In our recent Life in Baltimore Survey, more than 67% of respondents listed walkablity as a primary reason for choosing to live downtown. Families desire safe walkable streets for their children to get to school, the park, or even the local ice cream shop. Kicking off right now and during the next year, the Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance will be focusing heavily on improving the pedestrian culture in Baltimore City.
A few weeks ago DBFA sent a survey request to ask residents to name intersections that they felt could be more pedestrian friendly. More than 60 people took the time to tell DBFA which intersections they wanted improved and why, and we created a list of the top most cited intersections. This past week, DBFA Advocacy Chair Keith Losoya took this list to the Baltimore City Department of Transportation for review, and the result was that the DoT will begin to apply their “5 Es” to the identified intersections. The Es are:
- Evaluation: A traffic professional determines the exact problem at the cited location
- Engineering: Any necessary structural changes are made
- Education: Pedestrians and drivers are made aware of the changes
- Enforcement: Traffic control officers enforce any violations of the new traffic pattern
- Encouragement: Correct use by all parties
Over the next few weeks, traffic professionals will be evaluating the top ten intersections and determining which changes need to be made. After this information has been collected, the DoT will begin to make the structural changes to improve them.
Stay tuned for notice of these changes. DBFA volunteers will be out to ensure drivers and pedestrians notice the modifications!
We also need your help to keep the momentum going. If you see an intersection that needs attention, please follow the steps in our “How to” guides, How to Get Law Enforcement to Address Traffic Violations Affecting Walkability and How to Get Infrastructure Improvements Affecting Walkability. Both documents are also located on our website.
DBFA will be continuing to work with the DoT and other local groups to make Baltimore City more pedestrian friendly. Our goal is to change the culture of Baltimore to ensure that pedestrians are able to use and enjoy our streets safely. To get involved, please contact DBFA Executive Director Heidi Vorrasi at email@example.com.
DBFA’s Top Intersections
- S. Patterson Park Avenue & E. Pratt Street
- Light Street & Key Highway
- William Street & Key Highway
- S. President Street & Eastern Avenue
- S. President Street & Exeter Street
- Andre Street & E. Fort Avenue
- S. Linwood Avenue & E. Lombard Street
- S. Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard & W. Pratt Street
- S. Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard & Washington Boulevard