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Bridge Redesign a Victory for Pedestrian, Cycling Advocates

News you will not see in Marylandby ABERGRENMILLER, Planetizen

The furor started last fall, when the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) unveiled designs to retrofit the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge. The proposal lacked accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists, instead suggested expanding vehicular lanes, removing one sidewalk, and installing a central “crash barrier,” Damien Newton writes.

The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Enrich L.A., and other local organizations—together with plenty of individual walkers and cyclists—protested the move. As a result, the LADOT last week presented three new proposals, each of which include dedicated bike lanes and a road diet.
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Tempe PD Bicycle Thefts/Trafficking Investigation and Arrest

News you will not see in Maryland[B' Spokes: News you will not see around here. :( On a government web site no less!]
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Police Bicycle Patrol Pedals Ahead Despite Snow, Frigid Weather

News you will not see in MarylandB' Spokes: Heck I would settle for some bike patrols around here just in the good weather. (Filed in news you will not see in Maryland.)
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Attaching bicycle-pedestrian structure to Blanchette Bridge considered

News you will not see in Maryland[B' Spokes: This came up in my news feed and I really wish this was happening in Maryland, too many of our bridges here that are uncomfortable to bike across, challenging to bike across or flat out banning bikes from crossing. It would be nice if there were at least some discussions on this topic.]
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Joseph Rose: Trying to make sense of Oregon's hit-and-run epidemic

News you will not see in MarylandBy Joseph Rose, Oregonian

"It really is a very selfish crime," Portland Police traffic Sgt. Todd Davis told me as he sifted through this week's two-inch stack of reported hit-and-runs.

Selfish. Immoral. Rampant.

In Portland alone, police take reports on more than 5,200 hit-and-run crashes, from fender benders to serious injuries and fatalities, each year. That's 100 a week; that's mind-boggling.

Without the resources to investigate them all, the police have to perform triage. Still, in a typical year, only about half of Oregon cases where a driver leaves the scene without rendering aid to an injured or dying person end in an arrest, court records show.

So, maybe it's time state lawmakers diverted some of their tough-on-traffic-crime efforts away from distracted driving to slow what is becoming a social epidemic.
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Arlington Bike Thief Sentenced to 12 Years

News you will not see in Marylandby Jason Spencer, Arlington VA Patch

Police say they have made numerous arrests to combat the spike in stolen bicycles.

Commonwealth's Attorney Theo Stamos said in a statement. “Protecting the property of residents is of the upmost importance and thieves such as Michael Cullen will be prosecuted to the fullest.”
[B' Spokes: Heavy sigh, when will we see something like this in Baltimore?]
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Brookline Police Are Bagging Thieves Using a Decoy Bike Equipped with a GPS Tracker

News you will not see in Maryland[B' Spokes: A story you will not see around here.]
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How to enforce 3-foot passing law to protect bicyclists

News you will not see in MarylandTo those who say that laws requiring motorists to give bicycles a 3-foot gap when passing are unenforceable, consider what police in Austin, Texas, are doing.
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News you will not see in Maryland[B'Spokes: We need something like this here, beginning of the school year means more auto traffic, more cyclists and more pedestrians. People need to be aware of the change and everyone has a right-of-way and to respect that.]
-> According to an August 19th TxDOT release, "Back-to-school means back-to-traffic, and as students return to the classroom this fall, the Texas Department of Transportation calls on drivers to 'Drive Friendly. Drive Safe' to reduce crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists.

"In 2012, vehicles on Texas roads struck more than 5,000 pedestrians resulting in 2,962 serious injuries and 481 fatalities. Vehicles also struck more than 2,000 bicyclists resulting in 1,450 serious injuries and 56 fatalities. Compared with the previous year, 2012 saw a 13.2 percent increase in pedestrian fatalities and a 19.1 percent increase in bicyclist fatalities..."


from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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What to do when the street is closed to cars

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Via Cyclovia Tucson
[B' Spokes: With the Grand Prix creating a traffic nightmare it would be cool if affected business would do something like what they are doing in Tucson for this street closing for repaving. We need more thinking along the lines "If cars are advised to avoid, invite the bicyclists and pedestrians to come and make up the difference. :D ]
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