Last week, Baltimore learned it won two grants from the Federal Highway Administration. Under the Transportation, Community and System Preservation Program, the Charm City Circulator was awarded $1.6 million to developed the “Star Spangled” route between the Inner Harbor and Fort McHenry. The same program also awarded $1.7 million to develop bicycle & pedestrian infrastructure in West Baltimore.
Dubbed “Reconnecting West Baltimore,” this project features the West Baltimore Bicycle & Pedestrian Loop: an off-road, multi-use trail which circles the “Highway To Nowhere” between Fulton Avenue and Stricker St. Other improvements with this grant include developing bicycle boulevards and additional bike lanes connecting the communities to schools, markets, parks and transit stations.
The candidate bicycle boulevards include:
- Stricker St (from Pratt St to Harlem Park),
- Hollins St (from MLK Blvd to Stricker),
- W. Lexington St (from MLK to Stricker St)
- Carrollton Ave (Lafayette Park to Hollins Market)
Additional bike lanes are being evaluated for Pratt & Lombard Sts from Stricker to Frederick which connects to the Gwynns Falls Trail. A bike route connecting Harlem Park to Lafayette Park is also being evaluated.
As this project is in the preliminary stages, community meetings will be planned. The Department of Transportation is excited about this project as the city’s bicycle network expands westward.