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PETITION: FOR NEW MULTI-USE RUNNING AND CYCLING TRAILS IN CALVERT COUNTY, MD.

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Sign your name today to show your support for the development of new multi-use running and cycling trails in Calvert County, MD.



http://calvertctc.org/#support
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Look out for a Honda SUV, Light colored, possibly silver or white - Hit and run

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Update to two separate accidents involving bicyclists. #InfoSought on Hit & Run Driver. Please Share.

SUSPECT:
Vehicle/Suspect #1:
Unknown Honda SUV, Light colored, possibly silver or white...
Driver: White male 50 to 60 years of age, with grey mustache.
Fled scene west bound on Central Avenue

Southern District
Bicyclist Motor Vehicle Crash Davidsonville

On February 22, 2014, at approximately 5:09 p.m., officers from the Traffic Safety Section responded to westbound Central Avenue at the Patuxent River Road in Davidsonville for a report of a crash involving two (2) bicyclists.

The investigation revealed that the bicyclists were traveling west on Central Avenue approaching the Patuxent River Bridge. The bicyclists were on or near the roadway edge line when Bicyclist #1 was struck by a light colored SUV that failed to remain at the scene. The striking vehicle fled west on Central Avenue into Prince Georges County.

Bicyclist #2 was riding immediately behind Bicyclist #1 and as a result of the collision between the car and Bicyclist #1, Bicyclist #2 also crashed. After the collision, the bike ridden by Bicyclist #1 came to rest in the roadway and was struck by a 2005 Chevy Impala.

Evidence recovered from the scene indicates that the fleeing vehicle is a Honda SUV. Witnesses describe the vehicle as light in color (possible silver or white) driven by a W/M 50 to 60 years of age with a grey mustache and dark glasses.

Bicyclist #1, Ms. Kristianson was transported to University of Maryland Shock Trauma where she is listed in critical, but stable condition. Bicyclist #2, Ms. Neel was transported to Washington Hospital Center where she was later released. The driver of the Chevy Impala sustained no injuries.

The primary cause of this crash is driver error. The driver failed to yield to the bicyclists lawfully using the roadway. Speed does not appear to be a factor in the collision. Witness report that sun glare may have been a factor at the time of the collision.

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to call the Traffic Safety Section at 410-222-8573.


Bicyclist #1: Lynn Carol Kristianson, 62, of Arlington, Virginia.

Injuries: Life threatening, currently listed in critical condition
UPDATE: Now listed in critical, but stable condition.

Bicyclist #2: Maile Catherine Neel, 52, of University Park, Maryland

Injuries: Non-life threatening, currently listed in stable condition
UPDATE: Released from hospital.

Vehicle/Suspect #1: Unknown Honda SUV
Light colored, possibly silver or white

Driver: White male 50 to 60 years of age, with grey mustache.
Fled scene west bound on Central Avenue

Vehicle #2 2005 Chevy Impala, MD 3AJ8698

Owner/Driver: Tierra Lesley Harris, 21, of Oxon Hill, Maryland

Eastern District

Bicyclist Struck Severna Park

On February 22, 2014 at approximately 6:30 p.m. officers responded to the area of Ritchie Highway and Leelyn Drive for a report of an accident involving a bicyclist.

Upon their arrival, they observed a 14 year old male suffering from injuries sustained when he was struck by a car. The investigation revealed that several juveniles riding bicycles attempted to cross the northbound lanes of Ritchie Highway at Leelyn Drive against a red traffic signal.

The other juveniles in the group reported that they were attempting to cross when they observed a vehicle approaching. They advised they stopped. They further advised that the victim, a 14 year-old male, did not stop and was attempting to beat the car across when he was struck. He suffered injuries to his lower body and was transported by Medavac to Johns Hopkins Pediatrics for further evaluation. His injuries were not considered life threatening.

The primary cause of this accident is bicyclist error. No further information available.


Anne Arundel County Police Department
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Massachusetts Official: Boston’s Winter Cyclists “Living in the Wrong City”

Biking Elsewhereby Angie Schmitt, Streets Blog

Bostonians making polite requests for a clear path on one of the city’s key bike routes were met with disdain from the state agency responsible for maintaining the paths.

