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What to Do When You're Hit By a Car

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ADDING NEW ROAD CAPACITY DOESNT IMPROVE CONGESTION

Biking in Baltimore-> Decades of traffic data across the United States shows that adding new road capacity doesn't actually improve congestion. The latest example of this is the widening of Los Angeles' I-405 freeway, which was completed last May after five years of construction and a cost of over $1 billion. "The data shows that traffic is moving slightly slower now on 405 than before the widening (405 Commutes Now a Minute Worse Than Before Carpool Lane: http://bit.ly/1AcBVLL), says Matthew Turner, a Brown University economist.

The main reason, Turner has found, is simple adding road capacity spurs people to drive more miles, either by taking more trips by car or taking longer trips than they otherwise would have. He and University of Pennsylvania economist Gilles Duranton call this the "fundamental rule" of road congestion (The Fundamental Law of Road Congestion: Evidence from US cities: http://bit.ly/1Hevghc): adding road capacity just increases the total number of miles traveled by all vehicles.
In an influential 2011 paper, they looked at the total capacity of highways in each metropolitan area in the US and compared it with the total number of vehicle miles traveled. They found a one-to-one correlation: the more highway capacity a metro area had, the more miles its vehicles traveled on them. A 10 percent increase in capacity, for instance, meant a 10 percent increase in vehicle miles, on average. [http://bit.ly/1S6NEBa]

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



[B' Spokes: What ever mode of transportation gets the most support gets used the most. That should be fairly obvious by now.]

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US DOT MAYORS CHALLENGE UPDATE - and yes, Baltimore is now included

Biking in Baltimore-> As of May 19, 2015, 218 cities have signed on to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxxs Mayors Challenge (http://1.usa.gov/1Cx9G8C). (Check to see if yours is among them: http://1.usa.gov/1GjTMD8) The Challenge, part of the Secretarys Safer People, Safer Streets initiative to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety, calls for mayors and top elected officials to take a public stance to reduce pedestrian and bicycle crashes. The effort calls for cities to take action in seven areas:
Take a Complete Streets approach.

* Identify and address barriers to make streets safe and convenient for all road users, including people of all ages and abilities and those using assistive mobility devices.
* Gather and track biking and walking data.
* Use designs that are appropriate to the context of the street and its uses.
* Take advantage of opportunities to create and complete pedestrian and bicycle networks through maintenance.
* Improve walking and biking safety laws and regulations.
* Educate and enforce proper road use behavior by all.

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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Recommendations shmasions, cars +1 foot, bikes -1 foot (Roland Cycle Track)

Biking in BaltimoreNo doubt I like nice things for cyclists but with a near constant trimming of recommendations for bike facilities in Baltimore they are less pleasant then advertised. Some cyclists (mostly those new to cycling) like the improvement others (generally those that have been cycling before the so called improvement) are not that happy with and are taken to avoid the bike facilities.

We are now facing a one way cycle track on Roland Ave with a speed limit of 25 mph. Roland is classified as an arterial collector. The critical widths in this discussion are:
4' bike lane, 2' buffer, flex posts, parking and two 10.5' travel lanes. (and the same for the other direction of the road. (And if it helps, the two directions are separated by a landscape median.)

I would be a lot happier with a 5' bike lane and two 10' travel lanes but since this is a State funded project lanes less than 10.5' are not allowed. I can sort of see that standard for State roads which are all arterial but on a local road? Baltimore has local roads as narrow as 9' and we manage.

The road in question in Google maps.
https://www.google.com/maps/@39.355961,-76.634585,3a,75y,346.16h,67.38t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1s6IrUvAz49QxjCxbVsgyPDg!2e0

In the first meeting a cyclist brought up the need to pass slower cyclists. And the Director of Transportation said something to the effect "I'm tired of all you cyclist and your speeding." And I'm thinking "But but bicyclists passing is mentioned in the official design considerations for cycle tracks." But one of the things I would love to see promoted is bike facilities that allow side by side riding, that is really nice when you can do that, especially if we are talking about young families taking their kids out for a bike ride.
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Bicycling Events in Baltimore this summer

Biking in BaltimoreVia Comeback City

[Just headings]

Kinetic Sculpture Race: Sunday, June 14

Tour Dem Parks: Sunday, June 14

Baltimore Bike Party: Friday, June 26, July 31, and August 29…

Tour Du Port: Sunday, September 27


[More information, pictures and links] http://comebackcity.us/2015/06/02/bicycling-events-in-baltimore-this-summer/
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Bicycle Index: Most Bike-Friendly Cities

Biking in BaltimoreB' Spokes: We are ranked 22 out of 52. Not bad.

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Via BetterDoctor

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We used the following factors to determine how bike-friendly a city is:

1. Are there other bikers? We included the percentage of commuters who commute to work by bicycle. This was weighted at 40% of the overall score.

