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The pratt Street bike/bus lane

OK, yes, we are well aware that we are supposed to praise every little thing the city does for bikes and progressive urban culture in general. But, c'mon, bikes and buses were not meant to share a lane. First, a bus is about the biggest thing on the road and a bike is the smallest. It's like having a kitten and a boar share a cage. Plus, buses make stops every two blocks, forcing riders back out into traffic, sometimes suddenly, which is dangerous. More than anything, though, the bike/bus shared lanes show something fundamental about where Baltimore is in its bike-forward mindset#8212;or where it is not. We are still mostly getting scraps. A couple of blocks of bike lane here#8212;but only when we're repaving anyhow#8212;a couple of signs there, but nothing that would take the smallest thing away from motor traffic.

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