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2009 Bicycle Friendly States

Biking in MarylandAdditionally, the League is announcing its inaugural round of Bicycle Friendly States. Four states have been awarded the coveted designation and two states received an honorable mention: Washington (Silver), Wisconsin (Silver), Arizona (Bronze), Minnesota (Bronze), Delaware (Honorable Mention) and Maryland (Honorable Mention).
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Biking Elsewhere-> "...The most unsafe cities in California, in terms of traffic fatalities, are the newest ones — those developed primarily since 1950. The cities with the fewest fatalities, by contrast, are those with significant portions built before 1950..."
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Catch phrases

Biking Elsewhere[Note: Edited out some of the more controversial positions.]

Who am I?

* Vehicular Cyclist
* Pedestrian on Wheels
* Scofflaw Cyclist
* Safety Nanny Cyclist

“Every evening before I go to sleep, I kneel at the side of my bed and repeat the following mantra exactly seven times: ‘Cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles’.”

“I fare best when I stay the heck out of the way.”

“During my morning commute, I like to sing ‘Same Roads – Same Rights – Same Rules’ to the tune of ‘Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s off to work I go’.”

“I prefer to ride integrated with other traffic on sharable roads, sharable width lanes, and bikeable shoulders.”

“I like to ride separated from other traffic, preferably on substandard, congested, slow, and dangerous bike lanes, gutters, sidewalks, paths, and whatever other bike ghettos I can find.”

“I go somewhere to ride.”

“I ride to go somewhere.”

“We need more education, more regulation, more law enforcement, to make sure everyone is riding safely and properly.”

“I prefer to ride like a grown-up.”

“I believe in the magical powers of white paint to protect me from the evil cagers.”

“The only law I follow is the law of the jungle: the strong survive and the weak get eaten.”

“I’m not afraid of traffic, I am traffic.”

“The laws of physics trump the laws of the state every time.”

“My legitimacy as a road user is threatened by all the meek, immature, and criminally insane cyclists out there.”

“A collision requires that two people make a mistake – all I have to do is make sure I’m not one of them.”

“Where I live, there’s a fantastic network of bike paths that will take me anywhere I need to go – they’re called roads.”
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The problem with bikes is they block traffic

Biking in BaltimoreGoing down to the bike summit this guy honks at me for blocking traffic. So I turned on my video as I caught up to him:

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Bike Summit in pictures

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Mapping Municipal Improvements suggestions

Biking in BaltimoreFor a new project I'm working on (using google maps, earth, and mapping features) I [this bloger] need input from Baltimore area residents who know of areas, places, and things around them that could use improvement by the public works/DOT/ other city agencies.

I [this bloger] want to focus on more trivial, but not necessarily less important features of city life. Poorly-lit areas, poorly maintained public transit stops, knocked over signs, fading bike lanes, overflowing parking lots, etc.

Basically, anything that makes Baltimore harder for you to live and work in as a pedestrian, cyclist, student, or safe driver is fair game. Fill in some basic information on the issue : Location (or general location), reason for report, and how you think it could be improved.

I will be personally visiting and documenting highlighted areas, and profile them in a way that makes it easier for people to contact city government about it.
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Bike Lane Violations in Baltimore

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Downtown Circulator

Mass TransitThe Baltimore City Department of Transportation today announced the launch of the first leg of a coordinated land and water downtown circulator cost free service featuring a cross-harbor water taxi for commuters, residents, and tourists.

The “Water Taxi Harbor Connector” will begin service on Monday, May 4th between the water taxi dock at Frederick Douglass-Isaac-Myers Maritime Museum (Maritime Park) in Fells Point and the Tide Point Pier in South Baltimore. This fare free service will operate approximately every fifteen minutes from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

The Water Taxi Harbor Connector will operate on a “ping-pong” basis with no intermediate stops. A second “Water Taxi Harbor Connector” route is planned to begin operations in late summer providing service, between Canton Water Front Park and Tide Point.
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BikePed Beacon -- April 2009

Biking in the Metro Areaimage

May 2009
Bike to Work Day is May 15th! Are you registered?
May is Clean Commute Month
Welcome Stephanie! Farewell Amber
One Less Car bike Symposium a success!
Choose Safety for Life
Bike Jam Festival - Fun for the whole family
A Regional Bike and Pedestrian Newsflash

The following newsflash from the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board details current news and events in regards to biking and walking both in and around the Baltimore region.

The information found in the newsflash is informative; it could inspire some to become more involved in the process of improving conditions for biking and walking.

Or it could inspire a bike ride or a walk...

Stephanie Yanovitz
BikePed Beacon Editor
BIKE TO WORK DAY 2009 IS FRIDAY MAY 15th! Are you registered?
  Bike 2 Work Day.  May 15, 2009.  Find out more. 
Bike to Work Day 2009, sponsored by the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, will be celebrated in the Baltimore region and across the nation on Friday May 15, 2009.

Between 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on May 15, bicycle commuters will gather at locations throughout the Baltimore region, including:
  • Anne Arundel Co/Annapolis - City Dock, Annapolis
  • Baltimore City - War Memorial Plaza at City Hall (100 N. Holliday St.)
  • Baltimore County - Courthouse Square (400 Washington Ave, Towson)
  • Carroll County - Westminster
  • Harford County - Government Center (220 S. Main St, Bel Air)
  • Howard County - The Mall in Columbia (by Sears Service Center, 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia)

Facebook B2WNew!  Rallies are also being planned for Morgan State University, Johns Hopkins University - Homewood campus, and the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

Register today to guarantee that you will get a free B2W09 T-shirt and goodie bag. The first 1100 registrants will receive a T-shirt, reflective leg strap, and a flashing safety light. The first 500 will receive all of the above plus a bicycle tire gauge.   All participants will also receive an on-the-go snack with java, and the chance to win prizes. You must be registered and attend a rally to win.

