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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.]
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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:

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: ]
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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.
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Biking in Baltimore-> After an aggressive expansion in recent years, New York City reached a thousand miles of bikes lanes yesterday, and more bike lane are planned throughout the city. Almost 40% of the miles are shielded from traffic, such as through greenways or off-street bike lanes.

[B' Spokes: Amazing, they have 1,000 miles and we have 60? For the whole State? That's what the Annual Attainment Report on Transportation System Performance says anyway. pg 47 And I thought we had 500 miles of bike lanes around 2004 what happened to that? ]
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Bikemore's Response to Heather Cook's Plea

Biking in Baltimore"We believe that in order for this to not happen again, as a city we must commit to stronger enforcement of negligence while operating a motor vehicle. We have to commit to having zero tolerance to distracted driving. If the city claims they can’t afford to enforce the laws the state passes, we have to stop accepting that as an acceptable response."
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Baltimore Bike Tour - By Urban Land Institute

Biking in BaltimoreULI Baltimore Young Leaders Bike Tour of Baltimore Developments
Date: Saturday, September 12, 2015

New buildings are being developed and old ones are finding new uses in Baltimore. Biking the city is a great way to experience and learn about these new developments. At various stages of this 9-mile tour you’ll find industry experts eager to share their knowledge and tell the stories related to planning, developing, and building these places.

Bring your own bike or rent one at Light Street Cycles 410-685-2234, at 1124 Light Street Baltimore MD 21230, which will offer a discounted rate to participants who reserve a bicycle at least 7 days in advance ($20 for the day). They will open at 9am that day for participants who wish to pick up their bicycles before the event.

Start Time: 10:00 am – Light Street Cycles
10:00 AM: 1201 S Charles Street – Urban Design Group
10:40 AM: 111 W. Heath Street – Paul Khazansky, Poverni
11:20 AM: 106-110 N Eutaw St. – Speaker – Dante Jones – General Contractor
12:00 PM: 315 East 23rd Street –Telesis Corporation
12:40 PM: 10 N. Calvert Street – Speaker Bozzuto Management/JK Equities
Final stop: Little Havanas – cash bar with complimentary appetizers and a discounted draft for participants
For a preliminary look at the sites and the route map – BikeTourMap

Members Only – $20
Non-Members $30
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Bikemore Comments on the Southeast Strategic Transportation Plan

Biking in BaltimoreVia Bikemore

Bikemore, the bicycle safety advocacy organization for the Baltimore metropolitan area, is pleased to see the priority which has been placed on multi-modal transportation planning in the Southeast Strategic Transportation Vision, and is encouraged that DOT continues to prioritize biking and walking in future planning efforts.

We do have concerns with a few specific points within the plan:
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This Sunday! Vacant Houses by Bike: Salvage, Demolish or Preserve?

Biking in BaltimoreLearn about Baltimore’s long history with vacant houses (both tearing them down and fixing them up), the famed Dollar House program, and more on this bike ride and tour Eli Pousson, Director of Preservation & Outreach at Baltimore Heritage.

The tour is approximately 10 miles with multiple stops.
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Cyclists obeying the letter of the law bring traffic to a stand still.

Biking in Baltimore[B' Spokes: So after the police started ticketing cyclists for failure to stop at stop signs, the cyclists got together and they all stopped at stop signs as the law requires. Motorists were not happy with the result.]
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Stop Violence Against Cyclists

Biking in BaltimoreBy Mi Letts

Every time the weather warms up in Baltimore, it is time for bicyclists to think about how to protect themselves from children banning together to beat, and steal from bicyclists. Since we have few protected routes or practical streets of passage, our choices of travel are limited-- making us fish in a barrel, prime targets for these groups. We want the city to become proactive in protecting the cyclists, rather than reactive. We want plain clothed bicycle police patroling to stem the tide of violence in the most problematic areas.

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