Twelve city streets in San Francisco will be temporarily closed to cars in order to be used as a shared space for foot and bicycle traffic to make it easier to maintain social distancing, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency announced today.
"Sometimes it is difficult to maintain 6 feet of social distance on many sidewalks, park paths, and bikeways," SFMTA said in a statement. "Many pedestrians are choosing to walk in the street, exposing themselves to swiftly moving vehicle traffic."
The new program called Slow Streets will go into effect this week to manage traffic speeds and create a safe network for essential walk and bike travel while transit service levels are reduced, SFMTA said.
Streets will not be closed completely, and local vehicle access is permitted. There will be no changes to parking or driveway access for residents, according to the statement.
Oakland city officials put a similar strategy in place earlier this month.