The SFMTA's Residential Streets Traffic Calming Program seeks to make San Francisco safer and more comfortable for pedestrians, children, bicyclists, and motorists by designing our streets to encourage slower speeds.
If you would like your street to be considered for traffic calming measures, you can apply to the Residential Streets Traffic Calming Program by submitting an application and petition signed by at least 20 residents from separate households on your street.
The program is no longer accepting applications for the 2016/2017 Traffic Calming Program. Applications for the 2017/2018 program will be accepted starting on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 and must be submitted by Friday, June 30, 2017.
If you have any further questions, please contact the SFMTA Traffic Calming Program at TrafficCalming@sfmta.com.
If you have a specific traffic concern that is not related to speed humps, please contact the SFMTA Sustainable Streets Division online using the 311 Self Service portal or call 311 (for calls outside of San Francisco, dial 415.701.2311).
Traffic calming consists of a combination of physical design and other measures that are put in place on roads for the intention of altering, slowing down, or reducing motor-vehicle traffic, and improving safety and the quality of conditions for non-motorized street users.
The goals of traffic calming include:
Promoting people to walk, ride a bicycle or take transit
Different types of traffic calming measures are appropriate on different types of streets. Some examples of traffic calming measures include:
Traffic lights and stop signs are not considered traffic calming. Requests for these measures can be made by contacting 311.
Applications are required to identify locations where there are speeding concerns. Signatures are required as part of the application to ensure that there will be initial community support for traffic calming, before the SFMTA begins the planning process. If a block is selected for traffic calming, residents on that block will be given the opportunity to vote on whether or not they would support the recommended traffic calming measure installed on their street.
For a block to be considered for residential traffic calming, three main criteria must be met.
The SFMTA will measure speeds once applications are submitted. However, before you apply, you can also take a look at the resources below to see if your street may be unlikely to qualify.
Streets with the following characteristics are not likely to be eligible residential streets:
If your street is eligible and has speeding, the following features could increase the ranking of your street:
Speed humps are the most effective measure at reducing speeds, and are less resource intensive than less effective tools such as median islands, traffic circles, or lane shifting. If you apply for the traffic calming program, your street will first be evaluated for speed humps and only considered for other measures if speed humps are infeasible.
If you are concerned about safety an intersection, rather than speeds mid-block, traffic calming may not be the appropriate solution. For instance if your primary concerns are about STOP signs, yielding, or visibility, please contact the Sustainable Streets Division online using the 311 Self Service portal or call 311 (for calls outside of San Francisco, dial 415.701.2311).
In addition to the Traffic Calming Program, the City of San Francisco is working on other initiatives to manage vehicular speeds on city streets. One such important effort is described below.
Automated Speed Enforcement
Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) is a safety technique that uses radar to measure vehicle speed, capture images of speeding vehicle license plates and issue citations if a vehicle is traveling above a predefined speed threshold, such as 10 mph over the speed limit. This technology provides consistent and predictable enforcement of the speed limit and serves as a supplement to traditional traffic enforcement performed by police officers. Although ASE has been proven to deter illegal speeding across the United States and abroad, California jurisdictions are currently not authorized to use this tool. You can learn more about ASE and the City’s efforts to authorize this life-saving tool here.