Building an equitable Slow Streets program

UPDATE: Due to scheduling conflicts, we’ve postponed the Bike Talks and will update this page when it gets rescheduled. Thank you for your interest in this event.

Throughout San Francisco, we’ve seen how communities have embraced Slow Streets. Families have safer spaces for kids to play, people biking and walking have a place where they feel more seen, and residents enjoy the slower speeds and decreased traffic.

And now, we have quantitative data to show the positive impact that Slow Streets have had on our city. Join us for a virtual Bike Talks event on Wednesday, October 27 to hear from City planners at the SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) what they’ve learned about Slow Streets after months of collecting data.

The numbers are astounding: After becoming a Slow Street, a typical corridor sees a 27% increase in people biking and a 63% increase in people walking. But depending on what neighborhood you live in, you may not be able to enjoy Slow Streets.

What’s Next with Slow Streets?

For example, if you live in the Tenderloin, you and your neighbors aren’t able to experience the benefits of a single Slow Street even though the streets here are some of the most unsafe places to bike or walk. Despite a months-long campaign last year, we continue to be stymied in our efforts to expand Slow Streets to the Tenderloin. At our Bike Talks event, you’ll have a chance to hear from Evan Oravec, a Tenderloin community organizer with Central City SRO Collaborative, about his experience leading efforts to bring Slow Streets to the neighborhood and why residents continue the fight for safe streets and better transit.

Your San Francisco Bicycle Coalition believes that Slow Streets are a great tool for communities to advocate for more spaces for people, especially in our city’s densest neighborhoods where park space is lacking. This virtual event is an opportunity for us to think big about the program, learn how Slow Streets have been successful, and understand where there’s room to grow to make the program more equitable. RSVP for the virtual event on October 27. See you there!

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