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As other cities push ahead with safer, more bikeable streets, Baltimore spins its wheels

Biking in BaltimoreBY JED WEEKS AND GREG HINCHLIFFE, Baltimore Brew [from March last year just cleaning up my to do list]

OPINION: Adding a rush-hour lane on Aliceanna is just the latest example of how the city is bucking national trends and its residents’ wishes

Sixity years ago, planner Lewis Mumford noted that “adding lanes to reduce traffic congestion is like loosening your belt to cure obesity.”

Baltimore government still hasn’t received the message.
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https://www.baltimorebrew.com/2015/03/16/as-other-cities-push-ahead-with-safer-more-bikeable-streets-baltimore-spins-its-wheels/
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July 4th Bike Ride To Fort McHenry Honoring Julie Rout

Biking in BaltimoreVIA Catonsville Rails to Trails

Catonsville Rails To Trails 6th Annual Bike Ride to Fort McHenry Honoring Trail Lover Julie Rout on Monday, July 4th, 2016 C’ville Bikes/Hub, 821 Frederick Road, 21228 7:30 a.m- Light Refreshments - compliments of C’ville Bike/Hub 8:00 a.m. – Ride Begins The friends of Julie Rout will be participating in this bike ride. Julie loved the Catonsville trails and frequently used the trail during her battle with ovarian cancer. Julie passed away in March but her memory lives on with her friends who will be participating in the ride and raising money for Catonsville Rails To Trails’ newest trail, the Spring Grove section of the Short Line. What a great way to spend July 4th morning! Local cyclist, Charlie Murphy, will lead this ride from Catonsville to Ft. McHenry via the Gwynns Falls Trail. Donations can be made to CRTT in Julie’s honor at www.catonsvillerailstotrails.org. Casual ride at approximately 10-12 mph. Helmets should be worn. Parents should consider distance and conditions of ride to determine if age appropriate for child’s endurance and strength. Route will be checked the day before! No one will be left behind! Ride is FREE but donations/memberships are appreciated. Become a member of CRTT We will have membership and donation forms on the day of the ride. Bring a check!

http://catonsvillerailstotrails.com/girls-soccer-team-cleans-trails-in-record-time/
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Op-Alt: We can fix Baltimore's streets

Biking in BaltimoreLiz Cornish, City Paper

As the Executive Director of Bikemore, Baltimore's livable streets advocacy organization I was grateful to see the dangers people walking in Baltimore City face highlighted in the recent article entitled "Walk Hard: Baltimore is unsafe and unsympathetic to pedestrians." At Bikemore, our daily work is spent shedding light on how vehicle traffic in Baltimore is often prioritized over the safety of human beings walking and riding bikes. These decisions not only decrease public safety but also our quality of life.

The article accurately discussed how our road designs, laws, and policies often favor those behind the wheel of a car. But what the article failed to discuss was how inherently solvable these problems really are. To generalize and simply say Baltimore as a city doesn't care ignores the fact that it is not some nebulous force that causes our roads to be this dangerous, but the daily actions of our elected leaders, appointed officials and city employees. People with power are consciously making decisions that disregard the health and safety of the citizens they are supposed to serve, and they need to be held accountable. The people that lead our city's agencies--most notably the Department of Transportation have failed on multiple levels to to design and build safer streets--streets that improve public safety and public health by encouraging biking and walking. This failure is not only out of line with how the majority of American cities now design their streets, but is grossly negligent.
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http://www.citypaper.com/blogs/the-news-hole/bcpnews-we-can-fix-baltimore-s-streets-20160617-story.html
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Walk Hard: Baltimore is unsafe for and unsympathetic to pedestrians

Biking in BaltimoreBy Edward Ericson Jr., City Paper

[Highlight:]
"The police officer was clearly sympathetic" to the driver, she says. "The attitude is, everybody drives, everybody makes mistakes, and it could have been me. It's easy for the police officer to identify for the driver and not that person that got hit."

http://www.citypaper.com/news/mobtownbeat/bcp-061516-walk-dangers-20160614-story.html
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The Most Dangerous U.S. Cities for Drivers - Baltimore #3

Biking in BaltimoreBy Kristin Wong, life Hacker

Driving comes with its share of risk and danger, and some cities are more dangerous than others. NerdWallet looked at data in the 200 most populous cities in the U.S. to rank the safest and most dangerous for drivers.

To come up with their numbers, NerdWallet analyzed five factors: the rate of fatal crashes, the likelihood of an accident compared to other cities, the number of years between accidents, the risk of break-ins, and the risk of a stolen vehicle.
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http://lifehacker.com/the-most-dangerous-u-s-cities-for-drivers-1779965244
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CICLOVÍA VI - FROM PARK TO PARK!

Biking in BaltimoreCelebrate Beautiful Baltimore!

SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2016
NOON–4:00PM

Bike or stroll between Roland Park and Druid Hill Park along three miles of car-free streets as you pass through some of the City’s most beautiful neighborhoods. It’s Baltimore’s longest ciclovía yet!

Local bike shops will be on hand to tune bikes and instruct children on cycling safety. Bike Maryland will organize bike safety rodeos.

