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Comprehensive Biking and Walking

Shared Streets Pilot Program

In May 2020, SANDAG piloted a Shared Streets program as an alternative way to promote Bike Month while addressing immediate public health concerns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. SANDAG will continue the pilot as Shared Streets 2.0 with up to $60,000 in available funding to support Bike Month 2021.

Shared streets pilot projects are temporary roadway modifications that create safe and healthy spaces for people of all ages and abilities to bike or use other micromobility options (e.g., scooters, skateboards) while reducing vehicle miles traveled.

Eligible projects include creating temporary bikeways or car-free zones in commercial corridors, closing or limiting through-traffic on residential streets that connect to commercial corridors, and implementing temporary traffic measures or installing signage to support the project.

Shared Streets 2.0 Request for Applications

Any of the 18 incorporated cities or the County of San Diego are invited to apply for up to $5,000 to help implement temporary Shared Streets pilot projects in support of Bike Month 2021 in May. These jurisdictions may partner with other groups (e.g., non-profit, advocacy, community-based organizations) to implement the pilot. For every pilot awarded funding, an additional $1,000 will be allocated for a travel behavior and pilot impact assessment to be carried out by SANDAG in partnership with UC San Diego.

Applications must be received between December 4, 2020 and March 5, 2021 but will be processed and approved on a first-come, first served basis until all available funding is exhausted. Funding may be used to either extend the life of an existing Shared Streets 1.0 pilot, if it meets 2.0 program eligibility requirements, or create a new shared streets segment(s). Projects must be implemented between May 1, 2021 and June 27, 2021 and must be open to the public for a minimum of four weeks.

Shared Streets 2.0 Pilot Program Request for Applications

Attachment A - Shared Streets 2.0 Pilot Project Application

Shared Streets 2.0 Pilot Program Frequently Asked Questions


Shared Streets 1.0 Funded Pilots

Eight jurisdictions implemented Shared Streets 1.0 pilots that included a wide range of activities such as closing residential streets to thru traffic, enhancing signage to alert vehicles of shared streets conditions and closures, and creating space for local business patrons to walk, bike, and dine outside while maintaining physical distance.

County of San Diego

Chula Vista

El Cajon

Encinitas

Imperial Beach

La Mesa

National City

San Diego


Resources

View a summary of what was implemented in cities across North America early on in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Below are additional resources that may assist jurisdictions with implementing Shared Streets 2.0 pilots:

NACTO COVID-19 Transportation Response Center

NACTO Design Guidance

Tactical Urbanist’s Guide to Materials and Design (also refer to their Materials catalog)

COVID-19 Livable Streets Response Strategies (crowdsourced with daily updates)

Streetmix (temporary materials added to this free street design tool)

Safe Routes Partnership: Open Streets, Shared Streets, Healthy Streets Solutions

Mobycon Making Space Safe for Cycling in 10 Days

Small Town & Rural Design Guide (an online design resource and idea book)

Strava Heatmap (public activities generated by Strava users running/walking, or biking)


Contact

For Shared Streets Pilot Program assistance, please contact: sharedstreets@sandag.org