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- Adam Bednar
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The city is in the process of a tri-annual bike count that helps the Department of Transportation determine who, where and when cyclists are using city streets. The idea is in part to help provide infrastructure to make urban cycling safer and encourage it with amenities such as placing bike racks where they are needed the most. But since the last trolley stopped rolling in Baltimore, the automobile has dominated the city. Many motorists aren’t shy about expressing their dislike of sharing the road with cyclists, and are quick to point out they feel residents riding bikes ignore the rules of the road. So, what do you think is needed in the city so that motorists and cyclists can co-exist on Charm City streets? Tell us in the comments.
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 …