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Residents aim to improve Annapolis bike trail access, safety

Biking in the Metro AreaBy Tim Prudente, Capital Gazette

Jon Korin would solve city problems with bicycles.

Less traffic, parking challenges and Chesapeake Bay pollution if more people pedaled.

"If none of those benefits work for you, then do it because it drives the economy," said the Severna Park bicyclist. "Cycling tourism is huge."

Bicycling will be celebrated Wednesday when city officials proclaim it "East Coast Greenway Day" in Annapolis.
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"Once you get over the Naval Academy Bridge, then you've got to ride with cars along Route 450, turn left on King George Street and over the Spa Creek bridge," he said. "My dream is to see designated bike lanes that give cyclists a safer place to ride."

City spokeswoman Rhonda Wardlaw said officials recognize the gap, but downtown streets aren't wide enough to accommodate parking and bike lanes. There's no plan at this time, she said, to enhance the route downtown.

"The city currently has numerous terrific, but disconnected trails," she said. "(We) would like to see our various departments work with (BikeAAA) to see how we could participate in the greenway project."

She said the proclamation of "East Coast Greenway Day" will promote safe bicycling and healthy living.
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http://touch.capitalgazette.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-81600821/
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ISABELLA, 12 YEARS OLD: NEW DESIGN STANDARD

Biking Elsewhere-> According to a Sept. 10th Streetsblog article, "...What if every new bicycle facility were built with the intent of being useful to a young girl? If it were, wouldn't it be good enough for the rest of us, too? That's why, at the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference this week, we're launching a new concept to help guide our work. Build it for Isabella (http://bit.ly/1ujWIan).
"Isabella ... is 12. She likes cartwheels, Instagram photos with her best friend, and ice cream cones. Sometimes she even likes school. But without someone to drive her around, she can't enjoy those things, because of the way her neighborhood's busier streets are built. The ultimate goal of the Green Lane Project and, we'd argue, of all modern bicycle infrastructure is to let Isabella go where she wants. Not every bike project will be able to serve Isabella. Some streets are just too narrow. Some budgets are just too thin.
"But if any new bike project isn't good enough for Isabella, we would argue that it should have a pretty clear reason why not. As Green Lane Project Director Martha Roskowski wrote in January, it's time to stop building black diamond bike lanes..."
Source: http://bit.ly/1o2gbqc
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ONE EASY THING ANY CITY CAN DO TO BE MORE PEDESTRIAN-FRIENDLY

Biking Elsewhere-> According to an Oct. 7th Wired article, "There are many ways cities can make their public spaces safer and more inviting for pedestrians... But there is one easy, cost-effective, and quick thing just about any city can do to make themselves more pedestrian-friendly: Use building and landscape details to make people feel welcome and comfortable.
"The idea comes from a report by the non-profit SPUR (originally called the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association), which laid out seven ways to make any city more pedestrian-friendly. (See summary at http://wrd.cm/1vNpr6j) Most of the ideas required big changes to existing infrastructure, but this one is dead simple...."
Source: http://wrd.cm/1y1J8vh
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GLOBAL SHIFT AWAY FROM CARS: SAVE $100 TRILLION, 1,700 MEGATONS OF CO2, 1.4 LIVES

Biking Elsewhere According to a Sept. 17th Science Daily article, "More than $100 trillion in cumulative public and private spending, and 1,700 megatons of annual carbon dioxide (CO2) -- a 40 percent reduction of urban passenger transport emissions -- could be eliminated by 2050 if the world expands public transportation, walking and cycling in cities, according to a new report released by the University of California, Davis, and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP). Further, an estimated 1.4 million early deaths could be avoided annually by 2050 if governments require the strongest vehicle pollution controls and ultralow-sulfur fuels, according to a related analysis of these urban vehicle activity pathways by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) included in the report...
"The report, 'A Global High Shift Scenario: Impacts And Potential For More Public Transport, Walking, And Cycling With Lower Car Use, is the first study to examine how major changes in transport investments worldwide would affect urban passenger transport emissions as well as the mobility of different income groups... "
Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/09/140917073300.htm
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Salisbury program unites establishments, bicyclists

Biking in MarylandB' Spokes: An excellent way to start becoming bike friendly without a whole lot of money, engage the businesses. Read about the Bike-SYB program:

http://www.delmarvanow.com/story/news/local/maryland/2014/10/11/biking-toward-profits/17134163/
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Question 1: Transportation Trust Fund

PoliticsThe General idea is to make it harder to use Transportation Trust Funds to balance the state budget, it still can be done but harder.

My stance is: No Support

What bothers me most is that there is no mention of repairing bridges, better funding for mass transit or even complete streets, just business as usual at MDOT.

Next, even under the old system we could build $3+ billion ICC highways so I don't get why things need to change.

The whole thing reeks of over stressing cars over everything else. Budgets will always be in flux from year to year and IMHO this is what government does. One year some group is unhappy and the next year it is someone else, that is the nature of things. But more than that, a vote yes here is saying, roads and more roads will fix our most pressing needs. And they need to be overly car centric since cars are paying for them right?

