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Towson Bike Beltway Update

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A couple weeks ago, we told you about the proposed Bike Beltway that would link important sites in the North Baltimore neighborhood via designated bike lanes, improved signage, and narrowed traffic lanes. We’re happy to hear that the state approved the $100,000 grant, and construction could begin as early as this fall.

How Will a “Bike Beltway” Change Towson Traffic?

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Imagine a world in which students could bike from Towson University to the Towson Town Center to Goucher College without dodging traffic or contending with angry cars. If the proposed “bike beltway” around the Towson area moves forward, that world might become a reality.

Brace Yourself Baltimore: Charles Street Under Major Construction Soon

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A rendering of the new pedestrian-friendly Charles Village, complete with students on cell phones.

Hope you’re enjoying those non-working traffic lights and trees in the middle of the road — they’re a piece of cake compared to the chaos that Charles Village residents and passers-by can expect when Charles Street goes under major construction later this month.

The good news? Once it’s all over, all those obliviously texting students who wander into the middle of Charles Street and terrify drivers will have a roadway that takes their safety into account. The bad news? Driving through Charles Village might be miserable for the next two years.

Technicality Prompts Baltimore to Refund 3,145 Speeding Tickets.

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If you were one of the 3,145 drivers caught speeding by the speed camera at the 4500 block of Wabash Avenue between December and April, you probably received the $40 citation in the mail without noticing anything out of the ordinary. And in fact hardly anything was, just that the site of your misdeed was incorrectly listed as the 5400 block.

I find it hard to believe that the city would give up $125,800 in ticket revenue over an address that’s nine blocks off. I mean, no one believes the drivers were not speeding.

Not all drivers cited had paid the fine by the time the city discovered the error, so it’s not $125,000 in cash that the city is paying out, and the camera vendor will “absorb” 25 percent of the refunds besides, but still!

I wish I could generate some sort of conspiratorial angle on this one, but I can’t. If you’ve got a paranoid, cynical explanation for the city’s unusual forthrightness, leave it in the comments section.

Baltimore’s Worst Commute

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Baltimore's worst commuteThe scientists have spoken:  Baltimore may not have one of the top-five worst commutes in the nation (those awards go to LA, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Dallas-Fort Worth, in descending order of awfulness), but we still make the list of America’s Highways from Hell, according to the Daily Beast. The corridor in question?

Crews Prepare to Repair/Resurface York Road Between Towsontown Boulevard and Stevenson Lane

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The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) recently began a new one million dollar resurfacing project to improve safety and traffic operations along one mile of MD 45 (York Road) between Towsontown Boulevard and Stevenson Lane in Towson.

Crews are upgrading sections of curb, gutter, sidewalk and ramps to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards; cleaning and repairing inlets and drainage pipes; and installing underground and overhead traffic detectors at intersections where needed.  Later this  summer crews will patch, grind and resurface this section of York Road.

BMS, Gilman Help Pay for Road Improvements

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Bryn Mawr and Gilman have each agreed to pay $350,000 to Baltimore to pay for improvements along Northern Parkway and Roland Avenue, which intersect near the two Roland Park schools.

According to the Baltimore Sun, the schools will “maintain the improvements that fall in the public right-of-ways on Northern Parkway between Roland Avenue and Boxhill Lane, and on Roland Avenue between Northern Parkway and Cold Spring Lane.”

This is not the first time the schools have helped pay for improvements along the streets bordering the schools. In early the 2000s, BMS and Gilman joined forces to pay for the bridge across Northern Parkway after a BMS student was struck by a driver while she was running across Northern Parkway.  The bridge opened in 2002.

 

More Traffic Blues, Baltimore: Ban 710 Near 695 and MD 10!

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Just when you were getting adjusted to the obnoxiously modified JFX, please note (annoyingly) another road to avoid (let’s hope this one is a highway somewhat “less traveled” by many of you): In a bulletin from the State Highway Administration, we learned this weekend that drivers are urged to avoid MD 710 near I-695 and MD 10 in Glen Burnie from April 30th through May 4th, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Expect a single lane closure, traffic shift and placement of a concrete barrier wall on MD 710 (Ordnance Road) at the entrance to the Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) facility.

If you’re an exasperated motorist like me who likes to read the fine print—to have more concrete detail to complain about—here’s why this is happening and exactly what to expect, according to the official SHA statement:

“Because MD 710 is a detour route for the Maryland Department of Transportation Authority (MDTA) work on the I-695 drawbridge over Curtis Creek, heavy traffic may occur on Ordnance Road during the week of April 30.  SHA and MDTA are urging motorists to use alternate routes. Motorists traveling MD 10 north to I-695 east (outer loop) are encouraged to continue past the MD 710 exit and follow the signed detour route, I-695 west (inner loop) to southbound MD 648 to eastbound I-695.

See you out there!

 

Anne Arundel Gets Serious About Sharing the Road

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In the past, we’ve joked about Maryland drivers’ “creative disregard” for the rules of the road, but at least one county believes the time has come to get serious about safety on the streets.

Police in Anne Arundel are stepping up enforcement of safety laws in the wake of eight local pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities in 2011. According to The Sun, officers will be issuing warnings and citations to drivers who edge into bike lanes, jaywalking pedestrians, and other unsafe road-sharers.

It remains to be seen what effect these measures will have and if they will inspire surrounding counties to follow suit. Certainly with the modest influx of bike lanes in Baltimore City recently (some of which run contrary to the flow of car traffic), a thorough refresher in bicycle safety for both motorists and cyclists would be welcome here as well. And with pedestrian fatalities holding steady across Maryland even as total traffic fatalities have decreased, a re-education in the art of vehicular (and non-vehicular) coexistence couldn’t come too soon.

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