On-Street Cycle Track Now Under Construction in Port Covington

| April 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Sagamore Development has broken ground on the second phase of its planned bike path in Port Covington. The bike path will ultimately stretch from West Covington Park along Cromwell St. to E. McComas St. near Key Hwy. It will run in front of the Sagamore Spirit distillery which opens this week.

Sagamore was granted a partial permit in late March to begin the second phase of bike path construction from Port Covington Dr. to McComas St. The second phase includes 0.7 miles of a partially-protected, on-street cycle track along Cromwell St., which will add to Baltimore City’s 4.5 miles of total existing on-street cycle track. Construction on the second phase of the bike path officially began on April 5th and is projected to be completed this summer.

Phase I of the bike path project began earlier this year. This initial portion starts at W. McComas St. at Hanover St.,  just east of Schuster Concrete near Swann Park, and  continues south, running parallel to Hanover St. next to the former site of Atlantic Forest Products. It connects with City Garage and West Covington Park along W. Dickman St.

A stretch of the path will be constructed with an innovative material that will absorb sunlight during the day and emit a glow at night.

The path will eliminate cyclists and pedestrians having to use Hanover St. to get to attractions such as West Covington Park, Nick’s Fish House, Under Armour’s growing Port Covington campus, and Sagamore Spirit. Hanover St. has been criticized by many in the area for lacking pedestrian friendliness. This has been a key aspect of Sagamore’s proposed redevelopment of Hanover St. and Baltimore City Department of Transportation’s Hanover Street Corridor Study, which is ongoing.

Construction on Phase I will also be completed this summer.

Both Phase I and II of the bike path network are funded entirely by Sagamore Development and not by any public or Tax Increment Financing (TIF) bonds.

“We are excited to be nearing completion of Phase I of bike path construction and underway with the second phase of the bike path, which will connect South Baltimore, City Garage and West Covington Park to points east of Hanover and eventually to Key Highway,” said Caroline Paff, vice president of Sagamore Development, in a press release. “These much-needed multi-modal improvements will increase accessibility of Port Covington for recreational and commuting riders of all skill levels, and make an important public connection to the renewed waterfront at West Covington Park.”

The path is part of Sagamore’s 266-acre Port Covington Master Plan which will include a network of bike lanes, bridges, and trails. Other public space improvements, including landscaping improvements and a new mural, have also been completed at Port Covington.

Sagamore Development is part of Plank Industries which is the larger entity that manages all the Sagamore brands and is owned by Under Armour Founder and CEO Kevin Plank.

Photos Courtesy of Sagamore Development 

Renderings from Sagamore Development 

bike path rendering

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