Over the next couple days, I’ll be sharing data collected during the Baltimore Bicycle survey by the Department of Transportation. We had over 1300 participants sharing their biking experience (or lack thereof). The survey was open to anyone with internet access, stopped by the bike parking at Artscape or other events & community meetings over the summer.
The survey asked a variety of questions including riding styles, turn-offs, areas of improvements, potential bikeshare use & locations, as well as demographics & zipcode of residency.
One question asked: What should be Baltimore’s top bicycle priority? An overwhelming 58.2% said “More Bike Lanes” with an additional 12.5% saying “More Bike Trails”. That’s over 70% for more bike infrastructure and safer places to ride!
Almost 25% said “More Driver Awareness & Education” with the remaining 4.4% requesting more bike racks and events.
Sure, we have a bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community status, but I’m not resting on those laurels. There’s no shortage of work to be done in creating more comfortable bike corridors across the city. The main point of this survey is to identify what the Department of Transportation can do to get more people pedaling. I was pretty sure “bike lanes & trails” would take this category, but now I know for sure.