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Biking Elsewhere-&gt; According to the October FHWA's Fostering Livable Communities Newsletter, &quot;AARP Livable Communities has partnered with the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute to create the AARP Livability Fact Sheet series, a package of comprehensive, easy-to-read livability resources (<a href=""></a>;). The fact sheets can be used by community leaders, policy makers, transportation planners, citizen activists, and others to learn what makes a city, town, or neighborhood a great place for people of all ages...

&quot;Each fact sheet in the 11-part series is a four-page PDF document that can be read online or printed and distributed... Each fact sheet follows the same structure: introduce the subject; address and resolve any myths and misconceptions; and then provide relevant advice, tips, and success stories...
&quot;The series covers the following topics: Bicycling, Density, Economic Development, Form-Based Code, Modern Roundabouts, Parking, Revitalization Without, Road Diets, Sidewalks, Street Trees, Traffic Calming.&quot;

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from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling &amp; Walking.
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Help the Children of Tom Palermo

Biking in BaltimorePlease help and donate

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Maryland's first female Episcopal bishop exposed as hit-and-run driver 'who killed young father' two days after Christmas

Biking in BaltimoreB' Spokes: This is being reported across the pond, it's that tragic.

And coverage by our favorite paper, Baltimore Brew

And there is a memorial ride Thursday January first at 3:30, 3636 North Charles Street

And my photos of Mondays memorial ride:

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Biking Elsewhere-&gt; According to a Dec. 10th CMAP article, &quot;The Active Transportation Alliance surveyed driver behavior at 52 marked and unmarked crossing locations around Chicago and in neighboring suburbs to better understand the relationship between compliance with the state law requiring motorists to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks and crosswalk type or design. (Illinois Drivers Must Stop for Pedestrians Law: Observational Study of Motorists' Compliance: <a href=""></a>;)

&quot;The study involved crosswalks with no pavement markings, crosswalks delineated by traditional pavement markings (two striped lines defining the crosswalk), and crosswalks with additional safety features such as in-road &quot;stop for pedestrians&quot; signs, textured or colored surfaces, raised crosswalks, or flashing beacons. The survey found that compliance was lowest at unmarked crosswalks, where only 5 percent of motorists stopped for pedestrians. Eighteen percent of drivers stopped for pedestrians at traditional painted crosswalks. Compliance was highest at the crosswalks enhanced with other safety features, where 61 percent of motorists stopped for pedestrians.&quot;

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from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling &amp; Walking.
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MoCo, State Come To Agreement On Controversial Stretch Of Old Georgetown Road NEWS

Biking in Marylandby Aaron Kraut, Bethesda Now

Montgomery County says it’s come to an agreement with the State Highway Administration on a stretch of White Flint area road that caused controversy earlier this year.

County Executive Isiah Leggett announced today that the state will allow the county to reduce the number of lanes on Old Georgetown Road in the recently rebranded Pike District to make it easier to cross for pedestrians.

The county’s Department of Transportation (MCDOT) will also be able to build the on-road bike lanes recommended by the 2010 White Flint Sector Plan.

County officials said they’re hands were tied because SHA controls decisions on lane configurations and construction permits for the state road.

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Life-Saving Truck Design Fix Sidelined By Federal Inaction

Bike Laws[B' Spokes: As if the only &quot;safety&quot; the Feds are concerned about is protecting the driver from their own mistakes... others be damned.]
by Stephen Miller, Streets Blog

American cities are beginning to take the lead on requiring side guards on large trucks in municipal fleets. That’s a good first step toward saving lives, but without addressing privately-owned vehicles, city streets will not be safe from trucks that tend to crush people beneath the rear wheels after impact. The federal government continues to drag its feet, however, and without a national mandate, the prospects for meaningful action from Albany look slim.

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Biking Elsewhere-&gt; According to a Dec. 12th APBP Member Listserve posting from Jessica Zdeb, &quot;The Council in Washington, DC just passed a rule in follow up to the 2007 Bicycle Commuter and Parking Expansion Act that requires residential buildings of 8 units or more to provide secure bike parking at a 1 to 3 ratio. It might not sound that exciting, but tenants may request retrofitting of an existing building, and spaces must be provided within 30 days of the request. Retrofits require the lesser of the 1 to 3 ratio or enough to meet the requested demand.

&quot;Note that all spaces required are preferably indoors, but if not feasible, shall be secure, covered and adjacent to the building. Some savvy developers are already exceeding this minimum here, but it is now the law of the District. See all associated documents of the rulemaking here: <a href=""></a>;

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling &amp; Walking.
[B' Spokes: We need the same rule here, including businesses. (I'm tired of stores that have made their (handicap parking) sign poles unusable for bike parking with a cement casing.)]
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Avoid holiday theft by documenting bike, electronic serial numbers

Biking in BaltimoreBy Kelly Rule, WMDT

To prevent the successful theft of gifts this holiday season, police are urging you to take some simple steps.

They recommend for everyone to document and take pictures of the serial numbers on all bicycles and electronics, new or old.

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[B' Spokes: I also heard engraving your driver's licence number on your bike can help recovery by the police as well.]
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Biking Elsewhere-&gt; According to a Sept. 15th League of American Bicyclists article, &quot;Last week in Pittsburgh, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx, announced a groundbreaking agenda by US DOT (U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces New Initiative to Enhance Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety: <a href=""></a>;) to address the safety of people who bike and walk in all 50 states.

&quot;'Safety is our highest priority and that commitment is the same regardless of which form of transportation people choose, including walking and biking,' Foxx told the more than 1,000 attendees at the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference. 'This initiative is aimed at reversing the recent rise in deaths and injuries among the growing number of Americans who bicycle or walk to work, to reach public transportation and to other important destinations.'

&quot;Rolling out over the next 18 months, the 'Safer People, Safer Streets' Action Plan (<a href=""></a>;) commits the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to identify the causes of bicycle and pedestrian crashes and to work with practitioners, elected officials and advocates to find solutions to reduce injuries and fatalities...&quot;

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from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling &amp; Walking.
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The new wonder drug? Cycling, some advocates say

Biking Elsewhereby Shaun Courtney, Urbanful

Images courtesy of 105MM and British Cycling

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