Baltimore Spokes
Biking in Baltimore
Sign Up!
Login
Welcome to Baltimore Spokes
Monday, July 25 2016 @ 08:03 PM UTC

Google

View Printable Version

Sometimes the Safer Street Design Option Is the Less Expensive One

Biking Elsewhereby Angie Schmitt, Streets Blog

...
One idea is as simple as enhancing crosswalk visibility with paint, instead of the expensive, hard-to-see treatments at some Dallas intersections: [B' Spokes: Even our red brick crosswalks are expensive and there is nothing that shows they improve pedestrian safety over something like bold hatched crosswalks.]
...

http://www.streetsblog.net/2015/02/02/sometimes-the-safer-street-design-option-is-the-less-expensive-one/

View Printable Version

AAA: Most Drivers Have Engaged in Aggressive Driving

Biking Elsewhereby TOM COSTELLO, NBC News

...
"We've all heard the old adage, we all say things we don't mean when we're angry. Well, when you're behind the wheel, you do things you wouldn't otherwise do when you're angry," said Jake Nelson, director of traffic safety advocacy and research with AAA.
...

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/aaa-most-drivers-have-engaged-road-rage-incidents-n608836

View Printable Version

The idiocy of traffic studies

Biking ElsewhereVia Urban kchoze

...
This approach basically views congestion, even during the peak hour of the day, as a catastrophic failure in a way similar to a bridge falling down. It also assumes that there is no externality to overdesigning an intersection, of using longer traffic signals, of having a higher number of wider lanes, wider medians, the only drawback is the cost...
...

The result is that such an intersection forms a barrier to pedestrian and bicycle travel. The resulting roads that accompany these intersections are often large enough to make mid-block crossing a dangerous proposition to say the least, confining pedestrians to crossing only at rare intersections, often necessitating detours taking 5-10 minutes on foot... just to get on the other side of the road.

These externalities are ignored, it is considered to be "conservative" to spend more on a road with better vehicle capacity no matter the impact on quality of life of residents, on alternative modes of transport and on the financial sustainability of developments. This approach and the assumptions that support it make traffic studies a self-fulfilling prophecy: over-designing roads while neglecting non-car travel ensures that almost all trips in the area will be made by car, confirming the initial assumptions of quasi-universal car use, because cars are the only mode of travel the road design caters to.
...

http://urbankchoze.blogspot.com/2015/09/the-idiocy-of-traffic-studies.html
View Printable Version

SURVEY: "SHARE THE ROAD" SIGNS INEFFECTIVE

Biking Elsewhere-> Delaware got rid of its "Share the Road" signs about two years ago. They were widely misinterpreted — by both motorists and cyclists — as an exhortation to cyclists to stop "hogging" the road, or as a recommendation that drivers and cyclists share a lane (leading to tight squeezes and close passes). The state dumped the confusing message in favor of a less ambiguous one asserting that bicycles "may use full lane." A new survey (Bicycles May Use Full Lane" Signage Communicates U.S. Roadway Rules and Increases Perception of Safety: http://bit.ly/1ivTM8x) confirms that Delaware had the right idea. In all 50 states, cyclists have a right to the road — including the center of the lane, if that's the safest place for them to be. Turns out "Share the Road" had no effect whatsoever in leading people to respect cyclists' right to occupy a full lane of traffic. A sharrow helped a little. In the survey, by far the clearest indication that cyclists have an equal right to the road was a sign stating unequivocally that cyclists "may use full lane." http://bit.ly/1O0b4YA

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

CDC: America Falling Behind Other Nations on Traffic Safety

Biking Elsewhereby Angie Schmitt, Streets Blog

How is the U.S. doing on traffic safety?

To hear a lot of people tell it, we’re making great strides. President Obama recently referred to the reduction in American traffic deaths as a success story of sorts, contrasting it with the rise in gun deaths.

But while traffic fatalities in America are indeed trending downward, the improvement pales in comparison to what other countries have achieved, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control.
...

http://usa.streetsblog.org/2016/07/07/cdc-america-falling-behind-other-nations-on-traffic-safety/
View Printable Version

Four wheels or two, safe roads are due

Biking ElsewhereBy The Herald Editorial Board

Even for the state ranked as the No. 1 Bicycle Friendly State, it still takes a court to explain to some cities that bicycles are a legitimate form of transportation and not just something that kids ride around the neighborhood.

