‘Octavia Open Street’ Gives a Hayes Valley Block Back to Pedestrians

For one week, the SFMTA will close part of Octavia Street, testing a move that may become permanent.

(Joseph Geha)

Those who drive through Hayes Valley next week will notice some new infrastructure changes around the central hub of the neighborhood.

From Friday, March 31, to Friday, April 7, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will close off a half-block of Octavia Street between Linden and Hayes streets to vehicle traffic, creating a pedestrian-friendly open space between Patricia’s Green and PROXY.

The week-long experiment is part of the Octavia Boulevard Enhancement Project, a program developed by the SFMTA “to make the boulevard and surrounding streets safer, more pedestrian-friendly, and better at serving multiple users.” With the hustle and bustle of Fell and Oak streets and the nearby freeway, the “Octavia Open Street” test will give a small portion of the neighborhood back to pedestrians.

Anyone interested in learning more about the project can hear from SFMTA representatives in the PROXY space (432 Octavia St.) on April 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. or on April 5 from 4 to 7 p.m.

And if you want to stretch out in the extra space, we recommend you swing by one of PROXY’s upcoming free outdoor movie nights — short films about food will take place on March 31, and “20th Century Women” will screen on April 7, both at 7:45 p.m.

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