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Can younger drivers be trained to identify hazards/risks in roadway traffic scenarios?

Biking ElsewhereYounger drivers (18-21 years) are over-involved in crashes. Research suggests that one of the reasons for this over-involvement is their failure to scan areas of the roadway for information about potential risks in situations that are hazardous, but not obviously so. The primary objective of the present study is to develop and evaluate a training program that addresses this failure. It was hypothesised that PC-based hazard anticipation training would increase the likelihood that younger drivers would scan for potential hazards on the open road. In order to test this hypothesis, 12 trained and 12 untrained drivers' eye movements were measured as they drove a vehicle on local residential, feeder and arterial roads. Overall, the trained drivers were significantly more likely to gaze at areas of the roadway that contained information relevant to the reduction of risks (64.4%) than were the untrained drivers (37.4%). Significant training effects were observed even in situations on the road that were quite different from those shown in training. These findings have clear implications for the type of training of teen drivers that is necessary in order to increase their anticipation of hazards.
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Tour Dem Parks, Hon!

At the Carroll Park, Baltimore

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By Max Robinson | Posted 6/10/2009

There's no better opportunity to get those bike wheels turning than at Tour Dem Parks, Hon!, a biking event dedicated to raising money for Baltimore's park system. Riders chose from four different trails, ranging from the comfortable (a 12-mile tour through Gwynns Falls Valley) to the arduous (a 64-miler or "metric century", if you prefer the biking vernacular). No matter which trail you choose, this is a great way to see some of Baltimore's beauty and history. After completing their trek, all participants are rewarded with a snazzy and free 100 percent organic cotton T-shirt, barbecue, and live jazz in Carroll Park. The ride's limited to a mere 1,000 participants, so be sure to get there early for the 7 a.m. registration, or register online.

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Quantity time in car = quantity of you

Biking Elsewhere-> "Every additional 30 minutes spent in a car each day translates into a 3 percent greater chance of being obese. People who live in neighborhoods with a mix of shops and businesses within easy walking distance are 7 percent less likely to be obese."
-- Lawrence Frank, University of British Columbia
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Biking Elsewhere[Having just done a bike trip around the car centric university in Towson I thought this might be of interest to show the potential of bicycling.]

-> According to the June issue of ITS-Davis e-news, "The results of the third campus travel assessment are almost complete, and they show that a greater percentage of people biked and fewer drove alone to campus in 2008 than in 2007. While the changes were small -- 3% increase in biking and 5% decrease in driving alone -- they trend in the direction campus transportation planners would like to see..."

According to the accompanying graphic, in 2008 40.2% biked to campus, 24.3% drove alone, 19.9% took the bus, 7.5% carpooled, 5.6% walked, 1.4% telecommuted, 0.8% took the train, and 0.3% skated.

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Pittsburgh's Car-Free Friday kicks off with breakfast events

Biking ElsewhereBy Jon Schmitz, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Motorists are being urged to become bicyclists, transit riders or pedestrians for at least one day a week, starting Friday.

From 8 to 10 a.m., the Car-Free Friday project, an initiative of Bike Pittsburgh, will kick off with an event at Schenley Plaza in Oakland, featuring free breakfast. Also that morning, Downtown bicycle riders who show their helmets can partake of a free light breakfast at Fifth Avenue Place.

Those who attend either event will receive coupons for discounts at more than two dozen local businesses.

"Breaking away from the one-person one-car mode is in everybody's interest. We urge people not only to participate on [Friday], but to be car-free every Friday, and more often if possible," said Lynn Manion, executive director of the Airport Corridor Transportation Association, one of three transportation management associations supporting the event.

Port Authority, which is co-sponsoring the event with Whole Foods Market and the Mullen advertising agency, said nearly two-thirds of its buses now have bicycle racks.
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BWC: The Auto Club That Doesn't Want You To Drive

Mass TransitBetter World Offers a 10% Discount to New Members Who Use Public Transportation! (And a 5% Discount Each Year They Renew!)

As if offering the nation's only bicycle roadside assistance wasn't weird enough, Better World Club continues to challenge the very definition of "auto club" by offering a 10% discount to new members who use public transportation.

Mass transit is a much greener option to single-occupant automobiles, so we want to encourage it's use as much as possible.
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FREE Complete Streets webinar - from FHWA and CSS 6/11 at 2 pm

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TOMORROW (Thurs.) (6/11) from 2:00 – 3:30 there will be a FREE Complete Streets webinar hosted by FHWA and CSS




Calendar Event Details:


CSS Webinar - Complete Streets and Context Sensitive Solutions

Description: and the Federal Highway Administration are pleased to present a free Webinar that will present the role of Complete Streets in creating safe and efficient transportation options for all users.

The Webinar will be presented by Gabe Rousseau, Ph.D., Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager for the FHWA Office of Natural and Human Environment, Barbara McCann, Executive Director of the National Complete Streets Coalition and principal of McCann Consulting, and Michael Ronkin, Designing Streets for Pedestrians and Bicyclists, LLC.

