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October 28th, 2010 | Categories: Parking | 10 comments

That’s how many bikes were parked at and around The Candler Building at 111 Market Place.  Not only does this building house a branch of Johns Hopkins, but also offices of Constellation Energy. These two companies have a very high rate of bike commuters.

A couple years ago, DOT installed 6 bike racks at this location.  Before we finished installing them, people were locking to the racks.  Since then the clusters of bike have grown and multiplied.  John Quinn of Constellation stepped up and purchased 6 more bike racks for the many cyclists in the building.  DOT crews lead by Nelson Jackson installed the racks, but it seems like even these are not enough.  Bikes are still locked to ramp railing, tree guards and sign posts.

In other news, you may have noticed that the new bike lane on President St between Aliceanna & Fleet has already been removed for utility work.  Veolia Energy provided maintenance of traffic for bicycles during this 3-4 month construction.  Here’s “Car Free” Mark Brown using the temporary bike lane.


  • http://blog.cyclosity.com/ Liam

    Hm, will definitely check out the new temporary lane. Thanks!

  • blackeye

    I work at the Candler Building and definitely appreciate the additional racks, although as you note, it’s still not enough. If I arrive after 9, the racks are all usually full. When I first started working there 5 years ago, I was one of only a tiny handful of regular riders. In the last couple of years, though, there has been an explosion of new commuters. It’s been really great to see the numbers increase!

  • Dukiebiddle

    Nate, due to the success and growing traffic on the Guilford Ave. bike boulevard it has developed a bit of a safety concern at the North Avenue crossing. The medium curb crossing is very narrow (I suspect 5 feet). Every morning lately when I cross the intersection northward another bicycle is coming the other way, which forces either I or the other cyclist to stop in the middle of North Avenue to allow one or the other to pass. The City Education building sidewalk is also congested, but at least there cyclists aren’t forced to stop and yield in the middle of North Avenue. Is there any possibility of widening that curb cut-out by 3 feet, with perhaps a calming bar in the middle so vehicles wouldn’t use it for u-turns?

    Also, somebody needs to get on the unmarked police cars that block the bicycle calmers by the doors to the education building – but yeah – that’s probably the toughest job.

  • http://bike.baltimorecommutes.com Nate Evans

    One step ahead of you there, Dukiebiddle. In our design, we’ll have a distinct median cut for bikes altogether, wide enough for 2 bikes & separate from pedestrians.

    Yeah, the cop car. That car & the Bolt Bus have been a thorn in my side lately. Yes, even overtaking delivery trucks in the Pratt lanes.

  • Dukiebiddle

    I guess the good news there is that the crossing is becoming an everyday problem [and it isn't the same rider or anything]. Rush hour traffic is really building up and I’m always facing other cyclists going the other direction waiting at that light.

    As for the double parked car in front of the Education Building, clearly somebody there cares and has been trying to stop the practice by placing a cone in the street there, but if the cone is missing someone will always park there. This morning the cone was present, so an unmarked cruiser went through the gate and blocked it from the other side. grrrrrrrrr

  • Boson Au

    haha hey I work at candler.

  • bluebonnie

    hey – glad to see this blog, and this post as i’m to move to b’more soon and work at the candler – and am planning to commute via bike as much as possible (possibly from Mt. Washington, we’ll see)! Hope there are still some parking spots left! 

  • bluebonnie

    NOTE TO CANDLER (111 Market Pl) BIKERS:
    A tenant complaint has been received regarding cyclists securing their bikes to the railing of the handicap ramp in front of the building.  This is the tenant’s primary entrance into their suite for their employees, visitors and clients.  The tenant has requested the removal of these bikes as soon as possible.  Our security officers will be asking the bikers to use an alternate site.  There are several green ‘U’ bike racks as well as the blue bike racks for use outside Market Place.   A bike rack is also located on the corner of Pratt and Constellation Way.  I have sent an email to the city requesting the installation of additional bike racks and am awaiting  a response.

    Please note that there is a red bike – with 2 flat tires and missing seat – that will be removed and discarded on Friday, June 8th if the owner of said bike isn’t located.  This bike hasn’t moved in months and is believed to have been abandoned.

    Please pass this information onto your employees and the bikers at Candler.

    Your assistance in this matter is greatly appreciated.

     

    Thanks,

    Ellen

    Ellen M. Yunger
    Assistant Property Manager
    Reit Management & Research, LLC
    111 Market Place
    Baltimore, MD 21202
    410-752-1197 office
    410-385-2335 fax
    eyunger@reitmr.com

     

  • bluebonnie

    Does anyone know if there’s a shower somewhere in Candler??

  • BlueBonnie

    More Candler bike parts stolen, update:

    It has been reported by Captain Cranshaw, that while patrolling the exterior of the Candler building, Officer Lomax noticed two (2) bikes that had been stripped of parts.
     
                Bike A – a black & white Cannondale Huffy style –
                Missing front wheel; handle bars and the back wheel which has been partially removed
     
                Bike B – a brown Motobecame racing style –
                Missing front wheel
     
    It appears that these bikes were secured and left in front of the building over the Labor Day weekend when they were vandalized.  At this time, the owners of both bikes are unknown.  Please note that on Friday, September 17th, both bikes will be removed from the front of the building by the Reit engineering department if left unclaimed.
     
    Should you have any information regarding the owners of the bikes, please contact me at 410-752-1197.
     
    Thanks,
     
    Ellen
     
     
     
    Ellen M. Yunger
    Assistant Property Manager

    Reit Management & Research, LLC
    111 Market Place
    Baltimore, MD 21202
    410-752-1197 office

 

 


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