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Wednesday, April 16 2014 @ 10:23 AM UTC
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Valet Bicycle Parking @ Obama Event

Biking in BaltimoreBaltimore will have valet bike parking this Saturday, January 17th for Pres.-elect Obama’s visit. Bike parking will take place at the parking at the corner of Light & Redwood St.
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Cycling For Everyone – Part 3

Biking ElsewhereBy John Pucher
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Motorist training in the Netherlands, Denmark, and Germany is far more extensive, thorough, and costlier than in North America:

* Drivers are required to take a minimum number of hours of driving instruction with private firms at a cost of at least 1,500 euros (US $2,500).
* Licenses are not awarded until the age of 18, two years older than in most American states.
* Both the written and driving portions of the licensing tests are so rigorous that many applicants fail one or more times before passing.
* Additional hours of driving lessons are required after each failure.
* For the first few years, licenses are provisional and can be revoked for dangerous driving.
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Inauguration Day - D.C. Maps & Restrictions

Biking in MarylandLink to Google map showing details of what roads are open and closed:
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=116706197888210191894.00045c99ce5e0c584a191&ll=38.881412,-77.004547&spn=0.241602,0.341949&z=11

[From another list:]
I'm posting this because I figure some readers may be either
interested in the prospect of riding a bike in a car-free day in DC,
or are otherwise interested in getting to DC for the inauguration, or
are at least interested in how a city handles something like this.
If anyone has info on Baltimore's inauguration planning, please point
me to it.
- LW

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It looks like the Secret Service and DDOT have released their maps of
what the restricted areas and transportation options will be for DC on
Inauguration Day. There is going to be a lot of car-free pavement (but
probably not empty) out there open to walking and bicycles only. If
you've ever wanted to bike around a car free DC, this may be your
chance. The parade route is restricted to 300,000 so once that many
show up they'll turn people away (I have no idea how they plan to
count them). The Mall will not be limited. WABA is preparing to park
1000 bicycles - for 3 million people, so it's possible they'll be
completely overrun.

Combined Google Map including Secret Service Map, DDOT MAP and WABA
Bike Valet Locations Here -
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&g=20003&hl=en&msa=0&msid=10255...

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Smith Unveils Legislative Package

Bike Laws...
The Baltimore County Police Department and the Maryland State Police do an outstanding job in keeping the roads of our communities safe. Unfortunately, they cannot be everywhere at once, and the toll of traffic fatalities continues to impact innocent victims. In the upcoming legislative session, Baltimore County will continue to support legislation authorizing local governments to deploy traffic speed monitoring technology to reduce dangerous speeding on highways throughout Maryland.
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NYC says Baltimore rocks!

Biking in BaltimoreOr at least is doing the right thing with their old parking meters [converting/keeping them as bike parking.]
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Economic Recovery

PoliticsMy organization, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, ran a petition encouraging the incoming administration and Congress to explicitly fund bike/ped. We also collected ready-to-go bike/pedestrian projects from communities nationally to demonstrate to Congress that there's demand for these projects (more than $3 billion that we collected in a very short time frame). More here.

I encourage everyone to sign the petition; this also serves to keep you in the loop about upcoming actions on this in the next few weeks. It's possible that the authority of how to spend stimulus funds may fall solely on states, which forces the advocacy world into a difficult place by decentralizing our efforts.
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Maryland bikes on Perils For Pedestrians

Biking in MarylandTuesday, January 13, The Universityhouse Channel will show Episode 144 of "Perils For Pedestrians".

Contents of Episode 144 (2008):
--Maryland DOT Secretary John Porcari on access to bridges;
--David Dionne in Annapolis on trails in Anne Arundel County, MD;
--Michael Jackson, the Maryland Director of Bicycle and Pedestrian Access, on Bike To Work Day in Bethesda;
--MD DOT Deputy Secretary Beverly Swaim-Staley on The Purple Line;
--A pair of advocates on drivers behaving badly in Silver Spring, MD.
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HiWheel Bicycle - $500 (Columbia Maryland)

Biking in MarylandI had to share this:
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Legally Speaking with Bob Mionske - Turning with a blind eye

Biking Elsewhere...
But there’s another way of looking at some of these responses. The London Bicycle Activist reports that Truck and bus drivers working for the London Borough of Lambeth “are receiving training sessions in cycling road safety in a bid to prevent collisions involving cyclists and HGVs [Heavy Goods Vehicle].” The program involves classroom training and signs in trucks and buses warning drivers about the danger their vehicles pose to cyclists. The training program doesn’t stop there — with the assistance of Cycle Training UK, drivers are also receiving on-road training on bicycles “to give them greater understanding about cycling.”

