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Pittsburgh's Car-Free Friday kicks off with breakfast events

Biking ElsewhereBy Jon Schmitz, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Motorists are being urged to become bicyclists, transit riders or pedestrians for at least one day a week, starting Friday.

From 8 to 10 a.m., the Car-Free Friday project, an initiative of Bike Pittsburgh, will kick off with an event at Schenley Plaza in Oakland, featuring free breakfast. Also that morning, Downtown bicycle riders who show their helmets can partake of a free light breakfast at Fifth Avenue Place.

Those who attend either event will receive coupons for discounts at more than two dozen local businesses.

"Breaking away from the one-person one-car mode is in everybody's interest. We urge people not only to participate on [Friday], but to be car-free every Friday, and more often if possible," said Lynn Manion, executive director of the Airport Corridor Transportation Association, one of three transportation management associations supporting the event.

Port Authority, which is co-sponsoring the event with Whole Foods Market and the Mullen advertising agency, said nearly two-thirds of its buses now have bicycle racks.
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BWC: The Auto Club That Doesn't Want You To Drive

Mass TransitBetter World Offers a 10% Discount to New Members Who Use Public Transportation! (And a 5% Discount Each Year They Renew!)

As if offering the nation's only bicycle roadside assistance wasn't weird enough, Better World Club continues to challenge the very definition of "auto club" by offering a 10% discount to new members who use public transportation.

Mass transit is a much greener option to single-occupant automobiles, so we want to encourage it's use as much as possible.
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FREE Complete Streets webinar - from FHWA and CSS 6/11 at 2 pm

Biking in Maryland

TOMORROW (Thurs.) (6/11) from 2:00 – 3:30 there will be a FREE Complete Streets webinar hosted by FHWA and CSS http://www.contextsensitivesolutions.org/

 

 

 

Calendar Event Details:

Title:

CSS Webinar - Complete Streets and Context Sensitive Solutions

Description:

ContextSensitiveSolutions.org and the Federal Highway Administration are pleased to present a free Webinar that will present the role of Complete Streets in creating safe and efficient transportation options for all users.

The Webinar will be presented by Gabe Rousseau, Ph.D., Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager for the FHWA Office of Natural and Human Environment, Barbara McCann, Executive Director of the National Complete Streets Coalition and principal of McCann Consulting, and Michael Ronkin, Designing Streets for Pedestrians and Bicyclists, LLC.

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Bike Baltimore E-Newsletter, June 2009

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Bike Baltimore , Vol. 1, Issue 2

 

Thank you for subscribing to the BIKE BALTIMORE e-newsletter distributed by the Baltimore City , Department of Transportation.  Here you will find the latest information regarding the city’s efforts to make Baltimore a safer and more enjoyable place to bike.

 

This month, Baltimore ’s bike-related improvements are all about bike racks and parking!

 

SUPPORT!

 

Please contact your congressional representatives and ask them to support new projects for the Baltimore area!  The City of Baltimore has 4 active transportation projects that will need federal funding – Herring Run Trail extension, Baltimore & Annapolis Trail extension, Bike Station improvements and reconstructing the Middle Branch Bridge for cyclists and pedestrians!  A brief description of these projects can be found at www.baltimorecity.gov/bike

 

The Bike Summit on May 1st provided an array of ideas on improving biking in Baltimore .  Now comes the fun part:  Contributing to make this vision a reality!  A summary of the Bike Summit is available online soon.

 

To reach one of the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee 2009 goals, DOT and the MBAC will host mapping parties later this summer.  We’ll collect information on good existing bike routes to be incorporated into a bike map for the Baltimore area.  Details will follow online.

 

BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE

 

New Bike Parking – The Department of Transportation’s Maintenance Division has installed over 60 bike racks over the past month!  The communities of Highlandtown, Belair-Edison, Waverley , Remington and Hamilton are some of the areas where the new racks are installed.  To request a bike racks, visit the online form here.  Four bike racks were installed at the Federal Hill Preparatory School on William St .  The racks were full on their first full day of installation!  A great sign for Baltimore ’s future!

 

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                           Site at the school before the racks                           DOT crews installing the racks                      Bikes all locked up!  (Note the training wheels & helmet)

 

 

BIKE EVENTS

 

Bike To Work Day, held May 15th, was a big success!  The downtown rally hosted 150 participants and featured Mayor Sheila Dixon, DOT Director Al Foxx & Maryland Dept. of the Environment Secretary Shari Wilson.

