In case you haven’t heard, a new bicycle lane is coming to the Baltimore. After years of being surpassed by other cities’ bike infrastructure, Baltimore will begin to catch up. In January 2015, funding for the Downtown Bicycle Network was approved. $1.2 million will help build routes, with the largest being a 2.6-mile protected bike lane on Maryland Avenue called the “cycle track”. There will also be connecting east-west lanes on Biddle, Preston, Madison, Monument, and Centre Streets.
Advocates from Bikemore and Bike Maryland seem optimistic about the new additions. The additions are already a year behind, but are said to be completed in 2015. The lanes also tragically come after a cyclist, Thomas Palermo was killed by a on the road in December 2014.
I also find myself skeptic of the bike track, as it seems the lane will only allow cyclists to ride North-South on the new Maryland Avenue stretch. Bike lanes can provide a great opportunity for bike commuters, but not if they do not ensure a route home or last-mile connections from home/work to the main routes.
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