Opening Streets to People during COVID-19; and more

From Our Live City Response Feed

As cities close playgrounds, courts and fields to prevent public gatherings, several mayors have opted to create more space by opening selected streets to pedestrians. Burlington, VT created Shared Streets for Social Distancing, rolling out the program in stages, beginning with the most dense neighborhoods. Oakland Slow Streets allows for 74 miles of roadway to be used primarily for pedestrians to access outdoor space. Many urbanists have long supported this approach as a way to increase active transportation and pedestrian safety, as well as reduce transportation emissions. Learn more.

Resources from Our Partners

Free to Local Governments: Full Suite of COVID-19 Response Surveys

Informed decision making is critical as you navigate the many current and upcoming challenges. To address this, Polco is offering free-to-deploy online surveys to help you collect quality community-level data in real time to better tailor your outreach and response. Learn more.

An Invitation to Center Race in Government Responses to COVID-19
Living Cities created a virtual network for public servants to collaborate around the complexities of centering equity in our new reality. Learn more.

Recommendations for a Metropolitan COVID-19 Response
This special report is for city leaders, from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins. Learn more.

Free to the Public Sector: Weekly Coronavirus Pulse Survey
Timely information about the public’s beliefs and behaviors is crucial as cities address public health and economic impacts of decisions right now. Civis has launched a free weekly survey of American adults to help you respond to and track changing attitudes. Learn more.

COVID-19 Special: How to Use Evidence in Policymaking
April 20, 10am CST. Apolitical highlights practical tools for developing policies and practices around available evidence in this online workshop. Register here.

Live City Response Feed

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