While the training program for Lambeth truck and bus drivers is mandatory, training is not required for Lambeth cyclists. Nevertheless, Cycle training is also available to any resident of Lambeth who wants it, again in partnership between the Borough and Cycle Training UK.

The contrasts between European and American approaches to cycling safety are interesting:

• In Portland, bike boxes—an idea borrowed from European cities—were installed at problem intersections following the deaths of two Portland cyclists.

• In Portland, city trucks were fitted with safety guards. In contrast, in Europe, all trucks, whether public or private, have been required to be fitted with safety guards since 1989.

• In Portland, cyclists were invited into truck cabs to see how hard it is for drivers to see cyclists. In London, drivers were required to take on-road cycle training to see what it’s like to ride a bike. While it certainly can’t hurt for cyclists to gain perspective on what it’s like to drive a truck, the Portland approach implies that the truck drivers involved in the fatal accidents were not at fault, while the London approach implies that truck drivers have a duty of care to avoid hitting cyclists.

• In Portland, cyclists are told not to ride in the blind spot of trucks — and in fact, in Brett Jarolimek’s crash, a massive blind spot created by the damaged side mirror on the truck was a major factor in the collision. In Europe, all heavy trucks are required, as of March 31 of this year, to be fitted with equipment that eliminates blind spots.

• In Portland, neither driver faced criminal charges, and only one of the drivers received a traffic citation for violating the cyclist’s right of way. The driver who turned into Brett Jarolimek’s path was not cited, because the Portland Police invented a non-existent requirement that the driver had to be aware of the cyclist in order to violate his right of way — an interesting decision on the part of the Portland Police, given that the driver’s mirror was non-functional, in violation of the law. Whether either driver will be found negligent would be a matter for a jury to decide. In contrast, in the Netherlands, a driver is presumed to be negligent in any collision involving a cyclist, unless the driver can introduce evidence rebutting that presumption.

While it’s been heartening to see some of the positive changes that have taken place in Portland as a result of the tragic and needless deaths of two Portland cyclists, it’s also obvious, when compared to what our counterparts in the UK and Europe are doing, that there’s so much more we could be doing to protect cyclists in this country. The Borough of Lambeth provides one innovative example — when drivers know what the road is like from our perspective, they’re likely to be more careful with our lives.
Bob
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Prototype Bicycle Hooks Being Tested on Metro-North M-7 Train Cars

Biking Elsewhere[Note that is NOT our MTA as if you couldn't tell.]

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"Metro-North has always been bicycle-friendly, with certain weekend trains designated to serve popular cycling destinations and in supporting numerous bike rallies and special events by providing extra, bicycle-only cars," said Metro-North President Howard Permut. "This pilot is a natural extension or our effort to promote sustainable mobility within our region."

If the pilot is successful, Metro-North will determine next steps on the M-8s with ConnDOT and on the M-7s with Long Island Rail Road, which has a large fleet of M-7s.
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The hooks are located in the area designated for wheelchairs, which will continue to have first priority in this space. Prominent signs will specify that cyclists must remove bicycles if the area is needed for a customer in a wheelchair. Feedback on the proposal also is being sought from wheel chair users.

Metro-North is an advocate for transportation that's safe, efficient, adaptable, and as pollution-free as possible. It's no surprise that bicyclists and Metro-North have always had a close and supportive relationship.

More than 60 of our train stations have accommodations for people who bicycle to our stations with bicycle racks or lockers. Signs especially aimed for bicyclists - in terms of where and how best to board trains - are installed at stations that have proven very popular with cyclists.

The railroad recently amended its bicycle policy to allow cyclists to bring folding bikes aboard all trains, including peak trains, without a permit, because when folded, they are treated as regular luggage.

Metro-North also relaxes bicycle permit rules to accommodate more than 10 bike events throughout New York City, Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess Counties, such as the Five-Boro Bike Tour, The New York Century Bike Tour, Tour de Bronx, Tour de Putnam and the Bloomin' Metric Bicycle Tour.

Metro-North continues to work with bicycle clubs and touring groups to create special brochures to inform and encourage cyclists to use our trains, and have run extra trains as well adding extra train cars to serve our cycling friends for special tours and races.

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