 

Tour Dem Parks, Hon is this Sunday, June 14thTour dem Parks is a major fund raising event focused on supporting groups and organizations dedicated to improving Baltimore ’s park system. The event provides friends and families with an opportunity to ride together and discover little-known treasures in the city. Registration is available online here. The tour offers 4 different routes (12, 25, 36 and 64 miles) are available for varying abilities.  The Tour begins and ends at Carroll Park

 

 

7:00 am      Registration starts
8:00 am      First riders can leave the park
11:00 am    BBQ and music start
12 Noon     All riders please try to be off the streets

 

ARTSCAPE, the nation’s largest FREE arts festival, is July 16th - 18th and features BIKE PARKING.  The University of Maryland is sponsoring free bike parking for a less-stressful option for to getting to and from Artscape.  The bike parking will be staffed with volunteers who will provide goodie bags to cyclists.  To volunteer for the event, please contact Kathy Hornig at Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts. Following then President-elect Obama’s visit, this is the 2nd major event in the city this year that offers bike parking. 

 

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Also at Artscape, Baltimore Bicycle Works will be offering Bicycle Frame Builders Exhibit & Demonstration. Come meet some of Baltimore 's premiere frame builders Tommy Nash, Tom Palermo and Chris Bishop at Baltimore Bicycle Works to display their artisan hand-crafted. Demonstration at 3pm on Saturday.

 

In time for Artscape, the winners of the Station North Bike Rack Competition will be installed.  These unique racks can be found along the 1700 & 1800 block of Charles Street and the unit & 100 block of West North Avenue .

 

Tour du Port, Baltimore 's Premier Bicycle Event, takes place October 4th. Join thousands of riders at the Canton Waterfront Park to kick off the 16th Annual Tour du Port. Routes range from 12 to a new 1/2 century 50 mile ride! The route travels through over twelve historic neighborhoods, waterfront areas and parks. This fully supported tour includes lunch, refreshments at rest stops, map and sag and a post-ride celebration at Tour's end. This event is One Less Car's Annual Fundraiser! All fees go directly to advancing the programs and advocacy efforts of One Less Car, a non-profit dedicated to walking, bicycling and mass transit in Maryland . Click here to register:

 

These events and more can be found on the Bike Baltimore website at www.baltimorecity.gov/bike

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It's fun, practical and it does reduce VMT

Biking in MarylandSince I started doing most of my grocery-store and other short rides on my utility bike (mountain bike with a pair of wire baskets hanging off the rear rack), I've dropped my car mileage from 9000/year to less than 6000/year. Miles on my utility bike don't account for the difference, but my change in attitude does. I just drive less.

-Jonathan Krall
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Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail

Biking in MarylandIt was great seeing so many cyclists on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail after it opened Saturday. I put some photos online at <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/ohbike/OpeningDayOfTheWoodrowWilsonBridgeTrail">http://picasaweb.google.com/ohbike/OpeningDayOfTheWoodrowWilsonBridgeTrail</a>; . One person in the Maryland convey had a camera mounted on the handlebars and shot a nine minute video as he crossed the bridge. See <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHhpDQNuRNM">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHhpDQNuRNM</a>; .

-JH
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Bike Club sues State over rumble strips

Biking Elsewhere...
DAVID WILSON, the cycle club’s president, said there was clearly a safety issue that needed to be addressed by putting up signs, enforcing speed limits, widening part of the road, or even installing a few hundred feet of rumble strips to slow cars trying to get around vehicles making a left.

But he said that had the accidents not been at a Department of Transportation center, there would have been no chance of four miles of ridged curtain. The road’s accident rate was lower than the state average, Mr. Wilson added, there were virtually no reports of drivers falling asleep, and the strips seemed to violate the department’s regulations.
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“What was a reasonably safe thoroughfare for bicyclists was essentially destroyed by the addition of the rumble strips,” went one of the dozens of complaints sent to the department. The writer said that a road where she had taught her son to ride a bike “now represents a significant danger to bicyclists and motorists.”

After the department issued a report supporting the project, the cycle club filed suit June 1 asking a state court to force it to pave over the strips.
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Speed cameras anathema to those with lead feet

Biking in MarylandMichael Dresser exposes Annapolis &quot;super-lobbyist&quot; Bruce C. Bereano in the Baltimore Sun:

&quot;Since 1996, the earliest year for which the District Court of Maryland keeps electronic records, Bereano has been ticketed 22 times in the state. Eighteen of those citations have been for speeding. In nine of those cases, court records show, the officer who issued the ticket clocked Bereano at speeds of 80 mph and above - the highest a whopping 90 mph in Caroline County in 2007.&quot;
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More Americans rode bicycles for recreation and transportation in 2008

Biking ElsewhereMore Americans rode bicycles for recreation and transportation in 2008 than in any year since the turn of this century, according to the National Sporting Goods Association and the Outdoor Foundation. According to the NSGA, 44.7 million people age 7 and older rode a bike more than 6 times last year, up from 40.1 million in 2007 and 35.6 million in 2006. The 11% increase is attributed to factors such as record high gas prices last summer, a growing green movement and increased funding for bicycle infrastructure. Overall, bike riding placed 6th in the NSGA's participation list, behind exercise walking, swimming, exercising with equipment, bowling and camping, in that order.
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Safety of Bicycle Facilities

Biking ElsewhereFrom: Andy Clarke

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