Local officials and elected leaders have shared how important it is to hear from local residents about solutions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are interested in creating more safe space to walk, bike and be active in your neighborhood, here are tips and resources to support local resident advocacy as well as planning efforts led by local officials and planners. If you are pursuing an effort to close a street for walking and biking access, please let us know. Send us a message and share what you’re doing on Twitter and tag @railstotrails #streetsforsocialdistancing #openstreets. It is important to note that advocating for street closures is intended to create more space for physical activity at a safe social distance. This should not be interpreted as a traditional “Open Streets” event. Rather, it is a responsive measure and not an invitation for individuals to gather. Read Rails to Trails data-driven advocacy and messaging guidelines at the link below.
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