After a successful four-month pilot, the Providence Slow Streets initiative will enter an exciting, new phase. In preparation for the transition, starting on August 24 all remaining Slow Streets barriers will be removed. This evolution will support the installation of permanent neighborhood greenways on select former Slow Streets (Vermont-Farragut, Ontario-Oxford, Peace-Waverly) that will more effectively reduce speeding and improve safety.
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.
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 learning more about the Slow Streets Pilot or the upcoming neighborhood greenways should contact Akievning@providenceri.gov.
As more information becomes available, this page will be updated.
Last Updated: August 23, 2020 @ 8:30 PM