See Do Drivers Cover the Cost of Roads? Not By a Long Shot
http://www.baltimorespokes.org/article.php?story=20141002232119321

But but there is so many cars driving... Not really, see Maryland Annual Vehicle Miles of Travel
http://www.baltimorespokes.org/article.php?story=20130529171856978

IMHO it is because Maryland has over stressed driving everywhere that is the basic reason why driving is such a dismal state of affairs. You can't give preferential treatment to the most expensive thing and expect a balanced economical budget, that would be like having steak seven days a week. Nothing against steak or roads but let's keep it at a reasonable level OK? And oh, let's support more diversity.

For further reading see: Maryland transportation "lockbox" has a big hole from Greater Greater Washington
http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/9163/maryland-transportation-lockbox-has-a-big-hole/
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Laurel seeks to get cycling system into gear

Biking in BaltimoreBy Luke Lavoie, Baltimore Sun

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Allen, 37, ended up moving to a house on Prince George Street. One year later, he said he leaves his house three or four times a week to traverse on his bike through the area's emerging network of bike lanes.

Allen, who lived in South Laurel for six years before moving into the city limits, said he's noticed shifts in infrastructure toward accommodating cyclists. The effort, which ranges from widening roads to add bike lanes to increasing signage and bike racks, is the result of a 2009 Bikeways Master Plan instituted by the city. This month marks the five-year anniversary of the plan's approval.

Mayor Craig Moe, an avid cyclist himself, said the plan was constructed, in part, as a way to increase connectivity within the city by leveraging existing pathways and roads. He said given the city's compactness, it's four square miles, and existing amenities, which includes pools, parks and various retail, it made sense to reevaluate the system.
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The plan also instituted increased signage and more bike racks. Additionally, the plan recommended the city require new developers, like those behind Towne Centre at Laurel, build bike-friendly roads and atmospheres.

The results, while anecdotal, have been positive so far, Moe said.
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http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/laurel/ph-ll-bicycles-0918-20140918-story.html
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Will Maryland Finally Build a Safe Bike/Ped Crossing on the Susquehanna?

Biking in Maryland"That’s right: There’s not a single bridge in the state of Maryland that will take you across the Susquehanna River safely on a bike or on foot."

A very well written article: http://usa.streetsblog.org/2014/04/24/will-maryland-finally-build-a-safe-bikeped-crossing-on-the-susquehanna/

And if you have not already, sign the petition: http://www.change.org/p/maryland-department-of-transportation-ensure-that-the-new-amtrak-susquehanna-river-bridge-will-accommodate-cyclists-and-walkers
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County joins with cycling enthusiasts for 100-mile ride

Biking in the Metro AreaBy Ben Weathers, Capital Gazette

Local cyclists are launching a 100-mile bike ride next week to raise money for local charities.

The inaugural Lifeline 100 Century ride will start and end at Kinder Farm Park in Millersville on Oct. 19. Proceeds will benefit local nonprofits, including the Crisis Response System, Recreation Deeds for Special Needs, and Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, or BikeAAA.

The event will be the culmination of months of planning involving local nonprofits, county police and the county Department of Recreation and Parks, said agency spokeswoman Colleen Joseph.

Recreation officials had been considering such a bike ride for the past few years, but implementation didn't start until the idea was broached to Police Chief Kevin Davis, Joseph said.

Traffic issues were longtime obstacles to getting the ride to move forward. Joseph said Davis was thinking of a similar event and the county linked with BikeAAA to make it a reality.
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Rides of 56 and 15 miles also will be held the same day, Joseph said.
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A free children's bike rodeo and family fun ride will be held at Kinder Farm Park on the day of the event.

The ride will coincide with the Making Health Happen Community Health Fair at the park, featuring 20 vendors.

The health fair will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature activities for kids and families, as well as health screenings.
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http://touch.capitalgazette.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-81636377/

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http://bikeaaa.org/lifeline-100/
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New traffic light aims to improve pedestrian safety in College Park

Biking in the Metro AreaBy Mike Murillo, WTOP

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Three college students were killed and several others injured this year while attempting to cross a dangerous section of U.S. Route 1 near the University of Maryland-College Park.

The pedestrian fatalities spurred calls for change from students, lawmakers and families of the victims.

On Thursday, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) officially completed a number of safety improvements with the launching of a pedestrian signal at Hartwick Road. The new light stops traffic in all directions when a pedestrian crosses the busy highway.

"SHA fast-tracked these projects because we wanted to ensure we can deliver them in the fall semester," said State Highway Administrator Melinda Peters.

In addition to the new signal, the speed limit has been lowered to 25 mph, speed cameras became active 24/7 and a median fence was erected to encourage pedestrians to use the crosswalks.
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http://www.wtop.com/?nid=893&sid=3718988

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[B' Spokes: This is much better than my last report on this area. Are they finally starting to get that you address all users of a road?
Let's force pedestrians to cross where they are getting killed for safety - Route 1 in College Park
http://www.baltimorespokes.org/article.php?story=2014071720391011 ]
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