The Slow Streets Project
What are Slow Streets?
Slow Streets are residential neighborhood streets that are temporarily closed to through traffic to facilitate safe space for walking, biking, and children playing in these areas. The streets remain accessible to residents, delivery, and service vehicles. These vehicles will have a speed limit of 5 mph while traveling on the Slow Street.The intent is to help people stay healthy while remaining close to their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. At least 50 cities in the U.S. have implemented some version of Slow Streets in response to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines.
In Fayetteville, a selection of streets around Wilson Park have been temporarily designated as a Slow Streets pilot project:
Sunday Slow Streets NWA
City of Fayetteville is collaborating with BikeNWA to open up additional city streets for Slow Streets NWA on Sundays starting June 14, 2020 through August 30, 2020 from noon to 8 p.m.
The Sunday Slow Streets NWA program will occur on a designated route that links with the existing Wilson Park program and connects hubs around Downtown Fayetteville. The goal is to make neighborhood streets safer to walk, bike, and travel without a vehicle, creating wider spaces than our current sidewalks and trails allow for safe physical distancing. On these streets, residents can make trips to local businesses and explore the community on foot or bicycle using the roadway. The route purposefully engages Dickson Street to encourage support for local businesses.
Note: Routes and dates are subject to change based on community feedback.
If community members would like to be involved with Slow Streets, there are a number of volunteer opportunities. For more information, reach out to BikeNWA at email@example.com. Or visit https://www.givepulse.com/group/239961-BikeNWA.
Interested in having your street designated as a Slow Street?
Begin your application process by contacting Dane Eifling, Mobility Coordinator at 479,.575.8243, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Streets eligible to be Slow Streets: In evaluating streets for consideration, it is important to consider need based on the number of homes, sidewalk and trail access in the area, and the amount of cut-through traffic on the street.
Priority “slow street” locations should:
- Be in an ordinary and predominantly residential area
- Have a significant amount of cut-through traffic
- Have long block lengths with minimal number of street intersections
- Have parallel streets that offer drivers a reasonable detour while the street is closed.