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Biking in MarylandSmart Growth Listening Sessions Offer Public Opportunity to Share Ideas and Concerns about Growth and Development in Maryland

Smart Growth Listening SessionsThe Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) and the Task Force on the Future for Growth and Development in Maryland are hosting a series of public forums across the State for residents to share their thoughts and ideas on future growth in the state.

Two additional Listening Sessions have been added to the schedule for the month of October. The first will be held in Bladensburg on October 22, and the second in Aberdeen on October 28.

All Marylanders are encouraged to attend and participate in the Listening Sessions. For the complete schedule of sessions and directions to various locations, please visit the link below or call MDP at 410-767-4500.
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Mass Transit[Yes you are reading right, because people are driving less and taking mass transit more they are cutting mass transit.]

Proposed reductions in service a result of budget cuts

The sources of revenue that support the operation of MTA's MARC Train and Commuter Bus services have declined dramatically since the start of the fiscal year on July 1. Regrettably, MTA must reduce its budget, and while the majority of reductions are taking place in the administrative budget some MARC Train and Commuter Bus services are proposed for elimination.

The public is encouraged to provide input regarding the proposed modifications. MTA will hold public hearings throughout the State from November 17 through November 25, 2008 to receive public comments on these proposals. Citizens may provide comments at any hearing that is convenient, or may send comments directly to the MTA by mail or e-mail. All comments received by December 26, 2008 will be considered before proposals are finalized.
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Findings in red light study not conclusive

Biking Elsewhere[Apparently a report was issued that red light cameras increase crash rates, read more why that report is flawed.]
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Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Committee - on FaceBook!

Biking in BaltimoreAs Baltimore becomes a more bike-friendly community, MBAC helps promote cycling by advising city officials, increasing safety awareness and holding local events.
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With more bicyclists on the road, interesection safety more important than ever

Biking ElsewhereFaced with soaring gas prices, many commuters have traded in the gas pump for the air pump to tune-up their previously sedentary bicycles. According to a national study conducted by the Bikes Belong Coalition, 95% of bicycle shops said their customers attributed high gas prices to the purchase of new wheels this summer.

The shift to cycling brings new responsibilities. “People who are pulling old bicycles out of the garage really need to take them to a bike shop to make sure that they are properly working,” said Avery Stonich, Marketing and Communications Director of
the Bikes Belong Coalition.

Additionally, it is up to bicyclists (old and new) to educate themselves.“ The streets are very different now from the way they were 20 years ago. We are trying to make sure that we get the word out about the rules of the road and basic riding techniques so that people enjoy the experience,” said Andy Clarke, Executive Director of League of American Bicyclists. “You are and should be treated exactly the same as if you’re behind the wheel of a car — you have the same rights and responsibilities.”

That includes stopping at red lights and stop signs. According to a study completed by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration, 21.7% of crashes experienced by motorists and cyclists result from a motorist failing to yield — meaning the motorist enters an intersection and fails to stop at a traffic signal, striking a bicyclist who is traveling through the intersection. Equally alarming, 16.8% of crashes involving motorists and cyclists result from a bicyclist failing to yield at an intersection. This means that 38.5% of motorist-bicycle crashes could be eliminated simply by stopping at red lights and stop signs.

If you’re considering making the switch from four wheels to two, there are some simple tips to avoid injury. Stonich’s top three rules: wear a helmet, ride with in the rules of the road, and be predictable.“ [Bicyclists] need to be comfortable on the road,” said Stonich.“ The truth is, people really need to feel safe to want to ride.”

Bicyclists “are somewhat vulnerable to drivers’ behavior,” said Clarke.“ Be predictable, be visible, be ready for that idiot who is going to run a red light or stop sign; don’t be intimidated, but be ready for that.”

“We are all in this together,” said Clarke. “It’s not about bicyclists or motorists. We all benefit from safe driving.”
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Biking in the Metro AreaCommittee seeks public comment on draft

AnnapolisEvery 10 years, Annapolis creates a new Comprehensive Plan to chart the City's direction for the coming decade. Since late 2006, the City has been working with a Citizen Advisory Committee to generate a new Comprehensive Plan.

Now, the Comprehensive Plan Citizen Advisory Committee invites Annapolis residents, community groups, business groups and other interested individuals to review and comment on the "Committee Review Draft" of the Annapolis Comprehensive Plan. The committee wishes to hear from the public before it finishes its work on the Plan.

The Committee Review Draft is available for download on the City web site (link below) or for review at the Annapolis and Eastport-Annapolis Neck Libraries or the Annapolis Department of Planning and Zoning.
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Speed Cameras Shown to Increase Road Efficiency

Biking ElsewhereWASHINGTON, D.C. (September 18, 2008) — Although drivers tend to slow down when driving through a photo enforcement zone, a recent study shows that speed cameras actually reduce travel time and improve travel time reliability. The landmark study is the first in the U.S. to analyze multiple effects on driver behavior, travel time, societal costs, and road safety.

The study, which became available to the public this summer, looked at a trial photo enforcement program on a segment of Arizona State Loop 101 in Scottsdale. The program — the first in the U.S. to use fixed-site speed cameras on a freeway — ran from January through October 2006 and cited drivers going at least 11 miles over the 65 mph speed limit.

Simon Washington, the Arizona State University engineering professor who co-authored the report, found that the speed camera program “not only improved safety but also improved mobility through travel time savings, improved travel time reliability, and reduced travel time uncertainty.”

The report found that during the nine month speed camera trial program
  • mean traffic speeds were reduced by nine mph
  • total crashes were reduced by 44% to 54%
  • injury crashes decreased by 28% to 48%
The annual estimated safety benefits ranged from $16.5 to $17.1 million, based on medical costs, quality of life costs and other costs (lost productivity, wages, long-term care, etc.).

The report estimated that the reduction in crash frequency saved approximately 1,336 vehicle-hours a year when crashes blocked one lane and 45,060 vehicle-hours a year when crashes blocked two lanes. The annual benefit of travel time savings ranged from a low of $20,040 (one-lane blockage crash assuming $15/hr value of travel time savings) to a high of $901,200 (two-lane blockage crash assuming $20/hr of travel time savings). The six speed cameras (three facing in each direction of traffic) produced a clear change in driving behavior.

The average number of daily speeding detections per camera was
  • 162.2 during the warning period;
  • 129.7 during the program period;
  • 1,482.4 during the after period; and
  • 134.68 during the reactivation period.
“This study confirms what we have believed all along,” said Barbara Harsha, Executive Director of the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). “By reducing crashes, photo enforcement not only saves lives but also enhances traffic flow and shortens time in the car.”
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