Page Slow Street
The SFMTA implemented the Page Street Bikeway Improvements Pilot in spring 2020, which included restrictions on freeway-bound traffic and bikeway upgrades on Page Street between Webster and Gough streets, just days before the COVID-19 shelter-in-place began. Weeks later, the SFMTA separately developed the Slow Streets program to provide folks with an opportunity to make socially distanced trips and get exercise during the pandemic, with corridors implemented across San Francisco's neighborhoods. The Slow Streets program extended temporary measures to limit non-local traffic along the entire Page Street corridor westward to Stanyan Street.
For information on the Page Street Neighborway Project – a related capital project that will implement sidewalk extensions, rain gardens, and a raised intersection between Webster and Gough streets – please visit the Page Street Neighborway Project page.￼￼￼
Bringing Temporary Changes Together Into a New Pilot
The effects of COVID-19 on traffic patterns regionally have been significant and unpredictable, posing challenges for evaluating the original Page Street Bikeway Improvements Pilot as planned. As the city’s recovery is steadily progressing, the SFMTA hopes to advance a new Page Slow Street Pilot in 2022 that includes:
- The 2020 Page Bikeway Improvements Pilot (between Webster and Gough streets)
- Existing Slow Streets restrictions on Page Street that restrict non-local traffic (entire corridor to Stanyan Street)
- Formalized safety treatments and traffic diversion at signalized intersections (at Stanyan, Masonic, Divisadero)
- A framework for ongoing community art and placemaking along the corridor
- An evaluation focusing on broader neighborhood circulation, including on Haight, Oak, Fell, and side streets
Improving upon the existing temporary treatments, re-engaging the community, and rebooting the evaluation program will allow for a complete consideration of the vision for a post-pandemic Page Street. Outreach will be woven throughout the pilot period, allowing people to influence the future of Page and surrounding streets.
Page Street is an important corridor for the Haight-Ashbury, Lower Haight, Hayes Valley, and surrounding neighborhoods. It is also a designated Green Connection in the San Francisco General Plan because of its connectivity to schools, parks, and other destinations. It is also a popular east-west bicycle route, where, as measured before the pandemic, there are 1.5 times more people on bikes than in cars headed downtown in the morning.
San Francisco has changed much over the past decade. The impacts of the sharp growth in economic activity, the addition of thousands of new residents, and the resulting increase in vehicle trips citywide over the past decade have disproportionately affected neighborhoods along routes to the freeways. People driving towards Octavia Boulevard to access the Central Freeway are increasingly choosing to queue on residential streets and transit-priority corridors, including Page and Haight streets, instead of remaining on arterial streets. The ensuing congestion reduces traffic safety and quality of life on these streets. While the SFMTA has made recent changes to improve safety and additional sidewalk changes are planned for 2021 through the separate Page Street Neighborway Project, more is needed to address the impacts of chronic vehicle congestion directly.