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Comment on the 2015 Bicycle Master Plan - Urgently Needed

Comment on the 2015 Bicycle Master Plan - Urgently Needed

            Bikemore has contacted the City requesting a key change to the 2015 Bicycle Master Plan. This change that Bikemore is proposing would replace the standard location of a bikelane (between parked cars and traffic lane) to between parked cars and curb.  On arterial streets, even when the speed limit is only 25 mph, Bikemore wants the City to modify its Year 2015 Bicycle Master Plan's default  position to change the standard bikelane design;  where a physical barrier (i.e - parked cars) separates the traffic lanes from the bikelane.

        Most of Bikemore's members are under 35 and haven't seen the hazards of putting a bikepath into a developed area with many cross streets, driveways, pedestrians exiting cars onto the sidewalk, etc. Bikemore's members have missed all the research and advocacy work cyclists did over the last 35 years to develop guidelines for Bikelanes and vehicular style cycling.  A few cities are experimenting with Cycle Tracks and have done extensive work in developing a few miles.  That's OK - Baltimore will have a Cycle Track on Md Ave soon, and I'm interested in seeing how it works.  But placing the bikeway between parked cars and the curb, as a Cycle Track does, should be the exception, not the rule.  It's dangerous to exchange the conventional bikelane for a Cycle Track, as the Master Plan's default position.

  Let the City know that you favor retaining Standard Bikelanes that are located between parked cars and the traffic lanes.  Standard Bikelanes should be the default position, including  arterials, in the Master Plan.  To access the Master Plan and comment, click on the Year 2015 Bicycle Master Plan Comments Search.  Since the two week comment period ends on February 11, please act quickly.  It's important that the City  hear from experienced cyclists who prefer vehicular style cycling, in developing a balanced and safe Plan.

Jeffrey H. Marks
     

 

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Re: Comment on the 2015 Bicycle Master Plan - Urgently Needed

Here's where you can go to comment. Please do so!

http://www.bikemore.net/news/recommende … aster-plan

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Re: Comment on the 2015 Bicycle Master Plan - Urgently Needed

I'm having difficulty getting a direct link to Comment on the Master Plan.  Your comment should go to the City, rather than Bikemore.  Right now the easiest way to comment is to search for the Plan under : Transportation/Baltimore Bicycle Master Plan 2015.  Once you access the Plan just go to Comments on the front page.  Unless you wish, you don't need to get into the 94 page plan.  Thanks for your patience and your help.

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If you wish to post comments on the 2015 Bicycle Master Plan, you should use the following link:

Offical Link to 2015 Master PlanOfficial Link

Do not post on the link Janet gave if your intent is to comment on the Bicycle Master Plan. Janet's link will allow you to post comments on  Bikemore's proposed amendment to the Master Plan. Such comments will never go to the DOT (Department of Transportation) which is collecting comments on the master plan.

This is an important matter to comment on so make sure your comments go to the official site so that they have a chance of making an impact.

and I do agree with Jeffry's defense of the standard location of bike lanes.

Edited by: Ed Hopkins - Feb-11-15 03:06 pm

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Re: Comment on the 2015 Bicycle Master Plan - Urgently Needed

I recently made this comment concerning the 2015 Bicycling Master Plan for Baltimore City.

Speaking as President for the Baltimore Bicycling Club, a group of over one thousand Baltimore area cyclists, we very much like the proposed 2015 Bicycle Master Plan. However, we cannot support the Bikemore proposed amendment that makes Cycle Tracks the default bike lane for all city streets with speeds in excess of 25 mph. We think this criteria is too restrictive and would hinder and not help city planners in their decisions as to the best type of bike lane to use for any given street in Baltimore City.

I made this comment after securing a majority vote of the Execuative Board.

Hopefully other members make their individual comments.

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