Assemblymember Nazarian Proposes Slow Streets Act Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Angelenos enjoy walking through their neighborhood while utilizing LA's Slow Street's program during the COVID-19 pandemic.

(Sacramento, CA) - Today, Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-Van Nuys) proposed the enactment of AB 773, the Slow Streets Act, which will allow local jurisdictions to restrict traffic on selected streets. The proposed legislation would expand on Governor Newsom’s Executive Order, which granted local areas the ability to implement Slow Streets Programs as a response to COVID-19 public health guidelines.

“Los Angeles’ Slow Streets program has offered children, families, and constituents throughout our city the opportunity to play, exercise, and socialize, safely, in throughout their neighborhoods during the pandemic and should be expanded,” said Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, "I am grateful to have spent quality time with my family this year utilizing the Slow Streets in our neighborhood and I am heartened to bring that opportunity to so many others."

“COVID-19 has forced us to find creative ways to get outside and enjoy our communities while staying closer to home,” said supporter Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “With Assemblymember Nazarian’s bill, we can keep our Slow Streets program intact and growing, enabling us to transform neighborhoods into accessible spaces and give people the space they need to engage in healthy recreation and stay safe in this crisis.”

Upon passage of AB 773, the local governments can permanently repurpose selected streets that allow people to recreate safely in their neighborhoods. Los Angeles has already implemented over 50 miles of slow streets to give local residents more access to walking and bicycle riding sites. Research has shown that communities in these urban areas, already suffering from greater air pollution, have less access to parks and open spaces, in turn making them more susceptible to COVID-19. It is critical to increase the accessibility of our streets for local residents especially in hard-hit communities to recreate safely under the existing public health guidelines.

Enacting AB 773 will give local communities the opportunity to have safer and more accessible streets that promote healthy neighborhood recreation, especially during the ongoing public health crisis.