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Sightings: Garbage on the Promenade Part II

A few weeks ago I posted something about an unsightly garbage container on the waterfront promenade. Miraculously, the container has been relocated to the other side of the parking lot with a brand new fence around it.   What a sockdolager!

A more garbage-less view

Sightings: Storm Grates and Pedestrian Signals

Bike Friendly Storm Grate
Bike Friendly Storm Grate

While riding my bike on Pratt St. in the new bus/bike lane, one of the 200-year-old storm grates almost caught my front wheel. If I had fallen, perhaps my super human reflexes would have allowed me to roll and duck underneath the approaching bus. Maybe not. Never-the-less, living without a car shouldn’t require super human abilities.

I’m told that the old grates on Pratt will soon be replaced with bike-friendly grates like these:

In other news, BCDOT’s traffic division is looking at ways to make the downtown intersections of President St./Pratt St. and Light St./Lombard St. safer for pedestrians. Though the Institute of Transportation Engineers has guidelines for how long the pedestrian “walk” phase should be, I think there should be enough time to sit down, eat a light snack and play a hand of poker in a crosswalk before traffic gets the green.  But that’s just me.

This is especially important with a growing aging population. Check out what New York City is doing:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/19/nyregion/19aging.html?ref=us

Sightings: Garbage on the Promenade

Exhibit A: Garbage

While walking along the promenade, I saw this; a dumpster on a private parking lot blocking the vista between the Inner Harbor and the new Ritz Carleton extension. While the structure doesn’t block the walkway itself, it does create a visual obstruction which, for those unfamiliar with the promenade, may indicate a dead-end for east bound pedestrians.

These small things make the pedestrian experience seem like an after-thought and detract from one of the best waterfronts in the country. Baltimore Brew has a good article about this very same issue on a larger scale near the Harborplace pavilions.