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AARP Calls for Streets to Accommodate Older Citizens

Biking ElsewhereRoad Planners Display Blind Spot for Oncoming Generation of Older Drivers

Update Design Guidelines and Complete Streets Will Accommodate Everyone, AARP Report Challenges

WASHINGTON, DC--Two-thirds of transportation planners and engineers have yet to begin addressing older people in their street planning; yet by 2025, 64 million people will be over age 65 according to census projections and by 2030 a quarter of all U.S. drivers will be 65+. This is the alarm raised by “Planning Complete Streets for the Aging of America” a major new report on roadway safety and the aging of the American population from AARP’s Public Policy Institute. The full report can be found here: <a href=""></a>;[…]/2009_02_streets.html.

Streets, sidewalks and roadways designed to achieve “Complete Streets” can make getting around safer for everyone, the report suggests. Yet in a poll of adults age 50+ also conducted for the report, two in five said their neighborhood sidewalks were inadequate (although, by 2030, 20% of those age 65+ will not be drivers). Nearly half said they could not cross main roads close to their home safely, preventing many from walking, bicycling or taking the bus. But safer, more accessible streets won’t happen until federal, state and local authorities and planners wake up to the need for roads that address the challenges of the coming age wave, the report charges.

“Improvements can reduce older driver crashes and pedestrian injuries without adversely affecting traffic; in many instances, local travel flow and accessibility are improved,” said Nancy LeaMond, AARP Executive Vice President for Social Impact. “But while a growing number of states and localities have Complete Streets policies, too few have been built. Furthermore, an outdated bias in engineering practices competes with current local desire for user-friendly “Complete Streets” design.

The report recommends that federal, state, and local highway and street design guidelines serve older people by 1) reducing vehicle travel speeds at intersections where older drivers and pedestrians need more time to make decisions and execute changes, 2) making the physical layout of roads, crosswalks and sidewalks easier to navigate, and 3) making it easier for older drivers and pedestrians to notice, read, understand and respond to visual cues and information.

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Vision Zero NYC: Ending the Body Count

Biking Elsewhere[Baltimore Spokes: Note the "blame the victim" sign.]
More than 250 New Yorkers are killed in automobile-related crashes every year, and it’s not unusual for City officials to tout these historically low numbers as evidence that they are doing their jobs well, as if exchanging 250 lives is a reasonable trade for mobility. Only in transportation is this somehow acceptable. This past spring, two construction cranes toppled over in separate incidents, killing six people and injuring several others. This prompted the Department of Buildings to declare war on falling cranes. Clearly, objects crashing down on city streets are a serious hazard to people, legitimizing such a hard stance. Automobiles moving at high speeds are the horizontal counterparts of falling cranes and building debris.
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Humane Metropolis Baltimore

Biking in the Metro AreaA free public workshop sponsored by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Organized by the Ecological Cities Project in collaboration with the Parks &amp; People Foundation

June 11, 2009, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Maryland Historical Society
201 W. Monument St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Today, 80 percent of Americans live in cities and suburbs and more than half the world's population is now classified as &quot;urban.&quot; Older cities and their suburbs like Baltimore City and County are experiencing many challenges - affordable housing, jobs, mobility, education, public health, physical fitness, floods, and ecological destruction - not to mention the current economic and foreclosure crisis.

&quot;Humane Metropolis&quot; is a new perspective on people, nature, and cities developed by the Ecological Cities Project in collaboration with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. The 2006 book The Humane Metropolis: People and Nature in the 21st-Century City highlights new initiatives for various cities to become more:

Green: Protect and restore urban biodiversity and ecological services

Healthy: Promote outdoor exercise and fitness, reduce respiratory threats

Safe: Reduce crime rates; lower risk of fire, floods, and other hazards

Efficient: Employ a better use of water, energy, materials (e.g., green building, light rail)

Equitable: Embrace environmental and social justice, affordable housing, access to jobs

Neighborly: Foster pride of place and sense of community

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Can you imagine this space being bike/ped friendly? BaltiMore BaltiMorphsis can, check them out.
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“Time & Place” Sundial Sculpture Closing Picnic

