Coronavirus: Oakland, CA modifies Slow Streets program

The city is expanding its Slow Streets program to include ways to make it safer for pedestrians to walk to essential services such as grocery stores.

Called Slow Streets: Essential Places, the campaign was launched Friday at Bancroft and Avenal avenues near the Shop Rite Supermarket in East Oakland.

At crash-prone intersections such as Bancroft and Avenal, Oakland is adding fluorescent signs alerting drivers to pedestrian crossings and repainting the crosswalks to make them more visible.

City workers also installed traffic cones to create a new temporary median at Bancroft and Avenal. And they also set up signs with information about coronavirus testing.