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Salisbury Seeks Grant To Improve Bicycle Routes

Biking in Maryland[B' Spokes: Just to note we have $38 million available in Transportation Enchantments funds so I put the amount requested in this article in millions as well for easier comparison. Ref: <a href=""></a>; ]
SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — City officials and local advocates are pursuing a state grant that will kick-start efforts to make Salisbury a bicycle-friendly community.

Teresa Gardner, director of Public Works, submitted an application to the Maryland Bikeways Program earlier this month for $0.014 million in funding for a minor retrofit project, which consists of striping designated bike lanes where road width permits, applying shared lane bike symbols where road width is constrained and installing permanent marker signs on the roadside as well as bike boxes at select traffic signals.

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The Cabot Tour route is coming to MD

Biking in MarylandOn June 13th Cabot Community Tour riders are coming to MD on June 12th. Here are the routes and days they will be riding.
June 12th Washington DC to Annapolis
June 13th Annapolis to Towson
June 14th Towson to Havre de Grace
June 15th Havre de Grace to Newark DE

It would be great to populate the ride with local riders. The riders will need to determine how to get back to their point of origin, etc. There will be two sag vehicles, one will have a mechanic. The rides should all be starting at the hotels that the riders will be staying at. Typically the rides will start at 9:00. Please feel free to post on list serves/send to email lists, etc.

Here is the URL for the tour.

How to register

Thank you all, and glad to have the route now buttoned down to be able to send to you.

Andrew Hamilton, RLA, ASLA, APBP
Mid-Atlantic Trail Coordinator
East Coast Greenway Alliance
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Tim Johnson's Ride on Washington [video]

Biking in Maryland[B' Spokes: A couple of videos from Tim Johnson's Ride on Washington. The first one is a good intro intro for the ride and the second one highlights our friends at Proteus Bicycles in College Park.]

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Maryland driver guilty in crash that killed bicyclist

Biking in Maryland[B' Spokes: Another victory for cycling advocates &quot; I thought I hit a deer&quot; is not a valid excuse for a hit-and-run, take note Maryland drivers.]
By Matt Zapotosky, Washington Post

A driver who fatally struck a Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate who was out riding her bike was convicted Thursday of failing to remain at the scene of an accident involving death and other counts.

Christy Littleford, 43, of Upper Marlboro faces up to 10 years in prison for the September 2010 crash that killed Natasha Pettigrew, 30, a third-year law student at the University of Miami who had taken a break from school to run for office.

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Transportation Officials Who Are Changing the Game

Biking in Maryland[B' Spokes: Just to highlight one of the many great folks at Planning in Maryland.]
by Angie Schmitt, Streets Blog


Richard Hall

Secretary of Planning, State of Maryland

Richard Hall has led Maryland to the forefront of state-level smart growth planning. Photo: Flickr

Politically, you can’t give enough credit to Governor Martin O’Malley for Maryland’s new state-level smart growth plan, PlanMaryland. O’Malley stood up to rural opposition and muscled legislation through late last year to put in place what may be the most progressive state-level land use planning in the country.

But you also can’t separate the governor’s successes from the man behind the scenes, turning policy positions into reality: Richard Hall. With Hall’s help, for decades Maryland has been laying the groundwork to be a national leader in smart growth.

Hall started at Maryland’s Department of Planning in 1992. He worked his way from principal planner to director of land use planning to head of the agency, a title he has held for five years.

All the while he was helping move the state toward this moment. Hall’s work contributed to the state’s Smart Growth Act in 1997, which established “priority growth areas” for the state and set the stage for PlanMaryland.

Now, under Hall’s leadership, Maryland will decide which areas of the state will be prioritized for development. The process, by its nature, divides places into winners and losers and is sure to be a thorny undertaking, full of political hurdles. But the work of PlanMaryland has always been thorny.

Hall doesn’t shy away from facing the critics head on. “Some lawmakers contend they want to ‘save rural Maryland’ from PlanMaryland,” he said in a local forum recently. “But their aim seems to be to ‘pave rural Maryland.’”

Hall and O’Malley both recognize that for too long Maryland’s system was already dividing the state into winners and losers, as the interests of cities and existing communities were supplanted by unplanned, sprawling development. It will take strong leadership to change the dynamic. But these two are up to the task.

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Bike lanes next to parking – how wide is wide enough?

