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Interim Executive Director Greg Hinchliffe

Biking in BaltimoreVia BikeMore

Bikemore is naming Greg Hinchliffe the Interim Executive Director of Bikemore. Greg is a Baltimore City resident, recently retired Captain at American Airlines, and has been a lifetime advocate for bicycle infrastructure improvement in Baltimore City.

He is a member of the Maryland Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee, is the State Chair of the East Coast Greenway Alliance, a member of the Gwynns Falls Trail Council, the former Chair of the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee, and he helped organize Tour du Port for the past 12 years.
"Having worked with Greg for many years on bike issues both large and small, I'm encouraged with the direction Bikemore is taking. Greg not only has a solid vision for what a truly bikeable Baltimore can be, but knows how to make it a reality. I look forward to working with him in his new role at Bikemore."  - Nate Evans, Bike Maryland
Greg will continue Bikemore’s daily advocacy work while we launch a national search for a new permanent Executive Director.

If you know of anyone passionate about bicycles with a demonstrated track record of advocacy and fundraising success, please let us know. Bikemore will publish a formal announcement and job description for that position soon.
 
Thank You to Chris Merriam
From initially sparking the idea of a Baltimore-focused bicycle advocacy organization at evening meetings with a small group of dedicated volunteers, Chris Merriam grew Bikemore into a professional advocacy organization that--while still in its infancy--has moved the needle significantly on projects in Baltimore City, and recently expanded into Baltimore County with progress on the I-70 trail connections and the opening of Towson bicycle facilities.

While Chris is stepping down as Executive Director, we look forward to his continued involvement in the organizational mission, vision, and strategy as a founding member.
 
Jed Weeks
President, Bikemore


http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=9ae12933a17d8c1c4a22924d6&id=8d609fb28a&e=83fc0acd76
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Bike friendly rankings make no sense to me

Biking in MarylandB' Spokes: Hmm, Maryland with a state ranking of 7 per the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) but none of our cities made made Bicycling Magazines ranking of the top 50 cities.

All this says to me is that our Director of Bicycle and Pedestrian Access is really good with the double talk and LAB buys into it. Or maybe all the criteria that LAB uses has absolutely nothing to with conditions on the ground, specially near where most people live. And what about progress?

In 2000 we passed a law for a state wide bicycle master plan. It took one year to develop that plan and another year to start implementing that plan.

20032014
Bicycle mode share
(National average 0.6%)
0.2%0.4%
% of state roads BLOC grade D or better80%81%
Bicyclists fatalities65
Bicyclists injuries162658

After 10 plus years is this progress? Is this progress worthy of a top 10 ranking by LAB?
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MONEY SAVED BY GOING CARFREE FREED TO SPEND IN LOCAL ECONOMY

Biking Elsewhere-> According to a Nov.18th City Clock Magazine article, "If urban car ownership levels in the U.S. were the same as Paris, American consumers would have over $450 billion to spend annually on other things. Thats enough to pay for a state of the art city-wide light-rail transit network in 100 cities. All in just one year. In the U.S., car ownership levels are at 809 vehicles per 1,000 people but generally range between 650 and 750 in urban areas. In Paris, its 450, Copenhagen 225, and Hong Kong 73. Of all the G20 countries, the U.S. is way out in front when it comes to car ownership... Going car free can add $7,000 a year to your discretionary spending...

"Of the more than $9,000 spent annually per person on car ownership, $7,095 leaves the local economy according to AAA... So where does all of that car money go if its not leaving the city? One study found that pedestrians and cyclists spend more than drivers through more frequent (but smaller) purchases (Examining Consumer Behavior and Travel Choices: http://bit.ly/1tbQPb0)..."
Source: http://bit.ly/1F1qNPS

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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B' Spokes: Talk to any politician and they love tourism as it brings money into the local economy. So what's the opposite of tourism? I will assert the over use of cars as it's mostly money that leaves the local economy. But then I hear counter arguments that not many bike, Well we don't get many tourists either, let alone tourists that are here year round. - Think about it.
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Baltimore woman pleads guilty in DUI crash that injured two cyclists in Annapolis

Biking in the Metro AreaVia The WashCycle

Sentencing will happen Dec 18th 

Prosecutors said Colbert hit bicyclists  Katie Pohler, 23, and Todd Green, 27, while she was driving on June 28 on Route 450 near Brice Lane in the Annapolis area. Officials said the victims were in the dedicated bike lane and that Colbert drifted into them.

