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Letter To Potomac Street Neighbors
CATHERINE E. PUGH
100 Holliday Street, Room 250
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
June 7, 2017
Dear Potomac Street Neighbors,
The City of Baltimore is providing this letter as an update to the changes planned for the Potomac Street Cycle Track. My previous letter dated May 31st was distributed by the Mayor's Office and the Baltimore City Fire Department. That letter outlined the need to balance the safety of all modes of transportation and the fire safety standards required by the Baltimore City Fire Code. An attachment to that letter included a draft redesign of the bike lane project that satisfied the Fire Code requirements.
After further discussion, we have determined that the appropriate approach to ensuring that Potomac Street has both safe access for emergency vehicles and safe bicycle transportation is to restart the infrastructure design process on Potomac Street. This will ensure that residents, advocates, and emergency management professionals have an opportunity for input on the Potomac Street bike lane design. DOT will initiate this process by completely removing the recently installed bicycle infrastructure and returning Potomac Street to its previous configuration within the next two weeks (weather and construction schedules permitting). DOT will then begin the new design process by: l) creating multiple concepts; 2) circulating to the Fire Department and key City agencies for comment; and 3) holding a public meeting where residents, multi modal advocates, and bicyclists can provide input on proposed designs and determine their preference.
The goal of the resulting design will be to strike a balance among traffic calming, transportation safety, the bike infrastructure needs, engineering and code requirements necessary to facilitate emergency vehicle access. The process of removal, redesign, community input, and finalized construction will move to completion as fluidly and efficiently as possible. Residents are advised to return to parking curbside on both sides of Potomac Street following the removal of the bicycle infrastructure.
We look forward to an open and transparent process that leads to the best result for the residents of our City.
James T. Smith, Jr.
Chief of Strategic Alliances
phone: 410.396.3835 fax: 410.576.9425 email: [email protected]
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