Take a stroll on the Bay Area's Slow Streets

Photo courtesy of the City of Oakland.

Editor's note: BART is currently running reduced service for essential travel. We are dispatching long trains even though ridership has been significantly reduced. We are doing this to ensure our riders can properly socially distance from one another. 

During the shelter-in-place, you’ve likely gone outside to get some fresh air and been unable to properly socially distance with other pedestrians on the sidewalk. As a result, some pedestrians are moving to the street, which can be hazardous with car traffic. To solve this issue, the Cities of Oakland, San Francisco, Berkeley, and Alameda have developed “Slow Streets” programs. 

Find your slow street in the following Cities:

"Slow streets" make it easier for people to maintain a safe distance while outside. Photo courtesy of The New York Times.
 

A “slow street” is closed to through car traffic so people can more comfortably use the entire span of the street for physically distant walking, wheelchair rolling, running, biking or whatever non-motorized transportation you prefer to use.

“Slow streets” are great for learning how to ride a bicycle, walking your dog or even dancing.

In Oakland, BART’s Rockridge, MacArthur, 19th St/Oakland, 12th St/Oakland City Center, West Oakland, Lake Merritt and Fruitvale stations all have at least one “slow street” within a half-mile of the stations. 

In San Francisco, BART's Civic Center/UN Plaza, 16th St Mission, 24th St Mission, and Glen Park stations all have at least one “slow street” within a half-mile of the stations. 

New “slow streets” are continuing to roll out. Google Maps has also incorporated “slow streets.” The streets are designated by dashed blue lines. Plan your trip using Google.

We wanna see you move slowly. 

Have you made use of one of the Bay's “Slow Streets?” Let us know how it was on social media, @SFBARTable #SFBARTable. Keep up with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to see all of the best BARTable (virtual) events and places to have fun outside around the Bay. 

 

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