Baltimore Spokes
Biking in Baltimore
Sign Up!
Login
Welcome to Baltimore Spokes
Thursday, October 23 2014 @ 12:38 AM UTC
View Printable Version

The American Cities With the Most Growth in Car-Free Households

Biking in Baltimoreby Angie Schmitt, Streets Blog

car-free_households

Source data: University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

Have we reached peak car in America? Research from the University of Michigan suggests the answer is “yes.”

...

http://dc.streetsblog.org/2014/01/21/the-american-cities-with-the-most-growth-in-car-free-households/
View Printable Version

Bike Maryland 2014 Legislative Agenda and More

Bike Maryland updates

Strengthen the Existing 3 Foot Passing Law - House Bill 241

Bill Entitled: Vehicle Laws - Overtaking and Passing Bicycles, an EPAMD, or a Motor Scooter.

House Bill 241 strengthens the existing 3 foot passing law by requiring drivers to allow 3 feet to pass a bicyclist on every road and authorizing a driver of a vehicle to drive across the left–side of a roadway in a no–passing zone, if it is safe to do so, to give a bicyclist a minimum of 3 feet of passing distance. We thank Delegate Lafferty for sponsoring this important legislation. Please contact Delegate Lafferty and thank him for supporting pro-bicycle legislation. 

View bill here.

Hearing in the House Environmental Matters Committee Conference Hall, Annapolis on February 4, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

How you can help pass this bill into law:

  1. Contact Carol Silldorff if you are available to testify in Annapolis on February 4, 2014 and have experienced being passed by a motorist with less than 3 feet of passing space where the motorist could have safely crossed the double yellow line to give you the required 3 feet of passing space but did not do so.
  2. Contact Carol Silldorff if you are available to testify in Annapolis on February 4, 2014 if you have experienced 3 feet of passing space when a motorist safely crossed the double yellow line to give you the required 3 feet. 
  3. Bike Maryland will send you a Take Action Alert in a week or two asking that you contact members of the Environmental Matters Committee to request their support of this bill. Please take action when you receive this alert. 

...

This and more http://bikemd.org/page.php?id=672
View Printable Version

Ford CEO: More Cars in Cities “Not Going to Work”

Biking Elsewhereby Angie Schmitt. Streets Blog

...
“I think the most important thing is to look at the way the world is and where the world is going and to develop a plan,” Mulally said, according to the Financial Times. “We’re going to see more and more larger cities. Personal mobility is going to be of really ever-increasing importance to livable lifestyles in big cities.”

Mulally said Ford has been trying to adapt to changing consumer preferences since the Great Recession. Americans have been trading giant SUVs for smaller cars. Young people have been purchasing fewer cars altogether, a phenomenon Mulally said might be reversed by cheaper cars.

But he also said he wasn’t sure what role Ford would play in the future of transportation in big cities. According to the Financial Times, Mulally said that adding more cars in urban environments is “not going to work” and that he was interested in developments in “personal mobility” and “quality of life.” Then he seemed to indicate Ford is interested in getting into transit, car sharing, or other models that don’t align with private car ownership.
...

http://dc.streetsblog.org/2014/01/22/ford-ceo-more-cars-in-cities-not-going-to-work/
View Printable Version

$2 million Jones Falls Trail extension planned

Bike PathsTrail to run between Cylburn Arboretum and Mount Washington Light Rail Stop

"Completing the phase should take 18 months"

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/north-baltimore/bs-md-ci-jones-falls-trail-20140122,0,4075124.story
View Printable Version

Nearly one-third of Baltimore residents don't own cars

Biking in BaltimoreBy Ryan McDonald, Digital Producer- Baltimore Business Journal

...
That's according to a study by the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute, which found that more than 31 percent of households in Baltimore no longer own a car, truck or SUV. That number has increased 1.9 percent since 2007.
...

http://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/blog/morning-edition/2014/01/baltimore-residents-are-slowly-moving.html
View Printable Version

The best of MDOT's WTF

Bike LawsWhen talking about the new 'Bikes May use the Full Lane" sign

bicyclists traveling more than 10 mph under the posted speed limit are considered slow moving vehicles and should stay as far to the right as possible

Even if we have a sign saying we may use the full lane we have to ride to the right if we are slow? And is it really too much to ask to have this clarified?
http://www.baltimorespokes.org/article.php?story=20140111153606990


When introducing our new 3' foot safe passing law

The law says the bicyclist has the responsibility to move aside and let you pass.

