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Jed Weeks

This is a great write-up, but like the last one, you left out the fact that bringing reverse angle parking to Roland would necessitate removal of bicycle lanes. Removing facilities that encourage alternatives to driving in the neighborhood is not a good approach to diminish a parking problem.

Mobtown Shank

Actually, I didn't leave that out. The reverse angle parking does not negate the bike lane. According to the city, there is room for both.

That is why there is reverse angle parking on Chestnut AND a bike lane.

That is why there was reverse angle parking on 36th St. AND a bike lane. The only reason the bike lane isn't visible is because a few years back, the city repaved our streets and didn't repaint anything until we went out and started repainting the crosswalks ourselves. The city then came in and repainted crosswalks and stop lines but didn't repaint the bike lane lines because it is evidently not a priority of the mayor.

The reason we have back in parking instead of head in is to make traffic safer for the bike lanes.

Now you may argue that there isn't adequate room for the bike lane AND reverse angle parking, but the city and Parking Authority would disagree.

What I did leave out, however, was that as part of the parking task force, we were looking for areas to install more bike racks and means to get those racks.

We are very aware of encouraging alternatives to driving in the neighborhood, but we are also being pragmatic about it.

Jed Weeks

Chestnut and 36th do not have dedicated bicycle lanes, they have shared lane markings, or "sharrows." Sharrows do not demonstrably increase bicycling.

There's certainly room for sharrows on Roland with reverse angle parking, but there is not room for dedicated bicycle lanes, which it currently has.

I'm all for the parking task force's plans to increase bicycle parking, but my point stands about downgrading the quality of bicycle infrastructure.


Beyond anything else, the permitting process is an enormous pain for people who have inflexible working schedules. To get a parking permit, you must go to city hall and provide proof of residency and pay a fee. You can apply on-line, but that is meaningless because you still need to pick up the permit in person.

The fee is nominal for someone who is middle class, but another $20 is a lot to someone who is working on a tight budget.


If I remember correctly, part of the parking issue (and its determination to bring in RPPs) was due to several new restaurants planning valet access for between 200 and 400 cars. Since there are no parking garages near the Avenue, that means 200-400 cars being parked on residential streets, taking away spaces from homeowners so a businessowner *who doesn't even live in the state* can provide a more "friendly" restaurant experience.

Lou Catelli

Pastyjerk, in Baltimore City it is illegal to for Valets to park cars on the street. If you see any valets doing this, please note what valet company they are working for or get a description of the uniform. This info, along with a description of the car parked, should all be called immediately to 311.
The whole idea of Valet service is to get cars off of the street and on to lots, freeing up as many spaces possible for the entire community.
Also, not sure which out of state owned business you are referring to, but there is no place that i know of that would require even one tenth of the 200-400 cars you have mentioned.


Greg Hatem

The idea that someone could afford a car, gasoline, maintenance and repairs, but not $20 a year for a parking space (likely right in front of their residence) is laughable.


The current parking problem in the area (the streets that are requesting the permits) is mainly at night. Late at night on the weekends and after 9 or so during the week. AFTER most of 36 street merchants have closed. The people that are shopping/eating on the Avenue are not parking near the Rotunda. It's the people that live on these streets. When they suddenly have 400 apartments and people who don't want to pay for a space in the parking garage, there will be NOWHERE to park at night. I don't know how anyone can think permits are not a good idea.
If you can afford a car you should be able to spend $20 on a permit. If you have 4 or 5 cars, and you don't have an extra $20 for each permit then you shouldn't have multiple cars!

and... about your reaction to the statement " "I did not pay several hundred thousand dollars for my house on 37th just to not be able to park in front of it because of the businesses on 36th St."......I'm pretty sure when you open a business on 36 St. you know there is no parking for your customersI
This argument should be the RESIDENTS on the effected streets and the city.

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