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The 10 cities where no one wants to drive

Biking in Baltimore By Alexander E.M. Hess and Thomas C. Frohlich, Yahoo Finance

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6. Baltimore, MD
> Pct. of households without a vehicle: 31.2%
> Pct. commuting to work via public transportation: 19.2% (23rd most)
> Transit score: 56.9 (10th best)
> Population: 620,216 (26th largest)

The percentage of Baltimore households without a car rose from 29.3% in 2007 to 31.2% in 2012. One reason may be the quality of walking routes and public transportation in the city; Baltimore received some of the top marks in the nation for both walking and public transportation. The Maryland Transit Administration operates a number of services, including commuter buses and trains, as well as a more-than 15 mile-long subway. In 2012, more than 19% of commuters took public transportation to work, one of the higher percentages in the nation. There are also plans to build a new light-rail system, called the Red Line.
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http://finance.yahoo.com/news/10-cities-where-no-one-172217897.html
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Baltimore City, Stop Your Bitching

Biking in BaltimoreBy That Guys On Heroin, Medium

This week our city has gone fucking crazy over a blog post by Tracey Halvorsen regarding a recent rash of crime in southeast Baltimore.
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Let me put this fear into perspective. For every homicide in Baltimore City we have a little over one auto fatality in the metro area. 85% of the homicides happen to prior felons, while the accidents appear to happen evenly across race, class and conviction status.

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6128a2.htm

By this logic the people in Baltimore should be fucking terrified of driving cars. Fuck, we should just rent the room above our office and slide into our seats from a fireman’s pole because we’re scared shitless about the horrors of the road.
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https://medium.com/p/5c9b4982b8a6
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[B' Spokes: Just to note with all this death happening around us on average only one cyclist dies per year in Baltimore, cycling is not as dangerous as most people think.]
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Attitudes about Bicycling Survey

Biking in Baltimore

Welcome to the Attitudes about Bicycling Survey, funded by the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute and administered by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. You are being invited to participate in a research study with a purpose of better understanding bicycling in Baltimore City. To do this, we are aiming to survey as many people as possible who are at least 18 years of age, speak and read English, and who live in Baltimore City. There are a few things that you should know about this survey:
 

  • You will be answering several questions about your opinions on bicycling.
  • The survey takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.
  • Your answers will remain completely anonymous.
  • Everyone who completes the survey will have an opportunity to enter a raffle to win one of several gift cards.


http://jhsph.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_54uGolsZJKmiJaR
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Anti-Bicycle Policing Must Stop

Biking in BaltimoreThis post in Bikemore is very alarming. Please follow the link and at the bottom are some email address, please write.

http://www.bikemore.net/blog/anti-bicycle-policing-must-stop

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The American Cities With the Most Growth in Car-Free Households

Biking in Baltimoreby Angie Schmitt, Streets Blog

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Source data: University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

Have we reached peak car in America? Research from the University of Michigan suggests the answer is “yes.”

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http://dc.streetsblog.org/2014/01/21/the-american-cities-with-the-most-growth-in-car-free-households/
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Nearly one-third of Baltimore residents don't own cars

Biking in BaltimoreBy Ryan McDonald, Digital Producer- Baltimore Business Journal

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That's according to a study by the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute, which found that more than 31 percent of households in Baltimore no longer own a car, truck or SUV. That number has increased 1.9 percent since 2007.
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http://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/blog/morning-edition/2014/01/baltimore-residents-are-slowly-moving.html
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Wheels of change: Baltimore's bike crusade

Biking in BaltimoreBy Andrew Zaleski, For b

For 23 years, Penny Troutner has owned Light Street Cycles in Federal Hill. And she had seen bicycles on Baltimore's streets, for recreation and transportation, even before she opened her bike shop. But Troutner holds up 2011 as the year she noticed drivers giving cyclists in the city more room on the road.
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But infrastructure improvements have also contributed to safer streets for cyclists. Since 2006, 140 miles of cycling lanes on city streets have been installed, a measure that garnered Baltimore recognition from the national League of American Bicyclists as a bicycle-friendly community.
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"We're going to see a visible difference in the next two to three years of bike infrastructure in the city," said Billy Hwang, 40, the deputy director for administration at the city's Department of Transportation.

Hwang said this year marks the first time Baltimore is "dedicating federal and local funds to bicycling," a total of about $3.1 million to put toward bike infrastructure, including another 500 bike racks that will be placed citywide over the next year.
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Nowhere has that call for better infrastructure been stronger over the past year than inside Bikemore, a cycling advocacy group founded in 2012.
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Hear the plan

Bike and pedestrian planner Caitlin Doolin will present the Downtown Bicycle Network at the central branch of the Enoch Pratt Free library (400 Cathedral Street) from 5-7 p.m. on Feb. 4.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/bthesite/bs-b-0122-baltimore-bikes-20140121,0,1736056,full.story
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[B' Spokes: Click the link above at least to show support for more articles like this as well as I skipped a lot of good stuff so there is a lot more in there.]
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Poll: Do you think Baltimore leaders understand that millennials are key to healthy gains in Baltimore’s population?

Biking in BaltimoreThere is a poll at the bottom of the page in the link. Do you think our leaders get it?

http://comebackcity.us/2013/12/09/millennials-lead-baltimore-forward/
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Help Chris, help the climate

Biking in Baltimore

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Chris Merriam here. As you probably know, I am the Executive Director of Bikemore, and we work to promote bicycling as a form of transportation in Baltimore, my amazing hometown. More bicycling = fewer cars on the road; healthier air, water, and people; and a more human-centric city. We work to make this happen by advocating for Baltimore City government to invest more in human-friendly street design (including, but not limited to bicycle lanes), and by teaching people how to ride a bicycle safely and responsibly on the streets.

I'm doing my part to take action and resolve our serious sustainability issues, but I need YOUR HELP!

It is clear that there are a host of issues affecting the health of our planet and economy. Right now, it is more important than ever to work toward a sustainable and green future. A great way that you can help me do something meaningful, substantial, and concrete is to support my fundraising for Climate Ride. I'm riding more than 250 miles toward this effort and raising money for Bikemore. Your generous donation will help us work to turn the tide, build the green economy, and secure our energy future.

You can make a secure online donation today by clicking on the 'Support Me' button. You'll automatically receive an acknowledgment and I will be notified by email of your support. Thank you for your help!

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You can find the donate button here: http://bike.climateride.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.participant&participantID=2504
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Update to pedestrian /bicycle access to the Mt. Sinai Lifebridge facility

Biking in BaltimoreGood Morning All-

I am advised that the Department of Transportation is developing several options to address concerns regarding pedestrian /bicycle access to the Mt. Sinai Lifebridge facility. We are working with Mt. Sinai regarding feasibility, and will get back with the community with the outcome.

The Traffic division will work to develop a concept and timeline to add crosswalks and pedestrian countdown signals at the intersection of Northern Parkway and Greenspring.


I will inform community members as soon as additional updates become available.

Kind Regards
Kohl

Kohl Erin Fallin
Northwest Transportation Liaison • Planning Division
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