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Shared Spaces

Shared Spaces is a multi-agency program of San Francisco’s Economic Recovery Task Force that allows merchants and community groups to use sidewalks, full or partial streets, and other nearby public spaces like parks, parking lots and plazas, for restaurant pick-up and other neighborhood retail activities allowed under San Francisco’s Public Health Orders.

So far, over 1,300 free Shared Spaces permits have issued throughout San Francisco to help businesses move outdoors. The city maintains an interactive map showing the locations and status of all the proposed and approved locations. The map is designed to make it easier for people to find Shared Spaces, check on a permit status or simply track the progress of the program.   

We use the below dashboard to track and highlight the different types of SFMTA-specific permits and trends over time. Our teams work hard to make sure we find solutions that respond to the needs of businesses and the unique geography of our city.

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Shared Spaces - Full Street Closures

 

Photo of people enjoying the Shared Space at 18th and Castro

Photo of people enjoying the Shared Space street closure on 18th at Castro Street.

A major part of the program is full-street transformations where businesses, merchant groups and community organizations partner with the city to close one or more blocks to traffic and open them for people and businesses. This supports activities like outdoor seating for cafes and restaurants, retail display or sales and personal services with physical distance.

Applications are reviewed by a city committee composed of staff from SFMTA, Public Works, the Fire Department and SFPD to ensure the proposed closure does not interfere with emergency operations, meets accessibility requirements, and has a solid operation plan. Business owners self-manage the Shared Spaces and must have plans for public safety and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 

Visit a Shared Space or Shared Spaces street today to support our local merchant community and be sure to follow all current public health guidelines.

List of currently permitted Shared Space full street closures [Updated 9/25/2020]

 

    Grant - Chinatown

    • Grant Avenue from California to Washington streets
    • Saturdays and Sundays, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. each day
    • Active: Saturday, July 18, through Sunday, December 27
    • Sponsor: Chinatown Merchants Association

    Valencia Street - Mission

    • Valencia Street from 16th to 17th streets; Valencia Street from 18th to 19th streets
    • Thursday through Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. each day
    • Active: Thursday, July 23, through Sunday, November 1
    • Sponsor: Valencia Corridor Merchant Association

    Taraval Street - Sunset/Parkside

    • Taraval Street from 46th to 47th avenues
    • Sundays, 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    • Active: Sunday, September 6, through Sunday, November 15
    • Sponsor: People of Parkside Sunset (POPS), SFMTA, OEWD

    Galvez Avenue - Bayview

    • Galvez Avenue at 3rd Street
    • Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    • Active: Saturday, September 5, through Saturday, November 7
    • Sponsor: Economic Development on Third

    Irving Street - Sunset

    • Irving Street from 19th to 20th avenues
    • Thursdays and Fridays, 3:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. each day; Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. each day
    • Active: Thursday, August 20, through Thursday, December 31
    • Sponsor: Outer Sunset Merchant and Professional Association

    Austin Street - Lower Polk

    • Austin Street from Polk Street to Van Ness Avenue
    • Tuesday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. each day; Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. each day
    • Active: Wednesday, July 29, through Thursday, December 31
    • Sponsor: Lower Polk CBD

    Natoma Street

    • Natoma Street from 2nd Street to easterly terminus
    • Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day; Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. each day
    • Active: Wednesday, September 9, through Thursday, December 31
    • Sponsor: The East Cut Community Benefit District

    Stevenson Street - SoMa

    • Stevenson Street from 6th to 7th streets
    • Thursdays, 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    • Active: Thursday, September 10, through Thursday, December 17
    • Sponsor: San Francisco Parks Alliance

    Hayes Valley

    • Hayes Street from Laguna to Gough streets; Octavia Street from Hayes to Ivy streets; Hayes Street from Gough to Franklin streets
    • Fridays, 4:00 to 10:00 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., each day
    • Active: Friday, August 28, through Thursday, December 31
    • Sponsor: Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association

    West Portal

    • West Portal Parking Lot – 174 West Portal Avenue
    • Daily 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • Active: Friday, August 14, through Thursday, December 31
    • Sponsor: West Portal Merchants Association

    Jane Warner Plaza - Castro

    Burrows Street - Portola

    • Burrows Street at San Bruno Avenue
    • Saturdays, 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    • Active: Saturday, August 29, through Thursday, December 31
    • Sponsor: San Francisco Parks Alliance

    18th Street - Castro

    • 18th Street from Hartford to Castro streets; 18th Street from Castro to Collingwood streets
    • Sundays, 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    • Active: Sunday, August 23, through Thursday, December 31
    • Sponsor: Castro Merchants

    Golden Gate Avenue - Tenderloin

    Larkin Street - Tenderloin

    Folsom Street “Sunday Streets” - SoMa

    • Folsom Street from 6th to 8th streets
    • Sundays, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • Active: Sunday, October 4, through Sunday, November 29
    • Sponsor: Livable City

    Onondaga Avenue - Excelsior

    • Onondaga Avenue from Mission Street to Alemany Boulevard
    • Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Active: Sunday, October 4, through Sunday, October 25
    • Sponsor: Livable City

    Grove - Food Bank

    • Grove Street from Polk Street to Larkin Street
    • Monday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • Active: Monday, September 14, and Monday, September 21
    • Sponsor: SF-Marin Food Bank

    37th Avenue - Outer Sunset

    • 37th Avenue from Ortega to Quintara streets
    • Sundays, 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Active: Sunday, September 20, through Thursday, December 31
    • Sponsor: People of Parkside Sunset (POPS)

