The San Diego Association of Governments announced Friday it has awarded $95,000 to 11 local jurisdictions in a new pilot program which supports the provision of safe spaces for residents to obtain essential goods, services and exercise.

The Shared Streets pilot program gives jurisdictions the opportunity to designate temporary roadway modifications that create safe and healthy spaces for people of all ages and abilities to bike, walk, run, scoot, use a wheelchair and move during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Similar programs are rolling out around the globe to support local economic recovery efforts by creating more space for people to dine, shop and wait in line for essential needs while maintaining social-distancing requirements,” said SANDAG Chair and Poway Mayor Steve Vaus. “As we safely reopen the economy, this program will ensure people stay safe while enjoying the outdoors.”

Each jurisdiction in the region was invited to apply for up to $5,000 to help implement temporary Shared Streets Pilot projects. In addition, they were encouraged to propose other potential projects that could be funded in the event not all jurisdictions applied.

This was not a competitive application process and all of the 18 incorporated cities and the county of San Diego were eligible to apply.

Of those, 11 jurisdictions were awarded Shared Streets Pilot program funding: Chula Vista, San Diego County, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, National City, Oceanside, San Diego and Solana Beach.

The awarded jurisdictions proposed a 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.

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