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Baltimore Conducting Bike Count

The count will be used to verify the need for greater infrastructure and that more people are riding.

The Baltimore City Department of Transportation and volunteers are conducting one of the city's tri-annual bike counts during the next three days.

The bike counts are used to determine if the number of cyclists is increasing, locate where bike infrastructure is needed and who is riding bikes, according to an email from Adrienne Barnes, a department spokeswoman.

The counts started at 7:30 this morning and will end at 6 p.m. Thursday. Volunteers will be stationed at the intersections of Falls Road and Maryland Avenue; Guilford Avenue and Mt. Royal Avenue; Aliceanna and Boston streets; Aliceanna and President streets; Pratt and Market streets; Keswick Road and Wyman Park Drive; Roland Avenue and University Parkway; and Guilford Avenue and 32nd Street counting bikers coming through those areas.

The bike count will be used to verify that the number of riders is up (50 percent in three years), that a greater percentage of women are riding (35-40 percent), recording turning movements at intersections to verify where safety improvements are needed, as well as determining the need for increased bike parking at Penn Station, according to Barnes’ email. 

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ralahinn1 September 18, 2012 at 08:11 PM
They picked a fine day to do it, only a fool would be out on a bike today
Mike Franch September 19, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Hey, almost any day is a good day for biking. Glad they are doing this. There's been a great increase in biking since I started about 8 years ago and good infrastructure improvement. The nice thing is that things that help bicyclists also help cars: clear lane (including parking) marking, smooth surfaces, etc.
ralahinn1 September 19, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Yesterday's weather was horrible though with the wind and the rain,lol
Mi Letz September 19, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Cannot thank Nate and everyone enough for the time and attention placed on the support of bicyclist in B-more. I commute most everyday year round, my trip has become about 60% safer due to the work done by Nate and his supporters. And btw--- I rode yesterday...wasn't that bad ;)

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