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Bicycling: The SAFEST Form of Transportation

Biking ElsewhereVia Mr Money Mustache

Of all the objections I get from people about why they can’t ride a bike to get around, perhaps the most frustrating is the claim that bicycling is too dangerous. According to this line of reasoning, we all need the protection of a two-tonne steel cage in order to survive the trip to the office or the grocery store.
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Under even the most pessimistic of assumptions:

Net effect of driving a car at 65mph for one hour: Dying 20 minutes sooner. (18 seconds of life lost per mile)
Net effect of riding a bike at 12mph for one hour: Living 2 hours and 36 minutes longer (about 13 minutes of life gained per mile)
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http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2013/06/13/bicycling-the-safest-form-of-transportation/
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So what does FHWA say about the minimum width of protected bike lane?

Biking in Baltimore"One-way separated bike lanes should have a minimum width of 5 ft. "

See Figure 8
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/publications/separated_bikelane_pdg/page07.cfm#chapter5_dir
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Another case of car lanes too wide and bike lane too narrow

Biking in Maryland"Ten-foot lane widths would mean ample room for safer, buffered and protected bike lanes. On the other hand, making travel lanes wider would lead to higher vehicle speeds that'd then make it more difficult to make downtown College Park walking and biking-friendly."

There's plenty of room for safe bike lanes in College Park
http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/26574/theres-plenty-of-room-for-safe-bike-lanes-in-college-park/
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Your City Has a Complete Streets Policy. But Does It Have Complete Streets?

Biking Elsewhere[B' Spokes: Maryland has had a complete streets policy since 2001 and we are still waiting for something more than a spot improvement here and there that involves a capital expenditure. And in the following article they are complaining after 3 years. Welcome to our world were even the League of American Bicyclist award words over action.]

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http://www.streetsblog.net/2015/07/01/your-city-has-a-complete-streets-policy-but-does-it-have-complete-streets/
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Emmitsburg's Community Heritage Day

Bike PathsUPDATE: Do to the weather forecast, this event has been rescheduled Sunday, June 28th.

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Via Department of Natural Resources

As part of Emmitsburg's Community Heritage Day, the Grand Opening of 15 miles of new mountain biking trails will occur this Saturday (June 27th) at 9am at Rainbow Lake. Free giveaways and a group rides will occur after the 9am ribbon cutting.

At Noon, Bike Maryland will sponsor a Bike Safety Rodeo in Community Park. This is free and bikes and helmets will be available for participants.

The Frederick Bicycle Coalition will lead a free five mile road ride and a one mile fun ride. The Frederick County Sheriff's office will be escorting the road ride.

Games, food, music, a parade and fireworks round out the day.

Many other fun events will occur in Town as well, including free admission to the Community Pool all day.

Please visit WWW. EmmitsburgEvents.com for more information.
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Dear Cyclist, the driver gets away with 55% of the time.

Biking ElsewhereVia Bicycle Accident Attorneys

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Who is at fault? Lets look based on the police reports and citations issued:

-No Violation issued to Cyclist: 27%! This means that 73% of the time when you are hit by a car you will be found in the wrong as having violated some traffic code.
-No Violation issued to Motorist: 55%! This means that only 45% of the time the driver will be found at fault.

Seems unbelievable and unfair doesn’t it? This begs that we look a little further.

What were the actions of the motorists? Cyclists? Fortunately we know. 35% of the time the motorist was going straight. Yep, a whopping 35% of the time a motorist simply was going straight and hit a cyclist. 53% of the time a motorist was either turning right or left. 12% of the time the motorist was doing some “other” thing or it was “unknown” as to what the driver was doing. Lets break this down a bit further. 482 bicycle crashes and in 216.9 of them the driver was found to be in some sort of violation (failed to yield – 16%; unknown -10%; inattention – 8%; other – 7%; speed to fast – 2%; disregarded signal – 2%). How is that a driver can be turning right or left in 255.46 (53%) of the 482 accidents and yet in only 216.9 total accidents they are found to be at fault? How is that the “Failed to Yield” or “Inattention” stats of a combined total of 24% of the violation collisions only account for 115.68 of the bicycle collisions? When in 35% of the collisions (168.7 wrecks) the driver was actually going straight and yet drivers were only cited for inattention 38.56 cases? This is really messed up.
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https://www.bikeaccidentattorneys.com/dear-cyclist-the-driver-gets-away-with-55-of-the-time/
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Economic Benefits of Bicycling Events

Biking ElsewhereMay 22, 2015 -- The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) released the second phase of a new report, "Community and Economic Benefits of Bicycling in Michigan." The report, funded by federal and state planning and research funds, is the second phase of a larger report describing the economic benefits that bicycling events bring to the economy.

The new report finds that out-of-state participants in all organized bicycling events are responsible for an estimated $21.9 million in economic impact for the state, based on closer analysis of several specific events. Events of various size and type were selected for analysis in order to compare the variety of economic impact:
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http://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,4616,7-151-9620-355188--,00.html
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What to Do When You're Hit By a Car

Biking in Baltimorehttp://www.citylab.com/navigator/2015/05/what-to-do-when-youre-hit-by-a-car/393809/?fb_ref=Default
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Some nitty-gritty about the Susquehanna River Rail Bridge Project

Biking in MarylandCommuting and Transportation – C&T Subcommittee Chair Greg Hinchliffe submitted an electronic report. Steve Carr said that the Susquehanna River Rail Bridge Project Advisory Board, created by the City of Havre de Grace, issued a report recommending that a new bridge be built across the Susquehanna River at Susquehanna State Park. This park is owned by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Steve said the advisory board never contacted DNR staff about its recommendation prior to the report being issued. While DNR supports the concept of making connections between public lands and the larger community, DNR lacks sufficient information to take a position on this recommendation. Kevin Racine believes small municipalities are not equipped to address bicycle and pedestrian access across the Susquehanna River on their own. John Wetmore noted that bicycle and pedestrian access is not included in the Amtrak Bridge replacement study’s Purpose and Needs statement.

http://www.mdot.maryland.gov/Office_of_Planning_and_Capital_Programming/Bicycle/Documents/Update_2014/041015_MBPAC_Meeting_Mintues.pdf
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Kristerfer Burnett is running for City Council in Baltimore’s 8th district

PoliticsVia Afro,

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Improving the city’s workforce preparedness will also require improving Baltimore’s public transportation infrastructure. Having companies like Under Armour or Amazon in South Baltimore will not be an economic boon if residents cannot get there in a reasonable time-frame on public transportation, says Burnett. A subpar public transit system is also having an effect on school attendance, something that has ripple effects on the city’s workforce preparedness. “When we talk to teachers and administrators [about] why attendance rates are so low, part of it is the buses are late, or they’re not showing up at all, and so a lot of kids are like, ‘I’ll just stay home,’” said Burnett.
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- See more at: http://www.afro.com/holton-opponent-challenges-focus-of-balto-politics/#sthash.EouHajce.dpuf
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