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MD 25 - Falls Road construction

Biking in the Metro AreaAs part of our ongoing highway maintenance program, the State Highway Administration (SHA) is beginning a project to repair, resurface and improve safety along approximately 16 miles of MD 25 (Falls Road) between the I-695 interchange and Mount Carmel Road . Five segments of Falls Road will be repaired, milled and repaved during the next several months as weather conditions permit. The entire $4 million project is slated for completion in late Spring 2009.

Nighttime work is underway on the first segment, from I-695 to north of Seminary Avenue . Lane closures with flagging operations will occur nightly Sunday - Thursday between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. (Repairs, Milling and Repaving Fall 2008)
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Bicycle Commuter Act Becomes Law

Bike LawsCongressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-D) has worked tirelessly with bicycle advocates for seven years to win a tax credit for bicycle commuters…but ironically after being rejected time after time, the credit became law in a matte of days. The initiative was deep in the jowls of the $700 billion financial rescue plan adopted by Congress earlier this month. Ironically, the credits’ #1 congressional champion voted against the rescue package even though it included the program he had long fought to see become law. Reportedly, the Congressman had received thousands of calls from constituents urging him to vote no to the package and he was frustrated with the lack of provisions to help individual homeowners among other things included in the package. The good news for physical activity advocates is that the law will take effect in January. Included below is an explanation of the law provided by Congressman Blumenauer.

How The Law Works:
· For employees who regularly commute to work by bicycle, employers may offset the costs of bicycle purchase, improvement, repair, and storage at the rate of $20 per month.
· Based on how the employer chooses to offer the benefits, the employee may bring receipts to be reimbursed, may sign up for regular monthly payments, or devise some sort of voucher system with their employer.
· Bike commuters are not allowed to receive transit or parking benefits in addition to the bike benefit.
· The bike commuter benefit can be provided by employers beginning January 1, 2009.
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LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS GO ON TOUR

Biking in the Metro AreaConsolidated Transportation Program Details Future Transportation Projects

Maryland has a unique process to gather public input from every jurisdiction, a process stipulated by State law, requiring the Secretary of Transportation to visit with, and present to each of the State's jurisdictions, the Draft Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP), for comment. This process is known as the Secretary's Annual Capital Program Tour.

The CTP is a detailed listing with descriptions of the capital projects that are proposed for construction, or for development and evaluation during the next six-year period.

Each year this report is developed in draft form and presented to every jurisdiction during the fall. Following distribution of the draft document, Maryland Department of Transportation representatives visit each jurisdiction both to present and to receive comments on the program. Following the tour, the CTP is prepared in final form for presentation to the General Assembly in January.
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Last Friday's ride with the Mayor and the National Park and Rec folks

Biking in BaltimorePictures:
<a href="http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=38141&amp;l=8e620&amp;id=513493075">http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=38141&amp;l=8e620&amp;id=513493075</a>;

Videos (Note: new camera so they are not amazing videos.)
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ADDITIONAL SMART GROWTH LISTENING SESSIONS

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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MTA HEARINGS ON MARC AND COMMUTER BUS CUTS

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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BUILDING A NEW COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR ANNAPOLIS

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 &quot;Committee Review Draft&quot; 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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