San Francisco Road Diet Watch: 1 week in, Octavia Blvd. closure at Patricia’s Green meets with cautious optimism

On Friday, December 6, Octavia Boulevard between Linden and Hayes was officially closed to cars in both directions.

The Octavia Boulevard Enhancement Program, in the works since 2016, aims to recenter the area surrounding Patricia’s Green on cyclists and pedestrians, while retaining collapsible bollards that make it accessible for emergency vehicles.

On Hayes Street, a contra-flow bike lane has been installed to facilitate connections northward on Octavia Street, while a painted safety zone has been set up to shorten the crossing distance for pedestrians.

Now that the changes are a week in, we talked to locals and officials to see how things have been going, and whether the new policy is causing traffic concerns elsewhere in the neighborhood.