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One Dad’s Twitter Photo Essay on His Daughter’s Perilous Walk to School

Biking Elsewhereby Tanya Snyder, Streets Blog

“So who’s up for a long rant/photo-essay about kids walking to school and urban design on this fine back-to-school Thursday morning?” asked Canadian author and journalist Chris Turner on Twitter this morning. And so began a numbered tour of the hazards encountered on his 9-year-old daughter’s walk to school.

It was partly inspired by this Yehuda Moon cartoon:


But Turner wasn’t satisfied with the cartoon’s cheeky conclusion that parents are making bad decisions. “Too often, these discussions blame PARENTS,” he tweeted, “not URBAN DESIGN.”


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Baltimore County, a national leader in Complete Streets, still lags far behind Strasbourg

Biking in the Metro Areaby Jeff La Noue, Greater Greater Washington

Many US cities have adopted complete street ordinances and individual streets have been retrofitted. Locally, Baltimore County has been recognized as a national leader for Complete Streets, ranking 6th among 83 communities in the US with Complete Streets programs.

Despite this recognition, the county's on-road bike network is minimal; members of the Baltimore County Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee have been frustrated by the lack of commitment to projects; the county has missed the mark on its pedestrian safety campaign; and now its county executive struggles to find a $50 million contribution for the $2.4 billion Red Line his administration says it supports.

In Baltimore City, Council Bill 09-0433 was adopted in 2010 directing the Departments of Transportation and Planning to apply "Complete Streets" principles to the planning, design, and construction of all new city transportation improvement projects.

Despite the accolades and the policies, "complete streets" in Baltimore County and Baltimore City still feel foreign. Too many incidences of tragic pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicle crashes get blamed on user error than engineering design.

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Anne Arundel County Police Department Community Bike Ride

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the world's largest urban art park beneath the JFX?

Biking in BaltimoreBy Sarah Meehan, Baltimore Business Journal

The graffiti-canvassed concrete under Baltimore’s Jones Falls Expressway probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of taking a stroll to the park.

But a local group has a vision to transform three acres beneath the highway into a destination urban park for street artists, skateboarders, pedestrians and performers.

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Baltimore 6th worst drivers

Biking in BaltimoreBy Jim Gorzelany, Forbs

... according to Allstate’s 2014 Best Driver’s Report:

And here’s the rogues gallery of the 10 cities having the worst drivers in the nation:

3. Washington, DC: 5.1 years between accidents, 97.3% more likely to get in an accident.

6. Baltimore, MD: 5.4 years between accidents, 84.9% more likely to get in an accident.
[National average is 10 years between accidents.]

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The automobile = Less time with the family

Biking Elsewhere-&gt; &quot;U.S. history shows that any time you make driving easier, there seems to be this inexhaustible desire to live further from things. The pattern we've seen for a century is people turn more speed into more travel, rather than maybe saying 'I'm going to use my reduced travel time by spending more time with my family.'&quot;
-- Ken Laberteaux, Toyota, at the Automated Vehicles Symposium, 2014

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from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling &amp; Walking.
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Eastpoint Mall highlighted for the nation's highest pedestrian fatality rate

Biking in the Metro Area[B' Spokes: I have commented before about the poorly marked crosswalks and the abundance of freeway like ramps for motorists &quot;convenience&quot; at the peril of pedestrians at this location. Congratulations State Highways for your continued ignoring the pedestrian problem in this state, you got some national attention for being #1. :/]

Neighborhoods with the Highest Pedestrian Death Rates
View maps of a few of the nation's deadliest places for pedestrians.


Baltimore County, Maryland, Census Tract #452400

Of all tracts with at least 3,000 residents, this tract in Baltimore County recorded the highest death rate. Nine pedestrians lost their lives, with most occurring in the area surrounding the Eastpoint Mall west of downtown Baltimore.

The large shopping center is flanked by an eight-lane highway to the south (where four deaths occurred) and a six-lane roadway to the north.

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Drivers cited for not yielding to officer in traffic cone costume

News you will not see in Maryland[B' Spokes: How they do pedestrian safety in California but not here.]
More than a dozen motorists were cited for allegedly failing to see an undercover officer dressed as a giant traffic cone during a pedestrian crossing sting. (Riverside County Sheriff's Department)

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Passing distance vs distance from curb

Biking Elsewhereby Richard Masoner,

Study shows gutter bunnies get squeezed; for maximum passing distance, ride three to four feet from the curb.
The Florida Department of Transportation published a study [PDF] in which highway researchers measured how much room car and truck drives gave cyclists on Florida roads.

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Just living close to Walmart makes you fat

Biking Elsewhere&quot;According to the report, broad, multi-laned streets, characteristic of suburban sprawl, are linked with higher levels of obesity and diabetes. Same goes for “big box” stores, which are associated with 24.9 percent higher rates of diabetes and 13.7 higher rates of obesity. The reason? Both factors indicate that the neighborhood is less friendly to pedestrians.&quot;

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