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Bicycle Index: Most Bike-Friendly Cities

Biking in BaltimoreB' Spokes: We are ranked 22 out of 52. Not bad.


Via BetterDoctor

We used the following factors to determine how bike-friendly a city is:

1. Are there other bikers? We included the percentage of commuters who commute to work by bicycle. This was weighted at 40% of the overall score.

2. Can bikers travel safely? We weighted the number of fatalities per 10,000 bikers at 30% of the overall score.

3. Are there ongoing infrastructure improvements to support bikers? Infrastructure such as bike lanes makes it easier and safer to ride. We included federal spending on bike and pedestrian projects and weighted it at 30% of the overall score.
[There is a table so you can see how we compare to other cities in these three criteria.]
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Biking in Baltimore-> Household chauffeuring refers to personal vehicle travel specifically made to transport non-drivers. This additional vehicle travel imposes various direct and indirect costs. This paper (Evaluating Household Chauffeuring Burdens: Understanding Direct and Indirect Costs of Transporting Non-Drivers: develops a Chauffeuring Burden Index which quantifies chauffeuring costs and the benefits of transport improvements that reduce chauffeuring burdens. This analysis indicates that in automobile dependent communities chauffeuring costs often exceed congestion costs. []

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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Planning Commission Officially Adopts Baltimore’s Updated Bike Master Plan

Biking in BaltimoreVia Baltimore City Department of Planning April Newsletter

Planning Commission Officially Adopts Baltimore’s Updated Bike Master Plan - To Create a More Bike Friendly Baltimore
On March 26, 2015, the City of Baltimore’s Bike Master Plan was officially adopted by the Planning Commission, which will lead to the expansion of the city’s biking network, and create a more bicycle-friendly environment in Baltimore.

Since the adoption of the City’s first Bike Master Plan in 2006, Baltimore has made significant progress in becoming more bicycle-friendly. Over 125 miles of bike facilities have been installed to provide a network of bike lanes and trails.

The City has also installed over 600 bike racks in neighborhoods throughout Baltimore, for safe and convenient bicycle parking.
The Department of Transportation’s (DOT) 2015 update to the Baltimore City Bike Master Plan outlines a 15-year plan for bicycle infrastructure and policies developed based on national best practices and public input. The updated Plan proposes a comprehensive bicycle network where bicycle facilities will be designed based on the specific street context.

To increase bicycling and its associated health, economic, and environmental benefits, the City will focus on creating safe and user-friendly bicycle infrastructure as part of its commitment to Complete Streets and multi-modal transportation options.

Visit the DOT Bike Master Plan website for the full plan and additional information:
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Tour dem Parks, Hon! is Sunday, June 14th, 2015

Biking in BaltimoreRegister before May 1st and adults ride for $40 each (save $10) and kids 15 & under ride for $20.

New this year! The Tour starts and ends in Druid Hill Park! Riders choose from 3 routes - 14 miles on the newest section of the Jones Falls Trail, 25 miles, or 35 miles. Tour dem Parks, Hon! is fully supported with rest stops and ends with a jazz barbecue in Druid Hill Park. See photos from past rides here.
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US DOT: Mayors' Challenge closing in on 100 cities; is yours in? - Baltimore, nope

Biking in BaltimorebyAnthony Foxx

Last month here in the Fast Lane, I launched DOT's Mayor's Challenge For Safer People and Safer Streets. Today, I'm pleased to say that 86 communities from across the U.S. have committed to join the Mayors' Challenge and improve safety for bicycle riders and pedestrians of all ages and abilities over the next year.

And the good news is, there's still time for more cities to sign up.

The Challenge will showcase local practices to improve safety, share tools for local leaders to take action, and promote partnerships to advance pedestrian and bicycle safety. Mayors, other elected officials, and team leaders from registered cities will attend a summit in March then return to their communities to start taking action in seven different challenge areas.

Overall, highway deaths have been declining in recent years--in fact, roadway fatalities have fallen by 25 percent over the last decade. Unfortunately pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities have not seen similar safety gains and now represent nearly 17 percent of total fatalities. In 2013, bicyclists were the only group to show an increase in total deaths.

