I’m planning some new bike routes for the Bolton Hill, Reservoir Hill & Lake Avenue area.  Essentially, these routes will be signed with distance and destination markers with limited pavement markings along (relatively) low volume, low speed roads connecting gaps in the Baltimore’s bike network.

Eutaw route will follow Eutaw Pl northbound from State Center/MLK to Druid Hill Park.  The southbound route will be Madison/Swan from the Jones Falls Trail to Bloom where it dog-legs left back to Eutaw.

The Lake Avenue route will begin where the bike lanes end on Kelly Ave just west of Mt. Washington and direct bike traffic east to Falls, dog-leg left onto Bellemore to Roland, dog-leg left again onto Lake all the way to Chinquapin with a spur to Belvedere Square off Linton via the footbridge over Northern Pkwy.

The development of these routes is based on their identity in the bike master plan, current use by cyclists and areas where bikes and cars can conceivably “share the road”.  While Eutaw may not be for the faint of heart, there’s Park which is quieter.  Some prefer Lake Ave over Bellemore when climbing out of the valley, which is all good.  Bellemore doesn’t necessarily have the road width, but it has far less traffic.  Some avoid Lake altogether, but it does have a wider shoulder toward the west and traffic calming in the east.

If biking in Baltimore is to be normalized, we need to decrease “riding in the shadows” and OBEY TRAFFIC LAWS.  Any feedback is encouraged and appreciated!  And thanks to everyone who came to the Harford Rd meeting!!!!

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