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Bike Baltimore E-Newsletter, June 2009

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Bike Baltimore , Vol. 1, Issue 2


Thank you for subscribing to the BIKE BALTIMORE e-newsletter distributed by the Baltimore City , Department of Transportation.  Here you will find the latest information regarding the city’s efforts to make Baltimore a safer and more enjoyable place to bike.


This month, Baltimore ’s bike-related improvements are all about bike racks and parking!




Please contact your congressional representatives and ask them to support new projects for the Baltimore area!  The City of Baltimore has 4 active transportation projects that will need federal funding – Herring Run Trail extension, Baltimore & Annapolis Trail extension, Bike Station improvements and reconstructing the Middle Branch Bridge for cyclists and pedestrians!  A brief description of these projects can be found at


The Bike Summit on May 1st provided an array of ideas on improving biking in Baltimore .  Now comes the fun part:  Contributing to make this vision a reality!  A summary of the Bike Summit is available online soon.


To reach one of the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee 2009 goals, DOT and the MBAC will host mapping parties later this summer.  We’ll collect information on good existing bike routes to be incorporated into a bike map for the Baltimore area.  Details will follow online.




New Bike Parking – The Department of Transportation’s Maintenance Division has installed over 60 bike racks over the past month!  The communities of Highlandtown, Belair-Edison, Waverley , Remington and Hamilton are some of the areas where the new racks are installed.  To request a bike racks, visit the online form here.  Four bike racks were installed at the Federal Hill Preparatory School on William St .  The racks were full on their first full day of installation!  A great sign for Baltimore ’s future!


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                           Site at the school before the racks                           DOT crews installing the racks                      Bikes all locked up!  (Note the training wheels & helmet)





Bike To Work Day, held May 15th, was a big success!  The downtown rally hosted 150 participants and featured Mayor Sheila Dixon, DOT Director Al Foxx & Maryland Dept. of the Environment Secretary Shari Wilson.


Tour Dem Parks, Hon is this Sunday, June 14thTour dem Parks is a major fund raising event focused on supporting groups and organizations dedicated to improving Baltimore ’s park system. The event provides friends and families with an opportunity to ride together and discover little-known treasures in the city. Registration is available online here. The tour offers 4 different routes (12, 25, 36 and 64 miles) are available for varying abilities.  The Tour begins and ends at Carroll Park



7:00 am      Registration starts
8:00 am      First riders can leave the park
11:00 am    BBQ and music start
12 Noon     All riders please try to be off the streets


ARTSCAPE, the nation’s largest FREE arts festival, is July 16th - 18th and features BIKE PARKING.  The University of Maryland is sponsoring free bike parking for a less-stressful option for to getting to and from Artscape.  The bike parking will be staffed with volunteers who will provide goodie bags to cyclists.  To volunteer for the event, please contact Kathy Hornig at Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts. Following then President-elect Obama’s visit, this is the 2nd major event in the city this year that offers bike parking. 




Also at Artscape, Baltimore Bicycle Works will be offering Bicycle Frame Builders Exhibit & Demonstration. Come meet some of Baltimore 's premiere frame builders Tommy Nash, Tom Palermo and Chris Bishop at Baltimore Bicycle Works to display their artisan hand-crafted. Demonstration at 3pm on Saturday.


In time for Artscape, the winners of the Station North Bike Rack Competition will be installed.  These unique racks can be found along the 1700 & 1800 block of Charles Street and the unit & 100 block of West North Avenue .


Tour du Port, Baltimore 's Premier Bicycle Event, takes place October 4th. Join thousands of riders at the Canton Waterfront Park to kick off the 16th Annual Tour du Port. Routes range from 12 to a new 1/2 century 50 mile ride! The route travels through over twelve historic neighborhoods, waterfront areas and parks. This fully supported tour includes lunch, refreshments at rest stops, map and sag and a post-ride celebration at Tour's end. This event is One Less Car's Annual Fundraiser! All fees go directly to advancing the programs and advocacy efforts of One Less Car, a non-profit dedicated to walking, bicycling and mass transit in Maryland . Click here to register:


These events and more can be found on the Bike Baltimore website at

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It's fun, practical and it does reduce VMT

Biking in MarylandSince I started doing most of my grocery-store and other short rides on my utility bike (mountain bike with a pair of wire baskets hanging off the rear rack), I've dropped my car mileage from 9000/year to less than 6000/year. Miles on my utility bike don't account for the difference, but my change in attitude does. I just drive less.

-Jonathan Krall
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Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail

Biking in MarylandIt was great seeing so many cyclists on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail after it opened Saturday. I put some photos online at <a href=""></a>; . One person in the Maryland convey had a camera mounted on the handlebars and shot a nine minute video as he crossed the bridge. See <a href=""></a>; .


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