2. Can bikers travel safely? We weighted the number of fatalities per 10,000 bikers at 30% of the overall score.

3. Are there ongoing infrastructure improvements to support bikers? Infrastructure such as bike lanes makes it easier and safer to ride. We included federal spending on bike and pedestrian projects and weighted it at 30% of the overall score.
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https://betterdoctor.com/health/bike-friendly-cities/
[There is a table so you can see how we compare to other cities in these three criteria.]
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ANALYSIS & COSTS OF HOUSEHOLD CHAUFFEURING

Biking in Baltimore-> Household chauffeuring refers to personal vehicle travel specifically made to transport non-drivers. This additional vehicle travel imposes various direct and indirect costs. This paper (Evaluating Household Chauffeuring Burdens: Understanding Direct and Indirect Costs of Transporting Non-Drivers: http://bit.ly/1JaqzdU) develops a Chauffeuring Burden Index which quantifies chauffeuring costs and the benefits of transport improvements that reduce chauffeuring burdens. This analysis indicates that in automobile dependent communities chauffeuring costs often exceed congestion costs. [http://bit.ly/10aj4Mz]

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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Planning Commission Officially Adopts Baltimore’s Updated Bike Master Plan

Biking in BaltimoreVia Baltimore City Department of Planning April Newsletter

Planning Commission Officially Adopts Baltimore’s Updated Bike Master Plan - To Create a More Bike Friendly Baltimore
On March 26, 2015, the City of Baltimore’s Bike Master Plan was officially adopted by the Planning Commission, which will lead to the expansion of the city’s biking network, and create a more bicycle-friendly environment in Baltimore.

Since the adoption of the City’s first Bike Master Plan in 2006, Baltimore has made significant progress in becoming more bicycle-friendly. Over 125 miles of bike facilities have been installed to provide a network of bike lanes and trails.

The City has also installed over 600 bike racks in neighborhoods throughout Baltimore, for safe and convenient bicycle parking.
The Department of Transportation’s (DOT) 2015 update to the Baltimore City Bike Master Plan outlines a 15-year plan for bicycle infrastructure and policies developed based on national best practices and public input. The updated Plan proposes a comprehensive bicycle network where bicycle facilities will be designed based on the specific street context.

Vision:
To increase bicycling and its associated health, economic, and environmental benefits, the City will focus on creating safe and user-friendly bicycle infrastructure as part of its commitment to Complete Streets and multi-modal transportation options.
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Visit the DOT Bike Master Plan website for the full plan and additional information:
http://archive.baltimorecity.gov/Government/AgenciesDepartments/Transportation/BicycleMasterPlan.aspx
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Tour dem Parks, Hon! is Sunday, June 14th, 2015

Biking in BaltimoreRegister before May 1st and adults ride for $40 each (save $10) and kids 15 & under ride for $20.

New this year! The Tour starts and ends in Druid Hill Park! Riders choose from 3 routes - 14 miles on the newest section of the Jones Falls Trail, 25 miles, or 35 miles. Tour dem Parks, Hon! is fully supported with rest stops and ends with a jazz barbecue in Druid Hill Park. See photos from past rides here.
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http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=05442ff9-14d5-461a-a790-52772b4cc106&c=db6fab80-5102-11e3-a981-d4ae5292b9a6&ch=dc7a3db0-5102-11e3-a9b5-d4ae5292b9a6
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US DOT: Mayors' Challenge closing in on 100 cities; is yours in? - Baltimore, nope

Biking in BaltimorebyAnthony Foxx

Last month here in the Fast Lane, I launched DOT's Mayor's Challenge For Safer People and Safer Streets. Today, I'm pleased to say that 86 communities from across the U.S. have committed to join the Mayors' Challenge and improve safety for bicycle riders and pedestrians of all ages and abilities over the next year.

And the good news is, there's still time for more cities to sign up.

The Challenge will showcase local practices to improve safety, share tools for local leaders to take action, and promote partnerships to advance pedestrian and bicycle safety. Mayors, other elected officials, and team leaders from registered cities will attend a summit in March then return to their communities to start taking action in seven different challenge areas.

Overall, highway deaths have been declining in recent years--in fact, roadway fatalities have fallen by 25 percent over the last decade. Unfortunately pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities have not seen similar safety gains and now represent nearly 17 percent of total fatalities. In 2013, bicyclists were the only group to show an increase in total deaths.

While it's true that cities around the country are seeing more people walking and biking to get where they need to go, we cannot accept an increase in deaths and injuries among people choosing those transportation options. The Mayors' Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets seeks better protection of the most vulnerable users of our roadways based on the latest pedestrian and bicyclist safety innovations.
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http://www.dot.gov/fastlane/mayors-challenge-closing-100-cities-yours
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