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The “Pedestrian Menace” and Vision Zero messaging

Biking ElsewhereVia BrooklynSpoke

"Even Polly Trottenberg told pedestrians “we all have a role to play” in making our streets safer, a comment she had to walk back. None of these things are what Vision Zero is about. But when the message is that everyone is in it together, those who are inclined to discount the awesome responsibility that comes with operating a multi-ton vehicle might think it’s awfully unfair that pedestrians who cross against a signal or who walk into the street with their eyes buried in a smartphone — even with the legal right of way — aren’t doing their part. “Come on, buddy! Take out the earbuds and pay attention! Be part of the solution, not the problem!”"

http://brooklynspoke.com/2016/01/12/the-pedestrian-menace-and-vision-zero-messaging/
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RI BILL PROPOSES DOT SHOVEL SNOW FROM OVERPASSES & WALKWAYS

News you will not see in Maryland-> Two Rhode Island state lawmakers have re-introduced a bill (2016-S 2005, 2016-H 7008: http://bit.ly/1UOugIE) to make it safer for pedestrians this winter by requiring the Department of Transportation to clear snow from state-controlled highway overpasses and overhead walkways with significant pedestrian traffic. Most municipalities require property owners to clear the sidewalks in front of their land. When pedestrians get to an overpass, which isn't in front of anyone's property, they have to walk out in the street or climb over a snow bank. The bill would give the DOT 24 hours after the end of a snowstorm to clear the overpasses and walkways. http://bit.ly/1OhRwNF

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


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'Decoy' rider puts spotlight on bike safety law

News you will not see in Maryland[B' Spokes: Even though Maryland's percentage of traffic fatalities that are pike/ped have been in the nations top ten worst for decades (mostly pedestrian.) And it seems the best we can coax out of the Maryland Highway Safety Office is a series of victim blaming "safety" ads that never ever mentions that it is the duty for cars to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks but seems more to convey the message to be "safe" drive a car and that way you can be part of the "acceptable" 1.5 traffic deaths per day. - We need enforcement, we need this: ]

http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/traffic-transportation/decoy-rider-puts-spotlight-bike-safety-law-photos
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Motorists want to be considered part of traffic...

Biking ElsewhereVia Facebook Bicyclists Belong in the Traffic Lane

"Motorists want to be considered part of traffic, but don't want to obey speed limits, the destination positioning rule for right turns, other drivers' rights of way, or prohibitions on unsafe passing, tailgating, lane-splitting, distracted/impaired driving, or non-emergency use of their horns. Then they condemn cyclists as a group because some of them violate laws in far less consequential ways. That's a double hypocrisy."

-Eli Damon
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3 Ways NYC Can Avoid Future Snow Removal Travesties for Peds and Cyclists

Biking Elsewhereby Ben Fried, Streets Blog

[B' Spokes: Just the major headlines]

Make someone responsible for clearing paths at street corners.
Integrate bike lanes, especially protected bike lanes, into the city’s snow clearance street hierarchy.
Buy some snowblowers.

http://www.streetsblog.org/2016/01/29/3-ways-nyc-can-avoid-future-snow-removal-travesties-for-peds-and-cyclists/

[B' Spokes: Have you ever wrapped a present and noticed all the extra paper on the corners? The same goes for intersections where twice the amount of snow goes on the corners as street snow is "folded" onto the sidewalks. This should be a major item to address in a city.]

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Evidence That Split-Phase Signals Are Safer Than Mixing Zones for Bike Lanes

Biking Elsewhereby David Meyer, Streets Blog

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The data suggest that pedestrians, cyclists, and motor vehicle occupants all get a clear safety benefit from split-phase signals, however. Even if split-phase signals aren’t included in the first iteration of a project to ensure timely implementation, it should be standard practice to retrofit existing protected bike lanes with them over time. More injuries and deaths will be prevented, and more people will feel safe biking on city streets.

http://www.streetsblog.org/2016/01/25/evidence-that-split-phase-signals-are-safer-than-mixing-zones-for-bike-lanes/

[B' Spokes: I'll note when I lived in NYC the [protected] bike lanes with "mixing areas" were a PIA I would take the lane to avoid getting right hooked and boy did the taxi cabs and a few drivers really get upset. But with a separate phase for turning vehicles no issues what so ever.]
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PeopleForBikes $7,500 grant in Baltimore

Biking in BaltimoreVia Bicycle Retailer

"Equitable Bike Parking (Baltimore, Md.): Bikemore will use PeopleForBikes' $7,500 grant to create and manage a community outreach initiative and online bike rack request system to add an additional 100 bike racks in Baltimore City. Baltimore City Department of Transportation will provide the racks, and Bikemore will work to ensure timely installation."

