When advocates talk about U.S. cities that are friendliest to bicyclists, they mention places such as San Francisco, Seattle and Austin, Texas.
They even praise Pittsburgh. But Baltimore, they say, lags behind.
City officials are working to change that. They agreed Wednesday to help pay for the Downtown Bicycle Network, a $1.2 million grid of routes.
The network will include what is expected to be the city's best bike lane: a 2.6-mile stretch of Maryland Avenue called a "cycle track," in which bicyclists will be protected from traffic by a buffer of parked cars.
"It's going to be the crown jewel" of the city's bike lane network,...