Tag: fire code

With no veto from mayor, new law altering city’s fire code takes effect

Photo via Bikemore

It was a big night in the Baltimore City Council chambers, as lawmakers approved new measures adopting a citywide Complete Streets transportation framework, raising taxes on property sales to fund affordable housing and mandating that most places with public bathrooms add diaper-changing facilities. The council also approved a shift of $21 million to pay for the Baltimore Police Department’s overruns on overtime from 2017, even as five of the 15 members opposed the move.

Also last night, a measure changing Baltimore’s fire code–passed by the council months ago–took effect, despite a lack of a signature from Mayor Catherine Pugh.

Asked for ‘demonstrable progress’ on fire code issue with bike lanes, BCFD makes a home movie

The driver of a tiller struggles to get in the driver’s side door on Maryland Avenue near 28th Street. Screenshot from Baltimore City Fire Department video.

Last week, city council members in the Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Committee directed the Baltimore City Fire Department and other agencies to resolve a thorny issue that’s stalled bike lanes and development projects. Make “demonstrable progress” on projects that have been delayed by a dispute over a provision of the fire code, committee chair Eric Costello said, or the council will pass legislation removing a rule that sets required street clearances for fire equipment.

The fire department responded by making a home movie for the council.

Mayor’s Office Says City Will Review Other Bike Lanes, Parking After Flare-Up Over Potomac Street

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A Baltimore Bike Party event in 2014.

A great deal of careful planning has gone into equipping Baltimore City with a network of safe lanes for cyclists. Now, officials are reportedly having second thoughts.