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PeopleForBikes $7,500 grant in Baltimore

Biking in BaltimoreVia Bicycle Retailer

"Equitable Bike Parking (Baltimore, Md.): Bikemore will use PeopleForBikes' $7,500 grant to create and manage a community outreach initiative and online bike rack request system to add an additional 100 bike racks in Baltimore City. Baltimore City Department of Transportation will provide the racks, and Bikemore will work to ensure timely installation."

http://www.bicycleretailer.com/north-america/2016/01/15/peopleforbikes-announces-52-000-community-grants#.VqZUIYUrKP0
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But but speeding in my car is my right as an American!

Biking in Baltimore[B' Spokes: DC is trying to raise traffic fines and I found this coverage interesting.]

"When asked how the District came up with the proposed fines, Dormsjo pointed to at least nine other states that have a maximum speeding fine of at least $1,000. Nationally, the median fine for the most dangerous speeders is $500. In an earlier interview, Dormsjo said that upping the penalties is key to leveling the playing field in a region where the District’s “fine regime is the weakest.”"

http://www.thewashcycle.com/2016/01/fines-likely-to-increase-less-than-proposed-in-vision-zero-regs.html
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Bikemore Priorities Update Part III: Bike Share

Biking in Baltimore[B' Spokes: Interested in what happened to Baltimore's bike share program and what the future may hold for it? Then the following article is for you.]


http://www.bikemore.net/news/bikemore-priorities-update-part-iii-bike-share
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Bicycling could provide a far greater proportion of helping reduce energy use and CO2 emissions worldwide

Biking in BaltimoreAbstract:
Cycling plays a major role in personal mobility around the world, but it could play a much bigger role. Given the convenience, health benefits, and affordability of bicycles, they could provide a far greater proportion of urban passenger transportation, helping reduce energy use and CO2 emissions worldwide. This report presents a new look at the future of cycling for urban transportation (rather than recreation), and the potential contribution it could make to mobility as well as sustainability. The results show that a world with a dramatic increase in cycling could save society US$24 trillion cumulatively between 2015 and 2050, and cut CO2 emissions from urban passenger transport by nearly 11 percent in 2050 compared to a High Shift scenario without a strong cycling emphasis.

http://www.its.ucdavis.edu/research/publications/publication-detail/?pub_id=2549
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California city loses lawsuit after death of bicyclist on road with substandard bike lanes and no lighting

Biking in BaltimoreBy Robbie Webber, SSTI

"While Fred Waring Drive, the road where the crash occurred, was expanded from two lanes to three in each direction in 2005, the city did not include a wide outside lane in the design. In addition, the road previously had bike lanes and was signed as a bike route before the redesign. It has extra wide outer lanes farther east, but narrows by five feet with no warning, forcing bicyclists into traffic where the speed limit is 50 mph."

http://www.ssti.us/2015/12/california-city-loses-lawsuit-after-death-of-bicyclist-on-road-with-substandard-bike-lanes-and-no-lighting/
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All forms of commuting do not pay their way

Biking in BaltimoreIf walking costs you a dollar then society pays $0.01.
If biking costs you a dollar then society pays $0.08.
If bussing costs you a dollar then society pays $1.50.
If driving costs you a dollar then society pays $9.20.

Ref: https://twitter.com/MobilityLabTeam/status/679336712586305536?s=09
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Louisville Removes Sidewalk "For Safety"

Biking in Baltimore[B' Spokes: For safety of automobiles they add infrastructure and for pedestrian safety they neglect or remove infrastructure. Have you ever noticed all the the intersections where one side is missing a sidewalk? People in cars can't wait the 10 seconds for a pedestrian to cross but pedestrians are expected to wait 180 seconds for two light cycles to cross. - This article makes a fair point that not accommodating does not improve their safety.]

http://www.streetsblog.net/2015/12/22/louisville-removes-sidewalk-for-safety/
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It's blame the victim week in the War on Pedestrians

Biking in BaltimoreBy Lloyd Alter, Treehugger

"In the early days of the automobile, it was drivers' job to avoid you, not your job to avoid them. But under the new model, streets became a place for cars — and as a pedestrian, it's your fault if you get hit."

http://www.treehugger.com/walking/cost-war-pedestrians-69750-jaywalking-halifax.html
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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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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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