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CENTRAL LONDON, ENG: IN 3 YEARS MORE CYCLISTS THAN MOTORISTS?

Biking in Baltimore-> In three years there could be more people cycling into central London in the mornings than driving, according to a report from Transport for London. (Human Streets: The Mayor’s Vision for Cycling, Three Years On: http://bit.ly/1MRGlOr) The report describes the progress of outgoing Mayor Boris Johnson’s cycling vision, launched three years ago, and says the next mayor should keep investing in cycling to keep London moving. As well as spelling out the cycling program’s successes, the report also highlights where things went wrong.
In 2000 the proportion of cars to bicycles entering central London in the morning peak was 11:1; in 2014 it was 2:1. If the trend continues cycles entering London in the morning will outnumber cars by 2019. In 2015/16 London has spent roughly £18 (US$25) per person on cycling – on par with Germany and the Netherlands. Cycle casualty (injury) rates are the lowest ever recorded, while cycling deaths in 2015 (9) were the second lowest on record, and the lowest per journey on record. http://bit.ly/1SGNqAo

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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DNR Trail News March 2016 – May 2016

Bike PathsLink to the newsletter: http://dnr2.maryland.gov/mdtrails/Pages/DNR-Trail-News.aspx

Highlight:
Free Apps Allow Visitors More Opportunities with Online Trail Guides
Newly released applications (apps) for both IOS and Android devices allow visitors the opportunity to enjoy interactive features using the new online trail guides.

Apps like “PDF Maps” released by Avenza Systems Inc. allow visitors to easily download, browse, navigate and interact with the new geo-referenced PDF trail guides in both an online and offline environment. This means that visitors can utilize this application and trail guide even when not connected to the internet.

For more information on installing and using this application visit: www.avenza.com/pdf-Maps
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Inside the Latest “Distracted Pedestrians” Con

Biking Elsewhereby Charles Komanoff, Streets Blog

Hospital records from 2014 showed that distracted walking accounted for 78% of pedestrian injuries throughout the United States.

— Daily News, Sunday, March 27, 2016

A report released in 2015 by the Governors Highway Safety Association found an increase in pedestrian fatalities, and cited texting while walking as partly to blame. Nearly two million pedestrian injuries were related to cellphone use, the report said.

— Philadelphia Inquirer, Friday, March 25, 2016

Attempts to repress human-powered movement invariably arise from three elements: a penchant for victim-blaming, officials’ “windshield perspective” that marginalizes and devalues people outside cars, and dubious statistics.
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Rebutting the claim that distracted walking accounts for 78 percent of U.S. pedestrian injuries

... Unremarked in that sentence, however, is that the study in question was not looking at all pedestrian injuries, but only pedestrian injuries related to mobile phones. We thus have the unremarkable finding that most pedestrians who were using a mobile phone when they were injured in traffic crashes were talking or texting — as opposed to, say, switching playlists or posting on Twitter.
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Rebutting the claim that nearly two million pedestrian injuries a year involve pedestrians’ cellphone use

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Here’s where it gets weird. ...

That could be the wildest extrapolation you’ll see in any peer-reviewed journal this decade. “Only” 66,000 pedestrian injuries a year are recorded in official U.S. traffic crash data, yet the AA&P authors speculate that there may be 30 times as many attributable to mobile phone usage alone.
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“Victim blaming is a subtle process, cloaked in kindness and concern,” wrote sociologist William Ryan over four decades ago. Battling victim-blaming along with the pervasive windshield perspective is hard enough without having to contend with bogus “statistics” as well. The Governors Highway Safety Association and Accident Analysis & Prevention have some soul-searching to do.

http://www.streetsblog.org/2016/03/31/inside-the-latest-distracted-pedestrians-con
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REPORT: EXTENDING THE WB&A TRAIL

