Baltimore’s Bike Commuters Are in the Minority (For Now)

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Are you a Baltimorean who bikes to work? If so, you’re in the minority; between one and two percent of the city’s residents count themselves as bike commuters, according to the U.S. Census. That’s not a whole lot of people, but it still places Baltimore far ahead of cities like Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, and Dallas, where far fewer city dwellers use a bike to get to work.

The number one city for bike commuters? All those tattooed, vegan, cycle-loving Portlandians; a full six percent of that city’s residents take a bike to work. Perhaps surprisingly, DC ranks third in the nation for bike commuters–but it’s less surprising once you consider just how awful DC traffic can be.
Although Baltimore’s middle-of-the-pack ranking isn’t terrible, it would be nice to see more bike commuters in the city. The Towson Bike Beltway should help; so will the new bike parking garage, more downtown bike racks, and increased pro-bike laws (including bike-safe storm grates and a Cyclist’s Bill of Rights). What else does Baltimore need to make biking to work more appealing?

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  1. Finishing the Jones Falls Trail from the Inner Harbor up through Mt. Washington would help a lot and making more dedicated bike lanes throughout the Baltimore area. I bike to work and my biggest fear is the safety on the road.

  2. Indeed, Washington D.C. residents have taken to cycling to work in droves. It’s often the cheapest, fastest, AND most fun way to get to work. And DC’s leaders have made it a lot safer with great protected bike lanes (“cycle tracks”). You should get done there more often — on some streets (15th street, say) there are so many bikes whizzing by you feel you’re stepping out in Amsterdam, minus the special “coffee shops.”

  3. To make biking to work more appealing, cyclists need to be able to feel like they’re not taking their lives in their hands if they dare brave rush hour traffic on Baltimore’s streets, clogged with aggressive, nasty drivers.

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