There is no such law for cyclists, motor vehicles capable of doing the speed limit yes but not cyclists. But even so there has to be space to move aside.
http://www.baltimorespokes.org/article.php?story=20101012170700484


And MDOT still insists this is 100% correct and is a good paraphrase of a cyclist failing to ride lawfully (not in compliance with § 21-1205).

A 3 foot passing distance is required unless... the bicyclist fails to ride to the right,

http://www.baltimorespokes.org/article.php?story=20101005122814769


Am I the only one who is detecting a theme here? While MDOT has been good at correcting stuff online they are horrible at correcting "little" meda slip ups. My impression of the first two slip ups are the result of trying to get some vehicle code that does does not apply to cyclist to apply to cyclists. It would have been nice if they corrected the misunderstanding in the Capital Gazette (first quote) by simply clarifying that even slow cyclists can legally use the full lane when the lane is narrow. But it seems they have dug in their heels and will only go as far as replacing "as far right as possible" with "as far right as practicable and safe" for slow cyclists. Well I have news for you MDOT the latter phrase is from the bicycle code and NOT the slow moving vehicle code, that should be a hint that the slow moving vehicle law does not apply.

Art. 6. That all persons invested with the Legislative or Executive powers of Government are the Trustees of the Public, and, as such, accountable for their conduct: Wherefore, whenever the ends of Government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered... - Maryland Declaration of Rights

Are not our personal liberties endangered if MDOT puts out contradictory messages? Is not failing to correct an error in the original source of publication failing the public trust? I have gone to too much work just to get MDOT to clarify that even slow cyclist can use the full lane if it is too narrow. I am now trying to investigate other options if anyone knows a good lawyer that could handle this let me know.
View Printable Version

Petition: Ensure that the new Amtrak Susquehanna River Bridge will accommodate cyclists and walkers.

Biking in MarylandPetition by East Coast Greenway Alliance

The East Coast Greenway (ECG) is a 2,900-mile National Millennium Trail connecting 15 states and more than two dozen major cities throughout the Eastern seaboard. The ECG is now 29% complete as trail, with 71% of the route on carefully-selected roadways. There are many challenges to building trail on the route, but one rises high above the rest: crossing the Susquehanna River. Did you know that in the state of Maryland there is no safe way to cross the Susquehanna on foot or by bike? The closest safe crossing is in Pennsylvania, over 23 miles upstream from Havre de Grace. With your help, we can change that.

http://www.change.org/petitions/maryland-department-of-transportation-ensure-that-the-new-amtrak-susquehanna-river-bridge-will-accommodate-cyclists-and-walkers
View Printable Version

Meet Brian Frosh for Attorney General

Politics[B' Spokes: I was with some cycling friends over the weekend and they could not stop talking about how great Brian Frosh is (and he is a cyclist as well.)]


I hope you are safe and warm this snowy day! I want to share information on our campaign's upcoming events in the Baltimore area this weekend. This Saturday we are having two events, the first is Saturday morning in Baltimore County and the second is that afternoon in Baltimore City. Brian will discuss his legislative priorities and share why he is running to be the next Attorney General of Maryland.

There is much work to be done and Brian can’t do it alone. He needs your support! Please join us this Saturday to learn more about Brian, hear more about his vision for a better and safer Maryland, and get involved in our campaign. Please feel free to share this invitation with your friends and family!

Sincerely,

Terrell

 

 

Baltimore County Baltimore City

Meet & Greet in Timonium

with

Senator Brian Frosh

 Democrat for Attorney General of Maryland

Saturday, January 25, 2014

10am – 12pm

Home of Rev. Sharon Smith

219 Sandee Road

Timonium, MD

 

Meet & Greet in Mt. Vernon

with

Senator Brian Frosh

 Democrat for Attorney General of Maryland

Saturday, January 25, 2014

3pm – 5pm

Home of Kathleen Fanone & Steven Ruckman

913 Tyson Street

Baltimore, MD

  

 

Please RSVP to Christa Burton at 847-409-5889 or send an email to christa@brianfrosh.com


His website: http://www.brianfrosh.com/
View Printable Version

Wheels of change: Baltimore's bike crusade

Biking in BaltimoreBy Andrew Zaleski, For b

For 23 years, Penny Troutner has owned Light Street Cycles in Federal Hill. And she had seen bicycles on Baltimore's streets, for recreation and transportation, even before she opened her bike shop. But Troutner holds up 2011 as the year she noticed drivers giving cyclists in the city more room on the road.
...

