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Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities in America

Biking in Baltimore6. Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore has the unlucky distinction of ranking sixth when it comes to violent crime and sixth place on the list overall. It also has a relatively high number of sex offenders per capita. Adding to their woes, Baltimore witnessed a terrifying year when a spate of makeshift firebombs randomly hit the city, creating a sense of fear and paranoia among residents.

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Study: In Baltimore, One in Six Drivers Pass Cyclists Illegally

Biking in Baltimoreby Angie Schmitt, Streets Blog

This is one of the worst parts of biking on a typical American street: You’re riding your bike and you hear a car coming up from behind you. It’s loud; you can tell it’s going fast. Does the driver see you?

WHOOSH … the car passes you at arm’s distance. Nothing like a little trip through the blood pressure spectrum first thing in the morning.

Discourteous, dangerous and illegal passing by cars is uncomfortably common, according to a new study out of Baltimore [PDF], even as three-foot passing laws are beginning to become the norm. But it looks like plain old painted bike lanes make a difference. Seth at Baltimore Velo files this report:

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future at the Bloomberg School of Public Health published a study this week that takes a look at how well the law is being followed by vehicles. Unfortunately, the answer is not very well.

Here are some key findings of the groundbreaking study:

  • Overall, bike lanes in Baltimore improve cyclist safety
  • Without bike lanes, drivers had trouble sharing the road with cyclists
  • One in six Baltimore drivers, or about 17 percent, violated the 3-foot law
  • Researchers found a 20 percent increase in motorist adherence to the 3-foot law for bike lane streets compared to standard streets

Having this quantifiable data makes a very compelling case for the city to continue (and increase) its funding for dedicated bike lanes around the city.
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So this is the question, does MD's 3' law allow unsafe passing in this situation or not?

Biking in Baltimore[B' Spokes: From testimony it appears that tucks want to be able to pass cyclists in this situation without crossing the double yellow. While their testimony mentioned "safe" passing I don't see how that's even possible with a truck. So while other places make trucks pass cyclists with greater clearances, Maryland seems to want to say to motorists anytime you can't safely pass a cyclist you can still pass. An interpretation I don't think will hold up in court, BTW.] image
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Dinner & Bikes with Elly Blue!

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Monday, May 20, 2013 7:00pm until 9:00pm in EDT
1 West North Avenue Baltimore, MD

Buy tickets here:

Please join us on May 20 from 7pm to 9pm for a traveling road show of vegan food and bicycle inspiration. Joshua Ploeg will delight with a vegan and gluten free buffet dinner, Elly Blue will present about transportation equity, and Joe Biel will show a near-complete excerpt from Aftermass, his forthcoming documentary about the history of bicycle activism in Portland. The event is followed with a book signing and time for questions, discussion of local issues, and perusing the traveling bookstore.
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Baltimore Velo is Over

Biking in BaltimoreB' Spokes, so sad. I was really hoping I would be supplanted by these guys and I could be the one to shut down. They will be missed.

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10 Things You Did Not Know About Prospect Park

Biking in BaltimoreSome info about Baltimore's Park.

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How to Bike To Work, Baltimore Style

Biking in BaltimoreGreat post from our friends at Bmore Bikes.

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Baltimore Bikeshare needs a Tango Partner: Better Bicycle Infrastructure

Biking in BaltimoreVia Comeback City

MDOT is requesting $882,000 for the implementation of “Charm City Bikeshare.” 44 stations and 425 bicycles are envisioned. Great news! However, it takes two to tango, and Baltimore will still need better bicycle infrastructure to create a beautiful dance in Charm City. Baltimore has made strides, but Bicycle Magazine is probably on target ranking Charm City 48th out of its top 50 US bicycling cities. Baltimore falls right behind Fargo, North Dakota and Anchorage, Alaska on the list.

To leap ahead of our frost covered competition, Baltimore should build a bike friendly infrastructure network, focusing on its destination rich center to complement Bikeshare. Envision a resident or a visitor starting their Charm City Bikeshare experience in Inner Harbor East. “Sharing” a bike to reach the Convention Center, Camden Yards, University of Maryland Baltimore/Hippodrome, or Penn Station, are all indirect awkward bicycle trips. However, these are the kind of bread and butter trips that make for a successful Bikeshare system.

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The brand new Bike Corral at Oriole Park

Biking in BaltimoreVia email

The attached was just installed yesterday [April 3], compliments of the Baltimore Orioles.  The bike corral (which is in addition to the racks next to the Babe Ruth statue) will accommodate 100 bikes.  It will also be supervised during Orioles home games (although the O's and MSA encourage you to secure your vehicles.)
This corral, just outside Gate C on Maryland Square, can be accessed via Lee Street or the breezeway in the Warehouse near the Veterans Memorial.
You will also find bicycle racks in front of Dempsey's Brew Pub, on the east side of the Warehouse, and at the Camden Yards MARC station (which will be upgraded this year.)
Please help us get the word out to the Baltimore cycling community.  Look forward to seeing you at the ballpark.  Go O's !!!
Jan Hardesty
Public Information Officer
PS.  Here is the message the O's posted on the center rack

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