FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 3, 2020
Contact: Dane Eifling
2020 Slow Streets Program Concludes, Seeks Input
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Starting in May of this year, the City of Fayetteville and the regional non-profit Bike NWA collaborated to implement the Slow Streets program to expand safe street space for people to walk, ride bicycles and play in various parts of Fayetteville from May to October of 2020.
The program was initiated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for social distancing and the 55% overall increase in traffic on Fayetteville’s paved trails. The Slow Streets program did not impact the city’s budget, as Bike NWA provided 100% of the materials and additional staffing.
The 2020 Slow Streets program included locations in the Wilson Park neighborhood, the historic district, Dickson Street, downtown, and the S. Washington Street /Walker Park neighborhood. The program concluded for the year on November 1 in the Betty Jo Drive and Jewel Road neighborhood.
Plans to resume the program in 2021 are pending public feedback. Residents are encouraged to complete the Speak up Fayetteville survey to provide input or to nominate neighborhoods for future Slow Streets.