Peddling car-free, bike-friendly days for Baltimore

By Tom Dunkel
Sun reporter
Originally published April 2, 2006

<img width="160" height="120" align="left" src="" alt="">Every Sunday, a 19th-century silence descends upon that mountain city. Some 75 miles of connecting streets are closed to traffic from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. As many as 2 million people pour forth to walk, cycle, Rollerblade, jog and simply socialize in communal peace.

No cars. No pollution. No gridlock. No roar of traffic.

&quot;Ciclovia,&quot; as it's known, is the world's biggest block party, an urban transformation that borders on magical.

&quot;It's like everyone puts on a new suit of clothes,&quot; says Cantori.

A thought quickly ballooned in his brain: Why not export the idea to Maryland?

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