Pohler and Green were flown to Shock Trauma in Baltimore, where Pohler underwent treatment for critical injuries. Green was treated and released, but Pohler is still recovering.

Officials said Colbert had a blood-alcohol level of 0.15 at the time, which is nearly double the legal limit. She had also been driving with a 3-year-old relative in the car, prosecutors said.

Frankly, she was lucky that her two victims were young and healthy. Some other cyclists might not have survived. In fact, if one of them later dies from complications due to their injuries, I suppose she could be charged with some form of homicide. 

She was orginially indicted on 11 charges

The woman has been indicted on 11 charges, including two counts of second-degree assault as well as driving while impaired by alcohol while transporting a minor.

But the plea is for only 2 of those charges - causing a life-threatening injury while under the influence of alcohol and driving under the influence of alcohol while transporting a minor



http://www.thewashcycle.com/2014/11/baltimore-woman-pleads-guilty-in-dui-crash-that-injured-two-cyclists-in-annapolis.html
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Cyclists: What To Do If You Are Hit By A Car

Biking ElsewhereVia Velosurance

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Call 911 and request police and EMS to the scene
Gather witness information
Ask the police to write the driver a ticket
Take pictures of the car and bike
Take pictures of the scene
Get the car license plate number
Do not make a statement to anyone except the police
Consult with an attorney before you make a claim on the drivers insurance company

Velosurance.com offers insurance for cyclists to protect your bicycle from many types of losses, crashes, theft and a bunch of other things that can happen to your bicycle.
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https://velosurance.com/information-center/what-to-do-when-cyclist-hit-by-a-car
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The bicycle and pedestrian "contributory negligence" bill is in trouble. Here's why.

Bike Lawsby David Alpert , Greater Greater Washington

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But sponsors said yesterday it's unlikely to pass, in large part because of concerns from trial lawyers about its impact on high-dollar cases.


Photo by Rosario Esquivel on Flickr.
"Trial lawyers" bring lawsuits to help people recover money after car crashes, job injuries, employment discrimination, defective products, and more. They are often derided as "ambulance chasers" and the like. But lawsuits when people's rights are violated or negligence has caused harm are also an important force keeping companies from ignoring safety problems or violating the law.

The trial lawyers are also well-organized and active in lobbying, locally through the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan DC. According to Councilmember Tommy Wells, the TLA has been pushing councilmembers not to move forward with the bill. So has the insurance industry.
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I spoke to her to understand why she feels this way.

Why are trial lawyers against the bill?

You might ask, wait a minute. This bill is supposed to help cyclists and pedestrians recover if they are injured. And trial lawyers are the people who bring those lawsuits. So why are they against this?

It's because of a legal doctrine known as "joint and several liability." As Wells explained it, if you're hit by a driver who has no money, but someone else who was negligent in some way (maybe the brakes manufacturer, if the brakes failed, for example), you can also go after that party. And even if most of the fault isn't with them, you could recover all of the medical costs from the deeper-pocketed entity.

The trial lawyers really like this provision, because they are really interested in the big cases that can mean a lot of money, both for their clients and for them. Cheh also said she wants to keep it, and noted that in the 45 states which don't have contributory negligence, often they also don't have joint and several liability.
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http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/24810/the-bicycle-and-pedestrian-contributory-negligence-bill-is-in-trouble-heres-why/
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Arrogant cyclists? No, they're following the rules.

Biking in BaltimoreBy Alan Solot, Arizona Daily Star

“Arrogant bicyclists feel they own the road” is a common lament of motorists. Since El Tour de Tucson is on Saturday, I think it’s a good time for this discussion.

