Sagamore Development is underway on the first phase of a new bike path through Port Covington. This will eliminate the current need of cyclists and pedestrians to use Hanover St. to get to attractions such as West Covington Park, Nick’s Fish House, and the soon-to-be finished Sagamore Spirit distillery. Hanover St. has been criticized by many in the area for lacking pedestrian friendliness. That has been a key aspect of Sagamore’s proposed redevelopment of Hanover St. and Baltimore City Department of Transportation’s Hanover Street Bridge Multimodal Corridor Plan, which is currently being studied.
The new path will begin at W. McComas St. just east of Schuster Concrete near Swann Park, run east of the former site of Atlantic Forest, and then connect with City Garage along W. Dickman. This phase is funded by Sagamore Development and not any public or Tax Increment Financing (TIF) bonds. The second phase of the path will continue along E. Cromwell St. and loop around until it meets E. McComas St.
Caroline Paff of Sagamore Development released the following statement to SouthBMore.com:
“We are excited to be underway with the first phase of bike path construction, which is running on schedule and will continue through March. We are particularly excited about an innovative path material we are testing as a pilot on this first phase of the bike path that will absorb sunlight during the day and emit a glow at night. We are eager to be underway with the second phase, connecting South Baltimore, City Garage and West Covington Park to points east of Hanover and eventually to Key Highway. These much-needed multi-modal improvements will increase accessibility of Port Covington for recreational and commuting riders of all skill levels.”
This path is part of Sagamore’s 266-acre Port Covington Master Plan which will include a network of bike lanes, bridges, and trails.
Rendering from Sagamore Development