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March 20 Public Meeting on Roland Ave Cycle Track

March 20 Public Meeting on Roland Ave Cycle Track

        This March 20 Public Meeting follows the Dec Meeting between the Roland Park Imp Assoc, Bikemore, Eddie's of Roland Park, and interested cyclists to improve safety on the narrow Cycle Track.  Everyone agrees that the Cycle Track wasn't working, though Bikemore had reservations about restoring curbside parking and reverting back to  a conventional bikelane between the parked cars and moving traffic.  The City agreed to restore curbside parking in the block by Eddie's.  The City also agreed to consider removing a lane of traffic to provide additional room for bikes.  If a lane of traffic is removed, there are two scenarios for accommodating bikes.  One is to widen the narrow 6' Cycle Track and to also have a traditional bikelane, giving cyclists the choice of where to ride.  The other is to restore curbside parking and have a wide area between the parked cars and the traffic lane for cyclists.  Rubber humps would provide separation to keep cars from encroaching on the bike area.
       To learn about this innovative approach and be part of the planning process, come to the March 20 Public Meeting, at 6 pm, at Roland Park Elem School, one block north of Eddie's and Starbucks.
Jeffrey H. Marks

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       This March 20 Public Meeting follows the Dec Meeting between the Roland Park Imp Assoc, Bikemore, Eddie's of Roland Park, and interested cyclists to improve safety on the narrow Cycle Track.  Everyone agrees that the Cycle Track wasn't working, though Bikemore had reservations about restoring curbside parking and reverting back to  a conventional bikelane between the parked cars and moving traffic.  The City agreed to restore curbside parking in the block by Eddie's.  The City also agreed to consider removing a lane of traffic to provide additional room for bikes.  If a lane of traffic is removed, there are two scenarios for accommodating bikes.  One is to widen the narrow 6' Cycle Track and to also have a traditional bikelane, giving cyclists the choice of where to ride.  The other is to restore curbside parking and have a wide area between the parked cars and the traffic lane for cyclists.  Rubber humps would provide separation to keep cars from encroaching on the bike area.
       To learn about this innovative approach and be part of the planning process, come to the March 20 Public Meeting, at 6 pm, at Roland Park Elem School, one block north of Eddie's and Starbucks.
Jeffrey H. Marks

Thanks for the heads-up, Jeffrey.

Option 1 - having a cycletrack AND a traditional bike lane with the rider's choice as to where to ride - seems like one dumb idea to me.  If there is any rule of thumb that we could probably all agree on with respect to interacting with motor vehicles, it is to be predictable in your actions and positioning.  Option 1 is a FAIL, IMO....

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Re: March 20 Public Meeting on Roland Ave Cycle Track

I think it was over-designed from the get-go. A simpler design as Buenos Aires, Argentina has used for hundreds of kilometers of dense urban bicycling, is all we need.

The resistance to our Roland Park cycletrack is led by Roland Avenue residents whose cars are parked there. The continued fast-moving car traffic is really the source of their concern.

Let's try to save this but with a smarter, simpler, wider curbside design.

Mike McQuestion

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