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Open for Review Maryland BikeShare Program – Baltimore Region

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2012-2015 Transportation Improvement Program Amendments

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently launched the Maryland Bikeshare Program, which provides grants to support the planning and establishment of local bikesharing programs in Maryland. The Bikeshare program is part of the bigger Cycle Maryland initiative to encourage more Marylanders to get out and ride, and to make bicycling a true transportation alternative.

>> Learn more about Cycle Maryland @ cycle.maryland.gov

In the Baltimore region, MDOT has selected the following projects to receive funding:

  • Howard County – Feasibility study
  • Baltimore City – Bikeshare implementation

The next step in the process is for these projects to be added to the Baltimore region’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) as a new project. The total cost is just under $1.3 million, including approximately $922,000 in federal funding.

Bicycles at Bikeshare station

What is Bikesharing?
Bikesharing is a system in which bicycles are available for shared use between established stations.

Bikesharing systems provide an affordable option for short-distance trips as an alternative to public transportation, driving in a car or walking. It can help solve the “last mile” problem, connecting public transportation riders to their final destinations. Bikesharing is not a substitute for private bike rental services, but rather it provides an option for short-distance trips.

How will the money be used?
Funding will be used to study the possibility of starting a Bikeshare program in Howard County. In Baltimore city, funds will be used to set up the Bikeshare program - including items such as the purchase of bicycles, docking stations, and related amenities (terminals, spare parts and supplies, etc.).

>> Download details about the project (pdf)

 

Public Review and Comment

Flyer - Maryland Bikeshare - Open for Comment

The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board welcomes your comments on adding the Maryland Bikeshare project to the regional Transportation Improvement Program for these two projects.

A public review period will be held from Tuesday, March 19 through Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

A public meeting is scheduled on Wednesday, April 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Carroll County Public Library - Finksburg Branch (2265 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg, MD 21048). This library is accessible by transit through Carroll Area Transit Service. To schedule a ride, please contact CATS at 410-876-RIDE or 866-304-2287.

Comments are also welcome during the Public Comment Opportunity at the:

  • BRTB Technical Committee meeting on April 2 at 9:30 a.m.; or
  • BRTB meetings on April 23 at 9 a.m. (tentative vote).

>> BRTB Resolution 13-24 (pdf)

>> View a summary of April 2013 TIP amendments (pdf)

>> Download a flyer (pdf)

>> View public meeting presentation (pdf)

Share Your Thoughts

To share your thoughts and ideas, submit all comments in writing to:

The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board
Offices @ McHenry Row
1500 Whetstone Way, Suite 300
Baltimore, MD 21230

Fax: 410-732-8248
E-mail: comments@baltometro.org

All mailed comments must be received no later than 3 days after the end of the comment period.

 

For more information:

Jason Biernat, jbiernat@baltometro.org, 410-732-0500 x1048

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State Outdoor Recreation Survey Now Online

Biking in BaltimoreThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages Marylanders to share their thoughts on State parks and lands through a quick and easy online survey.

The survey asks a variety of multiple choice and open ended questions that will help DNR determine which outdoor recreation facilities, programs and services do and do not meet the needs of the community. Areas include State parks, forests, wildlife areas and trails.

Public input will help guide the update of the Maryland Land Preservation and Recreation Plan, which will serve as a roadmap for future State outdoor recreation facilities and services.

The Department has hired a nationally-known parks and recreation management consulting firm, GreenPlay, LLC, to oversee the Recreation Component of this planning process.

To take the online survey, visit <a href="http://survey.rrcresearch.com/s3/Maryland">http://survey.rrcresearch.com/s3/Maryland</a>;.
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Recycling champ wins city service award

Biking in Baltimore&quot;Beth A. Strommen, a 22-year veteran of the Planning Department, was commended by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake for initiating the bike planning program, a maritime master plan for the much-neglected Middle Branch and coordinating operational reforms that have saved the city $2 million.&quot;

Read more: <a href="http://www.baltimorebrew.com/2013/03/21/recycling-champ-wins-city-service-award/">http://www.baltimorebrew.com/2013/03/21/recycling-champ-wins-city-service-award/</a>;
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I dream of a better world

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[B' Spokes: Can we say the same thing about jaywalking pedestrians? When will our streets accommodate desired purposes without questioning the motives of the vulnerable users?]
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Fire Department Bike Medics in action

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Baltimore City Fire Department Bike Medics in action at the Saint Patrick's Day 5K Run and Parade, Sunday, March 10, 2013!

Via International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA)
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Introducing the Baltimore Biking Hot Spots Map

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Baltimore Biking Hot Spots

Now this is pretty tight.  It’s a crowd-sourced Google Map that calls out our favorite places to bike in and around Baltimore.  Make sure you check it out to find some new spots, or to add your own favorites. ...


Via BaltimoreVelo
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Pedestrian and Driver Safety

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[B' Spokes: This is what pedestrian safety looks like in Philadelphia, PA. Pennsylvania's pedestrian fatality rate per 100,000 population is 1.14 and a ranking of 26 While Maryland's pedestrian fatality rate per 100,000 population is 1.75 and a ranking of 8. Which do you think works better, Maryland's tactic of blaming the victim (ticketing jaywalking which is not a violation) or Philadelphia's tactic of reminding drivers and pedestrians to be mindful of each other? This should not be rocket science!] `
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Upcoming used bicycle collection at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute

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Tour dem Parks, Hon!

Biking in BaltimoreSunday, June 9, 2013 8:00 AM
Carroll Park 1500 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, MD

imageRegister today for the 11th Annual Tour dem Parks, Hon!

Discount, early bird registration (until April 1st) is $35 for adults, and $20 for kids 15 and under. Save $15 by registering early!

http://www.tourdemparks.org/Joomla/index.php

The annual bike ride that winds through Baltimore’s parks and neighborhoods for a close-up view of Carroll, Patterson, Herring Run, and Druid Hill Park, as well as some quietly tucked away gems. Proceeds support Baltimore's parks, environment and cycling groups.


Discount, early bird registration (until April 1st) is $35 for adults, and $20 for kids 15 and under.

Tour dem Parks, Hon! is Sunday, June 9th, 2013. We are capping registration at 2,000 riders, so sign up early! This annual bike ride through Baltimore's parks and neighborhoods offers a close-up view of regional parks like Carroll, Patterson, Clifton and Druid Hill, as well as some quietly tucked away gems. Participants choose from 4 routes: 14 miles (the family ride on the Gwynn's Falls Trail), 25 miles, 35 miles, or a metric century (64 miles). All rides start and end in Carroll Park


Discount, early bird registration (until April 1st) is $35 for adults, and $20 for kids 15 and under. Save $15 by registering early! Proceeds support Baltimore's parks, as well as environmental, "friends of parks", and cycling groups. Tour dem Parks, Hon! is fully supported with rest stops and ends with a jazz barbeque. Visit the website to register or for more information.

http://www.tourdemparks.org/Joomla/index.php

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