The Department of Transportation Continues Slow Streets Evaluation Phase

BALTIMORE, MD (January 12, 2021) – The Baltimore City Department of Transportation (BCDOT) has recently implemented 25 miles of slow streets in communities throughout the City. As a result of this traffic calming initiative, residents currently have access to 25 miles of roadway to practice safe social distancing while walking and biking, as outlined in Council Bill 20-0532.  With the installation of Slow Streets in various communities across the City, BCDOT has begun a thorough evaluation of the Slow Streets program, which will help provide insight as the program moves forward.

During the evaluation phase, residents will notice short term changes to the Slow Streets program. As a result of our preliminary findings, BCDOT will remove the temporary street barriers to address ongoing community concerns and maintenance issues. BCDOT is currently working to procure upgraded barriers that will enhance the Slow Streets program. BCDOT will also reopen requests for Slow Streets installations.

The BCDOT will continue to solicit public feedback that will be used in its evaluation of the program.  Residents are encouraged to provide comments by:

This evaluation is required by city legislation and will further assess the initial success of the Slow Streets program.  A formal report will be published with the evaluation findings which will help to determine the next steps of the program.  The report will also include recommendations for potential traffic calming treatments that provide long-term solutions in city communities. 

BCDOT encourages all residents to provide feedback that is vital to this evaluation process and will help shape the future of Baltimore’s Slow Streets program.  To provide comments or for any additional information please visit the Slow Streets webpage at: https://transportation.baltimorecity.gov/slow-streets-program.

The public comment period for the Slow Streets evaluation will close on January 24, 2021.

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