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San Francisco to close more streets to promote safe walking

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Part of the “slow streets” program


On the heels of the successful “slow streets” program, conceived in Oakland and later adopted by SF, the city of San Francisco has plans to temporarily close even more streets to through traffic to allow pedestrians and cyclists more social distancing outside the home.

The new corridor closures will be as follows:

  • 20th Street, from Valencia to Potrero
  • 23rd Avenue, from Lake to Cabrillo
  • Chenery, from Elk to Brompton
  • Excelsior, from London to Prague
  • Golden Gate Avenue, from Masonic to Divisadero
  • Jarboe, from Moultrie to Peralta
  • Lane, from 3rd Street to Oakdale
  • Lombard, from Jones to Stockton
  • Mariposa, from Kansas to Texas
  • Sanchez, from 23rd to 30th
  • Shotwell, from 14th Street to Cesar Chavez
  • Somerset, from Silver to Woolsey
  • Stockton, from Bay to Lombard

After receiving more than 1,300 suggestions from San Franciscans, SFMTSA says the most requested corridors for traffic elimination include Sanchez Street and Shotwell Street in the Mission, Chenery Street in Glen Park, and Golden Gate Avenue in Western Addition.

“We heard broad support of the program from many residents and businesses,” says SFMTA.

Although denizens requested it, no closures were earmarked for the Tenderloin neighborhood due to city’s ongoing efforts to “address the public health crisis in San Francisco and among people who are experiencing homelessness.”

No timeline has been announced for any of the street closure dates.

Slow Street corridors are meant to be used as spaces for people making essential trips, not as neighborhood gathering spots. But it’s hard not to use—and thoroughly enjoy—them as newly transformed public areas where pedestrians and cyclists are safe from the often deadly path of drivers.

As Courtney E. Martin reported for Curbed recently about the Oakland Slow Street, “slow streets” has been a godsend for her and her family.

“‘Slow streets,’ overnight, transformed our family life and the lives of our neighbors,” she writes. “We had struggled to find a place to teach our daughter to ride her bike up until this point. It always seemed like such a production. Easier to just scoot along the sidewalk and put it off. But the minute the streets opened up, we got our helmets on and headed out. About an hour later, we had a bike rider on our hands. I’ve heard similar stories from so many parents across Oakland.”