Biking in MarylandIn this excllent post by Jack Cochrane in Cycle MoCo Jack discusses an issue important to all Maryland cyclists, door zone bike lanes. While I'll highlight his solution the rest of his post is worth reading:

The Alternative:  Sharrows

If 14 feet is not available for the bike lane + parking, I recommend sharrows as the preferable solution.  Maryland law requires cyclists to use bike lanes where they’re present, but riders can legally ignore sharrows.   So even if they’re painted unreasonably close to parked cars (Maryland standards call for them to be at least 11 feet from the curb, which puts cyclists in the door  zone again), cyclists are free to ignore them.  Sharrows give cyclists the discretion to ride where they feel it’s safest.   Sharrows ideally should be painted 12′ or 13′ from the curb when there’s parking.  Or they can be painted down the center of the right lane as seen on George Mason Drive in Arlington.  New ideas are being tried all the time.  Here is an interesting hybrid of a bike lane and a sharrow.

So my request to Montgomery County and the state: either 14 foot bike lanes next to parked cars or sharrows or sometimes no bike-specific markings at all.–-how-wide-is-wide-enough/
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Hagerstown awarded $87,000 in grants for bike lanes, trees

Biking in MarylandBy C.J. LOVELACE, Herald-Mail

Hagerstown has won a pair of grants worth nearly $90,000 that will be used to add bicycle lanes and trees to help meet the city’s Community Greening Grant Program goal.

The city was selected as one of the winners of Maryland’s first bikeways grants, worth $60,000, as well as an additional $27,000 from the Chesapeake Bay Trust for the costs associated with planting new trees, according to a city news release.

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a grant agreement with the bay trust.

The program strives to improve the quality of life in urban areas by increasing the forest canopy and bettering air quality.

The bikeways grant was developed as part of the Cycle Maryland Initiative under Gov. Martin O’Malley, which includes programs that support the development of bicycle path connections to work, school and shopping.

“These grants are a great way to help local jurisdictions make key connections to build a more comprehensive bike network that will benefit our citizens,” O’Malley said in the release. “By getting out and taking a bike ride, we can learn to enjoy more of Maryland’s natural treasures, help reduce the impact on the land, improve our fitness and well-being, and enhance our quality of life.”

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Biking in MarylandBy By Kati Harrison, WBJC

“I want to ride my bicycle,”  is the only part of the song by Queen I know.  It’s catchy and true for me!  Last October I had the pleasure of riding in Bike Maryland’s Tour du Port.  It was at that time that I became familiar with Bike Maryland.  And now after having interviewed Bike Maryland’s Executive Director, Carol Silldorff, I know more about the organization and want to ride my bicycle!  Hope you will too.

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New Maryland bike initiative, with funding!

Biking in Marylandby Jack Cochrane, CycleMoCo

Cycle Maryland

The state has created a new bike program called Cycle Maryland.  It looks very encouraging.  In keeping with its secrecy in goverment policy, the state did this without telling too many people, at least not MoBike.  But we’ll take it!

Part of Cycle Maryland is a bikeway “retrofit” program that will fund local projects costing under $100K each.  Counties and cities are supposed to request funding for specific projects.  However this year the county was given only one week’s notice to come up with projects!  As a result we ended up with just signage projects,  i.e. signing existing bike routes, mostly streets.  I personally suggested more robust improvements (in the 3 days notice I had) including upgrading the Bethesda Trolley Trail by White Flint Metro, providing better bike access to Rockville Metro and supporting two-way travel on Woodmont Ave to Bethesda Metro and the Capital Crescent Trail.  But things were too rushed.

Fortunately the state is requesting another round of projects from counties and cities, to be funded in 2013.  They’re accepting project submissions from local jurisdictions through May 4th, 2012.

This Gazette article describes the funding initiative, but it’s misleading because it states that “bike paths” are going to be built or upgraded when nothing more than signs are being added.  Here are the actual state-funded projects:

Montgomery Mall to downtown Bethesda route — Adding signs along a 5.2 mile on-road route connecting Montgomery Mall to Bethesda Metro and the Capital Crescent Trail, with a spur to NIH ($21,000)

Matthew Henson trail to Forest Glen metro — Adding signs along a 7.4 mile existing route (mostly on-road) connecting Mathew Henson Trail to Wheaton and Forest Glen Metro stations ($33,000)

Silver Spring US 29 local route alternate — Adding signs along a 2.5 mile route parallel to US 29 (mostly on-road) from New Hampshire Ave to East Randolph Rd ($9,000)

All these signs are part of a comprehensive signed route network for the county, which we need.  But we can do a lot better than just that!

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Maryland Federal Investment in Biking and Walking

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B' Spokes: Note: Of that $12 million available Maryland has been spending near zilch of Federal funds. To Maryland's credit they have been spending their own money on bicycling... roughly $3 million a year, starting this year.

Something does not seem right especially when you consider the National average of % bike/ped fatalities is 14% vs. Maryland's 22.7% . Ref: (Combine Pedestrian Pedalcyclist percentages.)

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