To state the most important point: All road users — motorists, cyclists, pedestrians — must comply with the law, and use the road safely.
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Many motorists seem to believe (I may be incorrect in saying this) that cyclists’ use of the road is not as important as motorists’ use. But, the law doesn’t provide that any road user’s reason for being on the road is more important than others’, unless it’s a police car, fire truck or ambulance responding to an emergency. Cyclists and motorists have equal right to use the road; that right has nothing to do with why they are using the road.
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http://tucson.com/news/opinion/column/guest/arrogant-cyclists-no-they-re-following-the-rules/article_722bd26d-4447-5f3b-badc-76fe2296cfe8.html
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BOB MIONSKE ON THE 3-FOOT LAW

Bike Laws[Bob Mionske responds to these and other comments:]
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My question: If, on a rural 2-lane road, an officer gives a motorist a citation for part of the vehicle crossing the double yellow in order to grant the cyclist room, assuming there was clearly sufficient room to do so without peril from an oncoming vehicle, what is the likeliest scenario in a courtroom if the motorist decides to contest this citation?
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It would seem intuitive that the decision to mark a road double yellow as opposed to a broken yellow is based on engineering decisions contemplating cars passing other cars at high speed. Might the court agree and, if so, could the fact that a car is passing a cyclist, rather than a motorist, be a mitigating factor in the court's decision, and could this be a reasonable defense by a motorist charged with a violation of 21460?
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http://www.bicyclelaw.com/blog/index.cfm/2014/11/5/Bob-Mionske-on-the-3Foot-Law
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LIVING LONGER BY SAFER DRIVING, LESS SMOKING, & LESS DRINKING

Health & Environmentby Mark Plotz
-> This article could have been titled: "Gains in Life Expectancy Slowed by Obesity, Shootings, and Overdoses." A working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research examined preventable deaths for the period 1960-2010 and its conclusion is troubling: the longevity gained from our public health wins (safer cars, less smoking, less drinking) has been nearly cancelled out by the public health battles we are losing (obesity, shootings, and drug overdoses). The wins have given us an additional 1.82 years of good health; the losses have erased 1.77 years, leaving not much net gain. The study uses 'quality-adjusted life expectancy' as it is a more accurate measurement of years spent in good health. Read the working paper at http://bit.ly/1Ae7KDc or the summary at http://on.wsj.com/1sdkykg.

The decline in motor vehicle death rates is impressive, dropping from 20 per 100k in population (1960) to a little over 10 deaths per 100k (2010). The authors present the counterfactual scenario, which projects death rates if we had done nothing--freezing seat belt use, impaired driving, and vehicle safety at 1960 levels--and continued to drive at our current rate: we reach 78 deaths per 100k population by 2008 before the plunge in VMT brings deaths back down to 65 per 100k in 2010. The lesson seems to be it is remarkable what we can accomplish when government, the private sector, and the public agree on a public health threat and decide to act.

The trend is going the wrong way in Houston, where the voters told the City to turn off red light cameras in 2010. The result: more crashes--a lot more (http://bit.ly/1uqzPVc).

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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B' Spokes: I want to emphasize: "The lesson seems to be it is remarkable what we can accomplish when government, the private sector, and the public agree on a public health threat and decide to act."
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A 40-mph electric recumbent tricycle that changes your commute forever

Biking ElsewhereBy Ezra Dyer, Yahoo Auto

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The 422 Alpha has some impressive stats. With a 2.1-kWh lithium-polymer battery, it can cover 100 miles at 20 mph. A recharge takes only two hours. And the price? Well, it’s not cheap: $11,995. But nice bicycles are expensive, and this is really an exotic bike. I guess the way to think of it is not as a $12,000 bike, but as a $12,000 piece of transportation that’s also gym equipment and tech-geek lust object. Outrider also makes a less powerful, all-terrain version called the Horizon, which starts at $8,545. That one was funded through Kickstarter and sold out its first production run.
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https://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/a-40-mph-electric-recumbent-tricycle-that-changes-your-commute-forever-222311127.html
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