While it's true that cities around the country are seeing more people walking and biking to get where they need to go, we cannot accept an increase in deaths and injuries among people choosing those transportation options. The Mayors' Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets seeks better protection of the most vulnerable users of our roadways based on the latest pedestrian and bicyclist safety innovations.
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City hatches plan to raise private money for free bikes for school kids

Biking in Baltimoreby Mark Reutter, Baltimore Brew

The Baltimore Department of Transportation is requesting over $50,000, mostly for a consultant, to help it raise private funds to provide free bicycles to K-8 school children.

An allocation of $45,818 is set to be awarded to McCormick Taylor, a Philadelphia-based consultant, with an additional $6,874 for in-house administrative costs, according to the request before tomorrow’s Board of Estimates meeting.

The expenses will go toward the agency’s so-far-unpublicized effort to give away bikes to children to stimulate “awareness and enthusiasm” for cycling in Baltimore.


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Is “Safe” Road Design Killing Bicyclists and Pedestrians?`

Biking in BaltimoreBY JOSH COHEN, Next City

In 2012, 4,743 pedestrians and 726 bicyclists were killed in the United States, up 6 percent from the previous year. Rep. Rick Larsen, of Washington, has a sneaking suspicion that road design — specifically designs that make things safer for cars — are a big part of the problem.

To find out for sure, Larsen along with Reps. Eleanor Holmes Norton (of D.C.) and Peter DeFazio (of Oregon) sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office in late December asking for an investigation into trends and causes of crashes involving bicyclists and pedestrians and recommendations for improving safety.

The request centers on the question of whether or not road designs that make driving safer are putting bicyclists and pedestrians at greater risk — at a time when cities around the country are creating more bike lanes and promoting walkability.

Their letter says, “Roads are designed and built with wider, straighter lanes and have fewer objects near the edges, more turn lanes, and wider turning radii at intersections. While these practices improve driving safety, a suspected unintended consequence is that drivers travel faster when they feel safer. Greater speeds can increase the frequency and severity of crashes with pedestrians and cyclists who are moving at much slower speeds and have much less protection than a motorized vehicle affords.” (In an effort to stop pedestrian deaths, in November, NYC tackled the speed issue by reducing the city’s default to 25 mph.)

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The Bishop, the Cyclist and a Death on the Road

Biking in BaltimoreBy Jennifer Steinhauer, New York Times

“This type of thing is your worst fear,” said Jed Weeks, president of the board of Bikemore, a Baltimore cycling advocacy group. “You are in a bike lane and you are struck and killed from behind by someone who doesn’t even remain at the scene. That worst fear realized has galvanized us.&quot;

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Biking advocates bemoan slow pace of promised safety improvements

Biking in Baltimore[B' Spokes: A lot of talk about the need for infrastructure and cycling fatalities. Nothing against facilities especially if we are going to have them everywhere. What? They are not going to be everywhere, well then how about some more stress on education and enforcement then. Between this Baltimore Sun article and Bike Maryland's policy statement (<a href=""></a>; ) I feel like screaming EDUCATION and ENFORCEMENT are needed as well!]
By Kevin Rector, Baltimore Sun

As the number of bicyclists has risen in Baltimore and across the nation in the last decade, city planners and other government officials have responded with a broad range of initiatives.

They've set aside millions of dollars for designated bike lanes. They've enacted laws to better protect cyclists. And they've made bicyclists and pedestrians more of a priority in urban renewal and so-called complete streets transportation projects.

Still, bicyclists, biking advocates and families devastated by serious accidents say real progress has been slow — leading to tragic incidents such as the recent collision that killed avid cyclist Thomas Palermo in Baltimore. Despite programs to improve safety, bicyclists in Maryland are regularly forced to travel on dangerous roads designed almost exclusively for cars and trucks, the advocates say.

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Md. Bishop Charged In Death Of Cyclist Tom Palermo

Biking in BaltimoreVia CBS Baltimore

Newly appointed Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said Bishop Heather Cook will be charged in the death of cyclist Tom Palermo at a press conference Friday.

Cook was charged with vehicular manslaughter, DUI, texting and leaving the scene of the Dec. 27 accident, which took the life of the 41-year-old father of two was hit and killed while riding his bike on Roland Avenue.

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