Last week a state appellate court ruled that cycling is as much a mode of “ordinary travel” as motor vehicles and that cities and counties have to provide safe roadways for all traffic, whether its done on four wheels, two wheels or two feet.
...

http://www.heraldnet.com/opinion/four-wheels-or-two-safe-roads-are-due
View Printable Version

Bicycling: The SAFEST Form of Transportation

Biking ElsewhereBy Mr Money Mustache

Of all the objections I get from people about why they can’t ride a bike to get around, perhaps the most frustrating is the claim that bicycling is too dangerous. According to this line of reasoning, we all need the protection of a two-tonne steel cage in order to survive the trip to the office or the grocery store.

I’ve always felt that this was complete bullshit, ...

http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2013/06/13/bicycling-the-safest-form-of-transportation/
View Printable Version

Why Laws Banning Cyclists From Wearing Headphones Miss the Point

Biking ElsewhereBy ERIC JAFFE,City Lab

They may actually work against city goals to encourage more riding.
...

http://www.citylab.com/commute/2015/11/bike-cyclist-headphone-earplug-laws-safety-traffic/417753/
View Printable Version

Car crashes cost U.S. $300B a year: AAA

Biking ElsewhereBy MARK STRASSMANN, CBS News

Every hour, car crashes kill an average of four people on America's roads.

That's the human cost.

But, according to a triple-a study released Thursday, the financial cost of car crashes is just as stunning.

The study, reports CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann, says crashes costs $300 billion a year -- three times more expensive than traffic congestion.

"Traffic crashes really need to be moved to the forefront of the American discussion as the public safety (and) health threat that they are," observes AAA spokesman Troy Green.

They pose a threat that's both tragic -- and expensive.

All-told, each traffic fatality costs an average of $6 million dollars -- everything from medical and emergency services to lost earnings. A traffic injury averages $126,000, and almost 33,000 people die every year on the nation's roads.

"If you took that and compared it to, say, aviation, it would take a small airliner falling out of the sky every day for 360 days for us to get close to that number," points out CBS News transportation safety analyst Mark Rosenker. "That's clearly unacceptable in aviation and it is clearly unacceptable on the highway."
....


http://www.cbsnews.com/news/car-crashes-cost-us-300b-a-year-aaa/
View Printable Version

You’re Going to Kill Someone

Biking ElsewhereBy Albert McWilliams

If you keep driving like that, you’re going to kill a cyclist. When you do, it’s going to suck as much for you as it does for them. When you drive by my head at 50 mph I can’t have this conversation with you, so I’m going to do you a favor and talk you through all of your arguments as to why you’re driving wrong (you are) and then you won’t end up killing a human. So read on; you’re welcome.

It’s not if it’s when. You are going to kill or seriously injure someone. You are. Someone’s father, brother, mother, daughter - you are going to end their life, forever, like permanently dead. You’ll be a murderer
...

http://albertmcwilliams.com/post/54015994028/youre-going-to-kill-someone
First | Previous | 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 | Next | Last

My Account





Sign up as a New User
Lost your password?

Google


Site Map

Events

There are no upcoming events

Older Stories

Wednesday 06-Jul


Tuesday 05-Jul


Sunday 03-Jul


Saturday 02-Jul


Friday 01-Jul


Thursday 30-Jun

Forumposts

Order: New Views Posts
Latest 5 Forum Posts
 
jordan shoes sale on..
 By:  never
 On:  Friday, July 22 2016 @ 03:51 AM UTC
 Views 37 Replies 0
GRAHAM JERSEY
 By:  jersy
 On:  Friday, July 22 2016 @ 02:26 AM UTC
 Views 39 Replies 0
A.FERNANDEZ maglia
 By:  jersy
 On:  Friday, July 22 2016 @ 02:00 AM UTC
 Views 40 Replies 0
Real Madrid paidat
 By:  jersy
 On:  Friday, July 22 2016 @ 01:25 AM UTC
 Views 43 Replies 0
Re: Butcher's Hill t..
 By:  B' Spokes
 On:  Sunday, June 14 2015 @ 02:59 PM UTC
 Views 0 Replies 0

Mailing Lists

General Talk
Subscribe Archives Announcements
Subscribe Archives

Poll

Maryland should adopt the Idaho stop law.

  •  Strongly agree
  •  Mostly agree
  •  Undecided
  •  Mostly disagree
  •  Strongly disagree
This poll has 0 more questions.
Results
Other polls | 1,209 votes | 0 comments

The state should support what kind of bicycle facilities?

  •  Off-road bike trails
  •  On-road bike accommodations only on State roads
  •  On-road bike accommodations only on County roads
  •  All of the above
This poll has 0 more questions.
Results
Other polls | 1,216 votes | 3 comments

Who's Online

Guest Users: 128

What's New

No New Items