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Avoid fast cars and ride a bike instead, Pope tells trainee priests and nuns

Biking Elsewhere[B' Spokes: We are becoming a religious movement, ha.]

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2013/07/09/avoid-fast-cars-and-ride-a-bike-instead-pope-tells-trainee-priests/#.U0enL3MEY3g.facebook
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Maryland lawmakers vote to increase penalties for drivers using cellphones

Bike LawsBy Jenna Johnson, Washington Post

The Maryland General Assembly approved legislation Monday that will stiffen penalties for drivers who cause fatal or serious crashes while talking on a cellphone or texting. The legislation now goes to the governor to be signed.

The Maryland House of Delegates and Senate had passed different versions of the legislation, but in a compromise reached on the last day of the session, lawmakers agreed to these conditions: The law would apply to drivers using a cellphone in a variety of ways, not just texting. Those found guilty would face up to one year in jail and a fine of as much as $5,000. And prosecutors could charge drivers with this law in addition to other laws.
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/maryland-lawmakers-vote-to-increase-penalties-for-drivers-using-cellphones/2014/04/07/188b8470-be9b-11e3-b574-f8748871856a_story.html
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Getting on board the Fruit Bicycle

Biking in the Metro AreaBY CLAIRE BOLDEN, Baltimore Post Examiner

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Luda Bard, who runs the bike, says: ‘Reactions to this healthy and exciting deviation from the typical ice cream truck, have been amazing. People like that it’s different and our mission with the fruit bicycle is to create an environmentally friendly means of providing healthy organic fruit snacks.’

Run by a Columbia family of five that loves to hop on their bikes and ride the pathways to the farmers’ market, the library, or to the lake for an evening concert, Luda decided to make their family choices into public choices too.
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http://baltimorepostexaminer.com/getting-board-fruit-bicycle/2014/04/09
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Don’t Design Streets For Death

Biking Elsewhereby Chuck Banas, Urbanophile

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If pedestrians are being endangered, the design speed of the road is usually the culprit. Many if not most roads in this country are intentionally designed for much higher speeds than the posted limit. A 30 mph speed-limit sign on a road designed for 50 or 60 mph is a futile—and sometimes fatal—exercise in wishful thinking.

Pedestrian Injury Frequency and Severity Based on Vehicle Speed (Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, image from the Bicycle Alliance of Washington)

Here are the sobering facts: at 30 mph, vehicle-pedestrian accidents are fatal in about 5% of cases; at 40 mph, fatalities are 90%. This is not to mention injuries, which can be devastating in their own right: incapacitating injuries are significantly less likely and less severe at slower speeds.

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Done properly, traffic throughput is still maintained, with less stop-and-go frustration for drivers, and much greater safety and civility for all users of the roadway, including pedestrians and bicyclists. For the vast majority of surface roads, there is simply no reason to design for a speed limit over 30 mph. Doing so seems careless and downright irresponsible, but this is the unfortunate norm for most highway departments.

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http://www.urbanophile.com/2014/04/01/dont-design-streets-for-death-by-chuck-banas/
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Bike Maryland Job, Internship and Volunteer Openings

Bike Maryland updates

Job openings:

APPLY NOW! Full Time Events and Membership Coordinator

  • Status: Read the job description here (link to docx).
  • Start Date: April 2014. Available immediately. Position: Salaried position with paid vacation and sick days. 
  • Term: This is an ongoing, full-time position
  • Appilcation Instructions: send cover letter, resume and a list of three references to: Mary Hebranson

APPLY NOW! Part Time Bike Friendly Maryland Program Coordinator

  • Status: Read the job description here (link to docx).
  • Start Date: Spring 2014. Available immediately.
  • Term: this is an ongoing, part-time position at 20-30 hours a week.
  • Application Instructions: send cover letter, resume and a list of three references to: Carol Silldorff

Internship openings:

