Friday evening, a Baltimore Circuit Court judge issued an order to temporarily halt the demolishment of a protected Canton bike lane, lawyers representing Bikemore said.
After the Baltimore Department of Transportation announced its plan to modify the bike lane along Potomac Street, Bikemore, a Baltimore bike advocacy group, filed a lawsuit against city.
Some residents complained that the $925,000 protected bike lane, cycletrack, restricted street space for emergency vehicles. The complaints prompted Catherine Pugh’s administration to respond, vowing to make the necessary modifications to rectify the issue.
The city official’s decision was “arbitrary and capricious” and “reversed five years of extensive planning and public input,” the lawsuit said.
“Our elected leaders and civil servants have worked tirelessly to attract federal and state funding for this project,” an attorney representing Bikemore, said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the city’s short-sighted decision put this funding and efforts at risk. Our city was already once forced to walk away from federal funding for transit and improved mobility. We will not allow that to happen again.”
The protected lake on Potomac Street between Boston Street and Eastern Avenue is a very important part of a network the city has been developing to expand bicycle ridership in Baltimore.
A spokesman for Mayor Pugh acknowledged the order, saying the administration would “respond appropriately.