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Bike Lanes & Right Turns

Biking Elsewhere[B' Spokes: I am puzzled why this is such a controversy in Maryland. Is our law cristal clear on this? No but trying to make a legal case for something different is a near impossible task.]
Via San Francisco Bicycle Coalition

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New signage to show the reality of things. :p

Biking ElsewhereBicycle safety signs, comic by Brett Hamil

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Via http://urbanplacesandspaces.blogspot.com/2014/01/bicycle-safety-signs-comic-by-brett.html
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SUV driver, crowding cyclist, almost hits oncoming car, then rages [video]

Biking Elsewhere
[B' Spokes: This is an example of why it is imperative that drivers know the law of how cyclists are supposed to ride. I will also note that I had something similar happen to me (sans the yelling on my part) and somehow the driver was asserting that my lane position was jeopardizing the safety of her child in the back seat. I'm not sure if my response was good or not but it sure made a point from the reaction I got. "You better not let your kid (~8) ever ride a bicycle because people just like you will try and kill him." - Yes now even your son thinks you are a very bad person so you may want to rethink your position.]
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Update to pedestrian /bicycle access to the Mt. Sinai Lifebridge facility

Biking in BaltimoreGood Morning All-

I am advised that the Department of Transportation is developing several options to address concerns regarding pedestrian /bicycle access to the Mt. Sinai Lifebridge facility. We are working with Mt. Sinai regarding feasibility, and will get back with the community with the outcome.

The Traffic division will work to develop a concept and timeline to add crosswalks and pedestrian countdown signals at the intersection of Northern Parkway and Greenspring.


I will inform community members as soon as additional updates become available.

Kind Regards
Kohl

Kohl Erin Fallin
Northwest Transportation Liaison • Planning Division
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Wonder drug: Walking

Biking ElsewhereBy Jay Walljasper, Better! Cities & Towns

Researchers have discovered a “wonder drug” for many of today’s most common medical problems, says Dr. Bob Sallis, a family practitioner at a Kaiser Permanente clinic in Fontana, California. It’s been proven to help treat or prevent diabetes, depression, breast and colon cancer, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, obesity, anxiety and osteoporosis, Sallis told leaders at the 2013 Walking Summit in Washington, D.C.

“The drug is called walking,” Sallis announced. “Its generic name is physical activity.”

Recommended dosage is 30 minutes a day, five days a week, but children should double that to 60 minutes a day, seven days a week. Side effects may include weight loss, improved mood, improved sleep and bowel habits, stronger muscles and bones as well as looking and feeling better.

Biking, swimming, dancing, gardening, sports, jogging and aerobics work equally well, Sallis said
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http://bettercities.net/news-opinion/blogs/jay-walljasper/20873/wonder-drug-walking
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We Don't Know Nearly As Much About the Link Between Public Health and Urban Planning As We Think We Do

Biking ElsewhereBy EMILY BADGER, The Atlantic Cities

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But there's growing concern that the communities we've built – full of highways, where few people walk, where whole neighborhoods lack food access – may be pushing us towards obesity, heart disease, and asthma. By this thinking, good architecture and urban planning could encourage us to walk more. It could mitigate pollution. It could illuminate the targeted need for amenities like parks and bike lanes in neighborhoods with the worst health outcomes.
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When Americans think of health, we instinctively see in our mind’s eye the medical profession and the hospitals and clinics in which they treat illness. We usually do not think of architects and other design professionals. But what if we invited designers to help us reinvent aspects of preventive medicine? What if we adopted design strategies that lead to less sedentary lifestyles? [- Robert Ivy, the CEO of the American Institute of Architects]
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http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2013/12/much-what-we-know-about-public-health-and-urban-planning-wrong/7886/
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Our Top Ten Content for 2013

Biking Elsewhere
  1. Booby traps found [Frederick Watershed]
  2. Kids' solutions to air pollution
  3. Average Bicycle Accident Verdict
  4. Surprising Aspects of Pedestrian Laws
  5. But, but, jaywalking isn't illegal
  6. New signs up on Rossback Road, Anne Arundel County [Bicycles May Use the Full Lane]
  7. Maryland: Cell phone laws, legislation
  8. BIKES vs CARS TRAILER [video]
  9. Kamenetz [Baltimore County] Announces 23 Miles of New Bicycle Routes
  10. The "benefits" of increased car ownership


And may you all ride faster and further in 2014! And most of all smiles and laughter along the way.
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Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in America

Biking in Baltimore#1 - North Avenue and Bel Air Road, Baltimore, Maryland – Zip Code – 21213
Violent crime rate of 149.98 per 1000 residents. That means your chances of becoming a victim of a violent crime are 1 in 7.

http://www.expertbail.com/resources/expertbail-blog/most-dangerous-neighborhoods-in-america
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[B' Spokes: This is why we need more "eyes on the street", more people outside and cyclists are the forerunners of this. I'm not advocating to bike at this location lets try to help other Baltimore neighborhoods not fall victim to this kind of junk.]
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A Baltimore Christmas 2013 [video]

Biking in Baltimore
Santa Claus spreads Christmas cheer in Baltimore on his Rudolf-the-red nosed bicycle. Directed and filmed by Anastasia Tantaros and Natan Lawson.
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11 Reasons Why Bicycling in the U.S. Is Exceptionally Dangerous

Biking ElsewhereBy MATT PHILLIPS, The Atlantic Cities

... Here are a few interesting—if morbid—takeaways. Pedal safely!

OECD

  • Roughly “17% of all cycling fatalities were involved in a hit-and-run crash in which one (or several) of their crash opponents fled the scene (2005-2011, FARS) – presumably the motorist(s). This is nearly four times the rate of hit-and-run involvement for all recorded traffic fatalities over the same period in the United States (4%).”
  • “Investigating officers on the scene of fatal bicycle crashes in the United States found no contributory factor on the part of the motorist in 46% of cases.”
  • “An overwhelming majority of fatal bicycle crashes occur in dry or clear atmospheric conditions – 94% in the USA and 87% in Europe.”
  • “One quarter of (deceased) cyclists for which an alcohol test was performed returned blood alcohol values above 0.08 mg/ltr which constitutes a drink-driving offense in all 50 US states.”
  • “In the United States, most fatal bicycle-vehicle collisions involved a passenger car or light truck  (Sports Utility Vehicle) though 10% of fatal bicycle collisions involved a large truck.”

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  • “In the United States, 36% of all fatal bicycle crashes for the period 2005-2011 occurred in junctions with another 4% in driveways (commercial and private) most likely caused by entering or exiting motor vehicles.”
  • “In the United States, the share of fatal bicycle crashes occurring in low-speed zones was lower than in Europe – possibly because low-speed traffic calmed zones are relatively less common in the United States.”
  • “In the United States, 27% of deceased cyclists for which helmet use was recorded wore helmets in 2010 and 2011.”
  • “Red light running by cyclists … is an often-cited contributory factor in fatal and serious injury bicycle crashes (at least in the United States).”
  • “Motorists were charged with traffic violations in nearly one third of all fatal bicycle crashes and investigating officers identified a crash-contributing factor on the part of the motorist in over half of all fatal bicycle crashes.” [B' Spokes: Just to note two things to take into account on these stats, kids are way over represented in at fault crashes and police officers often receive incorrect (or non existent) training for bicycling laws.]
  • “Data from the United States indicate that cyclists were imputed with an improper action in 68% of fatal bicycle crashes (though, as noted earlier, this may be biased as the cyclist was not able to give their version of events).”

This post originally appeared on Quartz.

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2013/12/11-reasons-why-bicycling-us-exceptionally-dangerous/7953/

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