Slow Streets Program
Map of Slow Streets and other COVID-19 Street Changes. For additional details on what we are doing in the Tenderloin.
The SFMTA’s Slow Streets program is designed to limit through traffic on certain residential streets and allow them to be used as a shared space for people traveling by foot and by bicycle. Throughout the city, nearly thirty corridors have been implemented as a Slow Street. On these Slow Streets, signage and barricades have been placed to minimize through vehicle traffic and prioritize walking and biking. The goal of the Slow Streets program is to provide more space for socially distant essential travel and exercise during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In order to support further reopening of the economy, we need to make San Francisco more welcoming and accessible for people who want to travel on foot, bicycle, wheelchair, scooter, skateboard or other forms of micromobility. Slow Streets are critical infrastructure that attracts users of the full array of neighborhood demographics—including children, older adults, people with disabilities and people of color.
We’re in the process of upgrading many of our original Slow Streets barricades to new durable, retroreflective purple signs that are fixed to the roadway. These temporary materials will require less maintenance than our original barricades and are able to communicate more program-specific information.
Slow Streets corridors that have the new materials installed include:
- 12th Avenue from Lincoln Way to Noriega Street
- 20th Street from Lexington Street to Potrero Avenue
- Cabrillo Street from 45th Avenue to 25th Avenue
- Clay Street from Arguello Boulevard to Steiner Street
- Golden Gate Avenue from Masonic Avenue to Broderick Street
- Hearst Avenue from Ridgewood Avenue to Baden Street
- Lapu Lapu/Rizal/Tandang Sora/Bonafacio/Mabini streets from Folsom Street to Harrison Street
- Lyon Street from Turk Street to Haight Street
- Minnesota from Mariposa Street to 22nd Street
- Pacific Avenue from Steiner Street to Gough Street
- Page Street from Stanyan Street to Gough Street
- Sanchez Street from 23rd Street to 30th Street
- Shotwell Street from Cesar Chavez to 14th Street
- Somerset Street from Silver Avenue to Woolsey Street
The following Slow Streets currently have original barricades in place:
- Arlington from Roanoke Street to Randall Street
- Chenery Street from Burnside Avenue to Lippard Avenue
- Lake Street from 28th Avenue to Arguello Boulevard
- Lombard between Mason Street to Powell Street
- Noe Street from Duboce Avenue to Beaver Street
Slow Streets in the Sunset are transitioning to Sunset Neighborways. Between December 2021 and March 2022, the SFMTA was engaged in an extensive outreach process to inform and gather feedback on the proposed Sunset Neighborways. Over the course of the outreach process, the SFMTA heard that the existing temporary Slow Streets were not working well for the community, and that alternative design approaches or some level of traffic safety improvements, such as those brought by Neighborways, are preferred. The SFMTA will remove District 4 Slow Streets (Kirkham Street, Ortega Street, 20th Avenue, and 41st Avenue) and associated barricades in mid-September 2022, as the design for these Neighborways advance. For more information, please visit SFMTA.com/SunsetNeighborways.
Other Slow Streets that were installed during the pandemic but have since been removed include Arkansas Street, Duncan Street, Excelsior Avenue, Lane Street, Mariposa Street, Stockton Street, and Tompkins Avenue.
Post-Pandemic Slow Streets
Since we started the Slow Streets program in April 2020 as a COVID response, we’ve heard very strong support for many corridors to remain Slow Streets even beyond the pandemic. In August, the SFMTA Board of Directors voted to authorize four Slow Streets to remain in place beyond the State of Emergency. These corridors are Golden Gate Avenue, Lake Street, Sanchez Street, and Shotwell Street. For more information on those plans, please visit our project webpage for post-pandemic Slow Streets. The Page Slow Street is also advancing in a separate process.
For More Information on Slow Streets
- Frequently Asked Questions about the Slow Streets program and other traffic restrictions like Golden Gate Park Slow Streets, the Tenderloin Plan, and Shared Spaces.
- Our Slow Streets Impacts Evaluation Fact Sheet shows findings on traffic diversion & volumes, as well as a corridor-specific resident & visitor feedback on Slow Streets.
- We've received over 6,000 responses to our Slow Streets Citywide Questionnaire in the first 5 months of this program. Here's what we heard.
- Slow Streets Report Card
This program was made possible in part by Proposition K Sales Tax dollars provided by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority.