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FHWA Proposes to Let States Fail Their Own Safety Goals With Impunity

Biking Elsewhereby Tanya Snyder, Streets Blog

Secretary Anthony Foxx has made clear that safety — and specifically, safety for bicyclists and pedestrians — is a priority of his administration. If that’s true, his administration sure has a funny way of showing it.

The Federal Highway Administration’s proposal on safety performance measures allows states to fail to meet half their own safety targets without consequences. And it gives the seal of approval to worsening safety performance as long as people in that state are driving more.
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First, bike and pedestrian advocates are bitterly disappointed that their demand for a separate performance measure on vulnerable road users was not included. “Once again, bicyclists have been left out,” said Bike League President Andy Clarke in a blog post Tuesday. “We know that without a specific target to focus the attention of state DOTs and USDOT on reducing bicyclist and pedestrian deaths within the overall number — we get lost in the shuffle.”
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More people dying? No problem — just keep driving!
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http://usa.streetsblog.org/2014/03/14/fhwa-proposes-to-let-states-fail-their-own-safety-goals-with-impunity/
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Traffic Safety Trends

Biking ElsewhereBy Anne Teigen and Douglas Shinkle

Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 3 and 34. In 2012, highway deaths increased for the first time since 2005, from 32,479 in 2011 to 33,561 in 2012. While motor vehicle deaths in 2012 remain at the same level of fatalities as in 1950, Americans drove approximately the same about of miles in 2012 as they did in 2011, but with a 3.3 percent increase in fatalities. Thirteen states and the District of Columbia saw reductions in overall traffic fatalities (Table 1); in Mississippi, the number of fatalities decreased by 48, or 7.6 percent.
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Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety

After a few years of declining traffic deaths among bicyclists and pedestrians, the past few years have witnessed an increase in deaths for these groups. In 2012, pedestrian deaths rose from 4,457 deaths in 2011 to 4,743 deaths in 2012 (an increase of 6.4 percent), while bicyclist deaths increased from 682 to 726 (an increase of 6.5 percent). Injuries increased as well, by 10 percent for pedestrians, to around 76,000, and by 2.1 percent, to about 49,000 for bicyclists. Alcohol use continues to increase the risk of injury or death for pedestrians and cyclists; 37 percent of pedestrians killed in 2011 (the year with the most recent data), had blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) over the legal driving limit of .08, although that has declined from 44 percent of pedestrians in the early ‘80s.

Due largely to the success in decreasing vehicle deaths, the proportion of bicyclist and pedestrian traffic deaths has increased significantly; according to the newest data from the NHTSA passenger vehicle deaths now account for 65 percent of traffic deaths, down from 75 percent in 2003, while the proportion of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities increased from 13 percent of deaths to 17 percent [22 percent for Maryland]. Common legislative strategies to enhance traffic safety for pedestrians and bicyclists include vulnerable user laws, complete streets, safe bicycling passing laws, and yield to pedestrian laws.

Vulnerable Users

A number of states [but not Maryland] considered legislation to assess stiffer penalties for traffic incidents that cause harm or death to vulnerable users, but Utah was the only one to enact such legislation in 2013. The Utah law defines a vulnerable user as a pedestrian; a person riding an animal; or a person operating a skateboard, wheelchair, bicycle, moped, motorcycle and other devices. A motorist may not distract, force, or attempt to distract or force a vulnerable user off the roadway with the intent of causing injury. Violating this law can result in fines of up to $750 and up to 90 days in jail; in the case of a violation resulting in injury to a vulnerable user, the penalty can be fines of up to $1,000 and up to six months in jail.
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http://www.ncsl.org/documents/transportation/2013Trafficsafetytrends.pdf
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House OKs jail time for drivers who kill while on cell phones

Bike LawsBy Michael Dresser, Baltimore Sun

The House of Delegates approved a bill Friday that would allow a judge to give up to a year's sentence to a driver who negligently kills or seriously injures someone while texting or speaking on a hand-held cellphone.
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http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/blog/bal-house-oks-jail-time-for-drivers-who-kill-while-on-cell-phones-20140314,0,4820774.story?track=rss
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Don Engel for Delegate 11th District, Maryland General Assembly

