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Does Baltimore need privatized, protected bike lanes?

Now, why does Baltimore need more bike infrastructure? Well, Baltimore, like any other American city, has a grand infrastructure for Automobiles with little for bicycles. For example, Baltimore has 3 lane highways, and 4 lane roads that cut through neighborhoods, such as East Pratt st and Martin Luther King road. Bicycle lanes, on the other hand, have few designated and protected lanes.

Baltimore building privatized and protected bike lanes would make it easier for car drivers to get around the city (not just to get downtown) as the new lanes would incentive other drivers to opt to ride a bike. Additionally, since other people would be biking, they wouldn’t have to be ‘confident’ to ride on a bike. And if there’s many people preferring to ride bikes instead of cars, it would mean the state/city governments would spend less money on highways and roads.

Baltimore building privatized and protected bike lanes would create a situation where (assuming a lot of people were to commute in bikes) there would eventually be a decrease to the city’s traffic that would reduce Baltimore’s Co2 emissions. According to the European Cyclist Federation, a car makes 271g (0.60lbs) of Co2 per kilometer (0.62 miles) whilst riding a bike would make 0g per kilometer. This is common sense.

Baltimore should have more bike infrastructure as it would: decrease traffic congestion, reduce the car’s co2 emissions. This is because more people would ride bikes and there would be less cars on the road. – Traffic congestion – Reduce co2 emissions – Safer roads

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