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21 Measures for Pedestrian Safety (in Baltimore or Anywhere)

Biking in BaltimoreBy Klaus Philipsen, FAIA, Community Architect

There is hardly a city left in America that doesn't have a Complete Streets policy, and Baltimore is no exception. Unfortunately, while talk is universal, action is much harder to find.

(Just the headings)
1. No right on red anywhere in the central city or where pedestrian traffic is heavy
2. No rush hour lanes directly abutting a sidewalk
3. Well-marked and well-lit crosswalks everywhere, especially mid-block
4. No pedestrian signals requiring push-button activation anywhere downtown
5. Full enforcement of the pedestrian right-of-way laws at crosswalks
6. Longer crossing signal times, especially on wide streets
7. No signals without pedestrian heads
8. All pedestrian signals should provide the “go” signal two seconds before vehicles get green light
9. No pedestrian phase should be so short that it takes two phases to cross a street
10. No inner city bus stop should be without extra space, shelter, and amenities
11. Fewer parking garages in downtown areas of desirability
12. Fewer curb cuts across sidewalks with high pedestrian volume
13. No construction sites that simply close the sidewalk, saying "Pedestrians use other side"
14. No sidewalks with less than 5' of actually usable space, free of obstructions
15. General maximum speed limit of 30mph within city limits, except designated expressways, and 20mph in residential streets and near schools
16. No crosswalk without curb ramps, per ADA
17. Reinstate the red light and speed camera system
18. No large parking lot or garage without marked pedestrian routes and refuges.
19. Each downtown block must have some visual interest point for pedestrians
20. Install Pedestrian rest areas and trailblazing throughout the city.
21. Reduce number of one-way streets.

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Arrogant cyclists? No, they're following the rules.

Biking in BaltimoreBy Alan Solot, Arizona Daily Star

“Arrogant bicyclists feel they own the road” is a common lament of motorists. Since El Tour de Tucson is on Saturday, I think it’s a good time for this discussion.

To state the most important point: All road users — motorists, cyclists, pedestrians — must comply with the law, and use the road safely.

Many motorists seem to believe (I may be incorrect in saying this) that cyclists’ use of the road is not as important as motorists’ use. But, the law doesn’t provide that any road user’s reason for being on the road is more important than others’, unless it’s a police car, fire truck or ambulance responding to an emergency. Cyclists and motorists have equal right to use the road; that right has nothing to do with why they are using the road.

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Interim Executive Director Greg Hinchliffe

Biking in BaltimoreVia BikeMore

Bikemore is naming Greg Hinchliffe the Interim Executive Director of Bikemore. Greg is a Baltimore City resident, recently retired Captain at American Airlines, and has been a lifetime advocate for bicycle infrastructure improvement in Baltimore City.

He is a member of the Maryland Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee, is the State Chair of the East Coast Greenway Alliance, a member of the Gwynns Falls Trail Council, the former Chair of the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee, and he helped organize Tour du Port for the past 12 years.
"Having worked with Greg for many years on bike issues both large and small, I'm encouraged with the direction Bikemore is taking. Greg not only has a solid vision for what a truly bikeable Baltimore can be, but knows how to make it a reality. I look forward to working with him in his new role at Bikemore."  - Nate Evans, Bike Maryland
Greg will continue Bikemore’s daily advocacy work while we launch a national search for a new permanent Executive Director.

If you know of anyone passionate about bicycles with a demonstrated track record of advocacy and fundraising success, please let us know. Bikemore will publish a formal announcement and job description for that position soon.
Thank You to Chris Merriam
From initially sparking the idea of a Baltimore-focused bicycle advocacy organization at evening meetings with a small group of dedicated volunteers, Chris Merriam grew Bikemore into a professional advocacy organization that--while still in its infancy--has moved the needle significantly on projects in Baltimore City, and recently expanded into Baltimore County with progress on the I-70 trail connections and the opening of Towson bicycle facilities.

While Chris is stepping down as Executive Director, we look forward to his continued involvement in the organizational mission, vision, and strategy as a founding member.
Jed Weeks
President, Bikemore
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American Insurance Association Opposes Contributory Negligence in DC

Biking in BaltimoreVia The WashCycle

Contributory Negligence Bill unlikely to get out of committee. Expanded to include peds and wheelchair users.

From the Post 

Council members Tommy Wells, chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, and David Grosso (D-At-Large), the bill’s main sponsor, said at a press conference Thursday that the bill is long overdue. They acknowledge the bill is unlikely to advance out of the committee — this is the third time it has been introduced –and already were talking about trying again next year.

Ward 6 CM-elect Charles Allen has already promised to support it.

When introduced, the bill only covered cyclists, but since its September hearing, it has been expanded to also cover pedestrians and people with disabilities, including those who use wheelchairs.

Another amendment is likely to be added that protects joint and several liability . Why won't it pass?

But the American Insurance Association says the change is unnecessary and would result in significant cost increases to D.C. drivers.

