Welcome news this week for Baltimore City bicyclists: Baltimore's bike and pedestrian planner says more bicycle infrastructure is on the way.
At Tuesday's monthly Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting, Nate Evans, Baltimore's bike and pedestrian planner, announced the city — via a federal grant — will be able to install 400-500 new bike rack around town. The procurement and installation process is expected to take some time, anywhere from "two months to a year," Evans said, but otherwise is a done deal.
The other good news for bicycle commuters is that new covered bike parking will be added at Penn Station (see above photo) and Camden Station, and a secure bike parking garage will be added at the current Lexington Street garage, Evans said.
Also, note worthy from the meeting, Evans said the city continues to look for a way to bring a bike-sharing program to Baltimore after negotiations with B-cycle fell through last year. Evans said Baltimore City is now waiting approval from MDOT and the State Highway Administration to begin contract talks with the bicycle-sharing company Alta, which operates the very successful and ever-expanding Capital Bikeshare program in Washington, D.C.