Include bike lanes in the Mount Royal Streetscape redesign
  • Petitioned Council President Jack Young

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Baltimore City Council
Council President Jack Young
Baltimore City Council
Councilman Cole
Maryland Institute College of Art
President Lazarus
University of Baltimore
President Bogomolny
Baltimore City Council
Councilman Mosby
Department of Transportation, Baltimore City
Director Khalil Zaied

Include bike lanes in the Mount Royal Streetscape redesign

    1. John Stechschulte
    2. Petition by

      John Stechschulte

      San Diego, CA

We demand that Baltimore City follow the Council Bill 09-0433, Complete Streets, in their design of the Midtown Streetscape project. Specifically, bicycle lanes and bicycle infrastructure, which are not currently included in the design, must be included unless the “Director of Transportation issues a documented exception concluding that application of Complete Streets principles would be contrary to public safety.”

Maryland Institute College of Art and University of Baltimore leadership have had the unique opportunity to represent their interests in Baltimore’s complete streets program.

Let MICA and UB administration officals know that safety improvements for bicyclists are an integral part of a complete streets program - one that protects cyclists and encourages bicycling as a means of transportation.

When you sign, please include in the comments if you are a local business owner, or are associated with MICA or UB.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. MICA president not convinced bike lane on Mt. Royal makes sense

      John Stechschulte
      Petition Organizer

      "What I need to be convinced of is that a bike lane would not impede the safety of pedestrians” - Fred Lazarus IV, president.

      Would the Federal Highway Administration convince you, President Lazarus?
      http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/provencountermeasures/fhwa_sa_12_013.htm

    2. Reached 500 signatures
    3. MICA "clarifies" its position on bike lanes

      John Stechschulte
      Petition Organizer

      While MICA students have made it clear what they want on Mount Royal Avenue--dedicated bike lanes--President Lazarus tries to hide his actual position in muddled language. The statement he released has pleasant platitudes, such as "we have made bike safety one of our top priorities," and "MICA has been working to make changes on Mount Royal Avenue to reduce traffic, reduce the speed of traffic, and enhance the safety of pedestrians."

      But it doesn't answer the essential question: Which priority is higher, the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians, or not inconveniencing drivers?

      Unless Pres. Lazarus comes out unequivocally supporting a dedicated bike lane instead of an *extra* automobile lane, it is clear that however high bike safety ranks on his list of priorities, drivers' (and possibly his own?) convenience ranks higher.

      Let Pres. Lazarus know, if Mt. Royal doesn't have dedicated bike lanes, it's not complete!

    4. Cyclists rallying to save Mount Royal bike lane

      John Stechschulte
      Petition Organizer

      The Baltimore Brew has picked up our story! Of course, in remaining unbiased they have not linked to the petition (a reasonable choice, with respect to the ethics of journalism). So it's up to you--ask your neighbors, friends, and classmates to support dedicated bike lanes on Mount Royal Avenue!

      We've almost got 500 signatures--will someone you know put us over the top?

    5. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Amy Stump BLTIMORE, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      So I can ride my bike around without getting run over.

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    • Pete Ramsey BALTIMORE, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      I regularly ride the light rail and cycle to work at the University of Baltimore. The area, and Mount Royal in particular, is not bicycle friendly. I have had several close calls with drivers who believe bicycles should be on the sidewalks.

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    • Jamie Baldwin BALTIMORE, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a city cyclist and believe having bike lanes will encourage more people to bike instead of drive, which will elevate city traffic congestion. Also having bike lanes will ensure a safe place for us to be, instead of us trying to share a narrowed car lane with a car that does't want to share it back and parked cars against the curb.

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    • Mike Kerby BALTIMORE, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      As an avid bicyclist, tax payer and city resident that desperately wants to see Baltimore become the safe, vibrant city it can be, I demand that Baltimore City follow the Council Bill 09-0433, Complete Streets, in their design of the Midtown Streetscape project.

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    • karli williams BALTIMORE, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      because i love to ride my bike and this would be awesome and make riding in the city easier!

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