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A Maryland road widening will be more costly than the transit it replaces

Biking in MarylandBy Ben Ross, Greater Greater Washington

Maryland governor Larry Hogan wants to build roads with money saved from cancelling the Baltimore Red Line and cutting back the Purple Line. The governor says the two light rail lines cost too much. But his marquee highway project, a wider Route 404 on the Eastern Shore, looks to be far less cost-effective than either.
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http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/27316/a-maryland-road-widening-will-be-more-costly-than-the-transit-it-replaces/
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Bristol to install CycleEye on buses

Biking Elsewhere"CycleEye has been developed to reduce the growing number of cyclist collisions and casualties across the country."

http://www.businessleader.uk.com/bristol-secures-world-bus-technology/13360/
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PORTLAND, OR: COMBINE USER BIKE TRIP INPUT & REAL-TIME BIKE COUNTS

Biking Elsewhere-> One of Portlands most interesting tech startups is about to move into its next phase: attempting to recruit thousands of local bike users to become rolling bikeway evaluators. Knock Software, the company that is simultaneously contracting with the City of Portland on an experimental piece of hardware that aims to radically lower the cost of counting bike traffic, is also setting out to convince 10,000 people to install its mobile app by the end of this summer. The offer: put the free app on your phone, give each bike trip a quick "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" as you complete it, and the city will be able to parse massive numbers of such trips into data that can rapidly improve Portlands streets.
Knock founder William Henderson said in an interview that the combination of instant real-time bike counts (gathered by Knocks small, low-cost sensors) and real-time user evaluations (gathered voluntarily from people who install Knocks upcoming app, which is called Ride) would completely change the citys ability to prove that its biking improvements are making a difference. http://bit.ly/1Ob4RpO

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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End of the car age: how cities are outgrowing the automobile

Biking ElsewhereBy Stephen Moss, The Guardian

Gilles Vesco calls it the “new mobility”. It’s a vision of cities in which residents no longer rely on their cars but on public transport, shared cars and bikes and, above all, on real-time data on their smartphones. He anticipates a revolution which will transform not just transport but the cities themselves. “The goal is to rebalance the public space and create a city for people,” he says. “There will be less pollution, less noise, less stress; it will be a more walkable city.”
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http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/apr/28/end-of-the-car-age-how-cities-outgrew-the-automobile?CMP=share_btn_tw
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Maryland Highway projects to improve Route 1 and build lots of shoulders, a bike lane and a path

Biking in MarylandVia The WashCycle

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The US 1 College Park Pedestrian, Bicycle and Safety Improvements project will spend $30 million to reconstruct US 1 to a four-lane divided highway with a raised median and enhanced bicycle and pedestrian accommodations from College Avenue to MD 193.

And just outside the immediate area, near Fort Meade, Annapolis Road (MD -175) between Reece Road and Disney Road will be expanded from two to six lanes, with a median, on-road bicycle lanes in each direction, a 5-foot sidewalk on the north side and a 10-foot, shared-use path on the south side of MD 175.
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In Baltimore County, northbound MD 140 will be widened from Painters Mill Road to Garrison View Road to accommodate an additional third travel lane and a bicycle-compatible shoulder.
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http://www.thewashcycle.com/2015/07/maryland-highway-projects-to-improve-route-1-and-build-lots-of-shoulders-a-bike-lane-and-a-path.html
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Loch Raven mountain biking agreement

Bike PathsA new stewardship agreement between the city of Baltimore, MORE (Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts) and the International Mountain Bike Association promises improved mountain bike access to the watershed. (Baltimore Sun Video)

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/bal-loch-raven-mountain-biking-agreement-20150325-premiumvideo.html

[B' Spokes: A bit dated but good news that this is finally getting some traction.]
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It's time to scrub the word accident from our reporting when it comes to car crashes and collisions

Biking Elsewhere[B' Spokes: I think this is significant because it comes from a car centric site, even drivers are getting sick of the carelessness of other drivers. So the big question is how to get people to take responsibility for their actions? Even if someone is "just" changing the radio station, drifted out of their lane and killed someone. The take away message should be that they should have waited for a better time to change radio stations. And most certainly the message should NOT be it was just a accident.]

http://driving.ca/auto-news/news/why-theres-no-such-thing-as-a-car-accident
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Stop Violence Against Cyclists

Biking in BaltimoreBy Mi Letts

Every time the weather warms up in Baltimore, it is time for bicyclists to think about how to protect themselves from children banning together to beat, and steal from bicyclists. Since we have few protected routes or practical streets of passage, our choices of travel are limited-- making us fish in a barrel, prime targets for these groups. We want the city to become proactive in protecting the cyclists, rather than reactive. We want plain clothed bicycle police patroling to stem the tide of violence in the most problematic areas.

Sign the petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/353/698/597/stop-violence-against-cyclist/
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Baltimore to fine parents $250 for double-parking at school drop-offs

Biking in BaltimoreBy Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun

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"Baltimore City could make millions of dollars," she said. "People come up with all kinds of excuses, but they're just lazy. I'm surprised no one has gotten run over."

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Hornbeck regularly includes messages in the school newsletter that emphasize "we want people to park their cars a couple blocks away and walk their kids to school," he said.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-school-fines-20150330-story.html
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Arizona among most strict on speeding and reckless driving

News you will not see in MarylandBy Barbara Grijalva, Tucson News Now

Arizona is the second toughest state in the nation when it comes to speeding and reckless driving penalties.

According to a new study by the personal finance website WalletHub, Arizona is also the 9th toughest when it comes to considering speeding a form of reckless driving.

Arizona also ranks among the top 10 states for fines and jail time for reckless driving.
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"... It was $367, so it wasn't a cheap ticket."
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http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/29600668/arizona-ranked-very-strict-on-speeding-and-reckless-driving


[B' Spokes: In contrast in Arizona speed cameras in schools zones can issue you a ticket if you are going 6 mph over the speed limit vs. Maryland's 12 mph over the limit and Maryland's fine is only $40. It is also interesting to note in Maryland it is really hard to get a reckless driving charge, speeding is just speeding even if in a school zone with children present and doing twice the speed limit.]
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