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Improve the Jones Falls Trai

Bike Paths[B' Spokes: I'm concerned because the funding process does not allow for cheep but needed improvements. In a way the whole system is stacked against this, as really expensive projects seem to be preferred over the more economical ones, it would not be a Capital Improvement if it was cheep right? So where is the budget and planing process for things like this? I have no idea.]

1) The Jones Falls Trail starts right out front of the Visitors Center, but how would you know? Make it easy to find information about the Jones Falls Trail at the Baltimore Visitors Center.
2) Help separate pedestrians and bicyclists where the trail follows the harbor.
3) Don’t allow parking in the trail.
4) When the trail doesn’t look like a trail, more and better wayfinding is needed.
5) Keep the trail on the east side of the Fallsway.
6) Combat the ugliness and improve the crosswalks.
7) Combat the ugliness and improve the crosswalks.
8) The blazes are great, but….
9) Add signage at Penn Station.

[More in parts two and three.]
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Grand History Trail could connect local cyclists to paths throughout the region

Bike PathsVia Baltimore Sun

"It came from a napkin," he recalled. "We were sitting around at the Rail Trail Authority and we looked at our trail, and we knew about the C&O Canal and we knew about our study, and we said, 'You know, this could be a loop.' I knew about the success of the Great Allegheny Passage, which connects to Cumberland, which connects to the C&O Canal. You can go from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C., on a Rail Trail, and I thought, 'This is a perfect idea to move forward on.' So we have been moving forward."
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Endorsing Ryan Dorsey for Baltimore City 3rd District

PoliticsVia Epiphany in Baltimore

"#3) He is well aware of the transportation issues of the city. I see him fighting hard for more access to the city via bike lanes and infrastructure (I've been biking to work so far this year, and wow is this really needed), as well as public transportation badly needed for our residents to get to their jobs. Right now, the Charm City Circulator reaches mainly only the white parts of the city, something that Dorsey pointed out with indignant passion. He also discussed an anger of mine, that the city has such poor transportation for its students, who have to rely on crowded and unreliable MTA busses to get to school; he wants to change this. (Related Link: Baltimore Spokes, a Bicycle Advocacy group in Baltimore, has endorsed Dorsey for the 3rd District race.)"

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Bikemore's Response to Heather Cook's Plea

Biking in Baltimore"We believe that in order for this to not happen again, as a city we must commit to stronger enforcement of negligence while operating a motor vehicle. We have to commit to having zero tolerance to distracted driving. If the city claims they can’t afford to enforce the laws the state passes, we have to stop accepting that as an acceptable response."
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Baltimore Bike Tour - By Urban Land Institute

Biking in BaltimoreULI Baltimore Young Leaders Bike Tour of Baltimore Developments
Date: Saturday, September 12, 2015

New buildings are being developed and old ones are finding new uses in Baltimore. Biking the city is a great way to experience and learn about these new developments. At various stages of this 9-mile tour you’ll find industry experts eager to share their knowledge and tell the stories related to planning, developing, and building these places.

Bring your own bike or rent one at Light Street Cycles 410-685-2234, at 1124 Light Street Baltimore MD 21230, which will offer a discounted rate to participants who reserve a bicycle at least 7 days in advance ($20 for the day). They will open at 9am that day for participants who wish to pick up their bicycles before the event.

Start Time: 10:00 am – Light Street Cycles
10:00 AM: 1201 S Charles Street – Urban Design Group
10:40 AM: 111 W. Heath Street – Paul Khazansky, Poverni
11:20 AM: 106-110 N Eutaw St. – Speaker – Dante Jones – General Contractor
12:00 PM: 315 East 23rd Street –Telesis Corporation
12:40 PM: 10 N. Calvert Street – Speaker Bozzuto Management/JK Equities
Final stop: Little Havanas – cash bar with complimentary appetizers and a discounted draft for participants
For a preliminary look at the sites and the route map – BikeTourMap

Members Only – $20
Non-Members $30
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Cycling has a higher risk of fatality than driving or walking, mostly because of men

Biking Elsewhere[B' Spokes: I'm sharing this reluctantly. I dabble in statistics and I find this report suspect.
1) It would be darn hard to find any meaningful random sampling of what exactly is a "typical" cyclists exposure to calculate comparative risk from.
2) "2001 National Household Travel Survey was used to estimate traffic exposure" - Oh, lets use "main mode of transportation to work" which represents ~ 25% of all trips as the way to calculate exposure. One way to throw off this calculation is if cyclists did more other trips than riding to work as their motoring counterparts. (See ref#1 for more information on trips)
3) Since we are dealing with small numbers (in comparison) small errors can lead to large errors in the conclusion. For example: If you hear that Baltimore's cycling population has increased 300%, while that is a good thing it is still a lot smaller then other cities its size. Small numbers can change dramatically in terms of percentages but still are basically meaningless when looked at in a different light. ]

You can read Washcycle's take more at face value here:
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Hey look, that flawed Texas A&M traffic study is back and grabbing the usual headlines

Biking Elsewhereby David Alpert, Greater Greater Washington

The Texas Transportation Institute today released another one of its periodic reports on traffic congestion. This one ranked the DC area first in delay per car commuter. The last report, in 2012, came under considerable criticism for its flawed methodology, and the new one doesn't seem to have changed much, though its author sounds a little more sophisticated about possible solutions.

The report, from Texas A&M University, looks at only one factor: how fast traffic moves. Consider two hypothetical cities. In Denseopolis, people live within 2 miles of work on average, but the roads are fairly clogged and drivers can only go about 20 miles per hour. However, it only takes an average of 6 minutes to get to work, which isn't bad.

On the other hand, in Sprawlville, people live about 30 miles from work on average, but there are lots and lots of fast-moving freeways, so people can drive 60 mph. That means it takes 30 minutes to get to work.

Which city has worse roads? By TTI's methods, it's Denseopolis. But it's the people of Sprawlville who spend more time commuting, and thus have less time to be with their families and for recreation.
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SHA officials told me there'd be no study of University Boulevard. Now, elected officials are taking up the cause.

Biking in Maryland[B' Spokes: Just another example of SHA being a pain in the rear to work with.]
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A Wonderfully Clear Explanation of How Road Diets Work

Biking Elsewhere[B' Spokes: Excellent video showing how to include bicycle facilities with NO impact on road capacity nor travel times. I will also point out 10' lanes are safer! Hear that SHA? You are requiring unsafe widths both for cyclists and motor vehicles and I will assert against State Law which requires best engineering for cyclists not best engineering so motorists can comfortably pass a bus traveling the speed limit.(State Law repeated in the Read more section.)]
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“Daylighting” Makes San Francisco Crosswalks Safer

Biking Elsewhere[B' Spokes: One major thing lacking for pedestrian safety in this area is this concept of daylighting. Parking, landscaping, business signs and even traffic control boxes all help to block the view of cars at intersections. And in Maryland pedestrians are over represented in our traffic fatalities.]

By Ben Jose, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

It’s a simple pedestrian safety measure with a memorable nickname: “daylighting.” And it’s a solution that will help San Francisco move the needle on our Vision Zero goal of zero traffic deaths by 2024.

Daylighting is a straightforward improvement that makes everyone on the street easier to see at intersections. It requires removing visual barriers within a minimum of 10 feet of a crosswalk or intersection.
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