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 to 25th avenues
- Clay Street from Arguello Boulevard to Steiner Street
- Hearst Avenue from Ridgewood Avenue to Baden Street
- Lapu Lapu/Rizal/Tandang Sora/Bonafacio/Mabini streets from Folsom to Harrison streets
- Lyon Street from Turk to Haight streets
- Pacific Avenue from Steiner to Gough streets
- Page Street from Stanyan to Gough streets
- Shotwell Street from Cesar Chavez to 14th Street
- Somerset Street from Silver Avenue to Woolsey Street
We’ll be replacing existing barricades with these new materials on many Slow Streets throughout the summer and fall. The following Slow Streets currently have original barricades in place:
- 20th Avenue from Ortega to Judah streets
- 23rd Avenue from Lake to Cabrillo streets
- 41st Avenue from Lincoln Way to Vicente Street
- Arlington from Roanoke to Randall streets
- Chenery Street from Burnside Avenue to Lippard Avenue
- Golden Gate Avenue from Masonic Avenue to Broderick Street
- Kirkham Street from 7th Ave to Great Highway
- Lake Street from 28th to Arguello Boulevard
- Lombard between Mason Street to Powell Street
- Mariposa Street from Kansas to Mississippi streets
- Minnesota from Mariposa to 22nd streets
- Noe Street from Duboce to Beaver streets
- Ortega Street from 47th to 15th avenues
- Sanchez Street from 23rd to 30th streets
- Tompkins Avenue from Andover to Putnam streets
Other Slow Streets that were installed during the pandemic but have since been removed include Arkansas Street, Duncan Street, Excelsior Avenue, Lane Street, and Stockton Street.
For more information about the recent removal of Duncan and Excelsior Slow Streets, check out our August 10, 2021 update.
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.