Pilot projects to create safe spaces for biking and walking amid pandemic
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June 2, 2020 (San Diego) - In light of the current public health crisis and in recognition of National Bike Month in May, SANDAG created a new pilot program to support local jurisdictions with providing safe spaces for residents to obtain essential goods, services, and exercise.
The Shared Streets Pilot program gives cities the opportunity to designate temporary roadway modifications that create safe and healthy spaces for people of all ages and abilities to bike, walk, run, scoot, use a wheelchair, and move during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Similar programs are rolling out around the globe to support local economic recovery efforts by creating more space for people to dine, shop, and wait in line for essential needs while maintaining social distancing requirements,” said SANDAG Chair and Poway Mayor Steve Vaus. “As we safely reopen the economy, this program will ensure people stay safe while enjoying the outdoors.”
Each jurisdiction in the region was invited to apply for up to $5,000 to help implement temporary Shared Streets Pilot projects. In addition, they were encouraged to propose other potential projects that could be funded in the event not all jurisdictions applied. This was not a competitive application process – all of the 18 incorporated cities and the County of San Diego were eligible to apply.
Eleven jurisdictions were awarded Shared Streets Pilot program funding:
- Chula Vista
- County of San Diego
- El Cajon
- Imperial Beach
- La Mesa
- National City
- San Diego
- Solana Beach
The jurisdictions awarded proposed a range of activities such as closing residential streets to thru traffic, enhancing signage to alert vehicles of shared streets conditions and closures, and creating space for local business patrons to walk, bike, and dine outside while maintaining physical distance.
To learn more about the Shared Streets Pilot program, visit sandag.org/sharedstreets.
The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is the San Diego region’s primary public planning, transportation, and research agency, providing the public forum for regional policy decisions about growth, transportation planning and construction, environmental management, housing, open space, energy, public safety, and binational topics. SANDAG is governed by a Board of Directors composed of mayors, council members, and supervisors from each of the region’s 18 cities and the county government.
SANDAG offices are currently closed to the public. Our team is working remotely during this time to provide essential services and continue progress on critical regional projects. SANDAG continues to monitor regional COVID-19 developments and follow guidance from the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.