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Salt Lake City creates survey to decide which streets to open up for pedestrians, cyclists

Salt Lake City creates survey to decide which streets to open up for pedestrians, cyclists

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SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall wants to hear from residents via a survey on which city streets should be converted for walking and biking traffic use in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

The city is “considering a temporary measure to adapt to changing conditions and needs due to COVID-19,” according to a Monday news release. “There are multiple streets in Salt Lake City that could be converted into physically distancing-friendly places for people to get outside.”

Mendenhall said the streets would potentially be converted into spaces for outdoor activities like biking, running and walking — all while maintaining access for local vehicle traffic.

“We’ve heard from you that it’s hard to get fresh air & maintain 6 feet of separation on narrow sidewalks,” Mendenhall said on Twitter. "Take the survey to tell #SLC which streets you favor."

Several factors, including hospital/emergency routes, traffic patterns and transit routes were taken into consideration when the map of potential streets was created, according to the news release.

Other U.S. cities, like Oakland, have opened streets for pedestrians, cyclists and local traffic in an effort to make it safer to walk and bike while maintaining social distancing measures.

Click here to take the survey.

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