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Lombard St. Bike & Bus Lane

July 27th, 2010 | Categories: Infrastructure | 13 comments




The Lombard St. bike & bus lane returns between President & Hopkins Place.  My buddy Mark & I just rode it and witnessed NO MOVING VIOLATIONS.  We even passed a bus at Hanover St.  The lane ends at Greene St. where the University of Maryland Baltimore begins reconstruction of the trauma center.  Once complete (in a couple years), a green bike lane will be included, expanding Lombard’s bike facilities westward.

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  • Isaias

    Yeah, there's nothing like bringing IZOD Grand Prix to the streets of Baltimore to get Baltimore streets worked on and completed quickly.

  • Nate Evans

    Not this job – Lombard's needed resurfacing for years. The GP track runs Pratt St, Light, Conway, Lee & Paca.

  • Jed Weeks

    I'm impressed, great job.

    I like this striping a lot better than the previous sharrow approach. Will it be used on Pratt eventually as well?

  • Dukiebiddle

    I gave this a test ride yesterday. No violators on my tail. Sweet.

  • Chris

    Awesome! I'll have to get over there in the next few days and test it out. Now will the green bike lane take over at Greene St once completed or will it be overlaid across the entire length of Lombard?

  • Nate Evans

    Working on it! Oh yeah, the bike box WILL be green!

  • Nate Evans

    The 5' wide green bike lane will just be west of Greene (huh, kind fitting) to MLK, not a shared lane

  • Chris

    ok cool that's what I thought, doesn't make sense to really add a 5' green lane on top of a shared lane. And it is quite a humorous coincidence that it's west of Greene. Also any particular reason why they are using Green paint? I know that SF is experimenting with the color but has it become the standard for bike lanes?

  • Nate Evans

    Green lanes are being used across the country. The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) is developing an Urban Bikeways Design Guide in which green is the standard.

  • Isaias

    OT – Just got this tidbit via Twitter from MDSHA:



    Fact Sheet – July 2010

    MD 7 (Philadelphia Road) from US 40 (Pulaski Highway) to MD 588 (Golden Ring Road) Community Safety and Enhancement Program Project

    SHA’s “Rosedale Streetscape” project to improve highway safety, traffic operations, pedestrian and transit access and aesthetics along 2.5 miles of MD 7 (Philadelphia Road) in Baltimore County.

    US 40 (Pulaski Highway) at the Baltimore City County line to MD 588 (Golden Ring Road)

    Construction Cost:
    $11 million ($150,000 contribution from Baltimore County)

    Features: The improvements included the following:
    • Relocated and upgraded utilities as required.
    • Repaired, milled and resurfaced existing pavement.
    • Repaired/replaced existing sidewalks
    • Extended sidewalk where needed
    • Constructed ADA-compatible sidewalk ramps
    • Reconstructed or adjusted driveway aprons to meet new roadway construction
    • Upgraded/installed crosswalks where necessary.
    • Accommodated bicycle compatibility with shared-use shoulder.
    • Improved drainage and storm drain systems.
    • Constructed/replaced curb and gutter system.
    • Constructed turn lanes where necessary.
    • Upgraded traffic signals at Golden Ring Road, Seling Avenue, Chesaco Avenue and Hamilton Avenue.
    • Reconstructed intersection of MD 7 and Golden Ring Road.
    • Constructed retaining walls.
    • Installed landscaping plantings and replaced sections of lawns disturbed during construction.

    M. Luis Construction Co., Inc. of Baltimore.

    Project Start: Summer 2007
    Completion: Summer 2010

  • Isaias

    I'll be using Lombard on Sunday for a ride to Annapolis' Whitehall RD McDonald's to get a ride across the Bay Bridge from the BBC ride leader for a Kent Island/Prospect Bay ride.

  • Nate Evans

    There's no doubt the pedestrian accessibility is improved, but what's a shared use shoulder? Bicycle facilities here are narrow open & closed shoulder sections.

    Despite being listed in the Eastern County Bicycle & Pedestrian Access Plan, SHA did not include bike lanes on Philadelphia Rd. The grade here is gentler and community accessibility is greater than parallel Pulaski Highway.



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