Stop by the Roland Water Tower (Roland Ave and West University Parkway) and Roland Park Library from noon to 3:00 p.m. for live music and fun for kids.

Ciclovía VI is produced in cooperation with the communities of Roland Park, Rolden, Hoes Heights, Wyman Park, Hampden, Remington, Friends of Druid Hill Park, Friends of the Roland Water Tower, Bike Maryland and the City of Baltimore.
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http://www.rolandpark.org/Ciclovia.html
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CITY OF BALTIMORE RESPONDS TO THE U.S. DOT SMART CITY CHALLENGE

Biking in Baltimore BALTIMORE, MD (March 7, 2016) - Baltimore City has unveiled its detailed initial proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Smart City Challenge.

The Smart City Challenge was announced by U.S. DOT in early December soliciting proposals from cities nationwide to develop next-generation technological innovations that address a variety of transportation challenges. Cities will compete to receive up to $40 million in federal funding for developing 'smart' ideas that will make transportation safer, convenient and more reliable. In addition, the Smart City Challenge encourages cities to develop public-private partnerships to reduce energy use and emissions, and is partnering with Vulcan Philanthropy to provide up to $10 million in additional funding to the winning jurisdiction.

Baltimore City, the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, the Baltimore Electric Vehicle Initiative, and the Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) worked to develop the proposal. The University of Maryland's National Transportation Center led the technical team with contributions from several additional University of Maryland units and from the Johns Hopkins University's Center for Government Excellence. In total, 52 public-sector, private-sector, and nonprofit partners supported the B'Smart proposal including BMC and the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB), the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Baltimore region.

The City of Baltimore and its partners have developed a comprehensive approach toward the goal of "Connecting Communities to Opportunities." At its core are the Smart Community Hubs, where traditional transit services meet smart mobility services, enabled by connected/automated/electric vehicles and the sharing economy, to provide low-cost options to connect users to transit hubs and final destinations. These hubs will also house electric vehicle and smart grid infrastructure, public Internet/Wi-Fi/smartphone portals, next-generation city logistics operations, on-site job training opportunities and additional features that will attract new businesses and spur economic development.

The B'Smart proposal has enabled Baltimore City to create potential partnerships with major electronic corporations and automobile manufactures, as well as smaller startup companies. These partnerships will focus on Intelligent Transportation Systems, automation, connected vehicles, smart infrastructure, urban analytics, electric vehicles, smart grid, freight movement and other innovative elements which are outline in the B'Smart Proposal.

DOT will select five finalists in this nationwide competition on Saturday, March 12, 2016 and is expected to announce the final winner in June 2016.

Check out the full proposal.
http://ntc.umd.edu/sites/default/files/documents/Publications/Baltimore%20USDOT%20Smart%20City%20Challenge%20Proposal-Final%20Version_1.pdf
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http://myemail.constantcontact.com/PRESS-RELEASE--City-of-Baltimore-responds-to-the-U-S--DOT-Smart-City-Challenge.html?soid=1100617941348&aid=pNUZo3XY4Q4

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CENTRAL LONDON, ENG: IN 3 YEARS MORE CYCLISTS THAN MOTORISTS?

Biking in Baltimore-> In three years there could be more people cycling into central London in the mornings than driving, according to a report from Transport for London. (Human Streets: The Mayor’s Vision for Cycling, Three Years On: http://bit.ly/1MRGlOr) The report describes the progress of outgoing Mayor Boris Johnson’s cycling vision, launched three years ago, and says the next mayor should keep investing in cycling to keep London moving. As well as spelling out the cycling program’s successes, the report also highlights where things went wrong.
In 2000 the proportion of cars to bicycles entering central London in the morning peak was 11:1; in 2014 it was 2:1. If the trend continues cycles entering London in the morning will outnumber cars by 2019. In 2015/16 London has spent roughly £18 (US$25) per person on cycling – on par with Germany and the Netherlands. Cycle casualty (injury) rates are the lowest ever recorded, while cycling deaths in 2015 (9) were the second lowest on record, and the lowest per journey on record. http://bit.ly/1SGNqAo

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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6 strategic takeaways from a real-life, New York City Streetfight

Biking in BaltimoreBY CHRIS & MELISSA BRUNTLETT, VancityBuzz

[Just the major headings]
1. Consensus is impossible, and inaction is inexcusable
2. When it comes to street design, less is often more
3. Keep it light, quick, cheap, and don’t be afraid to fail
4. “In God we trust. Everyone else, bring data.”
5. There’s no shame in stealing good ideas
6. When it comes to transit, respect the humble bus

http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2016/03/six-strategic-takeaways-nyc-streetfight/
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Bike Share is Coming to Baltimore!

Biking in BaltimoreVia Bikemore

Good things come to those who wait. After six years of lessons learned and a few false starts, today the city approved Bewegen (Be-Wee-Gen, hard "g") as the City's official bike share vendor. The system, which is set to launch in Fall 2016, will include in it's initial phase 50 stations and 500 bikes, 200 of which will be Pedelec bikes making it the largest fleet of pedal assist bikes in North and South America.
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http://www.bikemore.net/news/bikeshareiscoming
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