In August 2023, we called on the South Pasadena City Council to maintain the Slow Street pilot program. The community responded with over 100 170! moving letters of support (contrasted with only 4 letters opposed). Unfortunately, the city still decided to shorten the pilot period from 6 to 3 months. We see this as the first step to killing a program that would improve the quality of life in our city by making streets safer, quieter, and healthier.
Over the next two months, we will be reaching out to our neighbors and users of the Slow Streets to document the broad support for the program. We have created a petition that will be brought to Council and Commissions before the end of the pilot to push back on those few voices who have opposed these positive changes. The city needs to know how many of us understand that streets designed exclusively for cars cause more injuries, more air pollution, and more climate change. Changes like curb extensions and bike lanes are needed to keep us safe, and support a healthier, more sustainable way of life.
Action for today: take a moment to add your name to the petition ✅📃. You can also find the petition form below.
If you live in South Pas near Grand Ave or Oak Street, please include your district number and address in the petition response. Councilmembers have prioritized the voices of a few opponents near the Grand Ave installation; local people who support the program will help us counter the idea that all of their neighbors oppose it.
We have included a link to the city’s survey to solicit feedback on the designs. This survey is the official means of evaluating feedback, so adding your support there is also very helpful. You can also use the petition form to indicate your interest in volunteering with this campaign.