Thursday, January 29 2009 @ 12:55 PM EST
Contributed by: B' Spokes
The following newsflash from the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board details current news, events, etc. in regards to biking and walking both in and around the Baltimore region.
The information found in the newsflash is informative; it could inspire some to become more involved in the process of improving conditions for biking and walking.
Or it could inspire a bike ride or a walk...
Upcoming BRTB Committee Meetings |
Baltimore Regional Transportation Board
Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at 9:30 a.m.
Citizens Advisory Committee
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at 5:30 p.m.
Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Group
Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 1:00 p.m.
All BRTB Committee meetings are held at the BMC offices (2700 Lighthouse Point East, Suite 310, Baltimore), MD 21224) and are open to the public.
>> View Upcoming Meeting Agendas >> Read Recent Meeting Minutes
$225 MILLION FOR TRANSIT. WHAT DO YOU THINK?
After several months of public outreach and involvement, the BRTB has recently released for public review and comment, the draft preferred alternative for the amendment to the Baltimore region's long-range transportation plan, Transportation Outlook 2035.
This draft preferred alternative proposes $225 million in funding for regional transit projects, beginning in 2020, including:
A public input period will run through Friday, January 23, 2009. During this time, public comments will be accepted by mail, fax, or online using our public comment form.
Comments may also be submitted in person at a public meeting on Thursday, January 15, 2009 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. or 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the BMC offices located at 2700 Lighthouse Point East, Suite 310, Baltimore, MD 21224.
STATION NORTH BIKE RACK PROJECT - FINALISTS SELECTED |
Judges have selected eight finalists, including three Maryland Institute College of Art students, to design and build eight one-of-a-kind bike racks to be installed by next spring in Baltimore's Station North district.
The designs were submitted as part of the Station North Bike Rack Project, a competition held this fall to help raise the bike rack to an art form and make Baltimore a more bike-friendly city.
A public display of the 79 designs was held on Dec. 12 at 20 W. North Ave. The winners will each receive $4,000 to execute their designs for locations to be determined.
The finalists are: Sanjit Roy, Ethan Rochmis, Irina Dukhnevich, Chris Shea, Andrea Dombrowski, Daniel Raimond, Paul Capetola and Nick Trincia. Dombrowski, Dukhnevich and Capetola are MICA students.
Photo Source: Urban Palimpsest
BALTIMORE CITY SEEKS NEW LOCATIONS TO INSTALL BIKE RACKS
Aside from "Share the Road" signs, bike racks are the #2 contributor to increased bike ridership. Baltimore City's DOT purchases and installs bike racks in conjunction with the development of the bike network to allow bicyclists to park at key destinations and they are seeking new locations for new bicycle racks. Details are listed below.
Installation & Maintenance process
Bike Rack options
Please contact Nate Evans in the Department of Transportation's Planning Division at 410-396-6586 or
firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
CITY OF BALTIMORE TO HOST BICYCLE SUMMIT IN SPRING OF 2009The City of Baltimore Department of Transportation (DOT) has been working hard to implement the May 2006 Bicycle Master Plan. Bicycle lanes and sharrows are being integrated into city streets, storm grates are being improved, and bicycle racks are being places, along with other improvements.
Now that Baltimore is becoming more bicycle friendly, it is necessary to inform citizens and visitors about safe bicycling practices and the city plans to do just that at a bicycle summit, to be held in Druid Hill Park this Spring. The summit will bring together both public and private partners and include discussions on: Teaching safe cycling practices Encouraging bicycle commuting through mentoring and other programs Getting people on bikes including new information on how to find the right bicycle for you! Fostering public/private partnerships to promote bicycling and active livingIf you are interested in volunteering at or sponsoring the event please contact Traci McPhail at email@example.com or Nate Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org. >;> View Baltimore City's Bicycle Master Plan
NEW DVD TEACHES BICYCLE SAFETY, COMPETENCE AND CONFIDENCE
A 5 minute preview of the recently released DVD - Geared Up
The Essentials of Adult Bicycling - is now available on the
AdultBicycling.com web site.
With so many adults bicycling, this DVD is very timely. Competence, Confidence and Safety is the message. Please take a moment to view the video or share with others.
TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT
On Tuesday, January 27, 2009 from 7 to 9 p.m. several area organizations will host a 2nd Transit Oriented Development Summit at the Thumel Business Center Auditorium (11 W. Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201).
Topics to be discussed include Central Maryland's opportunities and challenges for TOD, new initiatives and advances in local TOD planning, and an emerging national agenda to promote smart investment in infrastructure and innovation.
The event is free and open to the public and is accessible by MTA Bus Lines 3, 11, 21, 61, 64, Light Rail and MARC Train.
For more information or to RSVP, contact Brian O'Malley at email@example.com or 410-332-4172 ext. 122.
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