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Biking Elsewhere-> A new study (Driver Approach Speed and Its Impact on Driver Yielding to Pedestrian Behavior at Unsignalized Crosswalks: published by TRB, reveals that drivers are nearly four times more likely to yield for pedestrians at travel speeds around 20 miles per hour than at 40 mph. These findings bolster the case for more stringent speed enforcement. However, Tom Bertulis, the studys lead author, says this work can also improve the way designers deal with unsafe crossings. []

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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Biking Elsewhere-> A pair of researchers at the University of Minnesota recently set out to test the theory that a connected bike network where bike lanes provide continuous routes between many possible destinations is a major determinant of how many people bike. What they actually found was a little unexpected. Connected bike infrastructure matters, according to the study, but not as much as the density of bike infrastructure. (The Missing Link: Bicycle Infrastructure Networks and Ridership in 74 US Cities: These findings suggest that cities hoping to maximize the impacts of their bicycle infrastructure investments should first consider densifying their bicycle network before expanding its breadth, the authors concluded. []

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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Biking Elsewhere-> Vision Zero the idea that we should no longer accept traffic deaths and serious injuries is gaining momentum as a framework for thinking about city streets and transportation, as more American cities adopt the goal of ending traffic fatalities. But what actually constitutes a Vision Zero policy? What are the best strategies to dramatically reduce traffic violence? Which cities are doing it right, and which are talking the talk without walking the walk? A new organization, the Vision Zero Network (, seeks to help American cities adopt the most effective street safety policies. The organization launched last week under the leadership of Leah Shahum, former executive director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, with support from Kaiser Permanente. []
(See also a We the People Save 33,000 lives annually with Vision Zero policies petition to the Obama Administration. It needs 100,000 signatures by May 16, 2015 to require the Administration to review and respond to the petition:

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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Federal survey planned on transit to recreation

Biking Elsewhere[B' Spokes: Coming to a random mail box near you (if approved.)]

By Charles Pekow, Examinar

So how many people got to their recreational destinations by what form of transit? The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) at the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) wants to know and has proposed asking about it in its 2015 National Household Travel Survey (NHTS). FHWA is taking public comments on the proposed survey, which needs permission from the Office of Management & Budget (OMB). FHWA announced the plan in the Federal Register of Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

FHWA wants to know who is using what form of transportation to get where they are going. FHWA plans to use the findings to help gauge factors such as safety, energy use, air pollution, congestion and safety; and to help determine research needs. It wants to know how many people are walking, biking, driving their own car or taking public transit to recreational and other destinations. FHWA also plans to share the data with state agencies so they can do the same type of evaluations.
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Ryan Dorsey for Baltimore City Council 3rd District

Politics"He is a member of the Transit Choices coalition, seeking improvements in safety and effectiveness in Baltimore City transportation"
[B' Spokes: He supports cycling.]
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BikePed Beacon :: April 2015

Biking in the Metro AreaIn This Issue:

* Bike to Work Day to celebrate alternative commuting options, safety on Friday, May 15
* Bike to School Day and Walk to School Day campaigns aim to inspire children into action
* Baltimore City adopts 2015 Bicycle Master Plan
* Howard County launches bicycle, pedestrian master plans
* Funding available for bicycle, pedestrian and trail projects
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Planning Commission Officially Adopts Baltimore’s Updated Bike Master Plan

Biking in BaltimoreVia Baltimore City Department of Planning April Newsletter

Planning Commission Officially Adopts Baltimore’s Updated Bike Master Plan - To Create a More Bike Friendly Baltimore
On March 26, 2015, the City of Baltimore’s Bike Master Plan was officially adopted by the Planning Commission, which will lead to the expansion of the city’s biking network, and create a more bicycle-friendly environment in Baltimore.

Since the adoption of the City’s first Bike Master Plan in 2006, Baltimore has made significant progress in becoming more bicycle-friendly. Over 125 miles of bike facilities have been installed to provide a network of bike lanes and trails.

The City has also installed over 600 bike racks in neighborhoods throughout Baltimore, for safe and convenient bicycle parking.
The Department of Transportation’s (DOT) 2015 update to the Baltimore City Bike Master Plan outlines a 15-year plan for bicycle infrastructure and policies developed based on national best practices and public input. The updated Plan proposes a comprehensive bicycle network where bicycle facilities will be designed based on the specific street context.

To increase bicycling and its associated health, economic, and environmental benefits, the City will focus on creating safe and user-friendly bicycle infrastructure as part of its commitment to Complete Streets and multi-modal transportation options.

Visit the DOT Bike Master Plan website for the full plan and additional information:
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Tour dem Parks, Hon! is Sunday, June 14th, 2015

Biking in BaltimoreRegister before May 1st and adults ride for $40 each (save $10) and kids 15 & under ride for $20.

New this year! The Tour starts and ends in Druid Hill Park! Riders choose from 3 routes - 14 miles on the newest section of the Jones Falls Trail, 25 miles, or 35 miles. Tour dem Parks, Hon! is fully supported with rest stops and ends with a jazz barbecue in Druid Hill Park. See photos from past rides here.
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County Planning Board Supports New Maryland Law on Designating Bicycle and Pedestrian Priority Areas

Biking in Marylandby Bridget Schwiesow, Montgomery Planning Board

SILVER SPRING, MD –The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, helped to initiate a new Maryland law requiring the State Highway Administration to act within one year on local designations of Bicycle-Pedestrian Priority Areas. Work on the newly enacted law began with a collaborative effort among County Transportation Planner Larry Cole, Maryland House Delegate Alfred Carr, Jr. and Kelly Blynn of the DC regional Coalition for Smarter Growth.

Maryland Senator James Rosapepe introduced the bill on February 6, 2015 and, on February 12, 2105, the Planning Board voted to support it. The final Senate Bill 371 was signed by Governor Larry Hogan on April 14, 2015:

The designation of Bicycle-Pedestrian Priority Areas is intended to ensure that the needs of bicyclists and pedestrians are taken into account during all phases of transportation planning, design, construction or expansion. The aim is to provide for greater safety and access through bike lanes, paths, sidewalks, crosswalks and other physical road improvements and traffic control devices. Bicycle-Pedestrian Priority Areas have become an integral part of Montgomery County’s recent Master Plans, developed by the Planning Department to promote multi-modal transportation in the more densely developed areas of the County.

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[B' Spokes: While this is good news still, I wounder how many other counties are going to take advantage of this funding opportunity. Ya I'm looking at you Baltimore County and Prince George Counties. Far too many cycling related deaths and injuries and such a low mode share to even remotely justify current practice of ignoring accommodating bicycles.]
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Tucson will pay $225,000 to settle a lawsuit involving an injurious pothole.

Biking ElsewhereBy Becky Pallack, Arizona Daily Star

"Ken Baarson was riding his bicycle on East Pima Street near North Sonoita Avenue in July 2012 when he thought he saw a puddle of muddy water. He tried to ride through it but the puddle turned out to be a deep pothole filled with water, caused by a leaking pipe under the pavement."

[B' Spokes: The city of Baltimore should take notice of this liability.]
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