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Ride Through The Fading Fall Colors


November 12th, 2013 | Categories: Infrastructure | Post Comment

131109 BicyclePA J - Copy (600x800)Just north of Baltimore, most of the trees have already lost their leaves.  Pedaling the NCR/Torrey C. Brown Trail from Hunt Valley, you reach Pennsylvania about 20 miles up.  There you can take BicyclePA Route J all the way to New York State.

 


Another Change for Guilford’s 32nd St Circle


November 9th, 2013 | Categories: Infrastructure | Post Comment

photo (3)A Giacommeti-like sculpture was added to the 32nd St circle on the Guilford Avenue bike boulevard.  If this stays long enough, expect a Santa hat and some decorative lights.  Again, a much better improvement over previous additions.


New Bike Improvements in Uplands


August 27th, 2013 | Categories: Infrastructure | Post Comment

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Not far from the new Briarclift Road bike route, new bike improvements are being created in the Uplands community.  As the Uplands development progresses, bike lanes have already been installed on this section of Old Frederick Road between Athol Avenue and Edmondson Avenue.IMG_0759

At the new traffic circle, sharrows guide cyclists between the gap in the bike lane.IMG_0755Wayfinding signs also direct cyclists from the Frederick Avenue bike lanes to the Gwynns Falls Trail.

 


New Bike Route Complete in West Baltimore


August 26th, 2013 | Categories: Infrastructure | Post Comment

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Directionalized sharrows indicate an upcoming turn in the bike route

A host of new bike infrastructure is popping up in (outer) West Baltimore. The planned bike route connecting the Gwynns Falls Trail at Winans Way to the Edmondson Avenue bike lanes is complete. Using pre-existing traffic calming along Briarclift Road and Greenwich Avenue, this bike route includes sharrows and wayfinding signs to create a bike boulevard through Hunting Ridge, West Hills and Westgate

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 Wayfinding signs (this one along the Gwynns Falls Trail) indicate distances to the Inner Harbor, Edmondson Village and Ellicott City.


When Bike Planners Travel…


August 14th, 2013 | Categories: Infrastructure | 3 comments

Contributed by Nate Evans

When the average American goes on vacation, it’s usually to get away from the everyday routine of work, life and everything else. If the trend were true, you’d find me on the NASCAR circuit kicking back in the parking lots outside a rented RV, whooopin’ it up.  (Not me.)  Taking pictures on vacation is more than just the usual scenic shots and happy family times. With a series of suppressed eye rolls, my wife has become accustomed to me stopping to look at different bike infrastructure no matter where we’re travelling. Typically, what I see in other places can be applied to Baltimore.

This recent trip was no different….

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Even Omaha, Nebraska has open streets! When Baltimore…WHEN? Omaha also sported a highly accessible trail along the Missouri River with numbered bike routes

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This old railroad bridge over the Niobrara River is part of a 321 mile Cowboy Trail. The practice of converting abandoned railroad infrastructure to bike infrastructure could be applied to the CSX Bridge over the Middle Branch.

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Even Oklahoma City has a bikeshare system. This fully packed station is outside the Oklahoma City National Memorial

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Nashville, Tennessee has TWO bikeshare systems: B-Cycle and GreenBikes (above) a FREE bikeshare system

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What better way to get around Music City

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This bike corral in Jackson, Wyoming needs minimal protection with the angled racks

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On private roads, the MUTCD is ignored to accommodate the relaxed attitudes of the American West


Jones Falls Trail Rideable from Woodberry to Cylburn


July 31st, 2013 | Categories: Infrastructure | 6 comments

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Stay to the right while ‘salmoning’ up Clipper Road

Phase 4 of the Jones Falls Trail from Woodberry to Cylburn Arbortem is the latest section of the trail to be constructed.  Phase 4 continues where Phase 3 (through Druid Hill Park) ends at Clipper Mill.  While still under construction, this section of the Jones Falls Trail offers a quiet, woodland ride in the heart of the city.

From Clipper Park Road, turn left onto Clipper Road and continue north past some very old houses.  At Druid Park Drive, continue north along the right side of the road.  (There should be some “Except Bicycles’ signs beneath the “Do Not Enter” signs)

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After crossing W Cold Spring Lane, windup the ADA compliant ramp to continue on the trail. Features like this make it easy for those in wheelchairs or with strollers and offer challenges for those on mountain or trials bikes.20130719_135644The Jones Falls Trail continues toward Cylburn through the woods with retaining walls and embankments.   If you are looking for some fun obstacles to ride, best hit this now before any railings are put in.


