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Tuesday, November 25 2014 @ 08:36 PM UTC
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GHSA's sensational report

Biking ElsewhereB' Spokes: The WashCycle dissects the Governors Highway Safety Association report that cycling fatalities are up but while true is misleading along with other info from the report.

http://www.thewashcycle.com/2014/10/ghsa-study.html
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"We have chosen not to actively support Cherokee Schill's case" - LAB

Biking ElsewhereLAB's response here: http://bikeleague.org/content/schill-case-what-now

B' Spokes: Let's say there are a range of responses we could expect expect from LAB, I am fully sympathetic as to why LAB has not cranked it up to 11 on this case but zero support? OK maybe one on the scale, as they did do a nice blog post on riding with Schill. But still we have all faced harassment from motorist and there are too many police officers who seem to think the cyclist is always at fault no mater what. The attitudes behind this case are universal and should be addressed.

If gun safety was like bicycle safety, it would be illegal to stand in front of a gun.

What is needed is a change of attitudes, a public relation campaign if you would. It is not right that the fastest mode of travel has the unspoken "right" not to be delayed in the slightest even though they could easily make up that delay but slower modes of transportation should not mind going even slower. Half hour or loner detours, no problem since they were going slow to begin with. :/

Next can you imagine the Climate Change folks saying, "Climate Change right now only adversely affects polar bears so there is no national concern and we will take no action." Or the Anti-Fracking groups going "Fracking only has a local effect so there is no national concern so we will take no action." So why are we allowing LAB to basically say the same thing? This is not so much about winning a court case which will have very little impact on all of us no mater which way it goes but about changing societies thoughts about cars and bicycle riders. Cars won the world over in the 1960's and we are seeing all the collateral damage their preponderance has done. We need a national organization to help reverse this trend and not keep on ignoring it every time it crops up!

Even if they looked at as a found opportunity for example if they did something like "Join now and we'll contribute $5 to Schill's defense fund." That would have been a heck of a lot better than never mentioning she needed help raising money to defend our rights to the road. I am trying to say there are lots of opportunities for LAB to do more than what it is currently doing, LAB trying to defend their actions is too much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving just recommending a good doctor after you got ran over by a drunk driver but refusing to do more because of no national concern.

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi
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BFC STEVE: MY RIDE WITH CHEROKEE SCHILL

Biking Elsewhere[B' Spokes: I try to be a polite cyclist by going out of my way to find routes where I will be the least bother to motorists but once and a while I have to take the lane on a car centric street, not all that different from Cherokee Schill. Well OK most of the time when I do it, it's a much shorter distance and not every day but still I would love to see LAB support cyclists right to use public roads. I sort of understand why they have not done so in the past (while I don't know for sure this is my guess) in advocacy circles there is such a thing as the "unsympathetic character" so if you have an arrogant cyclist who thinks they own the road...

Gawd, that is such a loaded summary, it is a lot like "Have you stopped betting your wife?", trying to defend that just gets you deeper into trouble. My point here is it is not the "unsympathetic character" that is at issue here but the "unsympathetic framework" that we are forced to work our way out of that is the issue. And that framework has to go! And it would be lovely if LAB would finally take up cyclists right to use the public roadway. So if you know someone at LAB please mention politely that you would love to see LAB involved in this case.

In this article it goes into someones first time riding this road and their trials in trying to be a polite cyclist on the return trip.]
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by Steve Clark, Bike League

I used to think I was about as fearless and empowered as any cyclist out there. Then I rode with Cherokee Schill.
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http://bikeleague.org/content/bfc-steve-my-ride-cherokee-schill
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DNR Opens All Sensory Trail at Patapsco Valley Sate Park

Bike PathsDNR and partners hosted a ribbon-cutting for the new All Sensory Trail at Patapsco Valley State Park on October 16th.

The first-of-its-kind within a Maryland State Park, this Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-accessible path has items that play on the senses to offer an exciting interactive experience for everyone, including people who are vision or hearing impaired.

The trail was created over the summer by youth from the Corps groups, with assistance from DNR, the National Park Service and the Maryland School for the Blind. The youth worked hard to create this special place, along the way learning valuable job skills, gaining an appreciation for nature and seeing firsthand the value of teamwork.

Accessible for people of all abilities, the trail features a walking guide rope, aromatic herbs and plants, beautifully painted birdhouses alive with chirps, melodic drums and chimes, and a variety of interesting plants for touching.

