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Study: Sprawling Areas Require 3 Times as Much Pavement Per Person

Biking in Baltimore[B' Spokes: And remember everyone pays close to the same in "road tax" so that means urban dwellers are paying for rural drivers. Which should put a end to the argument that rural drivers are paying for mass transit that they don't use.]

http://usa.streetsblog.org/2015/11/11/study-sprawling-areas-require-3-times-as-much-pavement-per-person/
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Stiffer drunken-driving bill stalled in Md. House panel; advocates worried

Bike Laws[B' Spokes: Vallario is still insisting that the state be lenient with drunk drivers. :( ]

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/redistricting-looms-but-vallario-retains-old-school-grip-on-md-house-judiciary-committee/2013/03/03/f5356544-81f7-11e2-8074-b26a871b165a_story.html
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Improvements coming to intersection where bicyclist died

Biking in MarylandB' Spokes: On one hand it's nice to see them doing something but on the other hand it's just lipstick on a pig, the substance of the problem remains. Bigger stop signs, come on, that's not going to do a thing. The issue is basically that if you accommodate a behavior, you get that behavior. In this case a right turn to an acceleration lane is the problem.

To explain further, people stop if there is cross traffic, no cross traffic little to no compliance for coming to a full and complete stop, too much like the wide radius right turns they put everywhere so people turning right don't have to stop, heck they don't even have to slow down.

The cheap fix would be to put a raised crosswalk in to make sure turning trucks slowed down significantly before turning (I believe the cost to be around $500). A better option would be to get rid of the acceleration lane and put a stop light in (I believe the cost to be around $2000.)

So there you have it, to prevent another cyclists death is not worth $2000. So sad that either of these options are not considered viable solutions.

WBAL's coverage: http://www.wbaltv.com/news/improvements-coming-to-intersection-where-bicyclist-died/35801248
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SURVEY TIME for the Amtrak Bicycle Task Force

Bike PathsVia Adventure Cycling Newsletter

Speaking of the C&O Canal and the GAP, the Allegheny Trail Alliance is currently soliciting ideas and feedback on the launch of roll-on bicycle service on Amtrak's Capitol Limited route. The train runs between Chicago and Washington, D.C., joining in alongside the GAP and the C&O as it goes. According to a representative of the Alliance, which serves on the Amtrak Bicycle Task Force, "We are looking to see how the service can improve, while also asking the public: Where should roll-on service go next?" You can begin the survey by clicking on this link:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QL787TF
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ITE DESIGN GUIDE: ACCOMMODATING PEDS & BIKES AT INTERCHANGES

Biking in Baltimore-> The Institute for Transportation Engineers (ITE) has released a guide of best practices on interchange designs that accommodate pedestrians and cyclists in the United States and Canada. It identifies precise dimensions, safety features, signage, pavement markings, and design geometries as best practices that may provide insight into future updates of statewide or federal highway design manuals. (Recommended Design Guidelines to Accommodate Pedestrians and Bicycles at Interchanges: http://bit.ly/1LhAuyH)

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

[B' Spokes: Note state law calls for "best engineering practices" so here you go. Ref: http://www.baltimorespokes.org/article.php?story=20111025010622931 ]
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NEIGHBORHOOD CHARACTERISTICS THAT SUPPORT BIKE COMMUTING

Biking Elsewhere-> A study of 100 census tracts with the highest levels of bicycle commuting in the country used American Community Survey (ACS) journey-to-work data to identify neighborhoods with the highest levels of bicycle commuting. It paired each with a randomly selected census tract from the same county to uncover what factors influence bicycle commuting. http://1.usa.gov/1LhAP4F (Neighborhood Characteristics that Support Bicycle Commuting: Analysis of the Top 100 United States Census Tracts: http://bit.ly/1L5T35n)

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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NYPD to Brooklyn Seniors: Stop Getting Killed by Motorists

Biking Elsewhere[B' Spokes:Of the six cases that Streetsblog could find all were caused by at fault drivers so natch blame the victim. It is scary to me that this seems to be a national trend with "safety" professionals to not even address driver behavior that kills but to solely blame the victim. If we ever truly want to put an end to death by automobile this has to change!]

http://www.streetsblog.org/2015/09/16/nypd-to-brooklyn-seniors-stop-getting-killed-by-motorists/
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The Benefits of Slower Traffic, Measured in Money and Lives

Biking ElsewhereBy ERIC JAFFE, City Lab

"That’s the frustrating conclusion one gets from a new case study about implementing a road diet on Livingston. The analysis finds that the safety benefits of reducing automobile space and speeds on the street would far outweigh any losses from driver delay. But the report’s authors state that officials were concerned from the start about upsetting the car-centric status quo"

http://www.citylab.com/cityfixer/2015/10/the-benefits-of-slower-traffic-measured-in-money-and-lives/408472/
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Black and Jewish Civil Rights Heritage by Bike

Biking in BaltimoreVia Baltimore Heritage

October 11 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am | $15 | Register

Explore historic places that tell of the struggles and partnerships between Baltimore’s Jewish and African American communities during the Civil Rights movement and beyond.

We’ll see synagogues and social halls, corner stores and tennis courts that tell the story of Baltimore’s Jewish community in the late 19th and early 20th century and the African-American community that succeeded them in the neighborhoods around Druid Hill Park. Join Eli Pousson from Baltimore Heritage on a fall ride tour of African-American, Jewish and Civil Rights landmarks from Eutaw Place to Park Heights.

http://baltimoreheritage.org/event/black-and-jewish-civil-rights-heritage-by-bike/
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The Cities That Spend The Most On Bike Lanes Later Reap The Most Reward

Biking ElsewhereBy Adele Peters, Fast Coexist

Investing in a network of fully separated bike lanes could save cities huge sums in the long-term. But too little investment in wimpy infrastructure could actually decrease enthusiasm for cycling.

For every dollar spent to build new separated bike lanes, cities could save as much as $24 thanks to lower health care costs and less pollution and traffic, according to a new study from researchers in New Zealand.
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http://www.fastcoexist.com/3034354/the-cities-that-spend-the-most-on-bike-lanes-later-reap-the-most-reward?partner=rss

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