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State awards Baltimore $2.3M for work on bike lanes, pedestrian projects

A frenetic, 3-minute bike commute up the Jones Falls Trail from downtown to Cylburn Arboretum.

The state of Maryland has awarded the city of Baltimore more than $2 million grants for work on bike lanes and pedestrian projects, city officials said Thursday.

The State Highway Administration awarded nearly $2 million to construct a protected bicycle track along Potomac Street in Baltimore and implement safety improvements around the Inner Harbor, including enhancements to the Jones Falls Trail.

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In addition, more than $300,000 was awarded to the city to fund the installation of a protected bicycle track along W. Pratt Street from Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to Light Street. The grant will also fund a new "pop-up" cycle track along E. Pratt Street.

Jon Laria, chairman of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's Bicycle Commission, said biking promotes "sustainability, good health, and economic development" in Baltimore.

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