Baltimore’s Master Bicycle Plan lacks both Vision and Funding: Shifting Funding into Complete Streets Program

Baltimore’s 2017 addendum to its 2015 Bike Master Plan would connect existing bike lanes around the city and create a safe network for cyclists. Last week the city released its new budget, but to the chagrin of bicycle advocates, it didn’t include funding for the next phase of its separated bike network. Instead, it funnels money into another program and re-proposes projects that should have already been completed.

The FY2020-2025 Capital Improvement Budget shows that Baltimore is shifting the $1 million it originally dedicated to building bike lanes into its Complete Streets program. The much-lauded ordinance, passed at the end of 2018, was supposed to redesign streets through an equity lense and prioritize the needs of people bicycling and walking.