Slow down your streets

Wed, Apr 29, 2020, 4:00 PM (BST)

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Slow down your streets, come out stronger from the Covid-19 lock-down.

Over 90 cities around the world are experimenting with reclaiming streets for walking, running and bicycling. This is necessary to support social-distancing. But increasingly it is leading to a long-term realignment of urban cores from cars towards people. Places that best harness the streets for people will be preferred locations in the New Normal, best attuned to the needs of infants, 9 year olds, 99 year-olds and everyone in between. In this webinar, Dominic Endicott from 4Gen Ventures will walk through the “Slow Streets” movement, and bring on selected speakers from cities around the world.


  • The Covid-19 lock-down has dramatically reduced car traffic and pollution
  • Despite the health and economic trauma from Covid-19, there have been some good aspects
    • Many cities have the lowest pollution levels on record
    • Cities have vastly expanded the share of trips by walking and by bike
  • Some cities are seizing this opportunity to “slow down the streets”
  • The post-Covid future for cities is likely binary, depending on their strategy
    • Scenario 1: “Slow down the street”: reclaim 10-40% of streetscape for humans
    • Scenario 2: “Wall-e world”: humans retreat into home and car bubbles
  • Towns and cities that want to come out stronger and avoid scenario 2, should:
    • Review best practices
    • Develop a “Slow Streets” strategy (Oakland CA example)
    • Implement before Mid May 2020 (expected time for lock-down end)
    • Build a plan for a material redefinition of the human/car balance
    • (subject to success in above) Position your city as a human-centered place

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Wednesday, Apr 29
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