Gear Up and Get Ready! 
http://www.CleanCommuteMonth.comEvery May the Baltimore Metropolitan Council and our Clean Commute Partners host Clean Commute Month to promote Clean Commuting. 


What is Clean Commuting?

It's riding transit, bicycling, carpooling, walking, or teleworking. It's anything other than driving alone in a motor vehicle. Because motor vehicles contribute up to 30% of the emissions that dirty our air, people who choose to clean commute are making an individual choice that helps reduce air pollution.

For a few days in May, keep your car parked. Try another way to get around. It's not hard!  You can take transit, bicycle, or even walk. If you do drive, share your ride with a friend or co-worker, and make sure to keep your car in tip-top condition. You could cut your commute costs in half.


Find out more at one of these great events!

This year's activities will include Clean Car Clinics, a commuter appreciation day, Bike to Work Day, and tons of fun outreach events!  Here are a few events:

  • May 1 & 2 - Baltimore Flowermart
  • May 2 & 3 - Towsontown Festival
  • May 9 - Carroll County Herb Festival (Piney Run Park)
  • May 15 - Bike to Work Day
  • May 17 - Baltimore Bike Jam (Patterson Park) 
  • May 19 - Commuter Thank-you (Aberdeen MARC)
  • May 28 - Harford County Clean Car Clinic

Visit us at our booth's at these great events... or use the link below to get more information about how to become a Clean Commuter. 

Welcome Stephanie Yanovitz!
Farewell Amber Blake - Good Luck in Durango, Colorado!
The City of Durango has announced the selection of a new multi-modal coordinator as part of their on-going commitment to alternative modes of travel. Amber Blake has been chosen to fill this position beginning on April 8th and will be responsible for multi-modal transportation planning, marketing and implementation, with a special focus on public transit, pedestrian and bicycle modes of travel.   
New to BMC is Ms. Stephanie Yanovitz.  Stephanie joined BMC in March seeking to engage her diverse background in transportation, planning and engineering, safety, operations, and bicycle/pedestrian programs.  Recently Stephanie was the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator at Maryland State Highway Administration.  During her time at SHA she participated in the development of statewide state road bicycle level of comfort maps for every county as well as a bicycle signage and pavement marking inventory for every state road maintenance shop in Maryland.  For a list of these maps please visit the link below.
Details about the symposium on new web site
The 12th Annual Bike Symposium in Annapolis on February 4th was a huge success!
Although the weather caused school closings in many jurisdictions approximately 500 people attended.  Additionally, there were twenty exhibitors displaying projects and engaging the audience.   The high attendance indicates that people care deeply about promoting bicycling as a means of alternative transportation.  As our population grows it is critical that a safe infrastructure, along with laws protecting bicyclists, are intact.    
Regional campaign offers great info on bicycle and pedestrian safety

Bike and Ped SafetyNearly 3,000 pedestrians are injured annually, more than one-third of which occur in Baltimore City and more than another one-third of which occur in Baltimore, Montgomery, and Prince George's counties.  Whether we're traveling on four wheels or 16; two feet or two wheels, we all have something in common: we are on this road together. Sadly, the toll of sharing the road together has cost too much, and lost lives is a price too dear for just getting from here to there. Visit the link below to get some helpful rules of the road whether you're walking, bicycling - or driving around pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles or large trucks. The good news is that you're in control and have a choice - to choose safety for life!

>>>  Choose Safety for Life
Free kid's helmet giveaway and bike safety rodeo 
Bike Jam 09
The Bike Jam Family Fun Festival in Patterson Park on May 17th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. is going to be great!  Do not miss the CareFirst BlueCross Kid's Helmet Give-Away.  Two-hundred and fifty helmets have been donated! 
The event also features recreational rides,  pro road races, cycling stunt show, bike and health expo, food and live music, and a kids activity pavilion.  There will also be a Kid's Bike Safety Rodeo at 12 and 1:45 p.m.   >>> Check out the Bike Jam Family Fun Festival
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The Grand History Trail Concept Plan: Executive Summary

Bike Paths

This study explores the potential of creating a unique interstate trail system that would connect existing trails in a area rich in historical, cultural, and natural resources. Called the “Grand History Trail”, this conceptual network could link 100 miles of existing disconnected trails to create a circular pathway for non-motorized travelers that would extend over 300 miles.

Where will the trail go?

Currently, the Grand History Trail conceptual loop is a combination of on- and off-road facilities that connect major metropolitan cities and small historic towns in Pennsylvania, Maryland and the District of Columbia [overview map image or page reference here]. The route encompasses Baltimore, MD; Annapolis, MD; Washington, DC; Frederick, MD; Gettysburg, PA; and York, PA. The Background and Visioning/Planning sections (pp. x-xx) outline the steps taken to identify an alignment that would intersect cities of historical importance and the Segment Analysis section (pp. x-xx) outlines the route by segment and addresses the relationship of the trail to existing and future plans in each city, county, and state.

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