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Baltimore City Department Of Transportation Announces New 'Slow Street' Initiative

BALTIMORE (WJZ) -- As more of us get outside amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Baltimore City wants to make sure there's enough space for everyone, even when social distancing.

Over the next two weeks, you may see more signs like "Road Closed: Local Traffic Only"

The barricades on select city streets are intended to cut down on traffic to provide safer streets for physically distanced walking, running and biking.

"The more measures to keep people safe, is the most important in my view," said Patterson Park resident Justin Holbrook.

The city said its launched successful pilot programs in Druid Hill Park, Lake Montebello and Patterson Park.

The idea behind closing streets is to give people more space to social distance, but some people who live in the area said the program hasn't had its desired effect.

"People are going to come through whether the gates are here or not there," said Patterson Park resident Holly Crum.

The Baltimore City Department of Transportation said it hasn't decided on exact locations to expand the Slow Street Program, but said it will narrow its selection by the end of next week.

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