400 Block of Hayes Street Weekend Closure Feedback

Update: September 12th

We want to address a few points regarding current communications which are presently in circulation regarding the street closure:

  • The survey by the HVMA/Council/HVNA polling interest on an “expansion” of the program to the 500 and 300 is insensitive to the history of advocacy efforts that shaped the current closure programming; we find this problematic since an expansion to other blocks is not part of the current proposal that is on the table. Additionally, language stating a “no response will be considered a“vote” to continue Shared Streets for this block of Hayes Street and its current schedule” does not suggest an equitable input value and is a bit nonsensical.
  • The petition by the HVNA stating that the closure may end soon is inaccurate considering there is a proposal on the table to continue it with an updated programming schedule. Note: the HVNA is not only seeking to expand the closure to the 300 and 500 Hayes (based on image depictions) they are are also seeking to close these blocks permanently 24/7.

related reads: our advocacy efforts on the 500 block of Hayes & 300 block of Hayes

400 block of Hayes Street, August 5 2023

As noted below, we’ve been in communications with the Agencies about a re-calibration of a closed street programming for the 400; the goal of our engagement effort is to provide input for this program so it can be successful, community serving, and beneficial to both residents and merchants.

We appreciate having a seat at the table.

We want to underscore that throughout the entirety of the street closure on Hayes (including the closures on the 500 and 300 block) we’ve been advocating for a fair and equitable process. Our concern has always been that the process for a program that was rolled out as temporary during a pandemic was never clearly defined. In our view defining it now after three years of programming is a sound goal.

To date 95% of the respondents who have participated in our outreach questionnaire have opted to either share feedback exclusively with the Mayor’s Office/SFMTA or with anonymity – further highlighting how politicized this issue has become.

We’re reopening our outreach form today.

just released!


We have been in communications with SFMTA and the Mayor’s Office regarding the possible continuation of the weekend street closure on the 400 block of Hayes St. We are doing outreach in the vicinity to gather feedback.

Current street closure programming schedule is Friday 4-10 pm and Saturdays/Sundays 10am-10pm.

A permit renewal is being considered with the following conditions and modifications:

  • Friday street closure will be discontinued (due to the 21 Bus being reinstated on Hayes).
  • Modified day and hours: the closure will be limited to Saturday or Sunday only with a maximum 8 hour programming schedule.
  • Street Activation: an agreed upon plan for events/programming on the 400 block is being asked of the permittee (HVNA/HVMA/Council).
  • Barricades: an updated barricade scheme will be required to deter drivers from double parking at the cones.
  • Barricade Staffing: the permittee will be required to have hired staffing.
  • Wayfinding Recommendations: SFMTA is recommending a “No Right Ahead” sign on southbound Gough as well as additional “No Parking” signs.  SFMTA will also recommend that the 400 block restaurants place informational signage on “A frames” to direct drivers where pickups should legally occur.
  • Additional loading: SFMTA is identifying approved and new loading zones to support pick-up/drop-off needs for passengers and delivery drivers.
  • Directions and Parking Recommendations: SFMTA is recommending the permittee put together a directions and parking map for visitors.

Note: we are only asking for input for the street closure on the 400 block of Hayes.

We will continue to keep you updated on this initiative.