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Bike beltway route set

26 March 2014 By Brandi Bottalico, Senior Editor No Comments
Illustration by Brooke Basta/ The Towerlight

Illustration by Brooke Basta/ The Towerlight

The 4.2 mile loop around downtown Towson is set to be completed this June.

The bike beltway will be useful for students and universities in the area, Councilman David Marks said.

“We have tremendous development coming into Towson in the next few years, and we have limited road space so it’s very important that we have as much transportation for pedestrians and bicyclists as we can,” he said.

Sophomore Sarah Gingerich went to Susquehanna University where people used to ride bikes around all the time, she said.

“It’s like the one thing I really miss,” she said. “I really like biking. It’s one of my favorite things.”

The loop is set to reach Towson Place Shopping Center on Putty Hill Avenue then to Goucher College, around the Towsontown Center Mall and to Towson University. There will also be an additional 4.5 miles of road that will include spurs inside and outside of the loop. Although some of the roads for the spokes will need to be resurfaced.

“[The spokes] are gonna take a little bit longer,” Marks said.

Gingerich said having a bike beltway will make things more accessible because bikes are cheaper than cars and gas.
“Bikes are much more convenient in that aspect,” she said.

Although, freshman Brandon Green said he doesn’t see anyone riding bikes around campus and does not think that bike lanes will be useful.
“I don’t think anyone will use [the bike beltway],” he said.

The neighborhoods will be alerted of the construction and possible traffic issues, Marks said.

“I don’t think it’s going to take a lot of time to get this done,” he said. “I don’t think it will be too disruptive.”

There will be dedicated bike lanes and signage to show what is part of the loop.

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