Sample Slow Streets Advocacy Letter
Address email to:
- DOT Director Steve Sharkey
- Matthew Hendrickson - Bike Planner
- Graham Young - Complete Streets Manger
- Sheryl Goldstein - Mayor's Office
- Lester Davis - Mayor's Office
- Your city councilperson (for contact info or to find your representative click here).
Subject: Slow Streets!
Dear Director Sharkey:
I'm writing as a parent and member of the Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance to ask Baltimore City Department of Transportation to implement slow streets like other cities are doing across the country.
The additional space the city has provided in major parks like Lake Montebello and Druid Hill Park are a great start, but these spaces are not easily accessible from my neighborhood, and public health guidance encourages us to exercise and play with our families close to home. Our smaller parks are crowded, making physical distancing difficult.
Introducing slow streets in neighborhoods is a good solution. It will still allow local traffic like deliveries, residents, and emergency vehicles to access streets, but force people to drive slowly and carefully while alerting them that families may be exercising or playing in the street.
This Baltimore Sun Op/Ed from an Associate Dean and Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has more details about why slow streets in neighborhoods and street closures in parks are beneficial and necessary public health interventions: https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/op-ed/bs-ed-op-0424-slow-streets-20200428-artzbn4bhbfqzhi65lmbf2dyvi-story.html
Thank you for your time, and I hope that Baltimore City will move forward with implementation of slow streets in my community and communities across the city.
DBFA Member Name
Click below for a printable letter for your child to color in and put in the mail!