Best Neglect of a City Amenity
Failure to use the bike paths on Falls Road from Hampden to Maryland Avenue
Published: September 21, 2011
The stretch of Falls Road that winds from Hampden to Station North, past the trickling Jones Falls, the Baltimore Streetcar Museum, and various rusting industrial detritus and 19th-century warehouses, makes for a scenic trip. During the Dixon administration, the city installed a paved path that runs alongside the shoulderless, two-lane road, which twists around a number of blind curves, to give pedestrians and cyclists a safe way to travel. Problem is, many cyclists in particular don’t use it, preferring to pedal up the narrow roadway instead. This is not safe for anyone—not the bikers who must dodge cars, nor the drivers who may find themselves in line for head-on collisions as they round the twists and turns in their attempt to scoot around cyclists. We have had a number of scary near-misses, including one in which we rounded a blind turn one evening only to be met by a speeding skater, zipping directly toward our grill. (We braked and honked; he flipped us double birds and veered off into the night. You’re welcome, douchebag.) If this trend keeps up, it’s only a matter of time before something tragic but entirely avoidable happens. So, good people of Falls Road, we beseech you: Use the bike path. Use the bike path. Use. The. Fucking. Bike. Path.