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Baltimore City bike routes

Biking in BaltimoreIn preparation for the City's bike map we are collecting routes commonly used by bicyclists through a collaborative effort on Google maps. If you have a good bike route you want to share with others please take the time to make sure its on the map. Thanks!
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Environmental News Brief

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sunflowerEnvironmental News Brief  Presented by the Baltimore Metropolitan Council for the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board
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January 2009
Baltimore Region Nonattainment for Fine Soot
Greenhouse Gas Auctioning Process Begins
BMC Board Creates Regional Sustainability Committee
Transportation Outlook 2035 Draft Amendment Open for Review
Report of Interest

The following news "briefs" highlight recent news regarding transportation-related environmental issues, primarily air quality, affecting the Baltimore region. Please note that this brief is not all inclusive of the variety and magnitude of activities in the region. It is intended for informational purposes only; refer to the source, guidance, or program for additional information.

 

Baltimore Region Designated Nonattainment for New Fine Particle Standard

On December 22, 2008, the EPA announced Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Harford County,
Howard County, Anne Arundel County, and Carroll County have all been designated "nonattainment" for the 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) standard. This means that they do not meet the standard for daily levels of PM 2.5 that was established by the EPA to protect human health.
 
Fine particle pollution is around 1/30th the diameter of a human hair.  It consists of liquid droplets and microscopic solids that are suspended in the air.  This pollution comes from power plants, industrial facilities and vehicles, as well as other sources such a wood burning.
 
The State of Maryland must submit an air quality implementation plan to EPA by April 2012.
 
smogGreenhouse Gas Auctioning Process Begins
On December 17th, a second auction was held as part of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.  The purpose of RGGI is to reduce emissions from power plants, which contribute to global warming and climate change. 
 RGGI is a cap-and-trade program for carbon dioxide emissions, a key greenhouse gas.  A cap is set on the total amount of these emissions allowed from electricity generators in the RGGI region, which includes ten states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic U.S.  Then, an auction is held in order to distribute allowances for emissions.  Total emissions in the RGGI region are capped at 2009 levels, from 2009 to 2014.  From 2015 to 2018, the cap will go down by 10 percent.  The first RGGI auction was held in September 2008.  The first two auctions were pre-compliance because the obligations for compliance did not come into effect until the beginning of 2009.
 
In Maryland, revenue from the auctions will go towards promoting cleaner energy sources, energy efficiency and conservation, and provide rate relief for low and moderate income households.
 
Click for more information on RGGI.
BMClogoBMC Board Creates Regional Sustainability Committee
The Board of Directors of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council has created a Regional Sustainability Committee to share information and coordinate activities that will benefit the entire Baltimore region. Joshua Feldmark, Director of Howard County's Office of Environmental Sustainability, serves as the committee's chair.

The committee has initially identified a number of areas to address:
1. Coordinate regional sustainability programs.
2. Foster cooperation between state and local governments.
3. Maximize partnerships with public, private and quasi-governmental agencies.
 
View the BMC press release. 

Transportation Outlook 2035 Draft Amendment Open for Review
The BRTB is pleased to present, for public review and comment, the draft preferred alternative for the amendment to the Baltimore region's long-range transportation plan, Transportation Outlook 2035: Creating a Blueprint for the Baltimore Region's Future.

This draft preferred alternative proposes $225 million in funding for regional transit projects, beginning in the year 2020.  The projects included in this amendment focus on ways to make the regional transit system more user-friendly and attractive to a broader segment of the region's population and workforce. This amendment will not affect currently funded projects in Transportation Outlook 2035 which was adopted in November 2007.

A public input period is being held from Tuesday, December 16, 2008 to Friday, January 23, 2009.  During this time, public comments will be accepted by mail, fax, and online using our public comment form.  All comments must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28, 2009. 
 
