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On Palermo tragedy, 'Agony in the Garden' and the Next Baltimore

Biking in Baltimore[B' Spokes: A well written piece from Dan Rodricks about the future of Baltimore becoming accomidating of cyclists, along with special kudos to the Episcopal Diocese and their unusually candid series of public statements.]

<a href="http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-rodricks-0108-20150108-column.html">http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-rodricks-0108-20150108-column.html</a>;
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Boys Latin students were first to stop to help injured cyclist Palermo

Biking in BaltimoreBy Fern Shen, Baltimore Brew

The first people to stop and try to help cyclist Thomas Palermo – some Boys Latin students on their way to the school to play soccer on a sunny Saturday – did not see the car crash that threw the 41-year-old from his bike and ultimately kill him.

All they saw was a man lying in the street, on the southbound side of Roland Avenue, his head on the sidewalk curb, and they went to see if he needed help, said Matt Manzoni, a Boys Latin senior.
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What He Saw

“We saw somebody on the side of the road, so we did a U-turn at Lake” Avenue, said Manzoni, speaking last night. “It was a man lying alone. No one was around.”
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<a href="https://www.baltimorebrew.com/2015/01/08/boys-latin-students-were-first-to-stop-to-help-injured-cyclist-palermo/">https://www.baltimorebrew.com/2015/01/08/boys-latin-students-were-first-to-stop-to-help-injured-cyclist-palermo/</a>;
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Many ‘Healthy Obese’ Don’t Stay Healthy

Biking Elsewhereby Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times

&quot;'Healthy obesity’ is quite a misleading term,” said the lead author, Joshua A. Bell, a doctoral candidate at University College London. “It sounds safe, but we know that it’s only healthy in a relative sense. The healthy obese become unhealthy and progress into the highest risk group. This is a real challenge to the idea that the obese can be healthy in the long term.”

<a href="http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/07/many-healthy-obese-dont-stay-healthy/">http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/07/many-healthy-obese-dont-stay-healthy/</a>;
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Seeking more than a few good transportation engineers

Biking ElsewhereBy Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities &amp; Towns

Traffic engineers and transportation planners are aware of the research favoring walkability, they know that complete streets work, and yet many are unwilling to face the logical implications: Their long-held practices need to change.

We need more than a few good transportation engineers.

Janette Sadik-Khan was a rare Department of Transportation official, under former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who challenged long-held practices. She pushed hard to make the city's streets and public spaces better for people outside of motorized vehicles.
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Knowing the futility of finding better solutions that way, Sadik-Khan was clever. When a big change was warranted, she proposed the idea as a temporary test. Traffic studies are notoriously unreliable—they often overestimate traffic substantially, contributing to the design of larger, faster streets and roads that discourage walking and induce more traffic. The system is guaranteed to confirm conventional practice. Traffic studies often delay projects for years and raise costs.

A temporary test project, instead, generates real-world data in real time. When these tests worked, the city made the changes permanent. Then new changes were proposed.

In that way Times Square and many other places in New York City were substantially improved. Half of the space in Times Square is now given to people to enjoy. Business is up, safety is improved, and the traffic still flows. One of the top three tourist attractions in the world now has better transportation balance. Using the old system, such a result is hard to imagine.
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<a href="http://bettercities.net/news-opinion/blogs/robert-steuteville/21381/seeking-more-few-good-transportation-engineers">http://bettercities.net/news-opinion/blogs/robert-steuteville/21381/seeking-more-few-good-transportation-engineers</a>;
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Bicycle safety advocates call for road improvements

Biking in the Metro Area[B' Spokes: This all sounds good till you realize we had the same conversation in 2002 and since that time the state's own survey of bicycling improvements (Bicycle Level of Service) has remained virtually unchanged since then. And please, please, please get rid of the signs that say &quot;Bikes Share the Road&quot;]
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WBAL

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On Monday, members of bike advocacy groups brought their concerns about creating safer bike lanes to Maryland highway officials. The advocacy groups are talking to the state about a specific project but want to ensure all major transportation projects include safe bicycle routes.

Cycling advocates don't think &quot;share the road&quot; signs, like ones on Maryland Route 170 in Linthicum, are enough. They want a buffer built to better protect bicycle lanes as the state prepares to make improvements along Route 170.
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<a href="http://www.wbaltv.com/news/bicycle-safety-advocates-call-for-road-improvements/30540456">http://www.wbaltv.com/news/bicycle-safety-advocates-call-for-road-improvements/30540456</a>;
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Planning improvements for San Martin Drive

Biking in BaltimoreSan Martin Drive near JHU is a cycling gem, both as a commuter route and a scenic pleasure ride. JHU is in the process of rebuilding it, and it is imperative that the new design accommodate bikes. Attend the public meeting and make your desires known.

