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Vote to change city fire code in favor of bicycle lane, tabled until July

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Posted at 8:59 PM, Jun 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-25 22:57:29-04

A vote whether or not to change a section of Baltimore City's fire code in favor of a bicycle lane has been temporarily tabled. 

The debate surrounds whether certain streets within the city should have separate bicycle lanes.

Baltimore City's Fire Department says having a bicycle lane on narrow roadways violates standards of how wide streets need to be in order for emergency vehicles such as firetrucks to pass through.

Last year, the Baltimore Transportation Department opted to nix a bike lane on Potomac Street in Canton, but the advocacy group Bikemore filed a lawsuit to keep it in place.

Those same advocates along with others remain resistant to the idea of not having a bike lane and now hope to have the Baltimore City Council change the current fire code.

The new date for a vote is now slated for July 9.