At the Octavia Open Street Project open house last month, our members and other attendees were enthusiastically clear: they want to open up more streets for people biking and walking now. Up first for approvals is the proposal to permanently keep cars off Octavia Street along Patricia’s Green, turning the north end of the park into a calmer public space. This will go to a vote next Tuesday at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s (SFMTA) Board of Directors meeting. If we want to see people put first in Hayes Valley, we’ll need your support.
If approved by the SFMTA Board, Octavia Street from Linden to Hayes would be permanently closed to vehicle traffic in both directions, remaining open for biking and walking. After years of pilots and community outreach, this project has received overwhelming support. Hayes Valley is currently plagued by congestion, and this will be the first step toward putting people first and creating welcoming and comfortable spaces for all.
This is the last step to make this change permanent, so write a letter of support today to get us across the finish line!