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Golden Gate Avenue Slow Street

Project Introduction

The Golden Gate Avenue Slow Street is an effort to improve safety and support active transportation on this corridor, which provides an important connection through the North of the Panhandle neighborhood to parks, schools, and the University of San Francisco. Golden Gate Avenue was initially designated as a COVID-19 Response Slow Street in June 2020, and approved by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board as a post-pandemic Slow Street in August 2021. On December 6, 2022, the SFMTA Board affirmed Golden Gate Avenue’s inclusion in the ongoing Slow Streets program.  

While a Slow Street design has already been implemented on Golden Gate Avenue, the project team is conducting further data collection and evaluation on the corridor to ensure that it is meeting Slow Streets program criteria: 

  • Vehicle speeds at or below 15 mph 
  • Vehicle volumes less than 1,000 per day 

Following this evaluation, the program team will determine if refinements need to be made to the design. Please sign up for updates via the righthand side of this page to learn more.  

Learn more about the Slow Street program

Project Timeline 
June 2020
COVID-19 Response Implementation
August 2021
SFMTA Board authorizes post-pandemic Slow Street
Winter 2021-2022
Design outreach
July 2022
Design approval
December 2022
SFMTA Board approves Slow Streets program
Winter 2023


Golden Gate Avenue was initially introduced as a Slow Street during the pandemic response phase of the program in 2020. Following a program-wide outreach process to measure the effectiveness of COVID-19 Response Slow Streets in 2021, Golden Gate Avenue proved to have high rates of use, and vehicle speeds and volumes that met criteria for a low-stress street. Based on the outcome of that evaluation, the SFMTA Slow Streets team recommended that Golden Gate Avenue—along with Shotwell Street, Sanchez Street, and Lake Street—be made permanent Slow Streets by SFMTA Board. The Board approved the recommendation, and outreach to develop a more robust design for Golden Gate Avenue began in the Winter of 2021. This phase of outreach included a survey, two project open houses, a walk audit, and numerous community meetings. As of the Fall of 2022, the design was substantially implemented. 

In December 2022, the SFMTA Slow Streets team brought a plan for an ongoing Slow Streets Program to the SFMTA Board for approval. Because this represented the creation of a new program for the City, it was necessary to re-authorize the four previously- approved “post-pandemic” Slow Streets as part of the new Slow Streets Program. On December 6, 2022, the ongoing Slow Streets Program for San Francisco was approved, and Golden Gate Avenue was among the 16 initial corridors included in the Program. The ongoing Slow Streets Program establishes a set of data-driven criteria for measuring the success of Slow Streets, and includes an expanded design toolkit for implementing Slow Streets. The Slow Streets Program team will be evaluating Golden Gate Avenue to determine if the previously- implemented design needs to be refined to meet the new Program criteria for vehicle volumes and speeds following the approval of the permanent program. 

Golden Gate Avenue Slow Street Evaluation 

In Progress. To receive Project updates, please sign up via the link on the righthand side of this page. 

Golden Gate Avenue Slow Street Design 

This design was approved on July 8, 2022 and features the following elements to calm traffic and lower vehicle volumes, in addition to Slow Streets identification materials such as pavement markings and signs, and Slow Streets delineators: 

  • A partial diverter at Masonic Avenue to prevent eastbound vehicles from entering the street 
  • A speed cushion between Masonic Avenue and Central Avenue to slow speeds 
  • Raised crosswalks at Baker and Broderick streets to slow speeds and improve pedestrian visibility  

View the complete design for the corridor at this link: https://www.sfmta.com/reports/golden-gate-avenue-design-plan-view-illustration 

Next Steps

The SFMTA project team looks forward to continuing to evaluate Golden Gate Avenue to ensure it’s working well as a Slow Street. We will publish the results of the latest evaluation on this page in the near future. Sign up for updates via the link on the righthand side of the page, and email SlowStreets@SFMTA.com with “Golden Gate Avenue” in the subject line with any questions or feedback. 

Street Events and Activation 

The SFMTA is developing complementary programs for communities to more easily activate, beautify, and host events on their Slow Streets! We will be sharing more on these opportunities in the near future. To receive updates on this, please sign up for Slow Streets Program updates at SFMTA.com/SlowStreets 


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