Baltimore cyclists can breathe a little easier as both State and Federal governments have expressed interest in supporting them. The U.S. Senate is set to vote on a bill which will include funds earmarked for bicycle trails, scenic pull-offs and street beautification projects. At the state level, Governor O’Malley has announced several projects in the Baltimore area that will be receiving funding:
- The design of a 1.4-mile extension of the BWI Trail to the Nursery Road Light Rail Station
- High-density covered bike racks at Penn and Camden stations
- An on-road bike route linking the Gwynns Falls Trail to Catonsville
- An on-road bike route linking the Mt. Washington light rail to Belvedere Square
- A signed route and bike racks from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County to the Halethorpe MARC station
Many of the projects receiving funding aim to make transit more bike-accessible and, in effect, would make the City’s often disconnected neighborhoods more accessible to one another. The fact that Maryland is investing money in Bicycle infrastructure is great news, especially in Baltimore, where a number of well-designed bikeways could make a huge difference. In fact, evidence suggests that bike-able cities can experience drops in crime. Lower crime numbers and a more bike-able, transit accessible city could be in Baltimore’s future.