2014 Bike-MINDED Safety Program Internship

  • Status: Part time at 8-20 hours per week
  • Internship Description: Intern will work closely with Bike MINDED Program Coordinators to oversee Youth and Adult Safety classes and monitor volunteer involvement. This is a hands on position that offers ample in-class experience teaching bike safety. Hours are dependent on Bike Maryland class schedule.
  • Start Date: Now -- This is an excellent opportunity to learn about Bicycle safety, gain experience teaching safety courses and assist in planning  of Youth and Adult classes
  • Term: We will accept a seasonal intern but we prefer a year long commitment.
  • Application Instructions: To apply for the intern position, please send a cover letter with resume and a list of three references to: Nick Rodricks

Summer 2014 Communications Intern

  • Status/Start Date:Part time at 8-20 hours per week; can start now
  • Develops bike advocacy related content by investigating and reporting bicycling related initiatives at the state, city, town and local level
  • Performs media outreach, develops press releases
  • Develop website/newsletter/social media content
  • Application Instructions: To apply for the intern position, please send a cover letter with resume and a list of three references to: Carol Silldorff

Bike-MINDED Safety Ambassador

This is a terrific volunteer position where you will promote bike safety in Baltimore or other areas throughout Maryland!

  • The position requires a passion for bicycling and teaching workshops - no experience is necessary.
  • Most of your work will be teaching bike safety to Baltimore City Youth or other areas in the state per your preference.
  • Additionally, if time allots, you will teach bike commuter classes to adults.
  • Please contact Carol Silldorff if you are interested in volunteering.
  • Learn more about the Bike-MINDED Safety Program here.

For Additional Volunteer Opportunities, click here



http://bikemd.org/page.php?id=165
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Seeking Witnesses To Catonsville Car-Bicycle Crash on March 13 - Please Forward Widely!

Biking in BaltimoreBy Seth Lueck, Bikemore

On March 13, sometime in the late afternoon or early evening, Bikemore's treasurer Tim Adams was riding his bicycle home from work when a car hit him at the intersection of Wilkens Avenue and South Rolling Road in Catonsville, near UMBC. (Interestingly, the Google Street View image of that intersection features someone on a bicycle.) He suffered severe injuries to his hip and his head, and had to undergo multiple surgeries, although he is slowly regaining his health.

Tim’s family is seeking eyewitness accounts of the accident. If you have any details that could aid the investigation, please contact info@bikemore.net and we will put you in touch with the family.



http://www.bikemore.net/blog/seeking-witnesses-to-catonsville-car-bicycle-crash-on-march-13-please-forward-widely
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Flawed Handheld Phone Bans Don’t Stop Distracted Driving

Biking Elsewhere[B' Spokes: Note that Maryland allows hands free operation of a cell phone.]
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by Payton Chung, Streets Blog

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What Mulligan doesn’t mention is that distracted driving hardly stopped when today’s loophole-ridden and inconsistently enforced laws banned only the most obvious forms of distracted driving. Nor does Cheng’s paper make a convincing case that the newer, broader bans on texting while driving won’t save lives.

Cheng’s study, covering 2004-2010, even references earlier studies from the likes of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety that show that today’s laws, which largely allow drivers to use phones via hands-free devices, have no basis in fact and would not be expected to save lives. As a 2009 meta-study cited by the National Safety Council put it: “Current research does not support the decision to allow hands-free phone use while driving.” Whether a driver controls the phone using her or his hands, through a headset, or through the car stereo, makes no difference: any driver using a phone is a distracted driver.
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What will it take to disarm the menace of drivers distracted by their phones? Safety advocates, like the National Transportation Safety Board and the NSC, say that nothing short of a total ban on device use by drivers will stop the dangers of distracted drivers (and not just of cars: phone use by professional operators has also been implicated in bus, train, and boat crashes). Others, like the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, make an analogy to drunk driving laws. Two forces — an effective national awareness campaign that stigmatized drunk driving, and national legislation that codified a uniform, quantitative metric of intoxication — combined to sharply reduce the number of drunk driving crashes.
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http://usa.streetsblog.org/2014/04/02/flawed-handheld-phone-bans-dont-stop-distracted-driving/
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Sprunging Spring to Annapolis And Back Trail Ride

Looking for local rides(ers)Via Facebook:

Haven't cycled more than 25 miles all winter? Need to work out the cobwebs in your legs? Training for Ride for the Feast, or some other century in early May, and would like to get in a 50 mile training ride a month prior without dealing with traffic? We'll be riding a complete loop of the the BWI & B&A trails, with lunch in downtown Annapolis. We'll be taking the Light Rail to the Linthicum Light Rail Stop, at BWI trailhead, for an approximately 9:00 am departure (from Linthicum. Probably catching the 8:23 train from UB/Mt Royal. Or you can park by Lindale Middle School, which is right next to the trailhead). Exact time and meetup plans to be determined later. This will be at a ~12-13 mph leisurely pace; because a lot of us will be riding lower geared tour bikes and such, and WE'RE NOT IN A HURRY. All invited!

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Hey all! Hopefully this will be the only significant update. The weather prediction for Saturday looks great, with mostly sunny skies, highs of about 60, and 13 mph winds.
First, to those driving. I'm presuming there will be ample parking available at Lindale Middle School, at 415 Andover Rd. The Light Rail riders will likely be passing right by you at about 9:15, so it's probably best to just wait at the corner of Andover and S Hammonds Ferry Rd for us.

To those riding the light rail. I'm catching the train that stops at University of Baltimore/Mt. Royal at 8:23 am. That should get into the Linthicum light rail stop at just about 8:55 am. My plan is for us to congregate at the light rail stop and wait for the next train to arrive, for any stragglers, or if there are too many bikes on the previous train (if a train driver is a jerk about all the bikes and doesn't let us all on. It looks like we could be a big crowd - you may want to consider driving if that's an option available to you). Bikes are allowed on the light rail, but are required to stay at the back of the train cars (that does not necessarily mean the very last car. It means in the back of the second car of articulated pairs). That train should pull into Linthicum at about 9:10 am. Once any riders on the second train are ready we will be taking off.

*IMPORTANT NOTE* There are 2 Linthicum light rail stops. We are unboarding at the second one. *DO NOT* unboard at North Linthicum. That's the wrong one.

https://www.facebook.com/events/698922830159250/715246941860172/?ref=notif&notif_t=plan_mall_activity
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Effects of High-Visibility Enforcement on Driver Compliance with Pedestrian Yield Right-of-Way Laws

Biking ElsewhereAbstract

This study examined the effects of a 1-year high-visibility pedestrian right-of-way enforcement program on yielding to pedestrians at uncontrolled crosswalks, some of which received enforcement and some of which did not. The program included four 2-week enforcement waves supported by education and engineering components that increased the visibility of enforcement. The study produced five results: (a) enforcement led to a slow and steady increase in the percentage of drivers yielding the right-of-way to pedestrians over the year; (b) the program produced a large change in yielding over the course of the year; (c) the program produced higher levels of yielding to natural pedestrian crossing than to staged crossings, and the changes in both were highly correlated; (d) the effects of the program generalized to crosswalks that were not targeted for pedestrian right-of-way enforcement; and (e) the amount of generalization to unenforced sites was inversely proportional to the distance from sites that received enforcement.

http://trb.metapress.com/content/4674380022131506/?p=fefc4e0168fd4b73a109ff63418aaa2a&pi=4
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[B' Spokes: Just something I would love to see around here rather than harassing just pedestrians for wearing headphones (not illegal) and jaywalking (not necessarily illegal). You can NOT improve safety by addressing only one side of the problem.]
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What went wrong with the traffic engineering profession?

Biking Elsewhereby Steven, Cycle Space

The other night I tweeted: “Since the end of conscription, it has been the offices of traffic engineers causing the deaths“. A fellow blogger and cyclist, but from the civil engineering side of the fence, objected that engineers are just servants of politicians. As we all know politicians represent a public that wants to go faster in cars and are blithely accepting of the daily movement of ambulances attending the deaths of pedestrians, cyclists and indeed, many car users. But in this do engineers really have no volition?

I’m imagining how the medical profession would respond if politicians passed a law requiring them to deny treatment to certain kinds of patients.
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http://cycle-space.com/what-went-wrong-with-the-traffic-engineering-profession/

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