Where is the all-powerful bike lobby when you need it?
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Cause of anti-cycling bigotry

Biking in Baltimore[B' Spokes: Lets look at society as a whole and what it thinks what safe cycling looks like, ride against traffic, ride with traffic and ride on the sidewalk. We have all seen cyclists do all the above but somehow when motorists speak they avoid the most basic "controversy" and go right to the "indisputable" facts... hold it right there, every mode of transportation flouts the law, people are people. The problem is the lack of traffic enforcement. And don't tell me motorists are lawful, I drive the freeways at the speed limit, I stop for pedestrians in crosswalks, l stop before making a right on red and so on but I rarely see my fellow motorists being as lawful.

I just want to scream at all this blaming the victim stuff when motorists and they way they drive kill, I mean kill a lot. Cyclists are not a major problem, motorists are. If and only if the police start doing crosswalk stings and on our side, start doing some 3 foot violation stings then maybe start enforcing our laws but in the mean time we are all just trying to survive in a sea of lawlessness.]


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Action Alert from Bikemore

Biking in Baltimore...

What is the I-70 Trail Connection all about?

The purpose of the I-70 Trail Connection, a joint project of “The I-70 Trail Connectors” and Bikemore , is to ensure a safe, direct, and comfortable crossing of Security Boulevard (MD 122) from the Gwynns Falls Trail and communities on the east side of Security Boulevard to the proposed I-70 Red Line station on the west side of Security Boulevard.


The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), as part of their planning for the Red Line transit line, has proposed removing Interstate 70 inside the Beltway (I-695). They have also proposed moving Gwynns Falls Trailhead #1 from its current location east of Security Boulevard to a new Red Line station west of Security Boulevard, physically separating the Trailhead from the trail itself.  

The I-70 Trail Connectors, the group of neighbors and advocates in Western Baltimore City and County promoting a bridge crossing, and Bikemore have proposed using the existing interstate highway bridge infrastructure to create a bicycle/pedestrian bridge over Security Boulevard.

The MTA and the State Highway Administration (SHA) do not support the local residents’ proposal and have instead recommended ‘at-grade’ crossings of Security Boulevard, meaning pedestrians and cyclists would have to cross this busy roadway while navigating car, bus, and truck traffic. Would you want your kids crossing Security Boulevard on foot or on a bike?


Tack action here
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Laurel seeks to get cycling system into gear

Biking in BaltimoreBy Luke Lavoie, Baltimore Sun

Allen, 37, ended up moving to a house on Prince George Street. One year later, he said he leaves his house three or four times a week to traverse on his bike through the area's emerging network of bike lanes.

Allen, who lived in South Laurel for six years before moving into the city limits, said he's noticed shifts in infrastructure toward accommodating cyclists. The effort, which ranges from widening roads to add bike lanes to increasing signage and bike racks, is the result of a 2009 Bikeways Master Plan instituted by the city. This month marks the five-year anniversary of the plan's approval.

Mayor Craig Moe, an avid cyclist himself, said the plan was constructed, in part, as a way to increase connectivity within the city by leveraging existing pathways and roads. He said given the city's compactness, it's four square miles, and existing amenities, which includes pools, parks and various retail, it made sense to reevaluate the system.

The plan also instituted increased signage and more bike racks. Additionally, the plan recommended the city require new developers, like those behind Towne Centre at Laurel, build bike-friendly roads and atmospheres.

The results, while anecdotal, have been positive so far, Moe said.

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Bikemore's 2nd annual Music To Your Gears, featuring Baltimore's own international superstar Rye Rye, underground hip-hop legend Labtekwon, and the rhythmically complex indie pop of Chester Endersby Gwazda, returns to Friends of Druid Hill Park on Saturday, September 20 from 4-9pm!

The festival is at the Sundial Pavilion on the west side of Druid Park Lake.

There will be food trucks, wine, beer from Heavy Seas Beer, bicycles for rent, planned rides, and just an all-around wonderful day and evening in one of America's greatest urban parks!

Huge thanks to the Baltimore Bicycling Club ( for being the lead sponsor of this event! Other sponsors are Zipcar®, MP3car (, SmartLogic, Evergreen Health Cooperative, Johns Hopkins University, Joy Sushinsky Realtor and your neighborhood specialist, Walmart, and Seawall Development (

We encourage you to come early to Druid Hill Park for Charm City Cross to catch one of America's best cyclocross races.

See you on the 20th, and invite all your friends!

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the world's largest urban art park beneath the JFX?

Biking in BaltimoreBy Sarah Meehan, Baltimore Business Journal

The graffiti-canvassed concrete under Baltimore’s Jones Falls Expressway probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of taking a stroll to the park.

But a local group has a vision to transform three acres beneath the highway into a destination urban park for street artists, skateboarders, pedestrians and performers.

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Baltimore 6th worst drivers

Biking in BaltimoreBy Jim Gorzelany, Forbs

... according to Allstate’s 2014 Best Driver’s Report:

And here’s the rogues gallery of the 10 cities having the worst drivers in the nation:

3. Washington, DC: 5.1 years between accidents, 97.3% more likely to get in an accident.

6. Baltimore, MD: 5.4 years between accidents, 84.9% more likely to get in an accident.
[National average is 10 years between accidents.]

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