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Tiburon Slow Streets will return in summer on a six-week tryout

With near-universal support of residents, Tiburon’s weekends-only Slow Streets program is set to return this summer — though on a six-week tryout instead of the proposed five months after complaints from a handful of business owners and a major commercial landlord.


The initiative, which closes lower Main Street to vehicle traffic Friday afternoons to Sunday evenings to allow for al-fresco dining and curbside shopping, was first introduced last year as a response to the pandemic shutdown that closed indoor dining and limited indoor retail. Similar programs were launched across the Bay Area and nation, including in San Francisco, which is also testing permanent street closures.


Tiburon’s closure doesn’t extend to upper Main Street, known as Ark Row, where commercial landlord Zelinsky Properties and its tenants said it harms their businesses because shoppers and diners don’t round the corner and walk up the street.


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