The construction represents phase one of the trail, to be enlarged and enhanced in the summer.
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MARC will add a bicycle car to some weekend trains

Biking in MarylandBy Miriam Schoenbaum, Greater Greater Washington

MARC plans to allow bicycles on some weekend trains on the Penn Line before the end of the year, a MARC official said last week.

Bicycle advocates have long asked MARC to allow passengers to bring ordinary bicycles aboard MARC trains. MARC allows only folding bicycles on regular passenger cars.

However, MARC is now spending $359,000 to convert two single-level passenger cars to passenger/bicycle cars, Chief Mechanical Officer Erich Kolig explained to the MARC Riders Advisory Council on October 16. MARC plans to add one bicycle car to certain weekend Penn Line trains. There will be a bicycle symbol on the Penn Line schedule to denote these trains. The other bicycle car will remain in reserve.
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http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/24585/marc-will-add-a-bicycle-car-to-some-weekend-trains/
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It’s Happening: Washington State Revises Traffic Forecasts to Reflect Reality

Biking Elsewhere

by Angie Schmitt, Streets Blog

Washington State has revised traffic projections downward, to reflect changing patterns. Image: Washington State via Sightline

The Washington State Office of Fiscal Management has revised its traffic projections downward to reflect changing patterns. Graph Washington OFM via Sightline 

The amount that the average American drives each year has been declining for nearly a decade, yet most transportation agencies are still making decisions based on the notion that a new era of ceaseless traffic growth is right around the corner

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http://usa.streetsblog.org/2014/10/21/its-happening-washington-dot-revises-traffic-projections-to-reflect-reality/

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Portland Shows How to Get More Bang for Your Traffic Safety Buck

Biking Elsewhere

Three road diets in Portland have prevented a total of 252 collisions. Image: Bike Portland

Three road diets in Portland have prevented a total of 525 collisions. Graphic: Bike Portland

State DOTs like to justify hugely expensive highway-widening projects, like Milwaukee’s $1.7 billion Zoo Interchange, partly on the grounds of safety. But if we really want to get a big bang for our transportation safety buck, fixing city streets makes a lot more sense.

Michael Andersen at Bike Portland reports that three local road diets completed between 1997 and 2003 cost a combined total of just $500,000 and have prevented more than 500 collisions:

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http://streetsblog.net/2014/10/14/portland-shows-how-to-get-more-bang-for-your-traffic-safety-buck/

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A FULLER DESCRIPTION OF THE CONTRIBUTORY NEGLIGENCE PROBLEM FOR BICYCLISTS

Bike LawsB' Spokes: DC and Maryland both have the contributory negligence doctrine. For those interested in learning more, this is what Shane Farthing from WABA has but together:

http://www.waba.org/blog/2014/10/a-fuller-description-of-the-contributory-negligence-problem-for-bicyclists/
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New Route 7 bridge in Belcamp is open to (bicycle) traffic

Biking in the Metro AreaB' Spokes: A new bridge on route 7 has bicycle compatible shoulders. SHA is doing some things right!

Via: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/harford/abingdon/ph-ag-route-7-bridge-open-brief-1015-20141015-story.html
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Action Alert from Bikemore

Biking in Baltimore...

What is the I-70 Trail Connection all about?

The purpose of the I-70 Trail Connection, a joint project of “The I-70 Trail Connectors” and Bikemore , is to ensure a safe, direct, and comfortable crossing of Security Boulevard (MD 122) from the Gwynns Falls Trail and communities on the east side of Security Boulevard to the proposed I-70 Red Line station on the west side of Security Boulevard.

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The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), as part of their planning for the Red Line transit line, has proposed removing Interstate 70 inside the Beltway (I-695). They have also proposed moving Gwynns Falls Trailhead #1 from its current location east of Security Boulevard to a new Red Line station west of Security Boulevard, physically separating the Trailhead from the trail itself.  

The I-70 Trail Connectors, the group of neighbors and advocates in Western Baltimore City and County promoting a bridge crossing, and Bikemore have proposed using the existing interstate highway bridge infrastructure to create a bicycle/pedestrian bridge over Security Boulevard.

The MTA and the State Highway Administration (SHA) do not support the local residents’ proposal and have instead recommended ‘at-grade’ crossings of Security Boulevard, meaning pedestrians and cyclists would have to cross this busy roadway while navigating car, bus, and truck traffic. Would you want your kids crossing Security Boulevard on foot or on a bike?

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Tack action here http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=9ae12933a17d8c1c4a22924d6&id=59dbe6a15c&e=454e16693f
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