Comments may also be submitted in person at a public meeting on Thursday, January 15, 2009 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. or 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the BMC offices located at 2700 Lighthouse Point East, Suite 310, Baltimore, MD 21224.
 Report of Interest   cap photo The Climate Action Plan. Maryland Commission on Climate Change. August 2008.
This final report, released on August 27, 2008, documents a plan of action for the state to "address the drivers of climate change, to prepare for its likely impacts in Maryland, and to establish goals and timetables for implementation."    Download the report.
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Velomobiles

Biking in BaltimoreAny in the Baltimore area?
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Howard County survey

Biking in the Metro AreaSome of you may know the BAHC president, Jack Guarneri. We are trying to get a survey going to rate roads in Howard County. Participation is not quite what we hoped for. If any of you ride Howard County roads, can you give us some feedback? (the survey is Howard County only...we are trying to stay focused.)
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12th Annual Bicycle Symposium

Bike Maryland updatesHi Bike Advocates. Happy New Year. As you are putting together your new 2009 Event Calendar, Please Mark Wednesday February 4, 2009 for the 12th Annual Bicycle Symposium in Annapolis from 9:00AM to 4:00PM and plan to attend. There are several very important Bike Related Issues that need to be discussed and your expertize and in put are greatly needed:

1.Several Bike Related Bills Pending in Annapolis
2. A Major Change for/at the Bike Coordinator Office at SHA
3. Maryland Rated at 35th Place out of 50 States in LAB Bike Friendly States Survey.
4. Major Discussion on the Curb-Lane Striping Changes on State Roads.
5. Sec. Trans John Porcari's ruling to NOT Have Bikes(ON Road) on any part of the ICC Toll Road Corridor. And
6. General Well-Being of Biking in Md.
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Interesting facts

Biking Elsewhere * U.S. cyclists who bike frequently have a median income of almost $60,000. - SRDS, 2005, The Lifestyle Market Analyst
* The average North American bicycle commuter is a 39-year-old male professional with a household income in excess of $45,000 who rides 10.6 months per year. - Moritz, W., 1997, Survey of North American bicycle commuters: Design and aggregate results,
* In the Yukon Territory, twice as many people bike to work as in California, and three times as many as in Florida. - Pucher, J., and R. Buehler, 2006, Why Canadians cycle more than Americans: A comparative analysis of bicycling trends and policies, Transport Policy, 13, 265-79
* Europeans bicycle an average of 188 km per year; United States residents bike only 40 km a year. - Bassett, Jr., et al., 2008, Walking, cycling, and obesity rates in Europe, North America, and Australia, Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 5, 795-814
* 30% of bike commuters use a mountain bike, 28% a road bike, 18% a hybrid, and 17% a touring bike. 35% of bike commuters own a second, bad-weather bike. - Moritz, W., 1997, Survey of North American bicycle commuters: Design and aggregate results, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 1578, 91-101
* Bicyclists with more automobiles in their household are less likely to bicycle for any purpose; while the more bicycles a cyclist owns, the more likely they are to choose to bicycle. - Sener et al., 2008, An analysis of bicyclists and bicycling characteristics: Who, why, and how much are they bicycling?
* Bicycling for non-commuting purposes generally precedes bicycling for commuting. - Sener et al., 2008, An analysis of bicyclists and bicycling characteristics: Who, why, and how much are they bicycling?
* Work trips account for only 15% of all trips. - U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration, 2001 National Household Travel Survey
* From 1977-1995, the number of bicycle trips taken in the U.S. doubled. - Pucher, J., et al., 1999, Bicycling renaissance in North America?: Recent trends and alternative policies to promote bicycling, Transportation Research Part A, 33, 625-54
* On the average day when an adult rides a bicycle, he or she rides for about 40 minutes. - Barnes, G., and K. Krizek, 2005, Estimating bicycling demand, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 1939, 45-51
* 89% of bicycle trips begin at a residence. - Royal, D., and D. Miller-Steiger, 2008, National Survey of Bicyclist and Pedestrian Attitudes and Behavior, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
* The average commuting bicycle costs $687. - Moritz, W., 1997, Survey of North American bicycle commuters: Design and aggregate results, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 1578, 91-101
* Paris’ automated bike-sharing system, Vélib', includes 20,600 bikes distributed among 1,451 stations throughout the city. In the first six months, people took the bikes on 13.4 million trips—an average of 75,000 trips per day. - Vélib' press release
* High school students are less likely to bike or walk to school if they are girls, in grade 12, smoke daily, are low-moderate in physical activity, or attend a rural school. - Robertson-Wilson, J., et al., 2008, Social-ecological correlates of active commuting to school among high school students, Journal of Adolescent Health, 42, 486-95
* A person is 7% more likely to bike or walk to nonwork activities for every 1,000 retail workers within a half mile of their home. - Chatman (2005) in Arrington, G., and R. Cervero, 2008, Effects of TOD on Housing, Parking, and Travel, Transit Cooperative Research Program Report 128
* The average bicycle commuter has been commuting by bike for 8.3 years. - Moritz, W., 1997, Survey of North American bicycle commuters: Design and aggregate results, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 1578, 91-101
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Bike Your Drive