Here’s how one unnamed official from the Massachusetts’ Department of Conservation and Recreation responded in an internal email thread to a message from a Boston resident asking for better snow removal on the Southwest Corridor, an important off-street bike path. The leaked email was published on the Boston site Universal Hub (emphasis ours):

Frankly, I am tired of our dedicated team wasting valuable time addressing the less than .05% of all cyclists who choose to bike after a snow/ice event… We should not spend time debating cyclists with poor judgement [sic] and unrealistic expectations, and stick with [the staffer]‘s recommendation that they find other transportation. If someone is completely depending on a bike for year-round transportation, they are living in the wrong city.

Bikes advocates in the Boston region didn’t take those remarks lying down. The Boston Cyclists Union, working with Allston-Brighton Bikes and Southie Bikes, asked local cyclists to share photos of themselves on social media with the slogan “I am the .05%” to demonstrate their numbers and their normalcy. Local cyclists also took to tweeting under the hastag #winterbiker to explain why biking in cold weather months is their best option.

Those efforts appear to have found their target. The Boston Cyclists Union and MassBike are reporting today that DCR has agreed to meet with local cyclists to discuss their concerns regarding snow and ice clearance on bike paths.

And, for the record, cold weather cities that put real effort into making it safe to bike see little drop-off in cycling during the winter. Copenhagen, for instance, retains 80 percent of its peak-season bike traffic in the cold months

http://usa.streetsblog.org/2014/02/19/massachusetts-official-bostons-winter-cyclists-living-in-the-wrong-city/

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Naples police to enforce three-foot law

News you will not see in MarylandBy Jim Spiewak, ABC-7

NAPLES, FL -
Bicyclists are still getting hit and a law protecting them is still not being enforced. In light of our investigation into why the three-foot law is not widely enforced, the Naples Police Department is now cracking down in a unique way.

During the last three years only three tickets have been issued by all law enforcement agencies in Southwest Florida for violation of the three-foot law. That's where drivers must give cyclists a three-foot buffer when passing. The Naples Police Department hasn't issued even one such ticket.

But Officer Buddy Bonollo thinks that's about to change.

"If we're going to see firsthand we have to be part of this," Bonollo said.

Wednesday, Buddy turned in his uniform for riding gear and joined a group for their 30-mile ride. Cops can only write a ticket for the three-foot law if they see it. With Buddy along for the ride, now the Naples police can.
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http://www.abc-7.com/story/24768808/naples-police-to-enforce-three-foot-law#.UwYl_PldWYC
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[B' Spokes: When was the last time you saw a police officer on a bike or on foot prepared to address issues you care about as a cyclists or pedestrians?]
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Be careful, deer

Biking ElsewhereBy CHARLES MAROHN, Strong Towns

Three deer have been killed recently in collisions with automobiles in a five-block stretch on Belliare Boulevard in Houston, Texas, within the past month. This has prompted Houston Police to urge the deer to be extra cautious when walking along the city streets.

[Picture of] Deer crossing the stroad without the aid of a crosswalk. Houston police are encouraging an end to this reckless behavior. (Click for license.)

Police officials say so far this year, there have been 15 crashes where deer were killed, a roughly 11 percent increase from the same time frame in 2013.

Department officials outlined a number of precautions the deer should take. Among them are:

* Do not walk across the street unless you are at a crosswalk.
* Take the extra minute or two to walk to a crosswalk.
* Obey traffic signals of Walk / Don't Walk.
* Look before you step.
* Do not assume vehicles will stop. Make eye contact with a driver; don't just look at a vehicle.
* Dress to be seen. Wear light colored clothing if walking at night and carry a flashlight, if possible.
* Do not wear headphones or talk on a cell phone while walking across the street.
* Be especially careful in construction zones.

Houston is spending considerable wealth in an effort to relieve automobile congestion, increase the flow of traffic and improve travel speeds. There is no word from City Hall on whether or not Houston is reevauating priorities and shifting resources to address the safety issues of deer within the community.

