Earlier this year, Bikemore sent a letter to Baltimore City Department of Transportation (BCDOT) leadership, outlining a number of policy changes and infrastructure projects that we would like to see completed by the end of Fiscal Year 2014 (next July 1). We are pleased to report that BCDOT Director William Johnson has agreed to many of our requests, including:

  • Dedicating over $3 million in federal funds to designing and constructing pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure improvements (all by Spring 2014), including:

    • Traffic Separated Bicycle lanes on:

      • Mount Royal Avenue between Guilford Avenue and McMechen Street;

      • Maryland Avenue, Cathedral Street, Liberty Street, and Hopkins Place between 29th Street and Pratt Street;

    • Standard bicycle lanes on:

      • Dolphin Street between Fremont Street and Biddle Street;

      • Preston Street between Howard Street and Washington Street;

      • Biddle Street between Park Avenue and Washington Street;

      • Monument Street between Fallsway and Washington Street;

      • Madison Street between Paca Street and Washington Street;

      • Centre Street between Paca Street and Fallsway;

      • Walther Avenue between Moravia Road and Glenmore Avenue;

  • Launching the city’s Bikeshare system (Spring 2014);

  • Finishing the Jones Falls Trail, including installation of new bollards along the Pratt Street section, additional signs, and completion of traffic signalization at the intersections of Gay Street and Fallsway, and Preston Street and Guilford Avenue (Spring 2014);

  • Implementing the Citywide Bicycle Parking Improvements program, which will place 500 high-quality bicycle racks citywide (Fall 2013);

  • Launching an interactive website and social media platform, which will include BCDOT’s planning studies, projects under design and construction with alerts and updates (Fall 2013);

  • Making available on the city’s Open Data site BCDOT’s street resurfacing list;

  • Developing a Complete Streets policy and design guidelines (by end of 2013).

We thank BCDOT, especially Deputy Director Billy Hwang and Bicycle & Pedestrian Planner Nate Evans, for their commitment to making Baltimore a world-class bicycling city. We look forward to seeing this great list become reality!