Bike Pathsimage
Saturday, May 23 2-5 pm
Winans Meadow-Leakin Park
4500 Franklintown Road 21229

For three seasons, “Time & Place” has been marking time and people’s thoughts along the Gwynns Falls Trail. I sincerely hope you and friends can visit this site-specific work before it disappears at end of this month. We will be hosting a closing picnic with readings from journals, paper sundial workshop, games and good friends. Picnic is Sat.4/23 2-5 (Herb Festival is 10-2 in upper park) Rain date Sun, 4/24

Photo-documentation of sundial activities and journal entries can be viewed on this Flickr page
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My commute sucks

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Sign the Petition!

See-sawing gas prices, crazy crowded roads, noxious fumes - who would love their commute?

Not us. Join Americans all over the country, in big cities and in small towns, who are making their voices heard in Washington. Tell Congress: "My commute sucks and it's not getting any better. Stop pouring billions into a broken system. Transportation shouldn't be an expensive, dirty burden. Fix it, clean it, make it work!"
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Capturing the Value of Transit

Mass Transit[Baltimore Spokes: What's wrong with this picture? Where's the congestion, air pollution? This can't be a vibrant city ... or can it?] image
A recent Denver Post story noted property values had increased 4 percent along the Southeast light rail line – the Post called it “the money train” – while declining by 7.5 percent regionwide. Portland’s Pearl District has seen property values increase more than 1,000 percent along its streetcar line since 2001, while Tampa has seen increases of up to 400 percent. Another recent study found property values along the light rail system in Dallas increased 50 percent from 2005 to 2007, noting that existing and planned development near stations would bring in an additional $127 million in tax revenues a year.
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Biking Elsewhere[Baltimore Spoke: It would be nice if MD even had such a report, even nicer if they could say they had an increase and say they were concerned about the recent surges in pedestrian fatalities. ]

-&gt; According to an article in the May 8th Mobilizing the Region E-Mail, &quot;While New Jersey DOT's planned FY2010 Capital Program devotes more money towards road widening projects than in the past, it also provides almost 50% more funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects than last year's capital program did. These types of projects now represent about 2% of the total highway program, up from 1.5% last year.

&quot;This is obviously tremendous news for New Jersey's cycling community, and especially timely given recent surges in bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities. NJDOT deserves credit for making bicycling and walking a funding priority. About 12% of all trips in the state were on foot or bicycle in 2001, according to the Federal Highway Administration...&quot;

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Childhood Obesity Action Strategies Toolkit

Biking ElsewhereFrom the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation:

Active Transportation
What the research shows: There is a significant body of evidence linking transportation, planning and community design to increased physical activity.

Land Use for Active Living
What the research shows: Evidence suggests that youth get more regular physical activity when they have opportunities to walk or ride a bicycle from home to nearby schools, parks and businesses.

Quality Physical Activity In and Near Schools
What the research shows: Evidence suggests that students who spend more time in physical education or other school-based physical activity can improve their fitness levels and their scores on standardized academic achievement tests.

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Biking Elsewhere-&gt; Bicycle Master Plans will be the topic of a one-hour webinar scheduled for June 17th, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. A growing number of cities across the U.S. are creating Bicycle Master Plans, or BMPs. These are plans for developing bicycle infrastructure in a city, with emphasis on promoting bicycling as a viable transportation option and fostering a safe environment for bicycling.

Join presenter Peter Lagerwey, who will lead webinar participants step-by-step through the process of creating a successful bicycle master plan. Peter has served for 25 years in the City of Seattle's bicycle and pedestrian program. He managed the development of Seattle's Bicycle Master Plan, oversaw construction of more than 150 miles of bikeways throughout the City, and published numerous reports, studies, design manuals, and professional articles. In September, Lagerwey will open a Seattle office for the Toole Design Group. Webinar participants will be given a copy of a guide, &quot;Creating a Road Map for Producing and Implementing A Bicycle Master Plan,&quot; authored by Lagerwey and being published by the NCBW's Active Living Resource Center.

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