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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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DUBLIN, IRELAND TO BAN CARS FROM DOWNTOWN STREETS

Biking in Baltimore-> Dublin ranks just under Los Angeles for having some of the worst traffic jams in the world. The problem is predicted to get worse as the city quickly growssomehow, it will have to squeeze in 20% more commuters over the next decade. That's why the city is now deciding to make a radical shift: It wants to ban cars from several major downtown streets. In the proposed plan, the city wants to route cars around the city center, and turn major streets into car-free plazas and passages for buses, bikes, pedestrians, and a new tram line. [http://bit.ly/1IggFqg]

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

[B' Spokes: Greater density calls for greater density forms of travel and single occupancy vehicles with three or more empty seats is not it.]
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BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE LOWERS CONGESTION & STRETCHES TRANSPORTATION $

Biking Elsewhere-> USDOT: Many communities across the U.S. have embraced an approach that reduces roadway congestion and stretches our transportation dollars: bicycle infrastructure. Even better, improving bicycle infrastructure boosts economic growth.
In Texas, for example, the City of Austin estimates that a planned protected bike lane network will increase the citys traffic capacity by 25,000 trips a day (http://bit.ly/1GKk38q). And, a report from the New York City DOT shows that installation of protected bike lanes on Columbus Avenue actually led to a 35 percent decrease in vehicle travel time (http://bit.ly/1yeUe19)...
Bicycle infrastructure can be a significant contributor to economic growth... a Furman University study reported increases in commerce ranging from 30 percent to 80 percent for businesses within 250 yards of a greenway, and linked more than 75 percent of Saturday business and 40 percent of weekday business to greenway use.... [http://1.usa.gov/1dyqZh5]

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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MARC adds more bike cars Friday, Saturday

Mass Transithttp://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/ph-ac-cn-marc-release-0701-20150701-story.html
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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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