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The Most Dangerous U.S. Cities for Drivers - Baltimore #3

Biking in BaltimoreBy Kristin Wong, life Hacker

Driving comes with its share of risk and danger, and some cities are more dangerous than others. NerdWallet looked at data in the 200 most populous cities in the U.S. to rank the safest and most dangerous for drivers.

To come up with their numbers, NerdWallet analyzed five factors: the rate of fatal crashes, the likelihood of an accident compared to other cities, the number of years between accidents, the risk of break-ins, and the risk of a stolen vehicle.
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http://lifehacker.com/the-most-dangerous-u-s-cities-for-drivers-1779965244
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To make streets walkable, empower pedestrians to cross anywhere

Biking Elsewhereby Ben Ross, Greater Greater Washington

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To make streets truly walkable, we need to totally rethink how we run them. Crossing on foot should be legal anywhere and anyplace. Traffic lights should be red-yellow-green, with no walk signals.
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http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/30477/to-make-streets-walkable-empower-pedestrians-to-cross-anywhere/
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ENGINEERS SHOULD NOT DESIGN STREETS

Biking ElsewhereBY CHARLES Martin, Strong Towns

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DEIGNING ROADS

Engineers are well-suited to constructing roads....



BUILDING STREETS

Engineers are not good at building streets nor, I would argue, can the typical engineer readily become good at it....


http://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2016/5/22/engineers-should-not-design-streets
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Assistance in educating engineers on the flexibility in the Green Book

Biking Elsewhere"AASHTO should provide guidance to state DOTs and other users of the Green Book regarding flexibility in design...This guidance should assist in educating engineers and designers on the flexibility inherent in the Green Book, as well as new and additional guidance on specific design issues... and This guidance should address designing in and for a multi-modal transportation system..."
—AASHTO Standing Committee on Highways May 25, 2016 Direction on Flexibility in Design Standards Resolution: http://bit.ly/1PikhNT

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.


[B' Spokes: IMHO our state is overly generous to cars and stingy to cyclists in designs they approve to get state/federal money for bike facilities. Take Roland Ave for example, per ASHTON the minimum width for cyclists is 5 feet and for cars it's 10 feet. So what do we get? Cars get 10.5 feet and cyclists get 4 feet. I hope this new resolution will help us.]
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SEATTLE, WA: GATES FOUNDATION CUTS DRIVE ALONE FROM 88% TO 30%

Biking Elsewhere-> When the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation opened its new offices in Seattle, it simultaneously launched a coordinated transportation program to promote carpooling, transit, and biking, while disincentivizing driving alone. The program featured a commute-logging online system that rewards employees for not driving, and allows them to pay for parking on a more flexible basis, as to not commit to driving for a full month at a time. In just five years at the new office location, the Gates Foundation was able to more than halve its drive-alone mode share, from 88 percent to 30 percent of employees. http://bit.ly/22xtdkQ


from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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MD DOT: $14 M FOR WALKING, BIKING & TRAIL ACCESS

Biking in MarylandMD DOT: $14 M FOR WALKING, BIKING & TRAIL ACCESS
-> This year Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and its State Highway Administration is making $14 million in reimbursable grant funding available for projects that enhance walking, biking, and recreational trail access statewide. MDOT is making state and federal funding available to support enhancements to Maryland’s bicycle and pedestrian network through its Maryland’s Bikeways, Safe Routes to School, Transportation Alternatives and Recreational Trails programs. http://bit.ly/1sKxGnH

MDOT also recently updated its Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan (http://1.usa.gov/20StrS7), which establishes a 20-year vision to support cycling and walking as modes of transportation.

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.



[B' Spokes: It looks like we are finally getting federal money rather then just state money. (Was $3 million from state money.)]
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Use the language of felony assault

Bike LawsVia PV Cycling

You’ve been buzzed. Worse, you’ve been buzzed and honked at. Worse, you’ve been buzzed and honked at and screamed at. Worse, you’ve been buzzed and honked at and screamed at and flipped off. Worse, you’ve been buzzed and honked at and screamed at and flipped off and had shit thrown at you. Worse, you’ve been buzzed and honked at and screamed at and flipped off and had shit thrown at you and veered into.

“At least I didn’t get hit,” you tell yourself, shaking with terror and rage. “At least I’m still alive.”

You, my friend, are a victim. And not just any old victim. You’re the victim of a crime.
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https://pvcycling.wordpress.com/2016/05/26/report-card/
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Got bike?

Biking Elsewhereby Toby Hill, Bicycle Retailers

20Collective says a 'Got Milk" for cycling could boost participation — and sales at all levels of the industry.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — A group of retailers dubbed the 20Collective has launched an initiative to grow cycling participation by establishing an industry-funded “Got Milk”-style marketing campaign for cycling targeted at the general public.

“We’re lacking any sort of direct marketing to consumers outside of the point-zero-five percent of consumers who watch the Tour de France,” said Ian Christie, 20Collective president and owner of Summit Bicycles with four stores in Northern California.
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http://www.bicycleretailer.com/north-america/2016/02/19/retailer-group-looks-launch-industry-funded-marketing-campaign-cycling

[B' Spoke: And our Alex Obriecht (20Collective vice president) is mentioned as well.]
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SURVEY IDENTIFIES MAYORS’ BIKING INFRASTRUCTURE PRIORITIES

Biking Elsewhere-> Among the key findings in the recently released "2015 Menino Survey of Mayors" (http://bit.ly/1nxr8Xu), Mayors cited the need to fix crumbling roads, grow mass transit, and repair water infrastructure, as well as a desire to improve pedestrian and bike infrastructure: "Mayors express strong support for improved accessibility for cyclists even if it means sacrificing parking or driving lanes, in addition to naming bike infrastructure as key funding priority. More than 70% of mayors supported the tradeoff favoring improved bike accessibility in their city, even if it comes at the expense of parking and driving lanes. Democratic and Republican mayors differ in their level of support for street designs that favor cyclists over drivers, with 44% of Republican mayors and 81% of Democratic ones endorsing improved bike accessibility. http://bit.ly/1PRXlza

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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A PSA About Biking to Work That Needs No Translation

Biking ElsewhereVia Streets Blog

http://usa.streetsblog.org/2015/10/27/a-psa-about-biking-to-work-that-needs-no-translation/

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