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Thursday, October 30 2014 @ 12:57 PM UTC
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New Route 7 bridge in Belcamp is open to (bicycle) traffic

Biking in the Metro AreaB' Spokes: A new bridge on route 7 has bicycle compatible shoulders. SHA is doing some things right!

Via: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/harford/abingdon/ph-ag-route-7-bridge-open-brief-1015-20141015-story.html
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Action Alert from Bikemore

Biking in Baltimore...

What is the I-70 Trail Connection all about?

The purpose of the I-70 Trail Connection, a joint project of “The I-70 Trail Connectors” and Bikemore , is to ensure a safe, direct, and comfortable crossing of Security Boulevard (MD 122) from the Gwynns Falls Trail and communities on the east side of Security Boulevard to the proposed I-70 Red Line station on the west side of Security Boulevard.

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The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), as part of their planning for the Red Line transit line, has proposed removing Interstate 70 inside the Beltway (I-695). They have also proposed moving Gwynns Falls Trailhead #1 from its current location east of Security Boulevard to a new Red Line station west of Security Boulevard, physically separating the Trailhead from the trail itself.  

The I-70 Trail Connectors, the group of neighbors and advocates in Western Baltimore City and County promoting a bridge crossing, and Bikemore have proposed using the existing interstate highway bridge infrastructure to create a bicycle/pedestrian bridge over Security Boulevard.

The MTA and the State Highway Administration (SHA) do not support the local residents’ proposal and have instead recommended ‘at-grade’ crossings of Security Boulevard, meaning pedestrians and cyclists would have to cross this busy roadway while navigating car, bus, and truck traffic. Would you want your kids crossing Security Boulevard on foot or on a bike?

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Tack action here http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=9ae12933a17d8c1c4a22924d6&id=59dbe6a15c&e=454e16693f
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ISABELLA, 12 YEARS OLD: NEW DESIGN STANDARD

Biking Elsewhere-> According to a Sept. 10th Streetsblog article, "...What if every new bicycle facility were built with the intent of being useful to a young girl? If it were, wouldn't it be good enough for the rest of us, too? That's why, at the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference this week, we're launching a new concept to help guide our work. Build it for Isabella (http://bit.ly/1ujWIan).
"Isabella ... is 12. She likes cartwheels, Instagram photos with her best friend, and ice cream cones. Sometimes she even likes school. But without someone to drive her around, she can't enjoy those things, because of the way her neighborhood's busier streets are built. The ultimate goal of the Green Lane Project and, we'd argue, of all modern bicycle infrastructure is to let Isabella go where she wants. Not every bike project will be able to serve Isabella. Some streets are just too narrow. Some budgets are just too thin.
"But if any new bike project isn't good enough for Isabella, we would argue that it should have a pretty clear reason why not. As Green Lane Project Director Martha Roskowski wrote in January, it's time to stop building black diamond bike lanes..."
Source: http://bit.ly/1o2gbqc
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ONE EASY THING ANY CITY CAN DO TO BE MORE PEDESTRIAN-FRIENDLY

Biking Elsewhere-> According to an Oct. 7th Wired article, "There are many ways cities can make their public spaces safer and more inviting for pedestrians... But there is one easy, cost-effective, and quick thing just about any city can do to make themselves more pedestrian-friendly: Use building and landscape details to make people feel welcome and comfortable.
"The idea comes from a report by the non-profit SPUR (originally called the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association), which laid out seven ways to make any city more pedestrian-friendly. (See summary at http://wrd.cm/1vNpr6j) Most of the ideas required big changes to existing infrastructure, but this one is dead simple...."
Source: http://wrd.cm/1y1J8vh
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GLOBAL SHIFT AWAY FROM CARS: SAVE $100 TRILLION, 1,700 MEGATONS OF CO2, 1.4 LIVES

Biking Elsewhere According to a Sept. 17th Science Daily article, "More than $100 trillion in cumulative public and private spending, and 1,700 megatons of annual carbon dioxide (CO2) -- a 40 percent reduction of urban passenger transport emissions -- could be eliminated by 2050 if the world expands public transportation, walking and cycling in cities, according to a new report released by the University of California, Davis, and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP). Further, an estimated 1.4 million early deaths could be avoided annually by 2050 if governments require the strongest vehicle pollution controls and ultralow-sulfur fuels, according to a related analysis of these urban vehicle activity pathways by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) included in the report...
"The report, 'A Global High Shift Scenario: Impacts And Potential For More Public Transport, Walking, And Cycling With Lower Car Use, is the first study to examine how major changes in transport investments worldwide would affect urban passenger transport emissions as well as the mobility of different income groups... "
Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/09/140917073300.htm
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Salisbury program unites establishments, bicyclists

Biking in MarylandB' Spokes: An excellent way to start becoming bike friendly without a whole lot of money, engage the businesses. Read about the Bike-SYB program:

http://www.delmarvanow.com/story/news/local/maryland/2014/10/11/biking-toward-profits/17134163/
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Laurel seeks to get cycling system into gear

Biking in BaltimoreBy Luke Lavoie, Baltimore Sun

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Allen, 37, ended up moving to a house on Prince George Street. One year later, he said he leaves his house three or four times a week to traverse on his bike through the area's emerging network of bike lanes.