Biking ElsewhereBy Linda Ellingsen - REI

In This Article

* 12 Cycling Myths, Exposed!
* Before You Ride
* Riding Tips
* Taking It to the Next Level
* Biking Q&A

* getting into biking

Welcome back to the saddle! By reading this, it means you already taking that first step towards getting back on a bike for fun or transportation. We think that's awesome, and we're here to help you go for it.

So what has you thinking about riding your bike? There are in fact lots of great reasons to dust off your bike (or even ride for the very first time) and start pedaling:

* High gas prices (ah, perhaps you've heard of this?).
* Paying all those other car-related expenses: parking, repairs, insurance.
* Getting some exercise.
* Doing your part to be more "green."
* Getting some fresh air.
* Reducing your stress level.
* Seeing your environs at a slower pace.

Sounds great, you say, but let's get real for a minute, too. Most of us have found plenty of reasons NOT to go riding, so let's take on those fears one by one.
12 Cycling Myths, Exposed!

Myth #1: Biking requires too much gear.
Myth #2: It's costly to buy a bike and all the gear for cycling.
Myth #3: Only expensive bikes are any good.
Myth #4: Biking takes too much time.
Myth #5: Biking is too dangerous.
Myth #6: Bike seats are uncomfortable.
Myth #7: I'm clueless about how to maintain my bike.
Myth #8: I'm too out of shape to ride.
Myth #9: You can't carry much stuff on a bike.
Myth #10: It's too far for me to commute to work.
Myth #11: I'll get sweaty.
Myth #12: My work clothes will get wrinkled.
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Bike Wall Calender

Cyclist\'s Yellow PagesIn request to requests from readers of his photo-blog, Alan Barnard of EcoVelo has made a dozen of his gorgeous photos available. Although priced at $19.95, each calendar costs Alan $15 plus the Qoop commission so he is not putting his kids through college with the leftover proceeds. I thought some of you bike commuters might enjoy a fellow commuter's photography, though.
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Tennessee Vally Authority toxic spill into public water way

Health & Environment[This makes my blood boil, a security force that rivals Area 51 and not a cleanup crew to be seen.]

The dam failure of 2008 is evolving into an environmental debacle. TVA seems to be showing its true colors - which appear to be the opposite of green. We have to wonder where the EPA is as TVA permits continuing pollution to occur. Grey blood in the river….

Appalachian Voices and the Waterkeeper Alliance have paddled up to the site - check the video:
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Bicycles & the Proposed Red Line - Take Action for Bicycling

Biking in BaltimoreYour comments needed – Deadline Jan 5th


The proposed east-west Red Line is arguably the biggest opportunity in a generation to improve Baltimore’s transportation network, but we need input from Bicyclists!

With any project, from a simple resurfacing to the $1.6 billion Red Line transit proposal, it is important for bicyclists to have a voice in the process. When bicyclists are not at the table, details are overlooked. To those ends, your Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee has poured over the (400 page) Red Line Draft Environmental Impact Statement and consulted with red line ‘insiders’ to review the proposal from a bicyclist perspective. The comments adopted by the MBAC are included below.

12 options are being studied for the Red Line, the task now is to find consensus on a “locally preferred alternative,” then move forward toward funding (or not funding) the project. Details on the project and the options under consideration are available online, links are below.

Please take a moment to comment formally on the red line! Your comments can be as simple as two sentences 'for the record':
- I support construction of the Red Line as part of a high quality transit system.
- The Red Line should be designed to accommodate bicycling.

Please do this today!

Comments MUST include your full name and address or they will not be considered.

Send comments to:
redline@mtamaryland.com with “DEIS Comment” as the subject line
by using the online comment form
or by mail to: Red Line, c/o MTA Office of Planning, 6 St. Paul St. 9th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202

Formal comments are an important part of the DEIS process. Public comments will be accepted until January 5th.

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