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The World Could Save Trillions With Buses and Bikes

Biking ElsewhereBy Alex Davies, Wired

THE ARGUMENT THAT embracing a low-carbon future is a road map to economic ruin is bunk, say a band of economists who argue that investing in more efficient transportation, buildings and waste management could save cities worldwide at least $17 trillion. One way to unlock that savings is to promote bikes and buses.
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Animation Explains How Bad Planning Makes Car Ownership Compulsory

Biking ElsewhereB' Spokes: I highly recommend that you watch this video, lots of great points. Additionally there is a link for another great video on the origins of the term "jaywalking". Oh, by the way it is not a legal term in Maryland. Our law would be more accurately described as "crossing between consecutive intersections controlled by traffic lights." Keep in mind a intersection is where two highways intersect and a highway* is something for vehicle travel, wither public or private, this also includes alleyways and very possibly driveways. So there are very few places where "jaywalking" is without a doubt illegal.

* The legal definition of a highway follows:
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Study: Sprawling Areas Require 3 Times as Much Pavement Per Person

Biking in Baltimore[B' Spokes: And remember everyone pays close to the same in "road tax" so that means urban dwellers are paying for rural drivers. Which should put a end to the argument that rural drivers are paying for mass transit that they don't use.]
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Stiffer drunken-driving bill stalled in Md. House panel; advocates worried

Bike Laws[B' Spokes: Vallario is still insisting that the state be lenient with drunk drivers. :( ]
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Improvements coming to intersection where bicyclist died

Biking in MarylandB' Spokes: On one hand it's nice to see them doing something but on the other hand it's just lipstick on a pig, the substance of the problem remains. Bigger stop signs, come on, that's not going to do a thing. The issue is basically that if you accommodate a behavior, you get that behavior. In this case a right turn to an acceleration lane is the problem.

To explain further, people stop if there is cross traffic, no cross traffic little to no compliance for coming to a full and complete stop, too much like the wide radius right turns they put everywhere so people turning right don't have to stop, heck they don't even have to slow down.

The cheap fix would be to put a raised crosswalk in to make sure turning trucks slowed down significantly before turning (I believe the cost to be around $500). A better option would be to get rid of the acceleration lane and put a stop light in (I believe the cost to be around $2000.)

So there you have it, to prevent another cyclists death is not worth $2000. So sad that either of these options are not considered viable solutions.

WBAL's coverage:
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SURVEY TIME for the Amtrak Bicycle Task Force

Bike PathsVia Adventure Cycling Newsletter

Speaking of the C&O Canal and the GAP, the Allegheny Trail Alliance is currently soliciting ideas and feedback on the launch of roll-on bicycle service on Amtrak's Capitol Limited route. The train runs between Chicago and Washington, D.C., joining in alongside the GAP and the C&O as it goes. According to a representative of the Alliance, which serves on the Amtrak Bicycle Task Force, "We are looking to see how the service can improve, while also asking the public: Where should roll-on service go next?" You can begin the survey by clicking on this link:
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Biking in Baltimore-> The Institute for Transportation Engineers (ITE) has released a guide of best practices on interchange designs that accommodate pedestrians and cyclists in the United States and Canada. It identifies precise dimensions, safety features, signage, pavement markings, and design geometries as best practices that may provide insight into future updates of statewide or federal highway design manuals. (Recommended Design Guidelines to Accommodate Pedestrians and Bicycles at Interchanges:

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.

[B' Spokes: Note state law calls for "best engineering practices" so here you go. Ref: ]
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Biking Elsewhere-> A study of 100 census tracts with the highest levels of bicycle commuting in the country used American Community Survey (ACS) journey-to-work data to identify neighborhoods with the highest levels of bicycle commuting. It paired each with a randomly selected census tract from the same county to uncover what factors influence bicycle commuting. (Neighborhood Characteristics that Support Bicycle Commuting: Analysis of the Top 100 United States Census Tracts:

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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NYPD to Brooklyn Seniors: Stop Getting Killed by Motorists

Biking Elsewhere[B' Spokes:Of the six cases that Streetsblog could find all were caused by at fault drivers so natch blame the victim. It is scary to me that this seems to be a national trend with "safety" professionals to not even address driver behavior that kills but to solely blame the victim. If we ever truly want to put an end to death by automobile this has to change!]
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The Benefits of Slower Traffic, Measured in Money and Lives

Biking ElsewhereBy ERIC JAFFE, City Lab

"That’s the frustrating conclusion one gets from a new case study about implementing a road diet on Livingston. The analysis finds that the safety benefits of reducing automobile space and speeds on the street would far outweigh any losses from driver delay. But the report’s authors state that officials were concerned from the start about upsetting the car-centric status quo"
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