http://www.bicycleretailer.com/north-america/2016/01/15/peopleforbikes-announces-52-000-community-grants#.VqZUIYUrKP0
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Study: States wasting billions on highways

Biking ElsewhereBy Keith Laing, The Hill

"The study "details how despite America’s massive repair and maintenance backlog, and in defiance of America’s changing transportation needs, state governments continue to spend billions each year on new and wider highways," according to the group, which typically pushes for more transit investment."

http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/266278-study-states-wasting-24-billion-on-unnecessary-highway-projects
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Translated - Victims of road violence

Biking in MarylandVia my Inbox

After reports began to circulate last week of a gruesome hit and run in the Fill in the Blank neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland, people started asking the usual questions about the cyclist at the center of the attack: Was she drunk? Was she running red lights? Did she say or do anything to provoke the attack? Does she have a history of “aggressive riding"? Maybe she got what she deserved for slowing drivers down….

As Baltimore City Councilwoman Tell Itlikeitis sees it, all of these questions are code for 'How can we blame this cyclist for the act of violence committed against her?' So in a recent appearance on CNN, Tell Itlikeitis didn't just call out the victim-blaming language people are using to describe the case — she completely shut it down.

Speaking live with anchor Pamela Brown on Wednesday, the councilwoman highlighted the public's tendency to respond to hit and run assault cases with questions about victims' behavior, calling the typical reaction to violence against cyclists "not appropriate."

"There needs to be legislation, there needs to be strategy, there needs to be implementation as well as enforcement," Cumbo said. "Every cyclist in the city of Baltimore should feel safe, whether they are coming home late at night, early in the morning, coming from a party or going to work extremely late."

Like clockwork, Brown immediately fell into the trap of blaming the victim, asking Tell Itlikeitis for more information about the cyclist's behavior the night of the alleged attack. "Law enforcement sources have told CNN that this alleged victim in this case was riding in the middle of the lane, slowing traffic and yelling at cars that came too close," Brown said. "What can you tell us about that?"

Tell Itlikeitis responded, without missing a beat:
"I would say that that's typical of just what I spoke about — that individuals often talk about the cyclist; they rarely talk about the individuals who actually committed the crime. Those are the individuals that need to be focused on right now." She continued:

We shouldn't talk about whether she should have been even riding a bike, we shouldn't talk about whether she was properly dressed, we shouldn't talk about the time in the evening that it happened. That is too typical of the situation of how we discuss hit and runs in the city, the nation and, really, the world. We need to focus in this situation on those individuals that committed this heinous crime, and what were the bad decisions that they made all throughout the day.

Tell Itlikeitis response reiterates what anti-cyclist assault activists have been saying for a long time, evidently to no avail: The only people responsible for hit and runs are drivers, not victims. Regardless of what they wear or how much they ride, where they were riding or how many others ride with them, cyclists are never "asking for it." Victims of hit and runs are called "victims" because perpetrators commit criminal acts of violence against them, the same reason victims of burglary, battery and murder are called the same thing.

As Tell Itlikeitis went on to tell Brown, victim-blaming tends to go hand-in-hand with other cultural ills — specifically, institutional racism, anonymity and classism — in giving perpetrators the sense that they can act with impunity.

"A lot of it is neglect," she said. "[The alleged hit and runners are] thinking that because they're anonymous in their car, that no one really cares what they do in this community. There will be no repercussions."

But classism, arrogance of might-is-right, and cultural neglect aren't the only types of ignorance that contribute to our right to drive culture. Our willingness to blame victims and protect car drivers also allows affluent college students and star athletes to commit assault with the sense that they might just get away with it.

Tell Itlikeitis is saying otherwise. Before signing off, she made one final point about violence against cyclists, a guide to change the way we think and talk about hit and runs.

"We're discussing this matter," she said, "because we want to let individuals know: Whether you are on the bridge to East or West Baltimore or Downtown or wherever, all people on bikes matter — and we're here to make sure that message is sent loud and clear."
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EVALUATING ACTIVE TRANSPORT BENEFITS & COSTS

Biking Elsewhere-> "Evaluating Active Transport Benefits and Costs; Guide to Valuing Walking and Cycling Improvements and Encouragement Programs" (http://bit.ly/18TNjbm) describes methods for evaluating the benefits and costs of active transport. Benefits include improved personal health for users and decreased environmental impacts for society. The report also discusses ways to increase walking and cycling activity, and concludes that many active transport benefits tend to be overlooked or undervalued in conventional transport economic evaluation.

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