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Biking Elsewhere-> The Safe Routes to School National Partnership Safety for Walking and Bicycling research compilation page identifies patterns of active transportation, injury, environmental attributes associated with pedestrian safety, as well as successful strategies to increase safety implemented by Safe Routes to School projects. Implications of this research suggest infrastructure improvements, traffic education for students, and driver enforcement can provide positive impacts on overall pedestrian and bicyclist safety. []

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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StreetSmart, a Washington, DC-area public safety campaign, has been running an ad that lots of people find objectionable

Biking in Baltimore"Don't be caught dead wearing black." [B' Spokes: Like we don't have street lights and black is an illegal color. :/]

Better, actually a lot better:
"Don't kill anyone with your car."

We need to stop the victim blaming!

My synopsis of
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Help Bike Maryland Collect Accident Data

[B' Spokes: This is in addition to any police reports.]

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-> For a few days last week, Seattle DOT staffers, police officers, and local street-safety advocates used positive reinforcement to reward drivers (and bicyclists) who did the right thing and stopped to let people on foot cross the street. They handed out $5 Starbucks gift cards at an elementary school, a busy bridge crossing, and a protected bike lane downtown. The giveaways were part of Seattles Vision Zero initiative to reach zero traffic fatalities by 2030. They were funded by a state grant aimed at increasing safety for pedestrians and bicyclists. []

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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Enforcement of bicycle passing distance up slightly in Va.

News you will not see in Maryland[B' Spokes: Has there been any tickets in Maryland for violation of our 3 foot law?]
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Exercise Makes You Smarter as You Age

Biking ElsewhereBY NELSON RICE, Bicycling

Here’s more reason to keep riding well after you’ve eclipsed 40 years old: Endurance exercise may keep your brain working at full-tilt as you age, according to a new study in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin attempted to determine the correlation between a person’s cardio fitness and cognitive function in middle-aged adults.
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The Case Against Jaywalking Laws, Part 2

Biking ElsewhereBy MICHAEL LEWYN, Planetizen

Some months ago, I wrote that laws against so-called "jaywalking" (that is, crossing in places other than crosswalks or where traffic lights encourage pedestrians to cross) fail to promote safety, because traffic lights are inadequate guides to safety. When crossing midblock, a pedestrian need only watch out for traffic coming in one direction—right toward her. By contrast, when crossing at a light, a pedestrian may be in less danger from cars coming straight at him, but may be attacked by cars making left and right turns. Moreover, it is not at all clear that jaywalking is a major cause of pedestrian fatalities; although most crashes do occur outside intersections, these crashes often occur in places where there is no easily available crosswalk. According to traffic writer Tom Vanderbilt, "While jaywalking is often cited as a cause of pedestrian accidents, less than 20 percent of fatalities occurred where a pedestrian was crossing outside an easily available crosswalk." And even where a pedestrian is jaywalking, a crash may be caused primarily by driver misconduct.
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Sabotage and hatred: what have people got against cyclists?

Biking Elsewhere“What you see in discourses about cycling is the absolute classic 1960s and 1970s social psychology of prejudice,” he explains. “It’s exactly those things that used to be done about minority ethnic groups and so on – the overgeneralisation of negative traits, under-representation of negative behaviours by one’s own group, that kind of thing. It’s just textbook prejudiced behaviour.”

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Biking in Baltimore-> Dublin ranks just under Los Angeles for having some of the worst traffic jams in the world. The problem is predicted to get worse as the city quickly growssomehow, it will have to squeeze in 20% more commuters over the next decade. That's why the city is now deciding to make a radical shift: It wants to ban cars from several major downtown streets. In the proposed plan, the city wants to route cars around the city center, and turn major streets into car-free plazas and passages for buses, bikes, pedestrians, and a new tram line. []

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.

[B' Spokes: Greater density calls for greater density forms of travel and single occupancy vehicles with three or more empty seats is not it.]
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Biking Elsewhere-> USDOT: Many communities across the U.S. have embraced an approach that reduces roadway congestion and stretches our transportation dollars: bicycle infrastructure. Even better, improving bicycle infrastructure boosts economic growth.
In Texas, for example, the City of Austin estimates that a planned protected bike lane network will increase the citys traffic capacity by 25,000 trips a day ( And, a report from the New York City DOT shows that installation of protected bike lanes on Columbus Avenue actually led to a 35 percent decrease in vehicle travel time (
Bicycle infrastructure can be a significant contributor to economic growth... a Furman University study reported increases in commerce ranging from 30 percent to 80 percent for businesses within 250 yards of a greenway, and linked more than 75 percent of Saturday business and 40 percent of weekday business to greenway use.... []

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.

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