To give more elbow space to the public, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said the city will introduce a “Slow Streets” pilot program designed to repurpose certain public streets.

In a statement, Faulconer said this will create more outdoor space and encourage safe walking and cycling while still following public health rules for physical distancing and facial coverings.

“COVID-19 has forced us to rethink everything we do and how we go about our daily lives, and what we need right now are more safe spaces for San Diegans to stretch their legs with a walk or a bike ride,” Mayor Faulconer said.

 “This pilot program is about creating more space outside your place by closing a few streets to give people room to be active and maintain their physical distance from others trying to do the same,” he added.

The “Slow Streets” pilot program will begin Thursday with several changes that make it safer for San Diegans to walk and bike by creating more space for physical distancing and reducing congested foot traffic at parks, beaches, and outdoor trails.

Earlier this week, San Diego County reopened its beaches to the public, following a clamor from protesters who demanded its reopening. 


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