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What should a US national bike strategy plan look like?

Biking ElsewhereBy Richard Layman, Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

I pissed off some people a couple days ago when I commented that three presenters (from Ontario, UK and Australia) providing guidance to US stakeholders about creating a national bike strategy didn't have much to offer us.

So I have been thinking about what should be included in the introductory components to a US national bike strategy plan.

Sure, some of these places have  more bike commuters than we do nationally, but the US is a lot more suburban and gasoline is taxed much less, which makes a huge difference, which was captured in an article by John Pucher, "Why Canadians cycle more than Americans: A comparative analysis of bicycling trends and policies" from Transport Policy journal:
In spite of their colder climate, Canadians cycle about three times more than Americans. The main reasons for this difference are Canada’s higher urban densities and mixed-use development, shorter trip distances, lower incomes, higher costs of owning, driving and parking a car, safer cycling conditions, and more extensive cycling infrastructure and training programs. Most of these factors result from differences between Canada and the United States in their transport and land-use policies, and not from intrinsic differences in history, culture or resource availability.
It should be no surprise that the US and the UK (e.g., "Britons unmoved by pro-cycling campaigns: Most regard bicycles not as legitimate form of transport but as children's toys or preserve of hobbyists, research finds," Guardian), given the prevalence of the "vehicular cycling" concept, have significantly fewer people cycling for transportation compared to countries where sustainable mobility is actively promoted.

That doesn't mean we can't learn from those places.
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2. Change how DC Government benchmarks its policies and regulations against the nation's leading cities with the aim of adopting best and leading practices, rather than being content with making changes that still lag best practice.
[B' Spokes: It amazes me how many in government are content in areas where we are below average. We need benchmarks that can help put us above average, at least a little bit. ]
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2.  Transportation Physics and Mobility Throughput.  This is pretty basic, that you can move more people by walking or transit or biking in the same amount of space used by cars.  E.g.

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Mobility efficiency diagram.  Central Washington Transportation and Civic Design Study, 1977.
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http://urbanplacesandspaces.blogspot.com/2014/03/what-should-us-national-bike-strategy.html
[B' Spokes: I highly recommend that the planers and advocates read the whole thing.]
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Get out and ride

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Via Bicyclists Belong in the Traffic Lane
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Update: Postponed - Ride of Silence

Looking for local rides(ers)Where: City Hall
When: 7 PM
New date: Mon 5/26

To sign up:
On Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Biking-in-Bmore/events/169614242/
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/675017435891790/

Just some of those who will be remembered:

Nathan Krasnopoler: https://www.baltimorebrew.com/2012/02/27/family-friends-and-cyclists-remember-krasnopoler-and-pledge-to-fight-for-him/
Jack Yates: https://www.baltimorebrew.com/2010/11/30/family-of-bicyclist-jack-yates-settles-with-potts-callahan/
Larry Bensky: http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2010-04-08/news/bal-md.co.bikers08apr08_1_owings-mills-bicycle-cyclists
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Support the local economy and support anything but cars

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Brian Frosh for Maryland Attorney General - Washington Post

Politics Brian Frosh for Maryland attorney general - Washington Post

ON THE merits, the three-way race in the Democratic primary for attorney general in Maryland is a slam-dunk. State Sen. Brian E. Frosh of Montgomery County, who is among the most admired, intelligent, civil and hardworking lawmakers in Annapolis, should win the nomination in a walk.



And a bit about the competition: Jon Cardin missed nearly 75% of committee votes in Annapolis

"Particularly in the House of Delegates, committees are where the real work is done," said David Lublin, an American University government professor. "I can see the campaign ads now: 'He's not doing his job, and now he wants a bigger one.'"



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SHA begins work on first Anne Arundel bike lane project

Biking in the Metro AreaBy ZOË READ, Capital Gazette

The State Highway Administration is spending $1.3 million to add bike lanes to Route 170 in Linthicum, connecting neighborhoods along the busy roadway with the BWI Trail and the North Linthicum light rail station.

The 1.6-mile stretch will be the first SHA project in Anne Arundel County dedicated exclusively to improving bike access on a state road.

Linthicum residents, however, say they have been caught off guard by the project, and worry about traffic and whether anyone will use the lanes.
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David Buck, an SHA spokesman, said a contractor will remove traffic lanes and shoulders to make room for the bike lanes on Route 170, also known as Camp Meade Road, between Andover Road and Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard. Completion of the project is expected next spring.

“We’re always looking for opportunities (to) slim down the number of road lanes and still have positive effects to other modes of transportation,” Buck said.
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The lanes will connect to the BWI Trail, which loops around BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, at the intersection of Camp Meade and Andover roads.

“We hope to encourage the people that live in and near the Linthicum-Shipley community to bike to and from the BWI Trail,” Buck said.
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http://m.capitalgazette.com/maryland_gazette/hot/sha-begins-work-on-first-anne-arundel-bike-lane-project/article_b30395be-7530-5689-b120-a8263ce32723.html
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NYC Opens Traffic Crash Data -- Finally

News you will not see in MarylandAfter years of prodding from safe streets advocates, the New York City Council, and the tech community — not to mention reporters — New York City has finally released comprehensive traffic crash data.

“This is amazing, and more than what we were expecting," said Noel Hidalgo, the head of civic technology group BetaNYC. "The geocoding and integration with the data portal are unexpected and *extremely* pleasant surprises.”
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http://www.wnyc.org/story/nyc-opens-traffic-crash-data-finally/
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Mass Bike Police Safety Video

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Struck on the Street: Four Survivors

Biking ElsewhereB' Spokes: In the story linked below is why reducing pedestrian and cyclists crashes mater. They are not just fender benders but with people, they have a life long impact on the quality of life. We need to put an end to mean streets, we need to put an end to giving preference to just one "class" of people, as if that "class" of people are always in their cars and never ever walk or bike. That should not be the ideal of society, always having to use the car to get anywhere, especially just to cross a major road.

Both Baltimore and Maryland are wondering why they are losing population while totally ignoring Maryland's high pedestrian fatality rate and Baltimore's high pedestrian crash rate. There needs to be more of an effort towards people, not just cars.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/04/nyregion/how-being-hit-by-a-vehicle-changed-times-colleagues-lives.html
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April Bike Rides Brings Cyclist Of All Ages

Biking in the Metro AreaVia Catonsville Rails to Trails

On April 26, a small caravan of cyclists gathered behind Western School of Technology and Environmental Sciences and followed the proposed route of the Catonsville Short Line Railroad Trail from the rear of Charlestown to the Mews on the Mellor. The first annual Artstravaganza Festival with artists displaying their art work and a gathering of food trucks combined to make a fabulous event.

http://catonsvillerailstotrails.com/april-bike-rides-brings-cyclist-of-all-ages/
(There are pictures of the event in the link.)

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