Bike PathsVia WABA

"The Washington Baltimore & Annapolis trail (WB&A) is a paved multi-use trail that runs from Maryland Route 450 in Prince George’s County to the Patuxent River at the border of Prince George’s and Anne Arundel Counties. Efforts are underway to extend the WB&A trail north-eastward over the Patuxent River and toward the Thurgood Marshall Baltimore-Washington International Airport."

http://www.waba.org/blog/2016/03/report-extending-the-wba-trail/
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Trails bring the world, business to Cumberland

Bike PathsBy Heather B. Wolford, Times News

The Great Allegheny Passage and the C&O Canal bring nearly 100,000 tourists to Allegany County each year, contributing more than $2.5 million to the local economy.
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http://www.times-news.com/news/local_news/trails-bring-the-world-business-to-cumberland/article_7647b9c9-1204-55b3-be62-4a17d3bd23a5.html
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6 strategic takeaways from a real-life, New York City Streetfight

Biking in BaltimoreBY CHRIS & MELISSA BRUNTLETT, VancityBuzz

[Just the major headings]
1. Consensus is impossible, and inaction is inexcusable
2. When it comes to street design, less is often more
3. Keep it light, quick, cheap, and don’t be afraid to fail
4. “In God we trust. Everyone else, bring data.”
5. There’s no shame in stealing good ideas
6. When it comes to transit, respect the humble bus

http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2016/03/six-strategic-takeaways-nyc-streetfight/
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Bike Share is Coming to Baltimore!

Biking in BaltimoreVia Bikemore

Good things come to those who wait. After six years of lessons learned and a few false starts, today the city approved Bewegen (Be-Wee-Gen, hard "g") as the City's official bike share vendor. The system, which is set to launch in Fall 2016, will include in it's initial phase 50 stations and 500 bikes, 200 of which will be Pedelec bikes making it the largest fleet of pedal assist bikes in North and South America.
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http://www.bikemore.net/news/bikeshareiscoming
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Annapolis Upper West Street Sector Study

Biking in the Metro AreaThe City of Annapolis Planning

The Department of Planning and Zoning is undertaking a study that is looking at the Upper West Street Opportunity Area, which was designated in the 2009 Comprehensive Plan. It includes most of West Street from Westgate Circle to Old Solomon’s Island Road, including the Chinquapin Round Road corridor. ​The City staff is partnering with AECOM to complete the study.

Project Schedule
January - February 2016: Preliminary research and information gathering
February 8 and 10, 2016: Stakeholder interviews
February - March 2016: Corridor research
March 2​9-3​1, 2016: Char​ette/Open House
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More information: http://www.annapolis.gov/government/city-departments/planning-and-zoning/upper-west-street-sector-study

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AAA study finds 'widespread indifference' to unsafe driving habits

Biking ElsewhereBy Rose-Ann Aragon, Pat LaFleur, WCPO

Ninety percent of American drivers admit to risky driving practices, such as drowsy or drugged driving, running red lights, or texting while driving, according to new data released by AAA Thursday.

Ninety. Percent.

And it’s not just that they admit it, AAA said. It’s also that they don’t really care.
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http://www.wcpo.com/traffic/aaa-study-finds-widespread-indifference-to-unsafe-driving
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NASCAR drivers pedal from St. Augustine for bike safety

Biking ElsewhereBy Allison Shirk, News Journal Online

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Among the nearly 40 riders were NASCAR drivers Jimmie Johnson and Trevor Bayne, and IndyCar drivers Tony Kanaan and Dario Franchitti. The pack of cyclists took about four hours to pedal from St. Augustine, down State Road A1A and to the Speedway.

Johnson said he's outside as much as possible and rides his bike three or four times a week.

"I think the message is just awareness," Johnson said after the ride. "People on these bikes are moms, dads, children, and sometimes motorists let their frustrations get the best of them and don't realize they're putting somebody in harm's way."
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http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20160217/NEWS/160219519?Title=NASCAR-drivers-pedal-from-St-Augustine-for-bike-safety&tc=ar

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