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The City of Sacramento is launching a Slow & Active Streets pilot project to support our communities physical and mental health while protecting Sacramentans and promoting social distancing.

What is Slow & Active Streets?

Sacramento Slow & Active Streets is the prioritization of walking and biking by limiting through traffic on residential streets. Simple tools such as temporary signs and cones will be used to divert through traffic and slow drivers on these streets.

Partial closures of low speed residential streets are to encourage physically-distanced walking, biking, and skating in the roadways. However, vehicle accessibility will still be available to and from residences for emergency responders, delivery drivers, and the neighborhood’s residents. Driving access is maintained for those who live on the street.

Important notes:

  • Streets are for biking, walking, scooting, wheelchair rolling, and other non-static physical activity. Slow & Active Streets are not areas for gathering, programming, or sharing meals. Residents and neighbors using a Slow & Active Streets must adhere to the latest health guidelines, as issued by Sacramento County’s Department of Health Services Public Health Officer (https://dhs.saccounty.net/PUB/Pages/PUB-Home.aspx). Should these rules not be followed, the City reserves the right to end the pilot.
  • The partial closures will remain in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the pilot.
  • The pilot will run through the end of April 2021.
  • Street sweeping and garbage/recycling/yard waste pickup remain in effect. Vehicles parked on the street will still be required to move during the street’s designated City Services no parking times.
  • In general, on-street parking will not be changed; however the City reserves the right to remove parking if needed to improve safety (e.g., at an intersection).  
  • Other than the City-provided traffic controls and legally parked vehicles, no objects shall be placed in the street. Failure to comply with this condition may result in the revocation of the approval for a given closure.

What does Slow & Active Streets look like? Here are examples from San Francisco and Oakland, respectively.

Slow Streets San Francisco SFMTA    Slow Streets Oakland Image Ryan Russo

Is my street eligible to be a Slow & Active Street?

Eligible Slow & Active Streets must meet these criteria:

  • Be residential in nature and a classified “local street” (as opposed to collector or arterial streets);
  • Have no more than one travel lane in each direction;
  • Have a speed limit of no more than 25mph;
  • Not be on a bus or light-rail route; and
  • Do not have a Police or Fire Station on the street.

The goal of this pilot is to have the street or streets long enough to encourage activity, we're looking of submissions that are at least one-mile, made up of one street or multiple streets.

Applications must be supported by a sponsoring organization. Eligible sponsors include:

  • Business associations or improvement districts
  • Faith based organizations
  • City Council offices
  • Local nonprofits or community-based organizations
  • Neighborhood Associations
  • School or Parent Teacher Associations

The responsibility of the sponsoring organization is to ensure there is community and neighbor support; there are volunteers to keep an eye on closure infrastructure; and to communicate to City staff issues with the infrastructure. As part of evaluating support on nominated corridors, we ask sponsoring organizations to work with City staff to solicit feedback, possibly through hanging doorhangers on nominated streets. If your area is in an Environmental Justice area, you do not need a sponsor.

The City has identified resources to implement 5-6 miles of Slow & Active Streets in the initial pilot. 

We will prioritize requests using an equitable framework, giving preference to those requests in Environmental Justice areas, areas with multifamily housing and limited yards, and areas with limited access to parks.

If your organization would like to sponsor a Slow & Active Street, please fill out our application at the bottom of this page.  We will take applications as they are submitted and have available resources to implement.

What is the process after I submit?

The process after submitting an application includes:

  • Nominated streets are reviewed by Transportation Planning, Traffic Engineering and our emergency responders (1-2 weeks).
  • If you have not reached out to neighbors and organizations in the area to build interest and support AND you are in an Environmental Justice area, staff will work with you to do this (2-4 weeks).
  • Once initial community engagement has been conducted and there's neighborhood interest, staff will:
    • Develop, print and mail postcards with survey questions to folks who live along the nominated streets (3-4 weeks).
    • Review survey responses and determine if the nonamidated pilot can move forward (1 week).
    • Implement pilot (1-2 weeks).

 

Questions?

Contact the pilot lead:
Jennifer Donlon Wyant
Transportation Planning Manager
jdonlonwyant@cityofsacramento.org