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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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Ride For Natasha

Biking in Maryland[B' Spokes: Just to note I plan on going.]

From BikeWashingtonDC
[ In Memory of Natasha Pettigrew - 5th Anniversary] Ride For Natasha
Posted by: "Kenniss Henry"
Date: Tue Aug 18, 2015 7:15 pm ((PDT))

Heartache and pain come from all directions (although folks are quick to say, "sorry for your loss") it never ends!!!

During last year's ride I was told by both the Campus Police and volunteers who are County employees that I *must *obtain a Special Event Permit. While I have aggressively worked for six months to get the elusive permit I have yet to encounter anyone who knows the process!!! Like a rubber ball, I have been bounced and bounced but nothing else!!!!

I have decided to declare *riders' civil disobedience.* I will not let
this the 5th anniversary of the *death* of my baby go unceremoniously.

Yes, there will be a *"Ride For Natasha,"* and no, there will not be any formal up, keep coming, tell everyone you know to come ready to ride!!!

Let's send a message that "organized bicycle riding" will come to PG County. Let's send a message that not just this ride but many other rides will come to PG County!!!

We will say that bicyclists are people and they matter!!! Share the roads, share the resources!!!

see attached fliers.

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Our Story - Ride for Natasha 2015.docx
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Study confirms that 10-foot lanes make safer intersections SSTI

Biking ElsewhereBy Chris McCahill, SSTI

Side impact- and turn-related crash rates are lowest at intersections where average lane widths are between 10 and 10.5 feet, according to a study presented at the Canadian Institute of Transportation’s annual meeting last month. This challenges the long-held, but often disputed, assumption that wider lanes are safer.
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Bikemore Comments on the Southeast Strategic Transportation Plan

Biking in BaltimoreVia Bikemore

Bikemore, the bicycle safety advocacy organization for the Baltimore metropolitan area, is pleased to see the priority which has been placed on multi-modal transportation planning in the Southeast Strategic Transportation Vision, and is encouraged that DOT continues to prioritize biking and walking in future planning efforts.

We do have concerns with a few specific points within the plan:
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New Report Finds Drivers Pay Less Than Half the Cost of Roads

Biking ElsewhereVia U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund

The new report comes with just a month left before expiration of the federal transportation act, and with the federal Highway Trust Fund on the brink of insolvency. Revenues from gas taxes and other user fees this year are expected to come up $16 billion short of the level needed to maintain current federal transportation spending, leading to the need for urgent congressional action.

“Congress is stuck in an endless loop,” said Phineas Baxandall, Senior Analyst at U.S. PIRG and coauthor of the report. “Either Congress will have to raise gas taxes to the high levels that would be needed to fully pay for the costs of highways or it will have to admit that the ‘users pay’ system no longer exists and needs to be reformed.”

“Congress faces important choices about transportation,” Baxandall continued. “Playing make believe about where our transportation dollars come from shouldn’t be an option.”

General taxpayers at all levels of government now subsidize highway construction and maintenance to the tune of $69 billion per year – an amount exceeding the expenditure of general tax funds to support transit, bicycling, walking and passenger rail combined.

Regardless of how much they drive, the average American household bears an annual financial burden of more than $1,100 in taxes and indirect costs from driving – over and above any gas taxes or other fees they pay that are connected with driving.
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It’s Time to Stop Sharing the Road

Biking Elsewhere[B' Spokes:Read this in light of Baltimore County Bike Plan expansion.]

Via Rebel Metropolis

You’ve heard it ad nauseam: Share the Road – a mantra adopted much by cyclists and not at all by motorists. It’s become a passive petition: vulnerable bicyclists begging for enough street space to not be run over and killed from drivers largely indifferent due the empathy-crushing confines of the metal machines they drive. Even worse, groups like Please Be Kind to Cyclists have taken this kind of Stockholm Syndrome to absurd extremes, using language that would embolden any bully, ceding them power over their pleading victim.

The PC urban professional crowd you see on their corporate sponsored, helmet-required tours will shun assertive language and cling to a vocabulary of non-confrontationalism. For them, reputation and obedience are more important than responding to clueless motorists and their lethal driving habits with equal and opposite force. Whether in the streets or in our ongoing discourse, the tendency is to back down, to let the oppressor define the rules of engagement and debate. That kind of power dynamic has gotten us basically nowhere.

The burden of mortality is always on the person riding a bike, yet the burden of responsibility for using a car to kill or maim a person virtually never falls on the driver. If that pisses you off, it’s time to start acting like it. We’ve come to a point where all the soft-ball pitching of our needs has failed to deliver streets that are safer. Asking for permission to ride without fear doesn’t work – motorists don’t care, or they can’t hear you. It’s time to start adopting principles of two-wheeled liberation.
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America's Cities Are Still Too Afraid to Make Driving Unappealing

Biking Elsewhere[B' Spokes:l wanted to note that when l lived in Brooklyn, NY and midtown Manhattan all three modes of transportation took the same amount of time so traveling by car was the last thing you wanted to do. People use whatever mode that is well accommodated.]
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Construction Closes Main and Church Streets in Prince Frederick for Eight Weeks

Biking in MarylandVia Calvert Co. Gov. News Briefs

Portions of Main and Church streets in Prince Frederick are closed as the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) makes road improvements. The project involves numerous improvements including: installing a raised brick island to create a right-turn lane from Main Street to Church Street; constructing brick sidewalks on Church Street between Heritage Boulevard and Main Street and on Main Street between Old Field Lane and Armory Road; installing bicycle lanes; improving drainage and resurfacing the roadways.
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