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Ventura begins Shared Streets program

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VENTURA, Calif. - Starting this week the Ventura Public Works Department will launch a Shared Streets during COVID-19 program to make some streets safer to walk and bike, the Ventura Public Works Department announced.

They city said the program will help pedestrians and cyclists practice
physical distancing while enjoying healthy outdoor activities and sharing the street with slower-moving vehicles.

During the pandemic, five streets will have “Local Traffic Only” signage posted in neighborhoods to provide more space for physical activity on traffic lanes with slower moving vehicles. This includes Olive Street, San Nicholas Street, Preble Avenue, Mound Avenue, and Darling Road.

A map of the streets is available here.

Traffic patterns will not change on the “Local Traffic Only” and “Shared Streets” configurations.

Emergency services will continue to have full access to the street
network. Designated street signs for this temporary initiative will include signage or barricades, indicating one of the following designs:
• "Local Traffic Only,” open to motorists traveling to a specific destination on that
• "Shared Street,” open to cyclists, pedestrians, and vehicles. Motorists are
encouraged to drive slowly and be extra cautious.
• “Repurposed Street,” temporary parking restrictions or lane changes in select
locations to widen key walking and biking corridors.

The public is encouraged to provide feedback on the five pilot phase streets as well as share ideas for other areas in the Shared Streets initiative HERE.

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