‘Slow Down!’ is a cry heard on neighborhood streets throughout San Diego County. Since World War II, streets and neighborhoods have been built with primarily motor vehicles in mind. What influences the way people drive isn’t the speed limit or the threat of a ticket. Rather, drivers take their cues from the design of the street and the buildings fronting it. Wide lanes, expansive parking lots, and few surrounding buildings give the impression of a runway, so drivers speed up. Narrow lanes, trees, more people walking, and surrounding buildings give the impression of a village, so drivers slow down.
As a resident, you can play a vital role in making your community more walkable. You are an expert on your street and neighborhood and the city needs to hear from you. Click on the links below to learn more about tools cities have to make your community safer and more enjoyable to walk. Print some of our Fact Sheets to take this information on the run or to distribute to friends and families.