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These 4 ‘Slow Streets’ Are Here To Stay In San Francisco

By Jamie Ferrell

These 4 ‘Slow Streets’ Are Here To Stay In San Francisco

We can expect sections of Golden Gate Avenue, Lake Street, Sanchez Street, and Shotwell Street to remain traffic-free.

We’ve seen a good amount of changes to San Francisco during the pandemic, one of the most popular of which is SFMTA’s Slow Streets Program. On Tuesday, the Board of Directors voted to make four of the 31 participating Slow Streets permanent.

The Slow Streets that will remain permanent are the following:

  • Golden Gate Avenue from Masonic Avenue to Broderick Street
  • Lake Street from 28th to Second avenues
  • Sanchez Street from 23rd to 30th streets
  • Shotwell Street from Cesar Chavez to 14th Street

These streets will continue to limit traffic through the use of barricades and signage, so as to make more space for pedestrians, bicycles, wheelchairs, skateboards, and more. This is in an effort to promote more community engagement and shared spaces.

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The vision for post-pandemic Slow Streets includes evaluation of the existing streets and subsequent implementation of more permanent signage and improved safety features.

The Slow Streets Program was initially created back in April 2020 in an effort to “provide more space for socially distant essential travel and exercise during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

 

Featured image: SFMTA