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Bike lane in Canton is the wrong fight for bikers

Bike advocates gather at the plaza outside of Mitchell court house to celebrate the settlement in a legal fight that preserves a Canton bike lane. (Amy Davis, Baltimore Sun video)

The bike rider position on the Potomac Street bike lane controversy perplexes me ("Bikemore drops lawsuit after city pledges not to demolish Canton bike lane," June 28). As a bicyclist in Baltimore, I certainly understand the need for safety. But I was also told long ago to pick my battles.

For those who have never seen Potomac Street, it is eight blocks long from Eastern Avenue to the Canton waterfront. In other words, it goes from pretty much nowhere to nowhere from a cyclist's point of view. It has two one-way lanes only. There is no traffic to speak of. The bike lane implementation is a physical and aesthetic abomination.

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Speaking as a cyclist, I have to say that a cyclist who needs this bike lane to feel safe should not be riding on city streets anyway. What perplexes me then is why we are fighting for eight blocks of unnecessary bike lanes that distort a neighborhood's character when we are not fighting for changes to Boston Street that force cyclists to ride on sidewalks and the waterfront promenade to the detriment of pedestrian enjoyment and safety. Potomac Street is the wrong battle.

Ed Rutkowski, Baltimore

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