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It’s Time to Stop Sharing the Road

Biking Elsewhere[B' Spokes:Read this in light of Baltimore County Bike Plan expansion.]

Via Rebel Metropolis

You’ve heard it ad nauseam: Share the Road – a mantra adopted much by cyclists and not at all by motorists. It’s become a passive petition: vulnerable bicyclists begging for enough street space to not be run over and killed from drivers largely indifferent due the empathy-crushing confines of the metal machines they drive. Even worse, groups like Please Be Kind to Cyclists have taken this kind of Stockholm Syndrome to absurd extremes, using language that would embolden any bully, ceding them power over their pleading victim.

The PC urban professional crowd you see on their corporate sponsored, helmet-required tours will shun assertive language and cling to a vocabulary of non-confrontationalism. For them, reputation and obedience are more important than responding to clueless motorists and their lethal driving habits with equal and opposite force. Whether in the streets or in our ongoing discourse, the tendency is to back down, to let the oppressor define the rules of engagement and debate. That kind of power dynamic has gotten us basically nowhere.

The burden of mortality is always on the person riding a bike, yet the burden of responsibility for using a car to kill or maim a person virtually never falls on the driver. If that pisses you off, it’s time to start acting like it. We’ve come to a point where all the soft-ball pitching of our needs has failed to deliver streets that are safer. Asking for permission to ride without fear doesn’t work – motorists don’t care, or they can’t hear you. It’s time to start adopting principles of two-wheeled liberation.
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http://rebelmetropolis.org/its-time-to-stop-sharing-the-road/
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America's Cities Are Still Too Afraid to Make Driving Unappealing

Biking Elsewhere[B' Spokes:l wanted to note that when l lived in Brooklyn, NY and worked.in midtown Manhattan all three modes of transportation took the same amount of time so traveling by car was the last thing you wanted to do. People use whatever mode that is well accommodated.]

http://www.citylab.com/commute/2014/03/americas-cities-are-still-too-afraid-make-driving-unappealing/8564
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Construction Closes Main and Church Streets in Prince Frederick for Eight Weeks

Biking in MarylandVia Calvert Co. Gov. News Briefs

Portions of Main and Church streets in Prince Frederick are closed as the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) makes road improvements. The project involves numerous improvements including: installing a raised brick island to create a right-turn lane from Main Street to Church Street; constructing brick sidewalks on Church Street between Heritage Boulevard and Main Street and on Main Street between Old Field Lane and Armory Road; installing bicycle lanes; improving drainage and resurfacing the roadways.
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http://somd.com/news/headlines/2015/19641.shtml
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Jogger to pay $300K for making U-turn in front of cyclist

Bike Paths[B' Spokes: Despite the dangers that headphone jogging zombies pose on cyclists you will never see signs posted admonishing joggers to obey necessary or even arbitrary rules like you see for cyclists and only cyclists on our trails. :/ ]

http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/29722461/jogger-to-pay-300k-for-making-u-turn-in-front-of-cyclist
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This Sunday! Vacant Houses by Bike: Salvage, Demolish or Preserve?

Biking in BaltimoreLearn about Baltimore’s long history with vacant houses (both tearing them down and fixing them up), the famed Dollar House program, and more on this bike ride and tour Eli Pousson, Director of Preservation & Outreach at Baltimore Heritage.

The tour is approximately 10 miles with multiple stops.

http://baltimoreheritage.org/event/vacant-houses-preservation-demolition-renewal-bike/
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Traffic Accidents Top Cause Of Fatal Child Injuries

Biking ElsewhereBy Brenda Wilson, NPR

Nearly a million children worldwide die every year as a result of unintentional injuries, and the biggest killer is traffic accidents, according to a report from the World Health Organization.
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http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=98055567
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Annapolis police charge man in hit-and-run involving cyclist

Biking in the Metro AreaBy Tim Pratt, Capital Gazette

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The light turned green and the driver behind him, later identified as Carr, began honking his horn, yelling and pointing at the light, police said.

The man told police he began putting his water bottle away when Carr, driving a Ford Explorer, rear-ended his bicycle, police said. The front bumper of the Explorer got stuck on the rear wheel of the bike, the man said, keeping the bike in the upright position.

Police said the man got off his bike and began to call 911 as Carr attempted to drive away. The bike remained lodged under the front bumper as Carr left the scene, police said.
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http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/for_the_record/ph-ac-cn-annapolis-hit-run-0731-20150730-story.html
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Cyclists obeying the letter of the law bring traffic to a stand still.

Biking in Baltimore[B' Spokes: So after the police started ticketing cyclists for failure to stop at stop signs, the cyclists got together and they all stopped at stop signs as the law requires. Motorists were not happy with the result.]

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2015/07/30/wiggle-stop-in-cyclists-bring-san-francisco-traffic-to-a-standstill-wednesday/
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Bristol to install CycleEye on buses

Biking Elsewhere"CycleEye has been developed to reduce the growing number of cyclist collisions and casualties across the country."

http://www.businessleader.uk.com/bristol-secures-world-bus-technology/13360/
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PORTLAND, OR: COMBINE USER BIKE TRIP INPUT & REAL-TIME BIKE COUNTS

Biking Elsewhere-> One of Portlands most interesting tech startups is about to move into its next phase: attempting to recruit thousands of local bike users to become rolling bikeway evaluators. Knock Software, the company that is simultaneously contracting with the City of Portland on an experimental piece of hardware that aims to radically lower the cost of counting bike traffic, is also setting out to convince 10,000 people to install its mobile app by the end of this summer. The offer: put the free app on your phone, give each bike trip a quick "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" as you complete it, and the city will be able to parse massive numbers of such trips into data that can rapidly improve Portlands streets.
Knock founder William Henderson said in an interview that the combination of instant real-time bike counts (gathered by Knocks small, low-cost sensors) and real-time user evaluations (gathered voluntarily from people who install Knocks upcoming app, which is called Ride) would completely change the citys ability to prove that its biking improvements are making a difference. http://bit.ly/1Ob4RpO

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

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