The Slow Streets program is growing — nine new corridors are ready to be approved and turned into Slow Streets. The SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board will look to approve these streets on April 6, and we need to make sure they hear how important Slow Streets have been to you and many other San Franciscans. Can we count on you to write in for nine new Slow Streets?
From Page Street to Golden Gate Park, your San Francisco Bicycle Coalition continues to advocate for more people-first spaces where biking and walking is the best way to travel.
After a few months of outreach, the SFMTA is now ready to bring more Slow Streets to neighborhoods like the South of Market, Sunnyside, and the Bayview so that families and residents can benefit from this program. Since the start of the Slow Streets program, we have advocated that they be equitably distributed across the city, and we are excited to finally see additions in these neighborhoods.
Early evaluation has shown that when a corridor becomes a Slow Street, vehicle traffic decreases by 50% or more while the number of people biking increases by 65% on weekdays and an incredible 80% on weekends.
That’s why we need your help in making sure the SFMTA Board votes yes for more Slow Streets on April 6. We recommend the following talking points:
- Slow Streets has transformed so many streets into welcoming community spaces for people to feel welcome biking and walking. I support this expansion and believe that geographic equity is important for the program’s success.
- I support Slow Streets corridors becoming permanent and urge the SFMTA to use higher quality design to make sure these spaces prioritize people over cars.
In your email, we encourage you to talk about how you use Slow Streets and how they’ve transformed your neighborhoods. Your personal story matters, and we want to make sure our decision makers know the positive impact this program has had. Write your letter today, and let’s make sure to turn out and have our voices heard to win change that matters on our streets.