood organization-hosted event to present about Golden Gate Avenue Slow Street and gather feedback. Please complete this form if you want us to attend one of your meetings:

Invite us to your meeting

Virtual Design Open House

After conducting some initial community outreach, the project team will host a virtual design open house in the late Fall of 2021. During the open house period, the team will host a number of virtual meetings and launch some tools to collect community feedback on the proposal to improve Golden Gate Avenue Slow Street. 

Check back at a later time for the virtual open house launch and live date(s), details on how to participate, and more. 

SFMTA Engineering Public Hearing

After the conclusion of the virtual design open house period, the project team will finalize the proposed design, undergo an internal review process, and take the design to a SFMTA Engineering Public Hearing for final approval. At this hearing, the public will have a final opportunity to provide feedback before the City Traffic Engineer makes a final determination of the proposal. 

Public Hearing date: To be determined - check back at a later time for more details


Slow Street Design 

 

Slow Streets are shared roadways between people on foot, bikes, or scooters and cars on residential streets. They mainly work by using a traffic calming treatment known as soft diversion, which is achieved by installing traffic diverters to discourage through traffic from accessing the street. Street access and usage from local traffic (i.e. residents and visitors with an origin or destination on the Slow Street), emergency vehicles, and mail/delivery services are still allowed. Signage is also installed to emphasize pedestrian and bicycle priority on the street, warn motorists of the possible presence of people walking, running, or biking in the roadway, and discourage unsafe vehicle speeds. Slow Streets are not full street closures. 

While traffic diverters (barricades) and signs are the main design components that make a Slow Street work, they are not the only design treatments available. This project will identify other design treatments that can be incorporated to create an even safer space for essential travel and recreation.

See the Slow Streets Toolkit of Design Treatments