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The Fire Trucks Are Too Damn Big

Smaller heavy-duty emergency vehicles could save a lot of lives, says a new Department of Transportation report.
Low-profile electric fire trucks on display at China's International Import Expo.
Low-profile electric fire trucks on display at China's International Import Expo.Aly Song/Reuters

This summer, proposed changes to Baltimore’s fire code sparked vitriolic public discord.

Some lawmakers and bike advocates there were pushing to revise the code to legalize the use of narrower street lanes for emergency vehicles, in order to create more room for protected bicycling. They argued that there was plenty of space to share the road; firefighters disagreed, saying that bike lanes would block emergency access.