San Martin Drive Improvements Meeting
Wednesday, January 7
6:30 pm
Johns Hopkins Keswick
3910 Keswick Road
Classrooms A &amp; B, South Building

Johns Hopkins University is planning improvements for San Martin Drive, including improved safety for all user groups,
upgrading conditions and appearance, and creating a better first impression while entering the Johns Hopkins campus from the West.

There is plenty of free visitor parking after 5 pm at the South Building (under the overhang),
To access the parking lot:
--From 37th Street go up the hill and park under the overhang
--From Keswick Road (at Craybombe) turn right and drive up the hill and park under the overhang
Be prepared to sign in and show ID at the building entrance which will be in front of you once you park

Please contact if you plan to attend:
Jennifer Mielke, Director
Office of Community Affairs
Johns Hopkins University
Jmielke3@jhu.edu

Via <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/bikebmore/763031053751119/?ref=notif&amp;notif_t=group_activity">https://www.facebook.com/groups/bikebmore/763031053751119/?ref=notif&amp;notif_t=group_activity</a>;
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Arrest made after cyclist killed in fatal crash

News you will not see in Marylandby Rory McKeown, Daily Echo
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Police are continuing to investigate the incident and have today confirmed a 33-year-old man from Waterlooville has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by driving without due care and attention.
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<a href="http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/11699100.display/">http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/11699100.display/</a>;
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[B' Spokes: Could you imagine the impact if this happened here after every cyclists and pedestrian fatality? Why do we let drivers that kill off while investigation takes place, why not jail or posting bond while investigation is on going?]
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Police Building Criminal Case Against Bishop Heather Cook for Fatal Hit-And-Run; Church Says Her Fate Is Out of Their Hands

Biking in BaltimoreBY LEONARDO BLAIR, Christian Post

The Baltimore Police Department confirmed Monday that it's building a criminal case against Bishop Heather Cook, 58, the second-highest ranking official of the Episcopal Church of Maryland, after she crashed into a married father of two as he cycled along a local roadway then fled the scene as he lay dying two Saturdays ago.
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[Detective Howard] &quot;In the interest of preserving the investigation and not contaminating a jury pool we will not release any aspects of the case prematurely. ... We don't want facts and evidence about things floating out in space before a person is charged for the crime,&quot; he said.

&quot;Investigations of this nature are typically a methodical process. There's a lot of forensic evidence that has to be reviewed and evaluated … so it's still an active and open investigation,&quot; he added.

Addressing the deceased's supporters' concerns that Cook be swiftly charged with murder, he said that investigators needed as much time as necessary to prove that a crime was committed and there's no specific date on when this would happen.
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<a href="http://www.christianpost.com/news/police-building-criminal-case-against-bishop-heather-cook-for-fatal-hit-and-run-church-says-her-fate-is-out-of-their-hands-132122/">http://www.christianpost.com/news/police-building-criminal-case-against-bishop-heather-cook-for-fatal-hit-and-run-church-says-her-fate-is-out-of-their-hands-132122/</a>;

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Call for Final Public Review of Baltimore's Bike Master Plan

Biking in Baltimoreimage

BALTIMORE CITY DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Is updating the BICYCLE MASTER PLAN
Call for Final Public Review before Adoption!

Since the original Bicycle Master Plan was adopted in 2006, the City of Baltimore has created over 100 miles of on-street bikeways with 39 miles of off-road trails. Numerous ordinances and programs have been established to make Baltimore a better place to bike. The Department of Transportation will host an open-house at the
Enoch Pratt Central Library
400 Cathedral Street
Auditorium
Wednesday, January 28th
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Baltimore City DOT is providing an Open House opportunity for final public review of the Bicycle Master Plan Update. Please come by, review proposed projects and policies in the plan and give us your final input.

Questions, Comments or Suggestions?
Please contact Caitlin Doolin at caitlin.doolin@baltimorecity.gov or 410-396-6856 or Jeffrey Fleming at jeffrey.fleming@baltimorecity.gov or 443-984-4095

Via Central Baltimore Partnership
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Scientific Proof That Cars and Cities Just Don't Mix

Biking Elsewhereby SHANE PHILLIPS, Planetizen

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These findings have a few interesting implications. For example, they may help explain the &quot;war on cars&quot; furor of the past several years. It's easy to imagine how some individuals, so married to their windshield perspective, could see any attempt to improve active or public transportation as a direct attack on their person. Those people on the street are so threatening and unpleasant, after all. Why should the city cater to people like that? Transit and active transportation advocates, meanwhile, are baffled by the vitriol of the Dorothy Rabinowitzes of the world because the streetside perception of our changing cities has generally been positive.
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<a href="http://www.planetizen.com/node/66686">http://www.planetizen.com/node/66686</a>;
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