New ‘Slow Streets’ Proposed for Greater Ingleside Neighborhood

INGLESIDE, San Francisco — Seven months after the failing to secure Slow Streets for Ingleside, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency put forth five potential streets for the public to consider.

The Slow Streets program is designed to provide space for socially distant travel and exercise during the COVID-19 pandemic by limiting vehicle traffic on strategic residential streets. Roadway is shared between people on bikes, on foot and people driving or riding in cars.

For its fourth phase, the Slow Streets program is focusing on “historically under-served neighborhoods to conduct outreach,” according to a news release. 

Ingleside is located in a zone labeled by the SFMTA as “Oceanview/Parkside.”

For north-south streets, SFMTA proposes Bybee Street from Holloway Avenue to Randolph Street and Granada Avenue from Ocean to Lakeview avenues.

For east-west streets, SFMTA proposes De Montfort Avenue, from Ashton to Miramar avenues and Farallones Street, from Orizaba to San Jose avenues. In addition, SFMTA proposed Montana Street from Orizaba Avenue to Summit Street as an alternative to Farallones Street.

“It’s odd that a few different neighborhoods are referred to collectively as ‘Ocean View,’ but other than that, I’m looking forward to stretching my legs on a Slow Street out here in the near future,” SFMTA Citizens Advisory Council District 7 representative Neil Ballard said. “I might even take up roller blading, who knows!”

In April, the agency proposed closing Holloway Avenue for its initial rollout of Slow Streets across the city but was thwarted after the San Francisco Fire Department stated that it needed the street for travel to emergencies.

Between now and Dec. 10, the SFMTA is surveying residents for feedback and holding virtual meetings. For more information, email SFMTA staff Shannon Hake at shannon.hake@sfmta.com.