Baltimore officials celebrated Thursday the passage of the "Complete Streets" law, a broad set of regulations requiring the city's Department of Transportation to design roadways, sidewalks and bike lanes in a way that promotes walking, bicycling and public transit, beyond just cars.

Mayor Catherine Pugh signed the bill into law late last week, and Councilman Ryan Dorsey, who sponsored the legislation, held a news conference Thursday at City Hall Thursday to commemorate it.

Dorsey said the law will set up Baltimore for success and improved equity in the future by encouraging "designing for a more human-scale city."

Jon Laria, Ballard Spahr attorney and chairman of the Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Commission, who helped author the legislation, called the law "cutting-edge."

"Safe passage on and through our streets is critical to Baltimore's livability," Laria said in a statement. "We must continue to work together to make our streets welcoming for residents, businesses and visitors alike."

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