Now, more than ever, it’s important to keep Providence residents safe and healthy. To provide residents extra space to maintain physical and mental health close to home, the City of Providence has launched Providence Slow Streets. The pilot program—launched on May 2—designates over 7 miles of slow street zones to provide people walking, running, and riding bicycle space to safely get fresh air, sunlight, and exercise. As Providence moves into the next phases of reopening, residents should check back regularly for newly posted information or sign up for PVD311 for future updates to the program.
What are Slow Streets?
“Slow streets” is a term used to describe a temporary change to city streets to create extra space for walking, running, and biking. Slow streets provide equitable access to our City’s largest public asset—our streets! Streets designated as Slow Streets are not fully closed to cars, but are closed to through traffic— meaning only emergency vehicles, trash, and recycling vehicles, people who live on the street, need to access for essential business on the street, or are making local deliveries to places on the street may drive on it. Speed limits will temporarily be reduced to 10 miles per hour to keep everyone safe.
Which streets will be temporarily designated as Slow Streets?
- Ontario streets (between Elmwood Avenue and Broad Street)
- Vermont and Farragut avenues (between FC Greene Memorial Boulevard and Michigan Avenue)
- Governor Street (between Wickenden and Waterman streets)
- Pleasant Valley Parkway and Nelson Street (between Rosebank Avenue and Walton Street)
- Camden Street (between Douglas and Chalkstone avenues)
Additionally, as of Saturday, May 9, all Providence public parks, greenspaces, off-road trails, and dog parks are open to the public. As of Friday, June 26 13 city waterparks will be open to the public from 12:00PM to 5:00 PM, Monday-Saturday with Play Attendants on site and as weather permits.
How were the streets selected?
Providence Slow Streets targets our highest density neighborhoods, especially in communities that lack yard space. This methodology creates an equitable distribution throughout the City, giving residents access to safe space right outside their doors.
How does this impact me if I live or own a business on a Slow Street?
Local traffic— including local residents, emergency vehicles, waste collection, access to businesses, deliveries— is still permitted on slow streets. For the safety of the community, the speed limit will be temporarily reduced to 10 MPH.
How do I stay safe while using a Slow Street?
- Maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet.
- Limit group to no more than 15 family or household members.
- Wear face protection, such as bandanas or fabric masks that cover the nose and mouth (individuals 2 and older).
- Stay home if any symptoms are experienced.
- Use extra caution when driving.
- Yield to people who are walking, running, or biking.
- Obey all traffic laws, signals, and signage.
Can I still park my car on the street?
If you have on-street parking available, you can still park on the street.
I have more questions; who can I contact?
We always welcome community feedback. Anyone interested in adding a Slow Street to their neighborhood or with additional questions can reach out to .
As more information becomes available, this page will be updated.
Last Updated: July 30, 2020 @ 10:00 AM