Slow Streets Program
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
- 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 18th to Duboce 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 streets that have been approved as Slow Streets but not yet implemented due to a need for additional design/outreach include Cayuga Avenue, Holly Park Circle, and Pierce Street.
The Next Phase of Slow Streets
Since we started the Slow Streets program in April, through our limited public outreach we’ve heard from many residents and businesses about the program. We received over 6,500 responses to our online questionnaire and over 1,100 emails with your suggestions for additional streets to consider in the program. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.
However, those methods of online engagement were not reaching all San Franciscans equally-- there were big parts of the city that we just didn’t hear from. So for Phase 4, we’re seeking out those neighborhoods to determine where Slow Streets could work. We’ve identified several neighborhood groups that we’ll be working with to develop future Slow Streets corridors.
12/18/2020 Update: We've concluded initial outreach for 6 of our focus neighborhoods. Please visit the neighborhood specific webpage for updates on the next steps and corridors moving forward in the process to become a Slow Street (updates are not ready yet for the Inner Sunset neighborhood).
Visit the neighborhood-specific Slow Streets webpages below to see our proposal for each in phase 4:
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.