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Choker vs Speed Table

Biking in MarylandAs congestion increases motorists look for alternative routes which often are our cycling routes. But in order for these routes to be a viable shortcut for motorists there is a need to exceed the speed limit which causes issues and concerns.

In order to address these concerns community's have been installing chokers which has alarmed a local cycling community as most feel that chokers make roads less bike friendly, additionally chokers are one of the lest effective measure to reduce motorists speed.

Effectiveness: http://www.trafficcalming.org/effectiveness.html

Speed tables (long flat raised surface) on the other hand are effective at keeping speed near the desired limit without any significant discomfort to law abiding motorists or cyclists.


So I am curious how you feel, see poll in the right hand column.
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Create Complete Streets with Economic Stimulus Spending

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This monthly newsletter issued by the National Complete Streets Coalition provides a roundup of news related to complete streets policies -- policies to ensure that the entire right of way is routinely designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. Please pass it around! And visit www.completestreets.org to stay informed.

Create Complete Streets with Economic Stimulus Spending

The recently passed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) included $48 billion for transportation infrastructure investments.  Of that $48 billion, more than $27.5 billion are in funding categories that make funds eligible for use in projects with complete streets elements, and another $3.8 billion are available for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.

The ARRA funding should not be used to expand a system of roads that do not provide safe travel for people who are walking, bicycling, and taking public transportation along a corridor.  Too many streets around the country are designed to be wide and fast, without sufficient sidewalks, crosswalks, safe bus facilities, or bicycle lanes.

Incomplete streets are dangerous and create barriers for people to get to jobs, school, the doctor, and fully participate in civic life.  State and city governments should spend the stimulus money on infrastructure that serves all citizens safely and efficiently.

The National Complete Streets Coalition created a new repository of resources for communities interested in identifying opportunities for building complete streets with ARRA funding: www.completestreets.org/stimulus.html.  Check in frequently, as it will be updated often with new information and materials.

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Earth Alley & CSBA Happy Hour

Cyclist\'s Yellow PagesUpcoming Event:March 2nd - 6 - 8 pm. Earth Alley is happy to host Chesapeake Sustainable Business Alliance's next Happy Hour. Where? Here at Earth Alley of course!
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Friends of the earth

Health & EnvironmentIn this post:
Global warming - a minority view? It is per the Washington's Post's editorial page editor, Fred Hiatt.
Ending Big Oil Giveaways
International Climate Victory
And more
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$22,500 for one temporary parking spot

Biking in BaltimoreIf people think bike trails are expensive check out this temporary $9 million 400 spaces MARC station parking lot. One space could get us 60 miles of bike lanes. If biking to West Baltimore MARC Station was safe and covenant you could easily get a few hundred cyclists down there but accommodating a few hundred cars at $9 million some how seems more economically prudent???
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Evaluation of State bicycle master plan by FHWA criteria

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[underlined not done or not done well. Grade]

In brief, this guidance makes the following key points relevant to State and metropolitan area transportation planning for bicycles and pedestrians:

  • Plan elements should include goals, policy statements, and specific programs and projects whenever possible. C
  • The plan should identify financial resources necessary for implementation. Fail
  • Bicycle and pedestrian projects may be onroad or off-road facilities. Off-road trails that serve valid transportation purposes as connections between origins and destinations are considered eligible projects consistent with the planning process. D
  • Any regionally significant bicycle or pedestrian project funded by or requiring an action by FHWA or FTA must be included in the metropolitan TIP. [In my experience no on-road bike project can make it to the TIP so we will not see any regionally significant on-road bike projects.] Fail
  • Bicycle and pedestrian elements of transportation plans should include:
    • Vision and goal statements and performance criteria. C
    • Assessment of current conditions and needs. A [but with no strategic plan to correct.]
    • Identification of activities required to meet the vision and goals. D
    • Implementation of the bicycle and pedestrian elements in statewide and MPO transportation plans and TIPs. Epic Fail
    • Evaluation of progress using performance measures. Fail [While we do have performance measures we have met or near meeting those measures. The last attainment report recommended revising those goals but to date we have not found who is responsible for revising those goals.]
    • Public involvement as required by Federal transportation legislation and FHWA/FTA planning regulations. Fail [While all the motion of public involvement is done the State uses the design and defend method so public input is negated. And what goes into consideration for bike/ped projects is all political with no public involvement.]
    • Transportation conformity requirements for air quality, where necessary. Fail [Bicycling has not been part of the air quality equation.]

