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Outdoor Dining on Car-Free Valencia Street Kicks Off July 23

A three-month pilot to open outdoor dining 6 hours a day, 4 nights a week in The Mission
By - posted 7/22/2020 No Comment

Thanks to Mission Local for letting us know that parts of Valencia Street will be car-free in the evenings to help promote outdoor dining the next three months.

Valencia Street is going car-free starting July 23 after city officials approved the three-month pilot to open outdoor dining to help save local businesses. 

Read more about Car-Free Valencia Street on Mission Local.

Valencia Street Shared Space
Beginning this week and continuing through the fall, each Thursday through Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., the following blocks will be closed to traffic and open for people:

  • Valencia between 16th and 17th streets
  • Valencia between 17th and 18th streets (Local traffic and deliveries allowed)
  • Valencia between 18th and 19th streets

Local traffic for residents and deliveries will be tightly controlled by ambassadors on Valencia between 17th and 18th streets. All parking for this block will be converted into short-term loading zones for the same hours each week. These loading zones will support take-out food orders, passenger drop-off and pick-up and similar uses. Normal parking will not be allowed on the block during this time. People walking and biking may pass through the entire length of the Shared Space on Valencia from 16th to 19th streets anywhere on the street.

The street will be closed off to car traffic between 16th and 17th streets and 18th and 19th streets between 4 pm and 10 pm from Thursdays until Sundays. Retail businesses and local restaurants will move seating onto the vacated, traffic-free pavement allowing them to operate safely in the open air.

Photo: H. Joseph Ehrmann of Elixir. Donate to help the staff of Elixir.