Shared Streets for Health and Safety During COVID-19
On May 13, 2020, the City of Ventura joins several cities throughout the nation and launched a Shared Streets for Healthy and Safety During COVID-19 initiative, which allows for "soft" road closures in select neighborhood streets to through traffic to allow more space for being physically active in a safe manner during the Stay Well at Home order. This initiative is meant to help our community find safe and healthy ways to get outside to recreate and access essential services during COVID-19. Starting with a pilot phase, the City will designate some streets for “Local Traffic Only.”
Our goal is to make neighborhood streets safer to walk and bicycle by creating wider spaces than our current sidewalks allow.
Traffic patterns will not change on the “Local Traffic Only” and “Shared Streets” configurations. Emergency services will continue to have full access to the street network. Designated street signs for this temporary initiative will include signage or barricades, indicating one of the following designs:
- "Local Traffic Only,” open to motorists traveling to a specific destination on that street.
- "Shared Street,” open to cyclists, pedestrians, and vehicles. Motorists are encouraged to drive slowly and be extra cautious.
- “Repurposed Street,” temporary parking restrictions or lane changes in select locations to widen key walking and biking corridors.
Community members are encouraged to provide feedback on the five pilot phase streets as well as share ideas for other areas in the Shared Streets initiative. Click here to submit your input.
Shared Streets Pilot Phase: Local Traffic Only
Click here to download a PDF version of the map.
Local Traffic Only vs. Shared Streets
- “Local Traffic Only” means that you should only drive on the street when traveling directly to it
- “Shared Streets” means that drivers should drive slowly and be extra cautious
There will be no changes to traffic patterns on the “Local Traffic Only” and “Shared Streets” options. Emergency services will continue to have full access to the street network. The public is encouraged to provide feedback on additional areas to be considered for this initiative. Click here for a map of the streets identified for the pilot phase.
Our pilot phase includes the following streets:
- Olive Street
- San Nicholas Street
- Preble Avenue
- Mound Avenue
- Darling Road
All these streets already serve many people walking and biking, are low-traffic streets to minimize traffic disruption, and are already a bicycle route and/or are being considered as future bicycle boulevards as part of the Active Transportation Plan effort underway.
Shared Streets may be extended, and additional streets added with positive results and operational capacity. Candidate streets will focus on existing bicycle routes and potential bicycle boulevard streets. You can share your ideas for more streets to add in our program feedback survey HERE.
- Why is the City doing this?
- Can I drive on a Shared Street?
- What does a Shared Street look like?
- What activities are allowed on a Shared Street?
- What activities are not allowed on a Shared Street?
- How were these Shared Streets selected?
- Will this be expanded to more streets?
- What about other streets in the City?
- How is the City monitoring this?
- How will the City address enforcement?
- How can I be in touch with the City about this program and help spread the word?
- Where else is this happening?