    Yosemite Avenue - Bayview

    • Yosemite Avenue at Lane Street
    • Fridays, 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    • Active: September 18, October 2, November 6, and December 4
    • Sponsor: SF Black WallStreet

    Beach Street - Fisherman's Wharf

    • Beach Street (southernmost travel lane only) from Polk Street to Hyde Street
    • All day, every day
    • Active: Thursday, September 17, through Thursday, December 31
    • Sponsor: Fisherman's Wharf CBD

    Ellis Street - Union Squre

    • Ellis Street from Stockton Street to Powell Street
    • Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    • Active: Sunday, September 27, through Sunday, November 15
    • Sponsor: Union Square BID

     

    Single Business Sponsored Street Closures

    Waverly Place

    • Waverly Place from Clay to Sacramento streets
    • Fridays and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. each day; Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Active: Sunday, July 12, through Saturday, October 31
    • Sponsor: Mister Jiu's

    Jasper Place

    • Jasper Place from Green to Union streets
    • Thursday through Sunday, 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. each day 
    • Active: Friday, September 4, through Thursday, December 31
    • Sponsor: Vicoletto 

    Jack Kerouac Alley

    • Jack Kerouac Alley from Columbus to Grant avenues
    • Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. each day; Friday through Sundauy, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. each day
    • Active: Friday, September 4, through Thursday, December 31
    • Sponsor: Vesuvio Café

    Leidesdorff Street

    • Leidesdorff Street from Pine to California streets
    • Daily 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    • Active: Wednesday, July 15, through Thursday, December 31
    • Sponsor: Credo Restaurant

    Beach Street

    • Beach Street (southernmost travel lane only) from Hyde to Larkin streets
    • All day, every day
    • Active Wednesday, July 8, through Thursday, December 31
    • Sponsor: Buena Vista Cafe

    Powell Street

    • Powell Street from Columbus Avenue to Union Street
    • Friday through Wednesday, 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. each day; Thursdays, 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m
    • Active: Monday, September 7, through Thursday, December 31
    • Sponsor: Lillie Coit's

    Shannon Street

    • Shannon Street from Post to Geary streets
    • Daily 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • Active: Monday, August 17, through Wednesday, September 30

    Via Bufano

    • Via Bufano from Greenwich Street to Columbus Avenue
    • Friday through Wednesday, 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. each day; Thursdays, 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m
    • Active: Wednesday, July 22, through Thursday, December 31
    • Sponsor: Bodega

    Steiner Street

    • Steiner Street from Chestnut Street to Lombard Street
    • Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. each day; Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. each day
    • Active: Tuesday, September 1, through Thursday, December 31
    • Sponsor: Izzy’s Steaks & Chops

    Leidesdorff Street

    • Leidesdorff Street from Sacramento to Commercial streets
    • Daily 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    • Active: Wednesday, July 8, through Thursday, December 31
    • Sponsor: Wayfare Tavern

    Ritch Street

    • Ritch Street from Townsend to Lusk streets
    • Monday through Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Active: Wednesday, August 5, through Saturday, October 31
    • Sponsor: District

    Washington Street

    • Washington Street from Fillmore to Steiner streets
    • Daily 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    • Active: Wednesday, June 17, through Thursday, December 31
    • Sponsor: Chouquet's

    Gold Street

    • Gold Street from Montgomery to Balance streets
    • Sunday through Thursday, 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 4:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    • Active: Wednesday, July 15, through Thursday, December 31
    • Sponsor: Bix

    Ivy Street

    • Ivy Street from Gough Street to Octavia Street
    • Friday through Sunday, 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. each day
    • Active: Friday, September 18, through Sunday, December 27
    • Sponsor: Fig & Thistle

    Polk Bush Garage

    • Top floor of SFMTA garage at 1399 Polk
    • Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. each day; Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each day
    • Active: Thursday, September 17, through Thursday, December 31
    • Sponsor: CrossFit Golden Gate

    North Point Street

    • North Point Street from Laguna Street to Buchanan Street
    • Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (setup); Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    • Active: Friday, October 23, through Sunday, October 25
    • Sponsor: San Francisco International Arts Festival

    Michigan Street

    • Michigan Street from Marin Street to Cesar Chavez; Marin Street from Illinois Street to easterly terminus
    • Fridays, 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., each day
    • Active: Friday, September 25, through Thursday, December 31
    • Sponsor: The Midway

    Linden Street

    • Linden Street from Gough Street to Franklin Street
    • Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    • Active: Saturday, September 26, through Saturday, December 26
    • Sponsor: Nightbird Restaurant

     

     

     

    Completed Events

    Latino COVID-19 Healing and Recovery - Mission (concluded)

    • 19th Street from Florida to Harrison streets; Harrison Street from 18th to 20th streets; Mistral Street from Treat Avenue to Harrison Street
    • Saturday, September 5, and Sunday, September 6, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day
    • Sponsor: Cultura y Arte Nativa de las Americas - Carnaval SF

    North Beach First Friday (concluded)

    • Grant Avenue from Columbus Avenue to Filbert Street; Green Street from Columbus Avenue to Grant Avenue
    • Daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • Active: Monday, July 6, through Friday, July 31
    • Sponsor: North Beach Business Association

    Coral Road - COVID-19 Testing Site (concluded)

    Learn More or Apply for Your Own Shared Space

    You can keep up with the program on Twitter and Instagram or check out our photo gallery 

    For more information on the program or to apply, visit the Shared Spaces website or select one of the options below: 

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