Salt Lake City

Transportation

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Stay Safe, Stay Active Streets: Response to COVID-19

What’s happening?

Salt Lake City is expanding its temporary measure to adapt to changing conditions and needs due to COVID-19: opening certain streets for community recreation, such as foot and bicycle traffic, while maintaining access to local traffic. This opening of streets follows a week-long survey in which the City asked residents for feedback on which streets they would like to see used for recreation. The survey received over 6,200 responses, which provided valuable feedback on implementation. Thank you to everyone who took the survey! A full survey report can be found below.

Opening certain streets for community recreation, such as foot and bicycle traffic, will make it easier to maintain six feet of distance from others while recreating. Vehicle access on these streets will be maintained for local traffic. Motorists are asked to drive slowly and with extra caution. Foot and bicycle traffic are asked to be extra cautious around motorists and to respect their right to access homes and businesses by moving to the side of the road when necessary to allow them to pass. 

Factors that helped determine which streets to open include community survey feedback, street walkability, community visions for their streets, geographic equity, ease of implementation, connections to parks and trails, hospital/emergency routes, transit routes and traffic patterns. Streets opened so far, listed by their order of implementation, include:

  • 500 North between Redwood Rd and 800 West
  • 900 South between 300 East and 700 East
  • 600 East between South Temple St and 900 South
  • Wasatch Dr between Crestview Dr and 1300 South
  • Stratford Ave between 1300 East and 2000 East
  • 4th Avenue between A Street and N Street
  • 200 West between 600 North and North Temple Street
  • Emery Street between 300 South and Hayes Ave (940 South)
  • 800 East between 700 South and 1700 South
  • Kensington Avenue between 700 East and 1400 East, and between 1500 East and 1600 East

Stay Active, Stay Safe Streets Map

FAQ

What is local traffic? Will this impact garbage pickup, deliveries or emergency vehicle access?

On the streets where this is implemented, local traffic will be allowed to access homes and businesses. This includes service, emergency, delivery vehicles, etc.

Who has the right-of-way when using the street?

Consider the street to be shared. All users should respect others, allowing each to use the street together. Pedestrians and bicyclists should move to the side of the street when necessary to allow motorists to safely pass on the left. Motorists and bicyclists should drive slowly, passing other street users on the left, only when it is safe to do so.

Will this be implemented City-wide?

The goal is to implement this in as many areas of the City as possible. The responses from the survey will help inform the details of the implementation.

Will this impact on-street parking?

In a handful of locations, it might. For the most part, local access will be allowed, and that includes access to on-street parking.

How long will this last?

This is a temporary measure that will be in place 24/7 only on a select few, clearly marked streets and only during the time period that the Stay Safe, Stay Home directive is active.

Do normal traffic and safety laws apply?

Yes – local vehicle traffic are still permitted, and normal bicycle, scooter and pedestrian laws are still in place (i.e. stop at stop signs, don’t park scooters in the middle of the street, etc).

On impacted streets, how do people safely recreate?

Continue to follow CDC guidance: wear a mask, wash your hands before and after going outside, and stay at least 6 feet away from others. Do not gather in groups.

Once a decision is made, how will the public be notified which streets are impacted?

This page will be updated with a list of all the confirmed and upcoming streets and there will be on-street signage.

How can I provide input?

If you have comments or would like to report issues on any of the open streets, please email communityoutreach@slcgov.com or call our comment line at 801-535-7711.

What’s new?

The latest Safe, Active streets to open were 800 East (from 700 South to 1700 South) and Kensington Ave (from 700 East to 1400 East and 1500 East to 1600 East) on Tuesday, May 26th.

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