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Disappearing bike lane on Charles St

Disappearing bike lane on Charles St

Bob Wagner brought this situation to my attention so I am asking all of you to help raise awareness at SHA. The designated bike route along southbound Charles Street (Bellona and 695) abruptly comes to an end leaving the cyclist no option but to take the lane with 50mph cars. There is a 3rd car lane that also ends making for a very dangerous situation. We are asking SHA to remove some of the 3rd car lane and make it the bike lane.

http://www.baltobikeclub.org/images/agorapro/attachments/551/mini_unnamed.png

So please fill out the SHA form below AND send and email to Wendy Wolcott seeking solutions to a problem they created.

wwolcott@sha.state.md.us

http://marylandsha.force.com/customerca … or_service

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Re: Disappearing bike lane on Charles St

The situation is far worse than the photo implies.  The intersection of Charles St with I695 contains a lot of disappearing bike lanes and merges with high-speed on/off ramps.

Image shows southbound bike lane where merging traffic from I695 innerloop and I83 enter Charles St with apparent right of way at highway speed (right side of image).  Bicyclist must take the middle car lane until bike lane reappears after merge before it disappears at Bellona.

Northbound Charles St bike lanes disappear and reappear and are just as dangerous from Bellona across I695.  But since northbound is downhill, the fearless bicycle rider can just take a  car lane at full speed (35+ mph) when the traffic lights allow it!

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Re: Disappearing bike lane on Charles St

I agree the entire intersection is a mess. High speed vehicle merge lanes are often difficult with or without bike lanes. We have a similar situation on Frederick rd. We are fortunate to have a traffic signal to alleviate the speed but the bike comes and goes as one rides to Ellicott city.

The bottom line:
SHA needs to improve their bicycle structure design. BBC members need to start complaining. If we don't they will give us what they want.

PBAC is going to try and get the Baltimore County to rework the Eastern bike plan.  We will certainly include a complete "do-over" for this intersection.

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Re: Disappearing bike lane on Charles St

Steve Zeldin wrote:


The situation is far worse than the photo implies.  The intersection of Charles St with I695 contains a lot of disappearing bike lanes and merges with high-speed on/off ramps.

http://www.baltobikeclub.org/images/agorapro/attachments/69/Image1.jpgImage shows southbound bike lane where merging traffic from I695 innerloop and I83 enter Charles St with apparent right of way at highway speed (right side of image).  Bicyclist must take the middle car lane until bike lane reappears after merge before it disappears at Bellona.

Northbound Charles St bike lanes disappear and reappear and are just as dangerous from Bellona across I695.  But since northbound is downhill, the fearless bicycle rider can just take a  car lane at full speed (35+ mph) when the traffic lights allow it!

Yeah, that's nutz.  I'm not a particularly litigious guy, but to lead someone along and then abruptly hang him out to dry like that seems like an accident and a lawsuit waiting to happen.  MDSHA should get their act together.

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