PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu moves to make Slow Streets Permanent

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember David Ryu will introduce a motion today to make a temporary street closure program, put in place during the coronavirus Safer at Home order, permanent. Ryu’s motion seeks a “permanent network of Slow Streets” for interested neighborhoods, so Angelenos can enjoy more recreational outdoor space in their own neighborhood.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  

June 24, 2020

Contact for Councilmember Ryu:

Mark Pampanin

mark.pampanin@lacity.org

213.407.7616

Councilmember Ryu To Introduce Motion to Make Slow Streets Program Permanent

 

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember David Ryu will introduce a motion today to make a temporary street closure program, put in place during the coronavirus Safer at Home order, permanent. Ryu’s motion seeks a “permanent network of Slow Streets” for interested neighborhoods, so Angelenos can enjoy more recreational outdoor space in their own neighborhood.

“Since the start of the Slow Streets program, we have seen Angelenos find greater enjoyment and a closer connection to their neighborhood,” Councilmember Ryu said. “People are getting outside, the streets are safer for kids and families - I don’t see why we wouldn’t make this permanent.”

The Slow Streets program, which began on May 15th of this year, allows residents to turn their residential street into a “slow street,” closed to cut-thru traffic and open for recreational use. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) program was originally meant to be temporary to allow Angelenos more space to get outside while practicing safe physical distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. Councilmember Ryu’s motion, if approved, would allow those closures to become permanent, and reroute wayfinding applications like Google Maps away from approved Slow Streets.

Read the motion here.

Apply for a Slow Street in Your Neighborhood here.

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Assistant City Council President Pro Tempore David E. Ryu represents Los Angeles’ 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys.


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