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Bike-Lash Erasing Baltimore's New Bike Infrastructure

Baltimore took a while to get rolling with new bike infrastructure projects, but now a new mayoral administration is rolling back recent projects around the city.
June 26, 2017, 7am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Maryland Avenue Bike Lane
The Maryland Avenue cycletrack while under construction in October 2016.
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Luke Broadwater reports on the growing bike-lash in Baltimore, which has succeeded in pushing back the city's recent progress in bike infrastructure development.

Residents of the waterfront neighborhood of Canton complained that a bike lane there made the road too narrow for fire equipment, and the city decided to tear it out. The Roland Park Civic League has asked for a bike lane in North Baltimore to be removed, citing similar safety and design concerns. Now Mayor Catherine Pugh has ordered a review of all bike lanes and parking spaces citywide.

Bike advocates concerned about this trend also note that the city's bike director job has been vacant for more than a year. 

Mayor Pugh's case against bike lanes is a familiar one, claiming the redesigned streets are a detriment to the fire department. The article includes more of the specifics of each controversy, the original decisions, and the reaction to each.

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Published on Sunday, June 18, 2017 in The Baltimore Sun
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