Why Slow Streets?
The COVID-19 pandemic is changing many aspects of how we live, get around, and exercise. For starters, fewer cars and more people are on our roads. To promote outdoor activity while protecting community health and promoting traffic safety, we are trying out a new program we are calling “Slow Streets Petaluma.”
What is a Slow Street?
The plan is to designate local streets as Slow Streets where we will place barriers to discourage drivers from using the designated streets unless they need to reach a destination. When drivers do need to use the street to reach their destination, we encourage them to drive slowly and safely as people are more likely to be walking and biking along the street.
Why Slow Streets?
The Slow Street designation will allow people to more comfortably use these low-traffic streets for physically distant walking, wheelchair rolling, jogging, and biking in designated areas. And the reduced traffic and increased awareness will improve safety and reduce accidents while people spread out to exercise outside.
When and Where Will Slow Streets Start?
This pilot program will start on Thursday, May 14, 2020 with two areas (see the maps to the right).
How Will it Work?
We will place traffic cones and soft closure barriers at the entrance of each street with signs that say, “Closed to Through Traffic.” We are starting with two areas so that we can get community feedback before we proceed to designate more Slow Streets. Please tell us what you like and what you don’t like about the program in the form below.
What about Emergency or Transit Vehicles?
This program will NOT limit emergency vehicle access and does not fully close the road to through traffic. Transit vehicles, emergency vehicles and passenger vehicles accessing a destination will be allowed to drive on the designated streets.
Slow Street Rules:
- Do avoid driving on these streets unless necessary to reach your destination.
- DO follow all physical distancing rules (link to the county FAQ’s) while on Slow Streets
- DO enjoy Slow Streets in your neighborhood.
- DO NOT use Slow Streets for playing in the roadway.
- DO NOT travel outside of your neighborhood to use a Slow Street.
If successful, we plan to expand the program. If you would like a designated Slow Street in your neighborhood, please fill out the form below. If you have questions or concerns, please contact email@example.com by email or phone at 707-776-3672.