a street with a windy layout to slow down drivers

Photo by SFMTA 

The SFMTA’s Residential Traffic Calming Program is a resident-directed program that implements traffic calming measures to reduce speeding on residential streets in San Francisco. The goal of the program is to create safer and more comfortable streets for people walking, bicycling, and driving.

This month, the Transportation Authority board voted to support SFMTA's Residential Traffic Calming Program for another year with funds from San Francisco’s half-cent sales tax for transportation. The board allocated $141,836 to SFMTA to design 92 traffic calming measures on 47 blocks citywide from traffic calming applications received by June 30, 2019. Additionally, the board allocated $220,387 for citywide program outreach, evaluation, and prioritization of traffic calming applications received by June 30, 2020.

Most often traffic calming involves physical safety improvements such as speed humps, speed cushions, speed tables, raised crosswalks, median islands, traffic circles, changes to lane widths, and lane shifting.

Residents who are concerned about speeding on their block are normally required to submit an application to the program with a petition signed by their neighbors. However, due to coronavirus precautions, the SFMTA is waiving the petition requirement for this application period. Learn more about application requirements from the SFMTA. The application deadline is June 30, 2020.

The Transportation Authority has dedicated $1.2 million annually for the next four years to support planning, design, and construction related to the traffic calming program with funding from San Francisco’s half-cent sales tax for transportation.


Residential Traffic Calming Program Board Memo (PDF)

List of Accepted Applications FY19/20 (PDF)