Politics[B' Spokes: As usual with these kind of posts, I like people who bike. And in an effort to become the all powerful bike lobby I like sharing with you who I have met with and am impressed with. And I encourage you to get involved with your local politicians and if they are supportive of cycling let me know and I will try and promote them.]
Meet-and-Greet hosted by Bob
March 30, 2014 from 2pm to 4pm
2423 Sylvale Road, Baltimore, MD 21209

Meet-and-Greet hosted by Susan
April 27, 2014 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm
1911 Ruxton Road, Towson, MD 21204

Meet-and-Greet hosted by Ann and Don
April 30, 2014 from 7pm to 9pm
2414 Sugarcone Road, Baltimore, MD 21209

https://www.donengel.com/
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Cycling is good for you part 2,869: vigorous exercise reduces flu risk, study suggests

Biking Elsewhereby John Stevenson , Road.CC

It’s well known that being fit and active reduces your risk of heart problems and a host of other diseases of a sedentary lifestyle. A new study suggests that at least two and a half hours of vigorous exercise a week - including what the authors term ‘fast cycling’ - cuts the risk of catching flu by around 10% too.

But gentle activity has little effect; the activity has to be hard enough that it makes you sweat or breathe hard, according to experts at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
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http://road.cc/content/news/114369-cycling-good-you-part-2869-vigorous-exercise-reduces-flu-risk-study-suggests
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KENNEDY KRIEGER INSTITUTE WILL ROAR TO BREAK THE SILENCE OF AUTISM

Biking in the Metro Area

Kennedy Krieger’s 10th annual ROAR for Autism fundraiser will feature a 25-mile bike ride, 5k run/road race, low-mileage fun walk and family festival

 

BALTIMORE, MD—For Autism Awareness Month in April, Kennedy Krieger Institute will once again bring the community together for its annual fundraiser, ROAR for Autism, on Sunday, April 27 at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, MD. Through biking, running and walking, families and supporters will gather with a united “ROAR” to raise awareness and funds for research into this puzzling disorder that so often silences the voices of those affected. Since the inaugural event in 2005, ROAR for Autism, presented by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, has raised more than $2 million for autism research at Kennedy Krieger.

 

Autism is a brain-based developmental disability affecting the ability of 1 in 88 children to communicate and form relationships with others. As one of the nation’s leaders in autism research, Kennedy Krieger Institute strives to provide earlier diagnosis and develop successful treatments by discovering how autism affects the brain. ROAR for Autism gives participants a unique opportunity to help fight this complex, life-altering disorder that affects 1.5 million Americans.

 

The 10th annual event will be a fun-filled day with a meaningful purpose, featuring a 25-mile bike ride, a newly designed 5k course, low-mileage fun walk and a family festival. Cyclists will journey through the scenic countryside of Baltimore County and runners and walkers will enjoy the beautiful scenery surrounding Oregon Ridge Park. After biking, running or walking, participants will enjoy the Family Festival, featuring healthy snacks provided in the Wegmans Wellness Village, live music, mascot challenge, face painting, balloon art,coloring station, enclosed playground, nature trails, food from Kooper’s Chowhound Burger Wagon and Woody’s Taco Island Truck, and much more!

 

Participants and teams may go online to register and build personal fundraising pages—all in support of autism research. Want to support ROAR for Autism, but can’t drag yourself out of bed early on April 27? Go ahead and sleep in, just don’t forget to register to Snore for ROAR.

 

For more information about ROAR for Autism, or to register, visit www.ROARforAutism.org or call 443-923-7300.

 

What: ROAR for Autism 2014: 25-mile Bike Ride, 5k Run/Road Race, Low-Mileage Fun Walk & Family Festival

 

Where:

Oregon Ridge Park

13401 Beaver Dam Road

Cockeysville, MD 21030

 

When:

Sunday, April 27, 2014

6:30am              Registration and check-in opens for bike ride

7:00am              Bike ride begins and registration opens for 5k and Fun Walk

8:00am              All bike riders must be on course

8:00am              5k run and Fun Walk begins

8:30am              Family Festival begins

10:30am            Awards ceremony and mascot challenge

11:30am            Raffle drawing

12:00pm            Family Festival ends and start/finish closes

 

Cost:

AdvanceOnline Registration (ends April 23)

Adults - $35 (Festival only - $15)                         

Children 5-12 - $15 (Festival only $5)

Children 4 & under – FREE                                

 

Late/On-Site Registration (April 27)

Adults - $40 (Festival only - $20)

Children 5-12 - $20 (Festival only $10)     

Children 4 & under – FREE

 

Information: Visit www.ROARforAutism.org or call 443-923-7300. ROAR for Autism is on Facebook! www.facebook.com/ROARforAutism.

