History has been made: Healthy Streets is here.
Healthy Streets (previously referred to as “Slow Streets”) will turn selected streets into pedestrian/bicycle-priority, while allowing local traffic, to enable safe exercise during the COVID-19 pandemic. But it gets better: In its resolution, Austin City Council requested that Healthy Streets be considered for long term implementation after social distancing ends. The short and long term benefits of this decision could be profound.
This program needs a lot of public support to continue. In taking such a bold step, the City of Austin has bravely and justifiably broken away from decades of harmful regulations and cultural practices around using streets for more than driving, policies that held back communal quality of life for so long, especially during testing times like the present. Some people will attack this so please take the actions below to help protect and grow Healthy Streets.
Walk Austin successfully rallied over 30 organizations and more than 1,100 people through our petition, to urge the City to approve Healthy Streets. We thank you all for helping to make this historic step possible and we also strongly commend leadership from Council Member Paige Ellis, the Austin Transportation Department, and other City staff for making this victory possible.
What a moment. Let’s make sure every community gets to enjoy Healthy Streets.
Announcing the first batch of Healthy Streets
- Bouldin Ave / S 3rd St / Garden Villa Ln (from Banister Ln to Barton Springs Rd)
- Comal St (from Manor Rd to Lady Bird Lake)
- Country Club Creek Trail extension (Trail, Wickersham Ln, Ventura Dr, Madera Dr) from Mabel Davis Park to Lakeshore Dr
If you visit these streets for exercise, please keep at least 6′ distance from others and take all other reasonable health-related precautions.
3 ways YOU can make Healthy Streets successful
- Suggest a Healthy Streets location: If someone has already made your suggestion, leave a comment instead. The more comments the better.
- Give feedback on the current Healthy Streets locations: Remember: This is experimental, the City won’t always get it right first time. Be respectful yet honest!
- Share your overall thoughts on the program: The City needs HUGE support for this program. Please take the survey and support Healthy Streets.