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Signs of Our Times: Sharing the Streets

Biking Elsewhere[B' Spokes: We really need to get rid of the signage that the state and the localities have standardized on to give notice that cyclists have a right to the road. A good argument on why is in this article.]

https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/bike-lane-signs-drivers-cyclists-rules-of-road
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RTC: TAKE THE NATIONAL TRAIL USER SURVEY

Bike Paths-> Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) has begun the first-ever nationwide survey of trail use to help to create analytical models that can accurately
* Measure how effectively trail systems have connected and could further connect urban areas
* Factor and forecast the demand for, and potential use of, new trail connections
* Assess the impact of trail use on regional tourism and economic development, as well as dollars saved in relation to transportation and health care.

Take the survey online: http://bit.ly/1JoEZ57

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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LONDON, ENGLAND: SEPARATE CYCLIST & MOTORIST TURNS

Biking Elsewhere-> A new junction [intersection] designed to avoid cyclists being hit by left-turning traffic has been unveiled in London. This is the first junction of its kind in Britain. Cyclists and turning motor traffic will move in separate phases, with left-turning vehicles held back to allow cyclists to move without risk, and cyclists held when vehicles are turning left. There will also be a new two-stage right turn' to let cyclists make right turns in safety. For straight-ahead traffic, early-release traffic lights will give cyclists a head start. These innovations aim to significantly cut the cyclist casualty rate. Around 85% of cyclist accidents happen at junctions, mostly involving turning traffic. The new junction, on the upgraded Cycle Superhighway 2 at Whitechapel Road and Cambridge Heath Road, will be the template for junctions to be introduced across London's main road network in future. http://bit.ly/1V9v22c

[Since vehicles travel on the left side of the road in Britain, switch left with right turns above for North American contexts.]

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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Suburban-style streets don't fit a busy Bethesda corner

Biking in Maryland[B' Spokes: There are a lot of good points and logic that can be applied elsewhere around the state in this article. We need to get rid of this cars first even at the expense of other modes of travel attitude from too many traffic engineers. There are solutions that work well for everyone.]

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The real problem is the traffic engineering doctrine

One fix after another has failed here because Montgomery County remains wedded to old-style traffic engineering. Two of the profession's basic tenets are to blame. First, engineers design streets for cars and see other users as obstacles. Second, they design the roads to minimize rush-hour delays rather than to work best at all hours. When you measure success by counting cars in rush hour, wide streets and slow lights are solutions rather than problems.
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http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/28136/suburban-style-streets-dont-fit-a-busy-bethesda-corner/
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Sprawl Costs the U.S. $1 Trillion Annually

Biking ElsewhereBy Liz Camuti, The Dirt

"Excessive vehicle use should be discouraged by creating streets that include adequate sidewalks and crosswalks, bike infrastructure, and bus systems."


http://dirt.asla.org/2015/09/22/sprawl-costs-the-u-s-1-trillion-annually/
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The World Could Save Trillions With Buses and Bikes

Biking ElsewhereBy Alex Davies, Wired

THE ARGUMENT THAT embracing a low-carbon future is a road map to economic ruin is bunk, say a band of economists who argue that investing in more efficient transportation, buildings and waste management could save cities worldwide at least $17 trillion. One way to unlock that savings is to promote bikes and buses.
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http://www.wired.com/2015/09/world-save-trillions-buses-bikes/
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Improve the Jones Falls Trai

Bike Paths[B' Spokes: I'm concerned because the funding process does not allow for cheep but needed improvements. In a way the whole system is stacked against this, as really expensive projects seem to be preferred over the more economical ones, it would not be a Capital Improvement if it was cheep right? So where is the budget and planing process for things like this? I have no idea.]

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1) The Jones Falls Trail starts right out front of the Visitors Center, but how would you know? Make it easy to find information about the Jones Falls Trail at the Baltimore Visitors Center.
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2) Help separate pedestrians and bicyclists where the trail follows the harbor.
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3) Don’t allow parking in the trail.
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4) When the trail doesn’t look like a trail, more and better wayfinding is needed.
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5) Keep the trail on the east side of the Fallsway.
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6) Combat the ugliness and improve the crosswalks.
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7) Combat the ugliness and improve the crosswalks.
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8) The blazes are great, but….
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9) Add signage at Penn Station.
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[More in parts two and three.]
http://jonesfallstrail.us/2015/09/03/jones-falls-trail-part-one-improvements/
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Grand History Trail could connect local cyclists to paths throughout the region

Bike PathsVia Baltimore Sun

"It came from a napkin," he recalled. "We were sitting around at the Rail Trail Authority and we looked at our trail, and we knew about the C&O Canal and we knew about our study, and we said, 'You know, this could be a loop.' I knew about the success of the Great Allegheny Passage, which connects to Cumberland, which connects to the C&O Canal. You can go from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C., on a Rail Trail, and I thought, 'This is a perfect idea to move forward on.' So we have been moving forward."

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/outdoors/bs-sp-outdoors-grand-history-trail-0906-20150905-story.html
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Endorsing Ryan Dorsey for Baltimore City 3rd District

PoliticsVia Epiphany in Baltimore

"#3) He is well aware of the transportation issues of the city. I see him fighting hard for more access to the city via bike lanes and infrastructure (I've been biking to work so far this year, and wow is this really needed), as well as public transportation badly needed for our residents to get to their jobs. Right now, the Charm City Circulator reaches mainly only the white parts of the city, something that Dorsey pointed out with indignant passion. He also discussed an anger of mine, that the city has such poor transportation for its students, who have to rely on crowded and unreliable MTA busses to get to school; he wants to change this. (Related Link: Baltimore Spokes, a Bicycle Advocacy group in Baltimore, has endorsed Dorsey for the 3rd District race.)"

Read more:
http://epiphanyinbmore.blogspot.com/2015/09/endorsing-ryan-dorsey-for-baltimore.html?spref=fb&m=1
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Bikemore's Response to Heather Cook's Plea

Biking in Baltimore"We believe that in order for this to not happen again, as a city we must commit to stronger enforcement of negligence while operating a motor vehicle. We have to commit to having zero tolerance to distracted driving. If the city claims they can’t afford to enforce the laws the state passes, we have to stop accepting that as an acceptable response."

http://www.bikemore.net/news/response-to-heather-cooks-plea

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