Statewide Bicycle and/or Pedestrian Plans

At the State level, bicycle and pedestrian plans establish policies, goals, and actions for State agencies (i.e., within a State DOT and transit agencies) to accommodate and improve conditions for biking and walking. These plans often include design standards/guidance for local and regional governments, and they typically address education and safety issues as well.

The primary objective of a statewide bicycle and pedestrian access plan is to guide future transportation projects in the State, and to establish programs that support and encourage bicycling and walking. The following types of activities may be included in a statewide bicycle and pedestrian planning process:

  • Public outreach that spans all geographic and jurisdictional regions of the State, and jurisdictional outreach that ensures the involvement of local stakeholders. D
  • Assessment of existing facilities, planning activities, programs, and policies. This may include extensive analysis of the current transportation system to identify deficiencies as well as an analysis of travel patterns and opportunities. D
  • Identification of policies and legal barriers to implementing bicycle and pedestrian improvements (including zoning and subdivision regulations) and development of strategies to address these barriers. Fail
  • Prioritization of locations needing improvements (based on existing conditions analysis and a relative assessment of demand), prioritization of programs, and other actions needed in order to support pedestrian and bicycle transportation. Fail
  • A phased implementation plan that identifies specific recommended actions, identifies the jurisdictions and/or agencies responsible for each action, assigns an estimated cost to each action, and identifies a timeframe for implementing the plan. D
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Bike Clinic Series

Velocipede Bike Project The Velocipede Bike Clinic Series is a six-part program that is designed to cover the most common areas of bicycle repair. Every other Monday at 7pm - 9pm, we select a specific component and go into detail the process to service and maintain it.

The Velocipede Bike Clinic Series is taught by members of the Collective as well as other knowledgeable volunteers. There is no cost to attend these clinics!

Please feel free to email us at info"at"velocipedebikeproject.org if you have any questions.

Below is the most recent schedule of clinics
Date...............Topic...............................................Instructor
March 9th.......Wheel Hubs...................................Ben, Charlie
March 23rd....Wheel Truing and Assessments. Boson
April 13th.......Headsets.......................................TBA
April 27th.......Bottom Brackets...........................TBA
May 11th........Brakes and Cable Theory............Charlie, Boson
May 25th........Gears and Chain Theory..............TBA
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T4America Platform

Biking ElsewhereAs Congress develops the next transportation authorization, these six priorities should guide them.

1 Establish Accountability for Responsible Investment
Under the current system, most federal transportation dollars go to state departments of transportation, with few questions asked. DOTs remain largely geared toward building highways between metropolitan areas rather than providing multiple options for mobility within metropolitan areas. This is despite the fact that the United States population is highly urbanized, with 80 percent of us living in metropolitan areas and 85 percent of our nation’s economic activity occurring within them. The current law assigns metropolitan areas responsibility for transportation planning, but it does not give them real authority to implement those plans.
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Pedestrian deaths in Chicago are up despite safety measures

Biking Elsewhere[Chicago is concerned about a pedestrian fatality rate of 20/M, Baltimore's rate is 25/M.]

Pedestrian deaths are on the rise in Chicago, despite increased safety measures such as red-light cameras, countdown signals and crosswalk awareness initiatives.

Fifty-six pedestrian fatalities were logged last year—up from 49 deaths in 2007 and 48 deaths in 2006. Chicago Department of Transportation spokesman Brian Steele said the agency is reviewing the reasons behind the uptick but said in certain cases, problems with pavement markings, faulty signage and construction projects may be to blame.

Steele also pointed to an increase in pedestrians in Chicago—named the country's fourth most walkable large city in 2008 by Walk Score.

Still, Steele said, "One fatality is one too many. Fifty-odd pedestrian fatalities is close to an average of one a week, and that's far too many. We're committed to this, and the most difficult part of this is changing driver behavior."

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