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Why not use railroad right-of-way for bicycle path [Letter]

In the wake of the recent tragic [death of bicyclist Tom Palermo on a city road,] could city and county planners and transportation officials take advantage of the old Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad's right-of-way to build a greenway [and bike path]? The Ma and Pa as it was called, went from Falls Road near the Trolley Museum, out through Hampden, Wyman Park near Johns Hopkins University and out through Roland Park to Towson and points beyond.

I realize parts of that right-of-way are gone as a result of development, but accommodations could be made for these areas.

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The beautiful North Central Rail Trail runs from Ashland all the way to the Maryland state line. It is scenic and popular. Development of the Ma & Pa into a rail trail could be done the same way but also provide a safe mode for cyclists to ride throught some highly developed residential and business areas. Of course, we should continue to create safe and accessible bike lanes, too, but a nice rail trail would be a highly popular asset for those who enjoy riding to work or for recreational purposes.

Hamilton Rowan

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