How did you interact with our Safe Streets San Mateo and what do you imagine for its future?
In April 2020, along with other cities around the world, we implemented the Safe Streets San Mateo initiative – a program designed to allow residents additional space to recreate during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The program entailed placing “No Through Traffic” signs on select neighborhood streets to encourage more bicycles and pedestrians to use the road instead of vehicles. (See map below for locations)
With City Council feedback, Public Works staff identified neighborhood streets throughout our city that were near multifamily residences and parks and where support was enthusiastic from homeowner and neighborhood associations. Feedback was received to install Safe Streets segments in four neighborhoods and informational signs on the Bay Trail.
Today, Safe Streets San Mateo has expanded to an educational social media campaign delivering regular awareness about safety on our roads and sidewalks. You can expect to see continued messaging about this successful campaign throughout the year across all our social media platforms.
The initial implementation of the program cost about $50,000. At present, we spend approximately $4,000 per month to maintain the signage for the no-through traffic Safe Street San Mateo initiative, and the maintenance of the initiative pulls resources from other projects. As restrictions lift throughout our county and state, we’re evaluating the Safe Streets San Mateo implementation and asking our residents about their experiences and their thoughts on the initiative’s future.
We ask that you take a few minutes of your time to complete our survey. Results are expected to be presented at the June 21, 2021 City Council meeting.
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