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University Parkway

The project, funded out of the City’s maintenance budget, provides an opportunity to pilot several safety improvements on the stretch of roadway that forms our neighborhood’s southern border.

In light of changes to University Parkway over the century since it was built, the City is exploring ways to make University Parkway better serve people walking, biking, using scooters, or riding an MTA bus or Blue Jay Shuttle. Drawing from lessons learned from other, similar projects in recent years, the pilot phase will give the City a chance to test out several safety features using materials that can be modified later if needed:

Every City resurfacing project triggers a requirement to make all adjacent sidewalks and crossings compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The City will install ADA-compliant curb ramps along this stretch and add better crosswalk markings at Canterbury Road.
University Parkway eastbound currently has one through lane at 39th Street/San Martin Drive. The City will continue the single through lane up the hill, past Canterbury Road and Bishops Lane, until just before Charles Street. University Parkway westbound will remain two lanes from Charles Street to 39th Street.
There will be protected bike lanes in each direction between the parking lane and the curb, connecting to the bike lanes installed two years ago between 39th and 40th Streets. The City noted that the recent attempt at a similar design on Roland Avenue in Roland Park was hampered by the narrow 34-foot width of each direction of Roland Avenue. In contrast, University Parkway is a minimum of 40 feet wide in each direction, allowing for adequate striped buffer space on each side of parked cars so that car doors should not open into travel lanes OR bike lanes.
The City is also investigating changes to signalized intersections,particularly at University and Charles Street, to re-time signals, reduce crossing distances, and adjust geometry to make left and right turns safer for all.
The City emphasized that the changes will be relatively modest given that all this is being funded from the maintenance budget. There are no plans, for example, to rebuild and re-landscape the center median at this time,aside from minor repairs that can be considered “maintenance.”
The TCNA Streets Committee wants to hear from you!
First, stay tuned for details about a public meeting on University Parkway to be hosted by Baltimore City Department of Transportation (date and time still TBD as of this publication). Everyone is invited to attend and send written comments about the project to the City. We’ll share details when they become available.
Second, once the project is completed, let us know what you think: email TCNAstreets@gmail.com. Pavement striping and most other features can be removed, relocated, or changed relatively easily.
Third, if you want to be engaged in a longer-term effort to re-vision University Parkway, please email TCNAstreets@gmail.com. TCNA has been working with JHU, our neighboring community associations, and the Neighborhood Design Center on a longer-term vision for the future of University Parkway all the way from 33rd Street in Waverly to 40th Street in Roland Park. The longer-term vision is intended to look 10+ years into the future and address the needs of everyone who uses or depends on University Parkway for their daily needs.
The long-term vision is a precursor to a more substantial capital project that will allow us to rebuild University Parkway using more durable, environmentally-conscious, and aesthetically-pleasing materials. We’ll keep what we like, change what we don’t like, and transform University Parkway into a safer, quieter, and greener community amenity that forms a better transition from Tuscany-Canterbury into the JHU Homewood Campus.