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A Tale of Two Cities: Social distancing on the streets of Seattle & PDX
May 28, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Both Seattle and Portland have started implementing street plans in response to the COVID-19 crisis that allow more room for people to safely move around their neighborhoods and access their daily needs. Seattle started its Healthy Streets program in mid-April, about two weeks before Portland announced its Safe Streets/ Slow Streets program. Both seek to prioritize pedestrians and cyclists on neighborhood streets and local buisness centers where existing infrastructure doesn’t allow for proper social distancing.
But, how are the plans different?
How is each transportation department approaching the problem?
How are residents and business owners reacting?
Come hear Sam Zimbabwe, Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation, and Mike Serritella, Transportation Planner at Portland Bureau of Transportation, discuss their plans, the challenges they are facing, and the successes as well. Following the discussion, there will be time for Q&A. Afterwards, continue the conversation with your colleagues up and down the I-5 corridor and beyond in the Zoom Breakout Mingle.