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Downtown Crackdown on Bike Parking


May 23rd, 2013 | Categories: Parking | 8 comments

As noted in Bikemore’s recent post, an institutional crackdown on random bike parking is sweeping across downtown.  The trend started in Harbor East with security patrol placing hard to remove stickers on seats of bikes locked to anything except a Harbor East approved bike rack.  These stickers are known to have ruined a quality Brooks saddle. While bike parking availability has improved in Harbor East over the past year, the amount and location are still lacking given the number of bike trips that start and end in Harbor East.

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The City of Baltimore’s Legal Department determined that most bicycles (excepted when parked in the road at a metered location) locked to fixtures within the public right-of-way are done so legally.  Therefore, the stickers placed on bicycles are comparable to property damage and vandalism.

Stickers have also been placed on bicycles outside the Convention Center (left).  With only two bike racks on the property, visitors to the Convention Center have little choice but to lock to other fixtures including the iron fence along Howard Street.  With the Bike Party ending at Pratt Street Ale House, there quickly become NO OPTIONS for ‘legal’ bike parking on the south side of Pratt Street.

imageThe latest incident occurred at Oriole Park at Camden Yards (OPACY).  Yesterday “Baltimore Velo” Seth had a card attached to his bicycle indicating the Maryland Stadium Authority’s policies for bike parking.  Security officers on golf carts indicated they will remove any bicycle not using the ‘official’ bike parking at Oriole Park.

For safety reasons, managing pedestrian flow and maintaining the aesthetics of the complex, the Stadium Authority will remove any bicycle secured to a sign, pole, gate, fence or other facility structure. The warning notices were initiated this year to better inform cyclists of the state regulations  involving the operation and parking of bicycles at the complex.  Notices are attached to any bicycle parked in violation and, depending on the location and condition, will be removed immediately to the Security Office without the benefit of the warning notice.  To recover bicycles that are removed, see the security officer at the guard booth located outside Gate D (south side) for access to the Security Office.

The new rack additions at OPACY are needed, but if the O’s  keep winning, more (and better) racks will be needed.


  • http://twitter.com/jedweeks Jed Weeks

    If I get a sticker on my legally parked bicycle, I’m calling the police and demanding a report for malicious destruction.

  • http://www.bmorebikes.com/ B’more Bikes

    Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) Title 14, Subtitle 25, Chapter 2, Article 13-703, Parts a, b & c

  • http://baltimorevelo.com/ seth

    On one hand, this:

    “The City of Baltimore’s Legal Department determined that most bicycles (excepted when parked in the road at a metered location) locked to fixtures within the public right-of-way are done so legally. Therefore, the stickers placed on bicycles are comparable to property damage and vandalism.”

    On the other hand,Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) Title 14, Subtitle 25, Chapter 2, Article 13-703, Parts a, b & c

    What trumps what?

  • http://www.bmorebikes.com/ B’more Bikes

    City property vs. state property. State property wins

  • Billy

    As usual, cyclists are being given minimal infrastructure to support bike commuting/parking and are expected to maximize beyond what little is set up for us. For example, only 6 racks to lock up bikes in the Inner Harbor which was a posted here a few days ago. I am happy that has finally been re-installed after 1.5 years of nothing, but the amount that is there is simply pathetic. Who really think that at any given time no more than 12 people will need a place to lock up a bike while visiting or working the Inner Harbor?

    Without proper signage throughout these institutional property, how is it even legal for a private institution to vandalize someones personal property in the name of pedestrian safety? Signage is EVERYWHERE telling car drivers where they can/can’t park, etc. What’s next, writing parking tickets to cars that are parked in a unsigned no park area? I guarantee that ticket would be fought in court and probably won by the defendant simply on the grounds they didn’t know because a sign didn’t say they couldn’t. This is really no different in my opinion.

    I would love to see them try putting big nasty stickers on someone’s car window or leather seats for double parking in Harbor East and not be subjected to a large public outcry. But since we are only cyclist and they are “just bikes” no one cares about our vehicles, nor do they realize how much they can cost when outfitted with better than stock components.

  • Wally Pinkard

    Where does the stadium authority’s property end? do they own the sidewalks or just the parking lots?

  • guest

    Based on the property boundaries & aerial photography on the Merlin website (http://www.mdmerlin.net/mapper.html), the Stadium Authority’s property extends almost all the way to Pratt St. and halfway across Howard St.

  • chris

    Sounds like a job for a certain statewide advocacy group…

 

 


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