Environmental Challenges

Bloomberg Fellow and Faculty Member Publish Op-ed About Reducing Car Traffic During the Pandemic

April 28, 2020

On April 28, 2020, Bloomberg Fellow Eli Pousson, director of preservation and outreach at Baltimore Heritage, and Keshia M. Pollack Porter, associate dean for faculty and a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, published an op-ed in The Baltimore Sun. In it, they advocated for Baltimore to close down some streets to make walking and biking safer during the pandemic. They wrote:

Stay-at-home orders for the COVID-19 pandemic mean fewer drivers on Baltimore’s streets—but more dangerous speeding by the drivers who are left.

Cities from Oakland, California to Washington, D.C., are slowing down traffic and closing streets to make them safe for residents to walk and bike, reduce the risk of crash and relieve dangerous crowding on parks and sidewalks. Baltimore should do the same.

Read their op-ed.


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