 

About Kennedy Krieger Institute

Internationally recognized for improving the lives of children and adolescents with disorders and injuries of the brain and spinal cord, the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD serves more than 20,000 individuals each year through inpatient and outpatient clinics, home and community services and school-based programs. Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children with developmental concerns mild to severe, and is home to a team of investigators who are contributing to the understanding of how disorders develop while pioneering new interventions and earlier diagnosis. For more information onKennedy Krieger Institute, visit www.kennedykrieger.org.

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An Advocate’s Guide to Elections

Biking ElsewhereB' Spokes: A sample of what I would love to see around here.
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By Darren Flusche, Policy Director, League of American Bicyclists

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Bike Delaware

In 2010, Bike Delaware surveyed all candidates running for the state’s General Assembly. The survey included questions related to the appreciation of the benefits of bicycling and ended with direct questions about the candidates’ willingness to dedicate state funds to bicycling and walking. The responses indicated widespread support for dedicated state funding for bicycling and walking.

Encouraged by this, Bike Delaware and their health partners launched the successful “Walkable, Bikeable Delaware” campaign. The governor and the General Assembly have since committed over $20 million dollars of state funds to bicycling and walking projects.

Bike Delaware published the results online:
http://www.bikede.org/2010/10/26/results-of-2010-survey-of-delaware-general-assembly-candidates/

2010 Bike Delaware Survey

On a scale of 1 to 5, rank your support of the following statements, with one being ‘strongly agree’ and five being ‘strongly disagree’:

1. I supported or agreed with the recently passed “Vulnerable Users Bill”:
http://legis.delaware.gov/LIS/lis145.nsf/vwLegislation/SB+269/$file/legis.html

2. I believe that increased use of ‘active’ modes of transportation (i.e. walking and bicycling) improves public health.

3. I believe that investing in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure saves people money by allowing them to spend a smaller percentage of their household budgets on transportation; and makes Delaware’s economy less vulnerable to disruption from oil price shocks.

4. I support greater state transportation spending on walking and bicycling.

5. A minimum percentage of state transportation funding should be dedicated to the development of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and facilities.
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http://www.advocacyadvance.org/site_images/content/Election_Guide_Final(web2).pdf
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AA uses naked cyclist to launch #thinkbikes wing-mirror campaign

Biking ElsewhereB' Spokes: I laughed at this.

http://www.bikebiz.com/news/read/aa-uses-naked-cyclist-to-launch-thinkbikes-wing-mirror-campaign/016117
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Zeke's Coffee Cupping/Tasting @ Twenty20 Cycling Co.

Biking in BaltimoreThis Saturday (3/22/14) as Zeke's Coffee hosts a FREE cupping of Twenty20 Blend coffee here in the Hampden Shop from 10am - 12pm.

Stop by for a free sample of the custom blend as they brew on-site and hear how and why Twenty20 blend is so uniquely awesome.

725 W. 36th Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21211

Via https://www.facebook.com/events/482542358512466/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
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‘The Pied Piper for sustainable transportation’ and his radical idea: Put people first

Biking ElsewhereBy CHRISTINE MCLAREN, The Globe and Mail

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He has also lived his message: Mr. Penalosa, 57, helped to transform Bogota when he served as the Colombian capital’s commissioner of parks and recreation in the late 1990s. He has since become an evangelist for livable cities that put people, not cars, at the centre of planning. As the executive director of Toronto-based non-profit 8-80 Cities, he has worked with more than 150 cities on every continent, convincing them that rapid improvements to mass transit, bike lanes and pedestrian walkways are not as impossible as they may think.
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Many politicians are also “timid,” he adds. “The minute they’re elected, they’re thinking about how to get re-elected, and the way to get re-elected is to do more of the same. Maybe a little bit better but more of the same. But unfortunately now we not only have to focus on doing things right, but also we need to focus on doing the right things.”
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“It’s not about walking or cycling or parks or sidewalks,” he says. “Those are the means. The end goal is how to create a vibrant city with healthy communities, where the citizens are going to be happier.”
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http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/the-pied-piper-for-sustainable-transportation-and-his-radical-idea-put-people-first/article17496623/

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