Watchdog: Bike signs point wrong way for Park Avenue

  • A bicycle route sign in Reservoir Hill for Park Avenue at the intersection of Whitelock Street actually directs cyclists the wrong way.
A bicycle route sign in Reservoir Hill for Park Avenue at the… (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore…)
August 20, 2011|By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun

The problem: Bike Baltimore signs point the wrong way at a Reservoir Hill intersection.

The back story: Mary Hayes lives in Reservoir Hill and passes through the intersection of Park Avenue and Whitelock Street frequently in her car. As a result, she had plenty of opportunities to be irritated by something she noticed there.

A "Bike Baltimore" sign on the southeast corner directed cyclists to turn left onto Park Avenue. But Park Avenue actually continues north from that point, and a left turn would take you onto Whitelock Street.

And on the northeast corner, a Bike Baltimore sign pointing toward Whitelock Street said it was Park Avenue.

Hayes said she first noticed the problem soon after the signs went up about two or three months ago.

"Every time I passed by it, it drove me crazy," she said.

So, Hayes called Watchdog, who went to the scene and confirmed that the signs pointed the wrong way.

Watchdog reported the problem to Adrienne Barnes, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore Department of Transportation.

An investigator went out and confirmed that the signs were wrong, she said.

They have since been corrected, she said, which Hayes confirmed.

The Bike Baltimore map on the Transportation Department's website suggests Park and Whitelock as a commonly used route between Druid Hill Park and West North Avenue.

Watchdog asked Hayes if she had called anyone else to alert them to the problem, such as 311. She said definitely not.

"I would only use 311 for something drastic," she said. "It's not bothering anyone."

But Barnes said Baltimore's one-call center would have been the best way to report the problem.

"We do ask that people call 311 when they find signs are incorrect," Barnes said.

Who can fix this: Randall Scott, the Transportation Department's traffic division chief, 443-984-2150. City residents should call 311 to report problems.

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