Assemblymember Nazarian’s Slow Streets Act Signed by Governor Newsom

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(LOS ANGELES, CA) - AB 773, the Slow Streets Act, authored by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-Van Nuys) was signed by Governor Gavin Newsom today and will now permanently allow local jurisdictions to restrict traffic on selected streets. The legislation expands on Governor Newsom’s Emergency 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 their own neighborhoods throughout the pandemic and can now permanently be expanded throughout California,” said Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian.

“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 previously. “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.”

Now with Governor Newsom’s signature of AB 773, 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 gives local communities the opportunity to have safer and more accessible streets that promote healthy neighborhood recreation, especially during the ongoing public health crisis, but also, anytime they see fit.

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Adrin Nazarian represents the 46th Assembly District, serving the San Fernando Valley communities of Hollywood Hills, Lake Balboa, North Hills, North Hollywood, Panorama City, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Toluca Lake, Valley Glen, Universal City, Van Nuys, and Valley Village. He serves as Chair of the State Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care.