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Public Input On Street Design Needed

November 12th, 2010 | Categories: Programs | 4 comments

Have you ever expected a bike lane on a street resurfacing, but it never came?   Do you have ideas on making transit stops better?  Want to see a more pedestrian-friendly Baltimore?  Here’s your chance!   With the passage of the Complete Streets resolution, a citizen’s advisory council will assist in overseeing street design projects.

Come find out how you can help at the next Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee:  this Tuesday, November 16th, 6 pm in the Department of Planning’s Conference Room (417 E. Fayette St, 8th Floor).  We’ll be meeting with Councilmember Mary Pat Clarke, who championed “the Bike Bills”, on how we can assist the city in future street projects.

Also at the meeting, we’ll need your help with

Many hands make light work!  Come help your city and fellow cyclists make Baltimore more bikeable!

  • Mark T

    I have an irrelevant question for the bike planner: what’s the deal with the orphan segment of bike lane where Lombard crosses President? There’s no bike lane east of there, and the bike lane that starts in the next block of Lombard only picks up after a stretch of 100′ or so of sidewalk. Is there a plan to make a connection here?

  • Nate Evans

    Mark – you’re probably thinking of the connection between the President St bike lane and the Lombard St bike & bus lane. Is that it?

    Lombard thru Lil’ It’ly is a speed slalom for cars! Don’t expect a bike lane there until after there’s some open space conversion.

  • Mark T

    That’s probably it – I’ve never ridden up President St. But no matter where you’re coming from, you get about 5 yards of bike lane in the median of President, then you have to rejoin traffic as you enter Lombard, because the bike/bus lane doesn’t actually start immediately.

    I ride Lombard every day from Lloyd to Market; I’ve never felt it to be particularly scary, because the lane of parked cars on the right and the (illegally) parked cars by Attman’s tend to slow things down, and once you get to the square nobody really drives in the far-right lane, and traffic backs up from the light at President.

    I go that way because I work at the corner of Pratt and Lloyd, and the only alternatives I’ve found to get back to the Pratt St. bike lane are to ride west on the sidewalk of Pratt or to take Eastern out to Pier 5 and go the wrong way up the hotel drive and across the sidewalk at the end of Market. Any suggestions on a better way to go? I actually find Lombard to be pretty easy (and if there’s too much traffic to get to the left turn lane at Market, I can just turn right and zip around the circle and only have to wait a few seconds for the light to change).

  • Nate Evans

    Sounds like our riding styles/routes are similar, Mark. If Lombard works for you, then that’s all good. I don’t mind it east of downtown & really like it across downtown. (I just ride right down the middle of bike/bus lane.) I’ll also do a “ped left” or “chicken left” at busy intersections.

    I ride the wrong day down the hotel drive myself, but try to take the superwide sidewalks outside the drive, then jump in the bike lane or take Market up to Lombard.

    In the coming months, the bike route signs will go up with the new bike lanes across Southeast. There are 3 alternative routes through and around Little Italy that will help you out.



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