Upside to Philly’s tailgating ban? FDR Park free of cars and noise, nature lovers say

Fewer cars, more nature

This summer, several local organizations advocated for the city to close more streets to cars, including roads inside of FDR and Fairmount parks, to allow more space for people to enjoy the outdoors safely during the pandemic.

“Parks should be places where we can relax, and be able to walk our dogs, and ride bikes, and scooters, and just go wherever we feel we want to go, within those parameters, without the dangers of the streets,” said Randy LoBasso, policy manager at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.

That’s not possible if cars are speeding within park roads, he said.

“Having FDR closed on Sundays to motor vehicles and open to people kind of shows us what a park can and should be in Philadelphia,” LoBasso said, adding that this

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