If you’ve pedeled Frederick Avenue lately, you may have noticed some changes. There are some fresh layers of asphalt between Hilton and Beechfield, but its the paint that makes the difference. The Department of Transportation is installing bike lanes from the city line to the Gwynns Falls Trail as part of the city’s first major “road diet”. A road diet is a technique where travel lanes are reconfigured; typically converting road with 4 travel lanes to 2 travel lanes, a center-turn lane and 2 bike lanes.
Other benefits of the Frederick Avenue Road Diet include:
- Full bike lanes (not sharrows) on a major arterial road
- Bike connection to the Gwynns Falls Trail
- While the bike lanes end at the city line, Baltimore County and the State Highway Administration are looking at extending these lanes westward. If done, this will make Baltimore’s bicycle network REGIONAL!
Please join me in thanking DOT’s Deputy Director Jamie Kendrick for making these new bike lanes a reality!