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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.

http://baltimoreheritage.org/event/vacant-houses-preservation-demolition-renewal-bike/
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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.]

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2015/07/30/wiggle-stop-in-cyclists-bring-san-francisco-traffic-to-a-standstill-wednesday/
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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.

Sign the petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/353/698/597/stop-violence-against-cyclist/
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Baltimore to fine parents $250 for double-parking at school drop-offs

Biking in BaltimoreBy Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun

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"Baltimore City could make millions of dollars," she said. "People come up with all kinds of excuses, but they're just lazy. I'm surprised no one has gotten run over."

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Hornbeck regularly includes messages in the school newsletter that emphasize "we want people to park their cars a couple blocks away and walk their kids to school," he said.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-school-fines-20150330-story.html
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How real estate lawyer Jon Laria became an unlikely leader for Baltimore's bicyclists

Biking in BaltimoreBy Kevin Litten, Baltimore Business Journal

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Laria also makes an intriguing choice because he understands the consequences of not implementing the bike infrastructure called for. He called the master bike plan "really not a luxury, but an imperative — a must," and warned that if there isn't "real progress," people will begin to believe the plan will never become a reality.

"We need visible changes soon. We need to earn credibility. A year from now things have to look different," Laria said. "There needs to be a visible manifestation of this commitment, or people are not going to take it seriously."

http://m.bizjournals.com/baltimore/blog/real-estate/2015/04/how-real-estate-lawyer-jon-laria-became-an.html?r=full
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StreetSmart, a Washington, DC-area public safety campaign, has been running an ad that lots of people find objectionable

Biking in Baltimore"Don't be caught dead wearing black." [B' Spokes: Like we don't have street lights and black is an illegal color. :/]

Better, actually a lot better:
"Don't kill anyone with your car."

We need to stop the victim blaming!

My synopsis of http://www.vox.com/2015/3/31/8319189/pedestrian-safety-campaign
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DUBLIN, IRELAND TO BAN CARS FROM DOWNTOWN STREETS

Biking in Baltimore-> Dublin ranks just under Los Angeles for having some of the worst traffic jams in the world. The problem is predicted to get worse as the city quickly growssomehow, it will have to squeeze in 20% more commuters over the next decade. That's why the city is now deciding to make a radical shift: It wants to ban cars from several major downtown streets. In the proposed plan, the city wants to route cars around the city center, and turn major streets into car-free plazas and passages for buses, bikes, pedestrians, and a new tram line. [http://bit.ly/1IggFqg]

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.

[B' Spokes: Greater density calls for greater density forms of travel and single occupancy vehicles with three or more empty seats is not it.]
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So what does FHWA say about the minimum width of protected bike lane?

Biking in Baltimore"One-way separated bike lanes should have a minimum width of 5 ft. "

See Figure 8
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/publications/separated_bikelane_pdg/page07.cfm#chapter5_dir
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What to Do When You're Hit By a Car

Biking in Baltimorehttp://www.citylab.com/navigator/2015/05/what-to-do-when-youre-hit-by-a-car/393809/?fb_ref=Default
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ADDING NEW ROAD CAPACITY DOESNT IMPROVE CONGESTION

Biking in Baltimore-> Decades of traffic data across the United States shows that adding new road capacity doesn't actually improve congestion. The latest example of this is the widening of Los Angeles' I-405 freeway, which was completed last May after five years of construction and a cost of over $1 billion. "The data shows that traffic is moving slightly slower now on 405 than before the widening (405 Commutes Now a Minute Worse Than Before Carpool Lane: http://bit.ly/1AcBVLL), says Matthew Turner, a Brown University economist.

The main reason, Turner has found, is simple adding road capacity spurs people to drive more miles, either by taking more trips by car or taking longer trips than they otherwise would have. He and University of Pennsylvania economist Gilles Duranton call this the "fundamental rule" of road congestion (The Fundamental Law of Road Congestion: Evidence from US cities: http://bit.ly/1Hevghc): adding road capacity just increases the total number of miles traveled by all vehicles.
In an influential 2011 paper, they looked at the total capacity of highways in each metropolitan area in the US and compared it with the total number of vehicle miles traveled. They found a one-to-one correlation: the more highway capacity a metro area had, the more miles its vehicles traveled on them. A 10 percent increase in capacity, for instance, meant a 10 percent increase in vehicle miles, on average. [http://bit.ly/1S6NEBa]

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.



[B' Spokes: What ever mode of transportation gets the most support gets used the most. That should be fairly obvious by now.]

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