Oakland, CA began closing streets to through traffic to make it easier for residents to maintain a safe distance while outside. Credit: Jim Wilson/The New York Times
You may have seen it on the news or social media lately. Cities are closing down streets to allow for more space and therefore, better social distancing for communities to recreate. This includes biking, running, walking, rolling and strolling. Did I miss anything? Oh, dog walking (as dog parks are now closed). As narrow trails become burdened with hikers and parks are looking packed, we need a solution for getting outside in the sun for a healthy physical and mental break – especially as the weather warms and the days get longer.
Cities from Oakland, CA to Des Moines, IA noticed people having to move into the street to avoid a crowded narrow sidewalk full of others recreating. With most people following stay-at-home orders and not driving their car as much, it just makes sense to utilize the low-use to empty streets during this stretch of lockdown. Oakland closed 74 miles of roadway to thru-traffic; emergency vehicles and local traffic are still permitted.
These efforts are helping to limit crowded public areas and could be the key for our community to continue to recreate outdoors while following protocols, and safely use alternative transportation modes for essential trips.
Stay healthy and happy out there, Boulder!
* You have an opportunity to voice your opinion on the topic of advocating for street closures as City Council meets tonight to decide if the city should move forward on rebalancing some streets. You can email Council and ask them to consider this initiative.
Interested in sponsoring Boulder B-cycle or acquiring a corporate membership? Simply contact: Sara Michaels, Boulder Bike Sharing Marketing, Communications, and Sponsorship Manager, email@example.com
Thanks and Keep on Spinning!