After a successful pilot program on West State Street, Doylestown is turning its attention to
N. Main Street and additional areas of the downtown for temporary road closures.
Doylestown, PA - For two weekends in late June locals and visitors alike had the rare opportunity to walk down historic State Street free of cars. The first temporary pedestrian zone was established to promote outdoor dining and shopping as well as to pilot the viability of the concept from a health and safety perspective. Both weekends saw an increase of traffic and support for local businesses on a section of W. State Street, which was lined with tables and decorative plantings. Businesses and customers cooperated seamlessly to ensure a safe atmosphere was maintained.
Given the success of the program, discussions are now in the works to expand this concept to other areas of the downtown. On Friday July 24th and Saturday July 25th North Main Street will be closed to traffic to create a similar Pedestrian Zone. Local businesses on this block will be invited to expand their operations into the sidewalks and parking lanes while the road will be closed for pedestrian traffic to create optimal social distancing.
The block of Main Street between State Street and Court Street is scheduled to close to vehicular traffic from 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM each night. Temporary detours will be in place for traffic and free parking will remain available in the County Parking Garage at the corner of Broad & Union streets. Parking will also be available at the new County Parking Facility at nearby Broad and Court for a modest fee. Pedestrians will be expected to maintain a safe distance between one another. Face masks are encouraged when not seated.
The Borough of Doylestown, alongside local business owners, is working to ensure the safety of our community and visitors. Social distancing remains a critical part of our fight against the spread of COVID-19 and will continue to be monitored as the pedestrian zones move forward. It is also recognized that our small businesses need our support more than ever. Together we are working to create a safe environment and opportunities to support our neighbors.
Additional zones throughout town are being looked at and pedestrian zones are expected to continue during the Green phase of the Governor’s Reopening Plan. The Borough is working hard to ensure reopening initiatives are as fair and safe as possible for all downtown businesses and residents.
Our local shops, restaurants, services, and cultural destinations are working hard to safely reopen. We invite you to explore Doylestown and discover what makes our small town so special. To learn more about Operation Doylestown, reopening initiatives, and returning to Doylestown, please see the link below.