Baltimore Mayoral Candidates Call For A Pause On Bike Lanes Amid Local Concerns

By FOX45
Posted on 02/29/24 | News Source: FOX45

Baltimore, MD - Feb. 29, 2024 -  Several mayoral candidates want to put the brakes on Baltimore's bike lanes.

"They need to be removed," insisted Wendell Freeman, a Democratic vying for the mayor's seat.

"I think we need to rethink where we place these," said former mayor Sheila Dixon, who's also vying to regain the city's top job.

Bike lanes have come under fire recently in communities where residents insist they had no input.

In some neighborhoods, bike lanes have replaced vehicular lanes creating blocks of congested traffic.

"We really do need to have some balance," said Republican Shannon Wright who's also vying for the mayor's seat.

Outside a mayoral forum in West Baltimore Wednesday night, some candidates called for a moratorium on bike lanes.

"I'd put a moratorium on them until we can get communities engaged," said Democratic Mayoral Candidate Bob Wallace.

"We promised 77 miles of bike lanes in 2017 and we've gotten 17 so far. That's a big problem," said Democratic candidate Thiru Vignarajah.