Allen, who lived in South Laurel for six years before moving into the city limits, said he's noticed shifts in infrastructure toward accommodating cyclists. The effort, which ranges from widening roads to add bike lanes to increasing signage and bike racks, is the result of a 2009 Bikeways Master Plan instituted by the city. This month marks the five-year anniversary of the plan's approval.

Mayor Craig Moe, an avid cyclist himself, said the plan was constructed, in part, as a way to increase connectivity within the city by leveraging existing pathways and roads. He said given the city's compactness, it's four square miles, and existing amenities, which includes pools, parks and various retail, it made sense to reevaluate the system.
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The plan also instituted increased signage and more bike racks. Additionally, the plan recommended the city require new developers, like those behind Towne Centre at Laurel, build bike-friendly roads and atmospheres.

The results, while anecdotal, have been positive so far, Moe said.
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http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/laurel/ph-ll-bicycles-0918-20140918-story.html
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Will Maryland Finally Build a Safe Bike/Ped Crossing on the Susquehanna?

Biking in Maryland"That’s right: There’s not a single bridge in the state of Maryland that will take you across the Susquehanna River safely on a bike or on foot."

A very well written article: http://usa.streetsblog.org/2014/04/24/will-maryland-finally-build-a-safe-bikeped-crossing-on-the-susquehanna/

And if you have not already, sign the petition: http://www.change.org/p/maryland-department-of-transportation-ensure-that-the-new-amtrak-susquehanna-river-bridge-will-accommodate-cyclists-and-walkers
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County joins with cycling enthusiasts for 100-mile ride

Biking in the Metro AreaBy Ben Weathers, Capital Gazette

Local cyclists are launching a 100-mile bike ride next week to raise money for local charities.

The inaugural Lifeline 100 Century ride will start and end at Kinder Farm Park in Millersville on Oct. 19. Proceeds will benefit local nonprofits, including the Crisis Response System, Recreation Deeds for Special Needs, and Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, or BikeAAA.

The event will be the culmination of months of planning involving local nonprofits, county police and the county Department of Recreation and Parks, said agency spokeswoman Colleen Joseph.

Recreation officials had been considering such a bike ride for the past few years, but implementation didn't start until the idea was broached to Police Chief Kevin Davis, Joseph said.

Traffic issues were longtime obstacles to getting the ride to move forward. Joseph said Davis was thinking of a similar event and the county linked with BikeAAA to make it a reality.
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Rides of 56 and 15 miles also will be held the same day, Joseph said.
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A free children's bike rodeo and family fun ride will be held at Kinder Farm Park on the day of the event.

The ride will coincide with the Making Health Happen Community Health Fair at the park, featuring 20 vendors.

The health fair will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature activities for kids and families, as well as health screenings.
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http://touch.capitalgazette.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-81636377/

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http://bikeaaa.org/lifeline-100/
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New traffic light aims to improve pedestrian safety in College Park

Biking in the Metro AreaBy Mike Murillo, WTOP

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Three college students were killed and several others injured this year while attempting to cross a dangerous section of U.S. Route 1 near the University of Maryland-College Park.

The pedestrian fatalities spurred calls for change from students, lawmakers and families of the victims.

On Thursday, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) officially completed a number of safety improvements with the launching of a pedestrian signal at Hartwick Road. The new light stops traffic in all directions when a pedestrian crosses the busy highway.

"SHA fast-tracked these projects because we wanted to ensure we can deliver them in the fall semester," said State Highway Administrator Melinda Peters.

In addition to the new signal, the speed limit has been lowered to 25 mph, speed cameras became active 24/7 and a median fence was erected to encourage pedestrians to use the crosswalks.
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http://www.wtop.com/?nid=893&sid=3718988

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[B' Spokes: This is much better than my last report on this area. Are they finally starting to get that you address all users of a road?
Let's force pedestrians to cross where they are getting killed for safety - Route 1 in College Park
http://www.baltimorespokes.org/article.php?story=2014071720391011 ]
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