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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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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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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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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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