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Race car drivers urge motorists to be kind to cyclists

Biking ElsewhereBy Jim Haug, The Daytona Beach Journal

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It might be not so surprising considering their love for speed, but many race car drivers also happen to be enthusiastic cyclists.

During a press conference by sponsored by Racers Who Ride, race car drivers urged motorists to give cyclists room on the road and reminded cyclists to respect the rules of the road.

Race car drivers “love going fast. It’s our profession, but there’s a time and place for it. We need to be courteous to one and another. We’re both allowed on the street together. At the end of the day, we’re all humans. It’s a human in the car. It’s a human on the bike. You need to respect one another and give each other room,” said Brad Jaeger, a Continental Tire Series driver who will be competing at the Speedway on Friday.
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http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20140122/NEWS/140129842?tc=ar#gsc.tab=0
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Gentrification May Actually Be Boon To Longtime Residents

Biking Elsewhere[B' Spokes: Stopping gentrification has been used as a point to stop bike lanes.]
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Via NPR

"To my surprise," Freeman says, "it seemed to suggest that people in neighborhoods classified as gentrifying were moving less frequently."

http://www.npr.org/2014/01/22/264528139/long-a-dirty-word-gentrification-may-be-losing-its-stigma
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The American Cities With the Most Growth in Car-Free Households

Biking in Baltimoreby Angie Schmitt, Streets Blog

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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.”

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

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This and more http://bikemd.org/page.php?id=672
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Ford CEO: More Cars in Cities “Not Going to Work”

Biking Elsewhereby Angie Schmitt. Streets Blog

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“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.
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http://dc.streetsblog.org/2014/01/22/ford-ceo-more-cars-in-cities-not-going-to-work/
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$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
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Nearly one-third of Baltimore residents don't own cars

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

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

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