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CT SENATE: $500 FINE FOR DRIVERS HITTING PEDS & BIKES IN CROSSWALKS

News you will not see in Maryland-> Drivers who strike pedestrians and bicyclists in crosswalks would be assessed $500 fines in addition to criminal charges, under a bill that won final, unanimous approval in the Connecticut Senate. The bill, which Stamford lawmakers sought this year after recent fatalities in that city, goes to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for final review. The new law would raise the current $181 fine to $500. (sHB 5403: An Act Increasing Penalties for Failure to Yield to Pedestrians in Crosswalks and Failure to Exercise Due Care to Avoid Hitting a Pedestrian or Cyclist: http://1.usa.gov/26T1uP2)

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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BAIT BIKE PROGRAM

News you will not see in Maryland-> Santa Rosa has one of the highest rates of bike theft in the Bay Area. In early 2015, the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition teamed up with NorCal Bike Sport/Bike Peddler and the Santa Rosa Police department to deploy a fleet of GPS-equipped Bait Bikes that allow the cops to track the stolen bikes and catch the thieves. In 2015, dozens of bike thieves were caught, arrested and sent to jail. http://bit.ly/1KcVW4f

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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RI BILL PROPOSES DOT SHOVEL SNOW FROM OVERPASSES & WALKWAYS

News you will not see in Maryland-> Two Rhode Island state lawmakers have re-introduced a bill (2016-S 2005, 2016-H 7008: http://bit.ly/1UOugIE) to make it safer for pedestrians this winter by requiring the Department of Transportation to clear snow from state-controlled highway overpasses and overhead walkways with significant pedestrian traffic. Most municipalities require property owners to clear the sidewalks in front of their land. When pedestrians get to an overpass, which isn't in front of anyone's property, they have to walk out in the street or climb over a snow bank. The bill would give the DOT 24 hours after the end of a snowstorm to clear the overpasses and walkways. http://bit.ly/1OhRwNF

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


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'Decoy' rider puts spotlight on bike safety law

News you will not see in Maryland[B' Spokes: Even though Maryland's percentage of traffic fatalities that are pike/ped have been in the nations top ten worst for decades (mostly pedestrian.) And it seems the best we can coax out of the Maryland Highway Safety Office is a series of victim blaming "safety" ads that never ever mentions that it is the duty for cars to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks but seems more to convey the message to be "safe" drive a car and that way you can be part of the "acceptable" 1.5 traffic deaths per day. - We need enforcement, we need this: ]

http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/traffic-transportation/decoy-rider-puts-spotlight-bike-safety-law-photos
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ST. PAUL, MN: POP UP MEETINGS PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

News you will not see in Maryland-> The City of St. Paul, MN’s Pop Up Meetings (http://bit.ly/1TpatPH) uses a decorated Ford Transit van to visit parks, busy intersections and festivals bringing public meetings to people, particularly those whose voices many not typically be heard at a traditional public hearing. The pitch: Take a short survey, get a free ice pop—even in November. During Summer 2015, more than 1,000 people filled out a survey at one of the pop-ups. About 70 percent had never been to a city meeting before. http://bit.ly/1M1pr8w

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

[B' Spokes: I think this is a great idea because those most interested in attending a single meeting are those apposed to the project. This way those who the project will help/hurt have a good say about the outcome.]
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Arizona among most strict on speeding and reckless driving

News you will not see in MarylandBy Barbara Grijalva, Tucson News Now

Arizona is the second toughest state in the nation when it comes to speeding and reckless driving penalties.

According to a new study by the personal finance website WalletHub, Arizona is also the 9th toughest when it comes to considering speeding a form of reckless driving.

Arizona also ranks among the top 10 states for fines and jail time for reckless driving.
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"... It was $367, so it wasn't a cheap ticket."
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http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/29600668/arizona-ranked-very-strict-on-speeding-and-reckless-driving


[B' Spokes: In contrast in Arizona speed cameras in schools zones can issue you a ticket if you are going 6 mph over the speed limit vs. Maryland's 12 mph over the limit and Maryland's fine is only $40. It is also interesting to note in Maryland it is really hard to get a reckless driving charge, speeding is just speeding even if in a school zone with children present and doing twice the speed limit.]
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SEATTLE, WA: POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT TO INCREASE PED/BIKE SAFETY

-> For a few days last week, Seattle DOT staffers, police officers, and local street-safety advocates used positive reinforcement to reward drivers (and bicyclists) who did the right thing and stopped to let people on foot cross the street. They handed out $5 Starbucks gift cards at an elementary school, a busy bridge crossing, and a protected bike lane downtown. The giveaways were part of Seattles Vision Zero initiative to reach zero traffic fatalities by 2030. They were funded by a state grant aimed at increasing safety for pedestrians and bicyclists. [http://bit.ly/1dcBjuH]

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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Enforcement of bicycle passing distance up slightly in Va.

News you will not see in Maryland[B' Spokes: Has there been any tickets in Maryland for violation of our 3 foot law?]

http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/29477458/enforcement-of-bicycle-passing-distance-up-slightly-in-va
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Arrest made after cyclist killed in fatal crash

News you will not see in Marylandby Rory McKeown, Daily Echo
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Police are continuing to investigate the incident and have today confirmed a 33-year-old man from Waterlooville has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by driving without due care and attention.
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<a href="http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/11699100.display/">http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/11699100.display/</a>;
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[B' Spokes: Could you imagine the impact if this happened here after every cyclists and pedestrian fatality? Why do we let drivers that kill off while investigation takes place, why not jail or posting bond while investigation is on going?]
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AGENCY TRAFFIC FORECASTS & REALITY

News you will not see in Maryland-&gt; According to an Oct. 20th Streetsblog article, &quot;The amount that the average American drives each year has been declining for nearly a decade, yet most transportation agencies are still making decisions based on the notion that a new era of ceaseless traffic growth is right around the corner.

&quot;The Wisconsin Department of Transportation, for example, has overestimated traffic on its roads by an average of 73 percent, according to a recent study. And Dallas-area planners recently produced traffic projections that predicted a much larger increase in driving than the state DOT was even predicting.

&quot;Thats why a new traffic forecast from the Washington State Office of Fiscal Management is so interesting: It actually acknowledges how travel habits are changing. Seattle-based environmental think tank Sightline spotted the above traffic projection in a new government report. In its most recent financial forecast, the agency has abandoned the assumption of never-ending traffic growth that it employed as recently as last year. Instead, the agency has responded to recent trends, even projecting that total traffic will start to decline within the next ten years...&quot;

Source: <a href="http://bit.ly/1CUZ6Wf">http://bit.ly/1CUZ6Wf</a>;

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling &amp; Walking.
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