by Nate Evans, Bike and Pedestrian Planner, City of Baltimore
With the high bicycle volume of Charles Village, more parking is needed for cyclists. The on-street bike parking (OSBP) converts an existing vehicular car space to park 10-12 bicycles.
Cyclists in GHCC’s Baltimore Bike Pageant, August 2008
OSBP centralizes bike parking, which improves security for the bikes and preserves sidewalk space for merchants and pedestrians. As bikes are parked in the street, the facility will have car stops and bollards to protect the bikes from vehicles. Eddie’s Market is a great location for OSBP due to high pedestrian traffic, minor privilege use by area merchants, and the presence of brick sidewalks which are unsuitable for conventional bike racks.
The unveiling of the bike parking highlights the cooperation between the city government and community to find unique solutions to common issues and shows Mayor Dixon’s commitment to active transportation and a healthy lifestyle.