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All forms of commuting do not pay their way

Biking in BaltimoreIf walking costs you a dollar then society pays $0.01.
If biking costs you a dollar then society pays $0.08.
If bussing costs you a dollar then society pays $1.50.
If driving costs you a dollar then society pays $9.20.

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Louisville Removes Sidewalk "For Safety"

Biking in Baltimore[B' Spokes: For safety of automobiles they add infrastructure and for pedestrian safety they neglect or remove infrastructure. Have you ever noticed all the the intersections where one side is missing a sidewalk? People in cars can't wait the 10 seconds for a pedestrian to cross but pedestrians are expected to wait 180 seconds for two light cycles to cross. - This article makes a fair point that not accommodating does not improve their safety.]
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APL Awarded Silver Bicycle Friendly Business Award

Biking ElsewhereThe Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, was awarded a Bicycle Friendly Business silver award by the League of American Bicyclists on Dec. 9.

Recognized for its investment in bicycling to promote employee health and social responsibility, APL has an active cycling club and, for bike riders, offers showers, locker rooms, secure parking and personal fitness financial incentive.

Recently, the Lab quadrupled its bike parking capacity and introduced a bike share program. With the announcement of 43 new and renewing BFBs today, APL joins a group of more than 1,090 local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies in 49 states and Washington, D.C.

“Cycling is one of many activities we encourage to contribute to the health of our staff members, which is terrific for our organization,” said Maria Cimilluca, head of the Facilities Maintenance Department at APL. “Our bike share program has been a big success in promoting a fun and active atmosphere on our campus. We aim to make APL a welcoming place for cyclists.”

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U.S. Gov’t. May Get More Serious About Cyclist/Pedestrian Deaths in 2016

Biking ElsewhereBY JOSH COHEN, Next City

In December 2014, U.S. Representatives Rick Larsen, Eleanor Holmes Norton and Peter DeFazio voiced concern that the number of pedestrians and bicyclists in the U.S. being seriously injured or killed was on the rise, while traffic deaths and injuries as a whole were declining. More specifically, they worried that over-engineered roads meant to help cars move faster were a leading cause. To see if their suspicions were true, they commissioned a Government Accountability Office study.
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Fossil Fuel Subsidies Outweigh Renewable Energy Subsidies by 40 to 1

Biking Elsewhere"The organizations released the report on Dec. 3 as the UN COP21 climate debates continued. “The analysis shows that the Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States account for some $80 billion per year in public support for fossil fuels, while their total pledges to the Green Climate Fund only amount to $2 billion per year,” the report stated."
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'Drivers stuck in traffic: stop moaning'

Biking ElsewhereBy Dennis Wright

"If you want to drive your car, then by all means, go ahead - I don’t disagree with the right to move around the city in whichever way you want. But don’t moan about it when you finally reach your destination after sitting in the same traffic which has been gridlocking our city for decades now."

[B' Spokes: How long are we going to keep promoting car only transportation that hasn't gotten any better in decades? At best there is a short improvement that is near equal in time to the traffic delays that the construction "to make it better" took. Think about it, billions spent on short sections of car centric road widening projects that at best are only a improvement that last a year.]
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Biking Elsewhere-> The world's great metropolises are seeing a shift in the moving patterns of their residents and businesses, prompted by forces such as mounting housing costs and startup clusters that are arising on the outskirts of the urban landscape. New modes of transit that can keep up with this rapid -- and often unpredictable -- change are crucial to sustaining cities' growth. Adding to public transportation's challenges, startups have also bred a work culture that upends the 9-to-5 workday; people are commuting to and from the office outside of normal peak hours. As more cities adopt the bike-share model as a solution to ever-evolving public transit needs, the influence of these programs are also having ripples beyond streamlining users' daily commutes. Check out several bike sharing programs' environmental and health outcomes, safety and infrastructure improvements, and plans for expansion.

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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From Level of Service for Cars to Level of Mobility for People

Biking ElsewhereBy Bryan Jones, PE, AICP

We could start out by creating more space for people on our streets and in our communities. And let’s strive for Level of Mobility (LOM) A this time!

LOM A 55%+ of the public right of way that is dedicated to people
LOM B 50%-54% of the public right of way that is dedicated to people
LOM C 45%-49% of the public right of way that is dedicated to people
LOM D 40%-44% of the public right of way that is dedicated to people
LOM E 35%-39% of the public right of way that is dedicated to people
LOM F 34% and less of the public right of way that is dedicated to people

[B' Spokes: This is the first metric that I have seen that shows people should get more space then a 4' wide sidewalk. Enough with always use the minimum width in all cases for pedestrians and bicyclists but for cars let's try to give them an extra 4' per lane (if the same method of determining minimum width for cyclists was applied to motorists.) ]
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Biking Elsewhere-> Traffic fatalities are on the rise up again, with an increase of 8.1 percent in the first half of 2015, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration ( NHTSA officials attribute the problem to driver (or passenger) error — drunk driving, speeding, failure to wear seatbelts — but did promise "new initiatives to protect vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists." The hazards NHTSA flags are real, but Robert Steuteville at Better Cities & Towns says the agency is also overlooking another major culprit: dangerous street design, propagated by an engineering profession that's still pushing a "bigger is better" agenda...

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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It's blame the victim week in the War on Pedestrians

Biking in BaltimoreBy Lloyd Alter, Treehugger

"In the early days of the automobile, it was drivers' job to avoid you, not your job to avoid them. But under the new model, streets became a place for cars — and as a pedestrian, it's your fault if you get hit."

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