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As other cities push ahead with safer, more bikeable streets, Baltimore spins its wheels

Biking in BaltimoreBY JED WEEKS AND GREG HINCHLIFFE, Baltimore Brew [from March last year just cleaning up my to do list]

OPINION: Adding a rush-hour lane on Aliceanna is just the latest example of how the city is bucking national trends and its residents’ wishes

Sixity years ago, planner Lewis Mumford noted that “adding lanes to reduce traffic congestion is like loosening your belt to cure obesity.”

Baltimore government still hasn’t received the message.
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Biking Elsewhere[B' Spokes: Yes Roland Ave with the state not allowing anything less than 10.5 foot lanes so we got a really skimpy Bikeways I am looking at you. 9 foot travel lanes exist are safer IMHO just fine for use that is not an major arterial road. See:]
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Op-Alt: We can fix Baltimore's streets

Biking in BaltimoreLiz Cornish, City Paper

As the Executive Director of Bikemore, Baltimore's livable streets advocacy organization I was grateful to see the dangers people walking in Baltimore City face highlighted in the recent article entitled "Walk Hard: Baltimore is unsafe and unsympathetic to pedestrians." At Bikemore, our daily work is spent shedding light on how vehicle traffic in Baltimore is often prioritized over the safety of human beings walking and riding bikes. These decisions not only decrease public safety but also our quality of life.

The article accurately discussed how our road designs, laws, and policies often favor those behind the wheel of a car. But what the article failed to discuss was how inherently solvable these problems really are. To generalize and simply say Baltimore as a city doesn't care ignores the fact that it is not some nebulous force that causes our roads to be this dangerous, but the daily actions of our elected leaders, appointed officials and city employees. People with power are consciously making decisions that disregard the health and safety of the citizens they are supposed to serve, and they need to be held accountable. The people that lead our city's agencies--most notably the Department of Transportation have failed on multiple levels to to design and build safer streets--streets that improve public safety and public health by encouraging biking and walking. This failure is not only out of line with how the majority of American cities now design their streets, but is grossly negligent.
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The Case for Free-Range Parenting

Biking ElsewhereBy Clemens Wergin, New York Times

That same year, 2,931 children under 15 died as passengers in car accidents. Driving children around is statistically more dangerous than letting them roam freely.
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Biking Elsewhere-> A new crop of data collecting technology — including bike-counter totems, GPS-enabled smartphone apps and cameras that use machine learning — is enhancing more time-consuming, less accurate ways of counting people riding bikes and walking. Tech startup CTY designed Numina (, a camera bike and pedestrian counter because there is not a lot of data that helps justifies complete streets infrastructure. The data counting hardware is essentially a camera mounted 15 feet up on a light pole capturing video. Software is programmed to recognize and count patterns such as a bicyclist or walker crossing the screen. Numina can also track behavior on a given piece of infrastructure — where a cyclist rides on a street, whether they choose the sidewalk over the bike lane, spots pedestrians avoid and more. Some of the most exciting data is coming from companies such as Strava ( and MapMyRide (, which track routes via GPS units and smartphone apps, provide actual behavior, and can provide demographic data about users.

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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NHTSA: 2014 TRAFFIC SAFETY FACTS: CHILDREN 75% killed in cars vs other modes

Biking Elsewhere-> The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released its 2014 Traffic Safety Facts: Children with details the number of motor vehicle traffic fatalities and injuries involving children 14 and younger. Of the 1,070 child fatalities in 2014, 20% had been walking, and 5% had been riding a bike.

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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When governments make road data public, anyone can help make roads safer

Biking in MarylandBy Jacob Mason , Greater Greater Washington

This map shows where people have been caught speeding in Montgomery County this summer. If DC and other local jurisdictions released more open data, we could make maps like this for places all over the region.
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Walk Hard: Baltimore is unsafe for and unsympathetic to pedestrians

Biking in BaltimoreBy Edward Ericson Jr., City Paper

"The police officer was clearly sympathetic" to the driver, she says. "The attitude is, everybody drives, everybody makes mistakes, and it could have been me. It's easy for the police officer to identify for the driver and not that person that got hit."
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Dinosaur Comics on Driving

Biking Elsewhere[B' Spokes: For me this really captures the unsaid aspect of driving. -- I heard of this cool new game called driving. It's dull and repetitive...]
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New traffic congestion report raises more questions than it answers

Biking Elsewhereby Stephen Lee Davis, Transportation for America

The report’s touchstone metric is a blunt measure of peak-hour speeds compared to an empty road in the middle of the night. Did you know that trips take longer during rush hour compared to the middle of the night? You did? The comparison of rush-hour to free-flow traffic begs the question about the goal: is it reasonable or even possible to build enough road capacity to keep traffic moving at free-flow speeds from 6-9 a.m. when the bulk of the populace is going to work? (Those free-flow speeds being used as the baseline comparison also exceed the speed limit in many cases, by the way.)

The economist Joe Cortright wrote a comical April Fools post that showed how silly that logic is when applied anywhere else, in this case, at Starbucks, where consumers lose “$4 billion every year in wasted time” because of long lines during busy mornings. Yet:
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