With more people venturing outdoors as the city’s shelter-in-place ordinance eases, pedestrians are finding it difficult to stay six feet apart while walking, running, or riding bikes. In response, the Slow Streets program was launched in Los Angeles. Originating in the Del Rey neighborhood and currently being implemented there and in the West L.A./Sawtelle neighborhood, Slow Streets allows residents to apply to have their street closed to car traffic.
Seattle’s Stay Healthy Streets has proven successful and just expanded the program to include 20 miles of car-free roads. How does Slow Streets work? Per LAist: “The changes are designed for residential streets, not main corridors, and will be capped at two miles of streets per community, according to LADOT spokesperson Colin Sweeney. Local residents will not lose parking, and delivery drivers, emergency services and other essential vehicles won’t be affected.”
You can read more about how Slow Streets work and apply for your residential street to be eligible here.
To note, per LADOT: Slow Streets are for local residents only. These are not intended as gathering areas for the general public.Residents and neighbors using a Slow Street must adhere to the latest health guidelines, as outlined by the Mayor’s Safer at Home order.