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US DOT MAYORS CHALLENGE UPDATE - and yes, Baltimore is now included

Biking in Baltimore-> As of May 19, 2015, 218 cities have signed on to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxxs Mayors Challenge (http://1.usa.gov/1Cx9G8C). (Check to see if yours is among them: http://1.usa.gov/1GjTMD8) The Challenge, part of the Secretarys Safer People, Safer Streets initiative to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety, calls for mayors and top elected officials to take a public stance to reduce pedestrian and bicycle crashes. The effort calls for cities to take action in seven areas:
Take a Complete Streets approach.

* Identify and address barriers to make streets safe and convenient for all road users, including people of all ages and abilities and those using assistive mobility devices.
* Gather and track biking and walking data.
* Use designs that are appropriate to the context of the street and its uses.
* Take advantage of opportunities to create and complete pedestrian and bicycle networks through maintenance.
* Improve walking and biking safety laws and regulations.
* Educate and enforce proper road use behavior by all.

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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Biking: Ride and bike with a scenic railroad pass

Biking in MarylandVia Post Gazette

The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad invites bicyclists to enjoy both by riding its passenger train from Cumberland to Frostburg and then returning to Cumberland along the Great Allegheny Passage.
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http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/outdoors/2015/05/23/Biking-ride-and-bike-with-scenic-railroad-and-Eat-Play-Ride-holds-fundraiser/stories/201505230065
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Bikers want to get moving on new trail

Bike PathsA group of mountain bikers wants to build the county's first mountain bike trail in Crownsville.
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http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/ph-ac-cn-mountain-biking-0603-20150604-story.html
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Recommendations shmasions, cars +1 foot, bikes -1 foot (Roland Cycle Track)

Biking in BaltimoreNo doubt I like nice things for cyclists but with a near constant trimming of recommendations for bike facilities in Baltimore they are less pleasant then advertised. Some cyclists (mostly those new to cycling) like the improvement others (generally those that have been cycling before the so called improvement) are not that happy with and are taken to avoid the bike facilities.

We are now facing a one way cycle track on Roland Ave with a speed limit of 25 mph. Roland is classified as an arterial collector. The critical widths in this discussion are:
4' bike lane, 2' buffer, flex posts, parking and two 10.5' travel lanes. (and the same for the other direction of the road. (And if it helps, the two directions are separated by a landscape median.)

I would be a lot happier with a 5' bike lane and two 10' travel lanes but since this is a State funded project lanes less than 10.5' are not allowed. I can sort of see that standard for State roads which are all arterial but on a local road? Baltimore has local roads as narrow as 9' and we manage.

The road in question in Google maps.
https://www.google.com/maps/@39.355961,-76.634585,3a,75y,346.16h,67.38t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1s6IrUvAz49QxjCxbVsgyPDg!2e0

In the first meeting a cyclist brought up the need to pass slower cyclists. And the Director of Transportation said something to the effect "I'm tired of all you cyclist and your speeding." And I'm thinking "But but bicyclists passing is mentioned in the official design considerations for cycle tracks." But one of the things I would love to see promoted is bike facilities that allow side by side riding, that is really nice when you can do that, especially if we are talking about young families taking their kids out for a bike ride.
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Bicycling Events in Baltimore this summer

Biking in BaltimoreVia Comeback City

[Just headings]

Kinetic Sculpture Race: Sunday, June 14

Tour Dem Parks: Sunday, June 14

Baltimore Bike Party: Friday, June 26, July 31, and August 29…

Tour Du Port: Sunday, September 27


[More information, pictures and links] http://comebackcity.us/2015/06/02/bicycling-events-in-baltimore-this-summer/
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Bicycling: The SAFEST Form of Transportation

Biking ElsewhereVia Mr Money Mustache

Of all the objections I get from people about why they can’t ride a bike to get around, perhaps the most frustrating is the claim that bicycling is too dangerous. According to this line of reasoning, we all need the protection of a two-tonne steel cage in order to survive the trip to the office or the grocery store.
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Under even the most pessimistic of assumptions:

Net effect of driving a car at 65mph for one hour: Dying 20 minutes sooner. (18 seconds of life lost per mile)
Net effect of riding a bike at 12mph for one hour: Living 2 hours and 36 minutes longer (about 13 minutes of life gained per mile)
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http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2013/06/13/bicycling-the-safest-form-of-transportation/
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Widow's lawsuit aims to make road safer for bicyclists

Biking in MarylandB' Spokes: Hope or more of the same? MDOT I hear the words but I don't see any action. True in 2000 and true today.

http://www.wbaltv.com/news/widows-lawsuit-aims-to-make-road-safer-for-bicyclists/33156198
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Cyclists use cameras to document reckless driving

Biking ElsewhereHighlight: "Crocker uploaded his video to Close Call Database, where cyclists log incidents involving vehicles. The database catalogs incidents by geography and sends out alerts to users in an area where an incident is reported."

http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/13/living/feat-bike-helmet-cameras/index.html
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New device helps police enforce state 3-foot Law

Biking Elsewherehttp://www.wrcbtv.com/story/29075189/new-device-helps-police-enforce-state-3-foot-law
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AAA Announces Roadside Assistance For Bicyclists

Biking ElsewhereB' Spokes: This is great not just because of the service if you get a flat on your bike but AAA Mid-Atlantic used to be very vocal about their anti-bike position... now they want our business.

Read about it here:
http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2015/05/15/aaa-announces-roadside-assistance-for-bicyclists/

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