Bike Lanes Come to Perry Hall


June 6th, 2013 | Categories: Infrastructure | 9 comments

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Baltimore County recently installed bike lanes on Seven Courts Drive in Perry Hall.   What was once a 4 lane speedway through a residential area with elementary school and senior center, traffic speeds have greatly reduced thanks to a road diet.   North of Seven Oaks Elementary, additional roadway space that was once used for illegal curbside passing, is now a bike lane with full time parking (above).

130523 7 Courts 023Like any other jurisdiction new to installing bike lanes, Baltimore County also has a minor fix needed.  Instead of dropping the bike lane with bikes and cars merging before Joppa Road, this bike lane diverts sharply into the curb.


New Bike Lanes on Fort Avenue


June 3rd, 2013 | Categories: Infrastructure | 2 comments

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New bike lanes were recently added to Fort Avenue between Jackson Street and Ft. McHenry. Shared lane markings are also in place on Fort Avenue between Light Street and Jackson Street.

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Some wayfinding signs directing to Cross Street Market were also added

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The bike lanes drop between Lawrence and Woodall, but sharrows are in place with “Bikes May Use Full Lane” signs


32nd & Guilford Circle Gets An Upgrade


May 27th, 2013 | Categories: Infrastructure | Post Comment

Guilford32circle1Recently a group of community residents adopted the mini traffic circle at 32nd Street & Guilford Avenue, moving some of the stones in the center of the circle, adding soil, and planting a community garden. While the circle isn’t that much to look at right now, it’s a vast improvement on the initial installation and it should look even better when the plants start flowering, creating something beautiful and colorful where there was previously just gray stone and raising the center of the circle so that it is more visible to drivers approaching the intersection.

Mini traffic circles have been used in jurisdictions around the country for a few decades, with Seattle having the most extensive program. When properly designed and installed they can reduce the frequency and severity of crashes, reduce delay for motorists and bicycles, and maintain safety for pedestrians. In Baltimore and other cities four-way stop signs have been installed at the community’s request in many locations where the traffic volume doesn’t justify stopping every vehicle. Eventually drivers and bicyclists begin ignoring the stop signs and rolling through, creating additional safety challenges. Instead a well-designed circle forces vehicles to slow down by preventing them from driving straight through, but doesn’t make them stop if there isn’t any conflicting traffic.

Three mini traffic circles were placed along Guilford Avenue as part of the Bike Boulevard installation (at 32nd, 24th, & 22nd), and they have made it more convenient for bicyclists (who don’t have to unnecessarily stop at the intersection), but the circles haven’t been a complete success. Built without any greenspace, signage, or reflective material in the circle, they have been hard to see and unattractive. Additionally, they were built a bit small, not forcing drivers to slow down enough to guarantee that drivers would stop for all pedestrians and were a little confusing for folks not familiar with them. Some community residents expressed their frustration and/or artistic side by putting a variety of objects in the center of the circle at 32nd Street, including a toilet, phone books, and a living room set.

Guilford32circle2The new planting should help address some of the aesthetic and safety concerns at 32nd, by making the circle more visible and attractive. The guerilla gardeners appear to have picked hardy, native plants that will provide some color and height throughout the year, flowering in a variety of colors. Since the circle wasn’t designed with soil in it, the gardeners stacked the blocks removed from the center in a circle to support several inches of new soil. Not all of the circle was planted and the unplanted portion of the circle should allow fire trucks and other large vehicles to safely navigate the intersection, even when making a left turn around the circle and having to drive on part of the circle.

Hopefully, the residents around 32nd & Guilford will continue to maintain this improvement and other community groups will adopt the circles at 22nd & 24th, setting a precedent for future mini-circles in Baltimore.


County Ped/Bike Group Selects Projects


May 7th, 2013 | Categories: Infrastructure, Programs | Post Comment

Following up to the April 17th public meeting, the Baltimore County Pedestrian and Bicycle Committee made a final recommendation for which projects the county should pursue this year.  The committee was asked to pick which projects should be priority projects and then rank them, which included:

1)       Feasibility Study and Preliminary Design for the North Point Heritage Trail

2)       On Street Road Improvements in Catonsville area, including a linkages between UMBC, Arbutus, Catonsville, and Patapsco Valley Park

3)       Towson Bike Loop “Spokes” (Putty Hill, Pennsylvania & Chesapeake Avenues, Kenilworth Drive)

4)       Bike Lanes on Dundalk Avenue

While the Cromwell Valley Trail was popular during the public meeting, this project was not selected because there is not enough support from the immediate community.  To fund these projects, Baltimore County will be preparing the grant applications, which are due June 5.


 

 


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