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With San Francisco, Oakland and other cities' Slow Streets movements, one could be forgiven for overlooking another big Bay Area entity rethinking how streets are used: the Presidio Trust, a federal agency, has its own COVID-emergency program to force motorists to share some asphalt. And, as with the cities that surround it, the managers of the Presidio's streets are now looking at making Slow Streets a permanent feature.
The Presidio Slow Streets program has proven popular, and now we’re exploring what aspects of it to formalize through signage, traffic barricades, and traffic calming for the long-term benefit of park visitors. To do this, we want to hear what you like and what we can improve.
Some more background on Slow Streets from the Presidio's release:
The Presidio Trust implemented the Presidio Slow Streets program in 2020 to provide additional space for recreation during the COVID-19 pandemic and to create more opportunities for visitors to enjoy the Presidio. From the beginning, we’ve listened to the community, collected usage data, and adapted the roadways based on this feedback. As we further refine the Slow Streets program we’d like to hear from the community.
Presidio Slow Streets currently include two types of roadways:
Recreation Zone (Red) – Vehicles are not permitted.
Slow Street Zone (Yellow) – Vehicle access is limited to residents, tenants, deliveries, and emergency vehicles.
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