2 New LA Neighborhoods Will Participate in 'Slow Streets' Initiative, Make Room for Exercise

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By KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO

Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti announced two new neighborhoods that will participate in the city's 'Slow Streets' initiative Friday.

-Eagle Rock and Mid City neighborhoods this weekend for the city's 'Slow Streets' program.

Already, more than 175 groups have applied, Garcetti said. 

He announced a 'Slow Streets' initiative last week to allow people to have a recreation area to walk or bike.

Earlier in the month, Garcetti said at least a dozen full applications have been submitted from across LA.

'Slow Streets' would mean cars would be temporarily banned from certain streets this weekend in Los Angeles. Streets in two neighborhoods will be closed Saturday: in Sawtelle and Del Rey.

Those two areas will take part in the 'Slow Streets' initiative, which will allow more room for people to walk or bike. The initiative is for local residents only, not the general public. Local traffic and local parking is still allowed on these streets.

Matt Wersinger, who is head of the neighborhood council in Del Rey, tells KNX 1070 News he feels there should not be any controversy about the road closures.

If the initiative is successful, it will be extended to other parts of the city. 

According to the LA DOT website, "Gathering of groups, barbequing, playing games that involve physical contact with others, or programming of any kind is prohibited. These streets should be treated like all other recently opened active recreation sites, including beaches and trails."

People must maintain social distancing of 6 feet and wear masks when outside.

If neighborhoods want to apply for 'Slow Streets,' click here https://ladot.lacity.org/coronavirus/apply-slow-street-your-neighborhood

#SlowStreets: LA residents who want streets in their neighborhoods temporarily closed to traffic so they can have more room to walk/run/etc (while maintaining social distancing), can apply here:https://t.co/cVUZKCu4cq@KNX1070

— Claudia Peschiutta (@ReporterClaudia) May 15, 2020

#COVID19 update: @MayorOfLA says city will kick off #slowstreets program this weekend. Some streets will be temporarily closed to traffic to give people more room for recreation. @KNX1070

— Claudia Peschiutta (@ReporterClaudia) May 14, 2020