Take a stroll on Oakland'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 City of Oakland has developed a “Slow Streets” program. 

"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. The program launched on April 11, and as of May 8, the City has installed 20 miles of “slow streets” along 18 corridors. 

If you live or work in Oakland, “Slow streets” are great for learning how to ride a bicycle, walking your dog or even dancing. However you choose to move, if you’re in Oakland, there’s a “slow street” near you. 

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. 

New “slow streets” are continuing to roll out. The latest map from OakDOT can be found here. Google Maps has also incorporated “slow streets.” The streets are designated by dashed blue lines. Plan your trip using Google.

More information about the “Slow Streets” program can be found on the City of Oakland’s website

We wanna see you move slowly. 

Have you made use of one of Oakland’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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