But infrastructure improvements have also contributed to safer streets for cyclists. Since 2006, 140 miles of cycling lanes on city streets have been installed, a measure that garnered Baltimore recognition from the national League of American Bicyclists as a bicycle-friendly community.
...

"We're going to see a visible difference in the next two to three years of bike infrastructure in the city," said Billy Hwang, 40, the deputy director for administration at the city's Department of Transportation.

Hwang said this year marks the first time Baltimore is "dedicating federal and local funds to bicycling," a total of about $3.1 million to put toward bike infrastructure, including another 500 bike racks that will be placed citywide over the next year.
...

Nowhere has that call for better infrastructure been stronger over the past year than inside Bikemore, a cycling advocacy group founded in 2012.
...

*************************
Hear the plan

Bike and pedestrian planner Caitlin Doolin will present the Downtown Bicycle Network at the central branch of the Enoch Pratt Free library (400 Cathedral Street) from 5-7 p.m. on Feb. 4.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/bthesite/bs-b-0122-baltimore-bikes-20140121,0,1736056,full.story
**********************************************************************************************************************************
[B' Spokes: Click the link above at least to show support for more articles like this as well as I skipped a lot of good stuff so there is a lot more in there.]
View Printable Version

Cyclists Can Save You Money, If You Let Them

Biking ElsewhereReference: http://www.portlandmercury.com/portland/if-you-build-it/Content?oid=11043200

B' Spokes: There appears to be some disagreement here on just how much motorist pay for the roads. So I'll note from my research there is a big difference what the proportion of motor vehicle taxes make up the state DOT budget and that of the localities. State DOT's build a lot of expensive roads where cyclists are prohibited (so it stands to reason motor vehicles pay the lion share of that) while localities using less vehicle taxes build roads for everyone to use. So it looks like the inference holds, we are paying more then our fair share.

A few highlights:

"And a 2013 study by Canadian researcher Todd Litman found big disparities in how motorists and non-motorists kick in for transportation projects. Litman estimated a cyclist who travels 3,000 miles a year likely overpays almost the same amount as a motorist who logs 10,000 miles a year might underpay."

"But some observers say parsing these revenue streams ignores a larger point: Bike facilities have the ability to save massive amounts of money."

"A Swiss researcher, Thomas Gotschi, who helpfully made Portland the subject of a 2011 study, drove that point home. He found investments of $138 million to $605 million in bike infrastructure could be leveraged to save:
• Between $388 million to $544 million in health care costs.
• $143 to $218 million in fuel
• $7 to $12 billion in human life (measured “value of statistical lives,” a common metric in transportation planning)"

http://www.portlandmercury.com/portland/if-you-build-it/Content?oid=11043200

My Account





Sign up as a New User
Lost your password?

Google


Site Map

Events

There are no upcoming events

Older Stories

Wednesday d-M


Monday d-M


Sunday d-M


Friday d-M


Thursday d-M


Wednesday d-M


Tuesday d-M

Forumposts

Order: New Views Posts
Latest 5 Forum Posts
 
Re: In regularly fro..
 By:  Barren
 On:  Tuesday, October 14 2014 @ 11:41 AM UTC
 Views 0 Replies 0
Re: 60 - 100 mile Ri..
 By:  namal
 On:  Friday, October 03 2014 @ 12:31 PM UTC
 Views 0 Replies 0
Re: Stolen: Kona Exp..
 By:  happy
 On:  Thursday, September 25 2014 @ 09:57 AM UTC
 Views 0 Replies 0
Re: Route advice: Fe..
 By:  B' Spokes
 On:  Saturday, August 30 2014 @ 06:01 PM UTC
 Views 0 Replies 0
Re: Route advice: Fe..
 By:  juttboy
 On:  Saturday, August 16 2014 @ 07:53 AM UTC
 Views 0 Replies 0

Mailing Lists

General Talk
Subscribe Archives Announcements
Subscribe Archives

Poll

Maryland should adopt the Idaho stop law.

  •  Strongly agree
  •  Mostly agree
  •  Undecided
  •  Mostly disagree
  •  Strongly disagree
This poll has 0 more questions.
Results
Other polls | 653 votes | 0 comments

The state should support what kind of bicycle facilities?

  •  Off-road bike trails
  •  On-road bike accommodations only on State roads
  •  On-road bike accommodations only on County roads
  •  All of the above
This poll has 0 more questions.
Results
Other polls | 703 votes | 3 comments

Who's Online

Guest Users: 288