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Bike Boulevards


June 22nd, 2010 | Categories: Infrastructure | 9 comments

Yesterday, I gave a presentation to the Dept. of Transportation explaining the bike boulevard concept and how it can be applied to Baltimore.  A bike boulevard is a low volume, low speed road usually in a residential area where bike thru-traffic is given priority.  Originating in Holland and americanized in Portland and Berkeley, instituting bike boulevards boosts bike traffic by providing safe corridors for cyclists with little roadway experience. 

Bike boulevards are not a traditional bike lane with two lines, but rather an entire roadway with traffic calming applications, such as bike-friendly speed humps or cushions and mini-circles. Traffic diverters like cut-thru medians and contraflow allowance create easier passage for bikes while reducing vehicular use.

Guilford Avenue (between University Pkwy and Mt. Royal Ave) will be the city’s first bike boulevard.  This stretch of road was selected due to its residential nature, high bicycle traffic and the existing cut-thru at the North Avenue (school parking lot & ramps with pedestrian signal across North Ave).  Improvements to Guilford will include striping the parking lanes & centerline, wayfinding signs, and speed cushions.  Select stop signs will be “turned” giving bikes on Guilford priority.

For more information, DOT & Toole Design Group will present this bike bouevard concept to the community on Wednesday, June 30th, 6:30 pm at Johns Hopkins Univerity (Levering Hall’s Sherwood Room). 

I’m looking at other streets that would make good bike boulevards.  If you know a good candidate, please comment below


  • http://twitter.com/egovpioneer Paul Day

    This is great, I didn't know anything about Bike Boulevards before this post. I think that I would definitely use it if it ran along Guilford Avenue.

  • http://twitter.com/NoRacer Isaias

    I'd like to supply you with a list of roads, but over the past seven years of bicycle commuting from Essex to Towson and back, all I've seen is the candidates for bike Blvds disappear as more and more cars attempt to find ways around the congestion on I-695 and I-95.

  • http://twitter.com/N8Bikes Nate Evans

    While your routes might be slightly “outside my jurisdiction”, Isaias, lay them on me anyway….

  • http://www.palermobicycles.com Palermo Bicycles

    I'd like to propose the following:
    1. E. 34 St running from Greenmount to Ellerslie at the YMCA.
    2. Lakeside Ave. running from Ednor Rd. To Hillen Ave.

    There is cut in the fence and a sidewalk (would be nice if this were a multi-use path), continue through the YMCA to Ednor. One can ride through the YMCA area and connect the two routes above. At Hillen, traffic breaks enough to navigate onto to Hillen, ride one block to the light and then connect to Lake Montebello. These routes do parallel 33rd, which has lanes, however they are much more bike friendly, particularly during the weekdays.

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

    Oh yes, I know that route! This would make for an easier ride compared to 33rd. If memory serves me, the ramp to the fence cut was improved not too long ago.

  • http://www.palermobicycles.com Palermo Bicycles

    I think the ramp was put in during the spring or this past fall. Can't remember but, it's a big improvement.

  • http://www.donottrashthebrand.blogspot.com @ecogordo

    I thought that Patrick McMahan made a good point at the community meeting regarding the name of the project. Bike Boulevards is perhaps as inviting to the community as Neighborhood Greenways. After all, everyone will benefit from the designation, not just people on bikes.

    Great effort, Nate. Looking forward to the transformation.

  • Hilstar71

    26th street. everyone rides through here.

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