Palo Alto Shared Streets Program
The City of Palo Alto is considering ways to provide easier access to recreational space while keeping the community safe. Shared Streets is a way to support physical activity by giving more space to practice physical distancing.Take our online survey to share your feedback about this pilot program as we explore expanding to other streets.
What is a Shared Street?
The City of Palo Alto is temporarily limiting vehicle access to local traffic only on certain streets. This will create more space for residents to walk, bike, and run while complying with physical distancing requirements. Low traffic will allow people to enjoy the outdoors and feel more comfortable getting out for a walk, a bike ride, or some fresh air during this time.
Which Streets are Included in the Pilot?
Initially, the City will pilot the program on three street segments.
- Bryant Street: From Embarcadero Rd to Forest Ave (North of Bryant at Embarcadero/Bryant will be restricted for vehicles. Bike and Pedestrian access will remain open.)
- Park Blvd: From Birch Street to Cambridge Ave
- Ross Road: From Colorado Ave to Louis Road
The City of Palo Alto has identified these streets based on the existing bike routes, traffic volumes, thru- traffic movements, and high biking and walking areas. The City of Palo Alto does not support self-selected street closures.
Local access will still be allowed, which means people who live on the street or need to access a destination on the stretch of roadway for deliveries or other purposes will be allowed access. Other non-local access is strongly discouraged; however, the City will not issue citations or formally close streets. The City will provide signage at select intersections. At this time, there will be no restrictions on cross streets.
People in cars are urged to go very slowly and use extreme caution in these high pedestrian areas.
These activities are allowed on a Shared Street:
- Using the street while walking and running to pass others when the sidewalk is occupied. People should maintain physical distancing and be mindful of vehicles and each other regardless of the mode of travel.
- Emergency vehicles and people who live on the street are allowed access.
- People carrying out essential business activities such as deliveries or take-out orders that start or end on the stretch are also allowed access to the roadway.
- On-street parking regulations are unchanged.
- Refuse collection and street sweeping activities will still occur on these temporarily-restricted streets.
What is not allowed on a Shared Street?
- Group gatherings
- Sport activities
- Set up of tables, chairs, play equipment, etc.
If you have concerns or questions about the use of these roadways, you can contact the Office of Transportation (Transportation@CityofPaloAlto.org) or through PaloAlto311. To share program feedback and to suggest more streets to add, please take our online survey.
The Shared Streets program will operate until further notice, in alignment with the Santa Clara County's Shelter-in-Place Order, or as indicated by the City of Palo Alto.