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.
The following corridors have been implemented as Slow Streets:
- 20th Avenue from Ortega to Judah streets
- 20th Street from Lexington Street to Potrero Avenue
- 23rd Avenue from Lake to Cabrillo streets
- 41st Avenue from Lincoln Way to Vicente Street
- Arkansas from 23rd to 17th streets
- Arlington from Roanoke to Randall streets
- Cabrillo Street from 45th to 25th avenues
- Chenery Street from Burnside Avenue to Lippard Avenue
- Clay Street from Arguello Boulevard to Steiner Street
- Duncan from Guerrero to Sanchez streets
- Excelsior Avenue from London to Munich streets
- Golden Gate Avenue from Masonic Avenue to Broderick Street
- Holly Park Circle
- Kirkham Street from 7th Ave to Great Highway
- Lake Street from 28th to Second avenues
- Lombard between Mason and Powell streets
- Mariposa Street from Kansas to Mississippi streets
- Minnesota from Mariposa to 22nd streets
- Noe Street from Duboce to Beaver streets and 17th to 18th streets
- Ortega Street from 47th to 15th avenues
- Pacific Avenue from Steiner to Gough streets
- Page Street from Stanyan to Gough streets
- Sanchez Street from 23rd to 30th streets
- Shotwell Street from Cesar Chavez to 14th Street
- Somerset Street from Silver Avenue to Woolsey Street
- Tompkins Avenue from Andover to Putnam streets
Other corridors that have been approved as Slow Streets and will be installed in the coming weeks include:
- 12th Avenue from Lincoln way and Noriega Street
- Cayuga Avenue from Naglee Avenue to Rousseau Street
- Hearst Avenue from Ridgewood Avenue and Baden Street
- Lapu Lapu/Rizal/Tandang Sora/Bonafacio/Mabini streets from Folsom and Harrison streets
- Lyon Street from Turk and Haight streets
Other potential Slow Streets where we're still collecting community feedback include:
- Armstrong Avenue/Kalmanovitz Street/Bitting Avenue from Newhall and Newhall streets
- Hollister Avenue from Third and Haes streets
- Leland from Hahn and Alpha streets
- Mendell Street between Newcomb and Evans avenues
- Scotia/Thornton/Thomas avenues between Silver Avenue and Griffith Street
Permanent 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. Every Slow Streets corridor is being evaluated this spring to determine what’s working (and what’s not) and understand resident support for permanence. We will present these findings to the SFMTA Board of Directors in July 2021.
For more information please visit our project webpage for permanent Slow Streets.
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
We would love your feedback! Please complete our Slow Streets Questionnaire.
This program was made possible in part by Proposition K Sales Tax dollars provided by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority.