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What is the I-70 Trail Connection all about?

The purpose of the I-70 Trail Connection, a joint project of “The I-70 Trail Connectors” and Bikemore , is to ensure a safe, direct, and comfortable crossing of Security Boulevard (MD 122) from the Gwynns Falls Trail and communities on the east side of Security Boulevard to the proposed I-70 Red Line station on the west side of Security Boulevard.

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The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), as part of their planning for the Red Line transit line, has proposed removing Interstate 70 inside the Beltway (I-695). They have also proposed moving Gwynns Falls Trailhead #1 from its current location east of Security Boulevard to a new Red Line station west of Security Boulevard, physically separating the Trailhead from the trail itself.  

The I-70 Trail Connectors, the group of neighbors and advocates in Western Baltimore City and County promoting a bridge crossing, and Bikemore have proposed using the existing interstate highway bridge infrastructure to create a bicycle/pedestrian bridge over Security Boulevard.

The MTA and the State Highway Administration (SHA) do not support the local residents’ proposal and have instead recommended ‘at-grade’ crossings of Security Boulevard, meaning pedestrians and cyclists would have to cross this busy roadway while navigating car, bus, and truck traffic. Would you want your kids crossing Security Boulevard on foot or on a bike?

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Tack action here http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=9ae12933a17d8c1c4a22924d6&id=59dbe6a15c&e=454e16693f
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Laurel seeks to get cycling system into gear

Biking in BaltimoreBy Luke Lavoie, Baltimore Sun

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Allen, 37, ended up moving to a house on Prince George Street. One year later, he said he leaves his house three or four times a week to traverse on his bike through the area's emerging network of bike lanes.

Allen, who lived in South Laurel for six years before moving into the city limits, said he's noticed shifts in infrastructure toward accommodating cyclists. The effort, which ranges from widening roads to add bike lanes to increasing signage and bike racks, is the result of a 2009 Bikeways Master Plan instituted by the city. This month marks the five-year anniversary of the plan's approval.

Mayor Craig Moe, an avid cyclist himself, said the plan was constructed, in part, as a way to increase connectivity within the city by leveraging existing pathways and roads. He said given the city's compactness, it's four square miles, and existing amenities, which includes pools, parks and various retail, it made sense to reevaluate the system.
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The plan also instituted increased signage and more bike racks. Additionally, the plan recommended the city require new developers, like those behind Towne Centre at Laurel, build bike-friendly roads and atmospheres.

The results, while anecdotal, have been positive so far, Moe said.
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http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/laurel/ph-ll-bicycles-0918-20140918-story.html
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MUSIC TO YOUR GEARS

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Bikemore's 2nd annual Music To Your Gears, featuring Baltimore's own international superstar Rye Rye, underground hip-hop legend Labtekwon, and the rhythmically complex indie pop of Chester Endersby Gwazda, returns to Friends of Druid Hill Park on Saturday, September 20 from 4-9pm!

The festival is at the Sundial Pavilion on the west side of Druid Park Lake.

There will be food trucks, wine, beer from Heavy Seas Beer, bicycles for rent, planned rides, and just an all-around wonderful day and evening in one of America's greatest urban parks!

Huge thanks to the Baltimore Bicycling Club (http://baltobikeclub.org/) for being the lead sponsor of this event! Other sponsors are Zipcar®, MP3car (http://mp3car.com/), SmartLogic, Evergreen Health Cooperative, Johns Hopkins University, Joy Sushinsky Realtor and your neighborhood specialist, Walmart, and Seawall Development (http://www.seawalldevelopment.com/).

We encourage you to come early to Druid Hill Park for Charm City Cross to catch one of America's best cyclocross races. http://charmcitycross.com/

See you on the 20th, and invite all your friends!

More info:Facebook
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the world's largest urban art park beneath the JFX?

Biking in BaltimoreBy Sarah Meehan, Baltimore Business Journal

The graffiti-canvassed concrete under Baltimore’s Jones Falls Expressway probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of taking a stroll to the park.

But a local group has a vision to transform three acres beneath the highway into a destination urban park for street artists, skateboarders, pedestrians and performers.
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http://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/news/2014/08/07/a-nonprofit-wants-to-build-the-worlds-largest.html?page=all&r=full
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Baltimore 6th worst drivers

Biking in BaltimoreBy Jim Gorzelany, Forbs

... according to Allstate’s 2014 Best Driver’s Report:
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And here’s the rogues gallery of the 10 cities having the worst drivers in the nation:
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3. Washington, DC: 5.1 years between accidents, 97.3% more likely to get in an accident.
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6. Baltimore, MD: 5.4 years between accidents, 84.9% more likely to get in an accident.
[National average is 10 years between accidents.]
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http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimgorzelany/2014/08/27/u-s-cities-with-the-best-and-worst-drivers/
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MIT study: More people die from 'road' pollution than car crashes

Biking in Baltimore"A recent study by MIT found that the pollution caused by driving causes more early deaths in the United States than the number of people who die each year in traffic crashes. Major sources of combustion pollution are roads and power generation."

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865588652/MIT-study-More-people-die-from-road-pollution-than-car-crashes.html?pg=all
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Bike tour of Baltimore's community gardens!

Biking in BaltimoreRegister for the Charm City Garden Tour! Enjoy a nine mile leisurely ride to some of Baltimore's most beautiful community gardens and urban farms. August 16, 8:30 am, starts at the Druid Hill Park City Farm. This year's ride will feature some of North-Central Baltimore's creatively designed and maintained greenspaces. The tour concludes for a celebratory swim at Druid Hill Park pool!

For more information or to register: http://charmcitygardentoursupper.wordpress.com/
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Baltimore and the Age of the Bicycle

Biking in BaltimoreOld time photos and on Thursday, August 7th, MdHS wants you to join us in celebrating the bicycle...

http://www.mdhs.org/underbelly/2014/07/31/baltimore-and-the-age-of-the-bicycle/
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'Putting Baltimore on the Map' As the Birthplace of American Cycling

Biking in BaltimorePRWEB.COM Newswire, Digital Journal

The Maryland Historical Society, in partnership with Baltimore Heritage, is launching a new campaign to win national recognition for Baltimore's unique place in the history of American bicycling. The Society seeks to raise awareness of Baltimore's prestigious cycling history through a special-one day exhibition, American Wheels to the Front: The Involution of American Bicycles (1868-today), as well as celebrate our cycling past and present at the 'Old Timey Bike Fest' and happy hour on Thursday August 7, 2014. From August 6-August 9, 2014 it will also play host to the International Cycling History Conference at the Society's Mount Vernon headquarters (201 W. Monument Street) in downtown Baltimore.

"Unlike many historical subjects, bicycles continue to play an important and growing role in Maryland and America today," says Burt Kummerow, President and CEO of the Maryland Historical Society, "We invite you to participate in the fascinating past, present and future of bicycles here at the Maryland Historical Society."

Details of the Thursday August 7th events are as follows:
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http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2081103
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Reisterstown Road Streetscape update (addressing our concerns)

Biking in BaltimoreTo follow up on the Reisterstown Road meeting regarding the video detection for bicyclists and the pedestrian phases at key intersections, we have had a meeting with STV consultants, Traffic, and TEC. The following has been discussed and addressed:

· STV and Traffic confirmed that the signal phasing allows for green time for the side streets for every cycle, the video detection will only impact the amount of green time that will be given to the side street. In other words, video detection will not impact WHETHER cyclists on the side street will get green time but how much time is allotted to the green time for the side streets.
· Given there will always be a green phase, this means bicycle detection is not completely necessary. Video detection can be programmed for bicycle detection. However, after doing some research and talking with several other Cities (I spoke with staff at San Francisco, Portland, Chicago) who have used video detection they indicated video is not the optimal type of bicycle detection. Planning is recommending Traffic and TEC consider inductive loop detection for bicyclists and bicycle-friendly push buttons as part of future projects and a possible addition at key locations along this corridor in the future.
· At the meeting, we discussed that the Pedestrian Walk phase should be part of every phase in the cycle and not require actuation with a push button for several key locations along the corridor. Traffic has agreed that they can look into this and accommodate where possible. I will provide them a list of the prioritized intersections.

Many thanks,

Caitlin Doolin
Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner
Baltimore City Department of Transportation
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