Durham Shared Streets Pilot Project
Please take a survey on Shared Streets in Durham. Corridors not chosen in the first phase will be considered for future phases. The survey will be open until Monday July 27, 2020.
A Shared Streets example in Denver, Colorado
Shared Streets in Durham
The City of Durham is working to create Shared Streets that give residents more space to enjoy the outdoors while reducing the spread of COVID-19. Vehicular through- traffic will be restricted on Shared Streets, but local residents, emergency vehicles, deliveries, and trash collection vehicles will still have access to the street. An advisory speed limit of 15 miles per hour is being installed to support safe walking, running, and playing in the street. To start, Durham will test 2 or 3 Shared Streets in different parts of the city. Additional streets may follow based on resident support and the availability of materials.
Potential Shared Streets
The map below shows the streets being considered for the Shared Streets initiative. Residents and businesses on these streets are also being notified of the project via door hangers distributed to each address.Two or three of these corridors will be chosen in the initial rollout. Most of the Shared Streets being considered are neighborhood residential streets designated as Neighborhood Bike Routes in the City of Durham’s Bike+Walk plan. They generally have lower-traffic volumes and lower posted speeds and are maintained by the City of Durham.
Potential Shared Streets list:
|Alma Street||Juniper St. to Holloway St.||0.3 miles|
|Arnette Avenue||Jackson St. to Bivins St.||0.8 miles|
|Benjamine Street||E. Main St. to Ashe St.||0.4 miles|
|Glendale Avenue||Englewood Ave. to Geer St.||0.7 miles|
|Gray Street||Gurley St. to Hanover St.||0.3 miles|
|Juniper Street||Alston Ave. to Guthrie Ave.||0.6 miles|
|Maple Street||Taylor St. to Ashe St.||0.4 miles|
|Spruce Street||Juniper St. to Southgate St.||0.6 miles|
|Taylor Street||Alston Ave. to Maple St.||0.3 miles|
|Watts Street||W. Club Blvd. to Lamond Ave.||1.0 miles|
Where can I help with or give input on Shared Streets?
A survey for the first phase of Shared Streets is now available for anyone to take. Corridors not chosen will also be considered for future phases.
A Street Champion is a resident near or on one of the Shared Streets who can help monitor the program, such as making sure street signs remain in place. To request to be a Street Champion for your Shared Street, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
To request a Shared Street in your neighborhood, please send a request via email to email@example.com. In your request, please include your address, the street requested, the endpoints of the Shared Street, if you or someone on your street has interest in being Street Champion, and any proposed activities that you could see take place on the street.
An example for a submission could be: "I live on 300 W First Street. I’d like to request First Street from Ash Street to Beech Drive as a Shared Street. We want the children on our street to be able to skate and ride bicycles in the street safely. My neighbor John Doe would like to become a Street Champion."
Please note that the department has limited resources and capacity for Shared Streets treatment. Staff will review eligible street candidates for Shared Streets treatment, and will be looking at the following factors to determine eligibility:
- The street must be long enough to support physical distancing and provide room for exercise and play; at least 3 blocks or 0.2 miles long
- The street must be a single length of street, though other routes that could get chosen could intersect or connect with your request
- The street must not be directly on an active GoDurham or GoTriangle transit route, though it can cross one
- The street must not be on an emergency service route
- The street must be owned and maintained by the City of Durham. For reference, this link shows streets owned and maintained by the state (streets not owned and maintained by the City of Durham).
- The street is not affected by an active construction or utility project
- The street has a posted speed limit of between 20 mph and 35 mph
Staff will also consider the following factors, though they’re not required, to qualify for Shared Streets treatment:
- The street is further than a quarter mile (5 minute walk) from a nearby recreational resource, such as a park, trail, or recreational center
- The street is near a grocery store, food bank, other local food resources, a library, school, or other civic building
- The street is one of the City’s funded (dark blue) or unfunded (light blue) Neighborhood Bike Routes
What are other safe places that I can walk or ride my bike?
Bike and Hike Resources:
Exercise and Travel Safety Reminders:
- Try to stay home except for essential activities
- Keep six feet between yourself and others
- Wear a mask or face covering
- Keep moving and avoid gatherings
- Consider using parks and trails at off peak hours
- If you see a crowd, go somewhere else
How can I follow Transportation Department updates and service changes?
We remind everyone to travel safely and adhere to the current Durham Safer-at-Home Order. We ask for your understanding as we work with limited resources, in providing a safe environment for our residents, especially our essential public transit services.