[Picture] The designated sidewalk is two blocks over yet this deer is found walking along the edge of the stroad. Houston police have issued caution to deer. (Click for license.)

All I can say is, thank goodness I'm not a deer. Imagine if I had to try to walk through these auto-dominated areas with only this sage advice to protect me. Wear light colored clothing indeed! Have you ever seen a deer talking on a cell phone while walking? Totally reckless behavior -- they are almost asking for it. Save that stuff for when you are driving.

Let's never forget, the forgiving design concepts standardized by the engineering profession apply to cars, not deer. We need to design to forgive the common and casual mistakes of drivers, ensuring that those routine and easily anticipated mistakes do not result in collisions or, worse, fatalities. There is no way we can apply this thinking to the ungulates among us. We engineers should not be expected to design places that take into account the normal and predictable behavior of deer and plan for their safety. That's not only beyond our professional charge, it may simply be impossible (without slowing down the cars).

Come on, deer. Take that extra minute or two to walk to the crosswalk. And look before you step. Nobody wants to see that messy venison on the side of the road during their morning commute.

http://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2014/2/19/be-careful-deer.html#.UwVRxPldWYA
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[B' Spokes: I hope you get the point, people need to be accommodated along desire lines, this is true for obvious safety reasons. Saving fast cars two seconds while making people on foot travel 5 minutes or more makes no sense, people are people and everyone has a right to public space.]
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Lifting the Veil on Bicycle & Pedestrian Spending

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Via http://www.advocacyadvance.org/docs/LiftingTheVeil_AllStates.pdf
[B' Spokes:
D- DESCRIPTION CLARITY This is a big bugaboo for a sampling see My Comments for the 2014 – 2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) How are we are supposed to comment on projects that have virtually no description? And if there is such a general effort and general acceptance of detailed-less hohum projects then of course we are going to have a hard time making progress because the reality is we need more stress on the details then on the money. Money is really only needed to make up for projects that forgot about the bike/ped detail.]
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HISTORIAN UNCOVERS THE FORGOTTEN U.S. PROTECTED BIKE LANE BOOM OF 1905

Bike PathsBy Michael Andersen, Green Lane Project staff writer, People for Bikes

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'Had it been successful, a separate sidepath system would have changed American history'


Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, in 1894. Photo: nycgovparks.org.

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http://www.peopleforbikes.org/blog/entry/historian-uncovers-the-forgotten-protected-bike-lane-boom-of-1905
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Congratulations Proteus Bicycles

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Via Proteus Bicycles
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A short History of Traffic Engineering

Biking ElsewhereimageAttribution Some rights reserved by Mikael Colville-Andersen

Via The Copenhagenize Guide to Liveable Cities (And my friend Bob)
[B' Spokes: Because we all know the fast need to go faster and the slow don't mind going even slower. :/ ]
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Chris Boardman: "Helmets not even in top 10 of things that keep cycling safe"

Biking ElsewhereBritish Cycling policy advisor says it's time to stop distracting helmet arguments and concentrate on real safety issues

by John Stevenson, Road CC

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Talking to road.cc at the London Bike Show, Boardman said, “I think the helmet issue is a massive red herring. It’s not even in the top 10 of things you need to do to keep cycling safe or more widely, save the most lives.”

You’re being shot at, put on body armour

Boardman returned to an analogy he has made before, and which even he admits is a bit melodramatic, though it gets the point across

“It’s a bit like saying ‘people are sniping at you going down this street, so put some body armour on,’” he said.

Government encouragement to wear helmets was therefore “a big campaign to get people to wear body armour, by the people who should be stopping the shooting.”

Widespread use of helmets, he said, sends the wrong message.

“Once you see somebody wearing body armour, even if there’s no shooting, you think ‘Christ I’m not going down there if they’re wearing body armour to go down that street.’ It scares people off.”
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http://road.cc/content/news/111258-chris-boardman-helmets-not-even-top-10-things-keep-cycling-safe

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