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BIRMINGHAM, UK: OVERTAKING DISTANCE ENFORCEMENT

Biking Elsewhere-> The Guardian reports on a new cycling safety initiative launched by West Midlands Police, in partnership with Birmingham City Council in the United Kingdom. A plain clothes traffic officer on a bike teams with a colleague in a police car up the road to pull over drivers that give the cycling officer less than 1.5m space (nearly 5 feet) when overtaking (a distance that increases for faster speeds and larger vehicles). That driver will be offered a choice: prosecution, or 15 minutes’ education on how to overtake a cyclist safely. The worst drivers, or repeat offenders, will simply be prosecuted. http://bit.ly/2cCiule

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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ZIPCAR LAUNCHING BIKE-SHARE AT 15 COLLEGES IN 2017, PLANS 100S MORE

Biking Elsewhere-> Car-sharing service Zipcar is partnering with a bike-share company called Zagster to launch bike-sharing services on 15 college campuses. Zipbike won’t officially launch until January 2017, starting with 10 schools and then spreading to a total of 15 by the end of the year. The goal is to make Zipbike the standard for bike sharing on hundreds of campuses nationwide over the next few years. Students and faculty can rent out cars and bikes using one app and one membership. http://bit.ly/2d1L2Jx

[B' Spokes: I think I just got a glimpse of the future.]

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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FHWA STRATEGIC AGENDA FOR PED & BIKE TRANSPORTATION

Biking Elsewhere-> At Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place last week FHWA unveiled its Strategic Agenda for Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation. The agenda will guide the Agency’s bike-ped work over the next three to five years to help reduce pedestrian and bicycle fatalities and serious injuries by 80 percent in the United States in 15 years, strive for zero pedestrian and bicycle fatalities and serious injuries in the next 20 to 30 years, and increase the percentage of short trips by bicycling and walking to 30 percent by the year 2025. (Short trips are defined as trips 5 miles or less for bicyclists and 1 mile or less for pedestrians.)

FHWA identified capacity building, policy, data and research actions to achieve each of the following goals:

Achieve safe, accessible, comfortable and connected multimodal networks throughout the US
Improve safety for people walking and bicycling
Promote equity throughout the transportation planning, design, funding, implementation and evaluation process
Get more people walking and bicycling.
http://bit.ly/2cZfKjE

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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Our Zeal for Child Safety Might be Misdirected

Biking Elsewhereby Amanda Merck.

There is no doubt people are zealous about children’s safety; we are zealous about children’s health.

What if these two groups of enthusiasts worked together?

They would reduce time spent riding in a car:

To reduce unintentional injury and death due to motor vehicle crashes; and
To increase time spent walking and biking to reduce obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.
Motor vehicle traffic crashes are the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths for children age 5 through young adults age 24 and the second leading cause of unintentional injury deaths for children ages 1-4, after drowning. Keep in mind, this is with the latest advancements in child safety seats.
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[B' Spokes: And I'll add for emphases: "That's by in large children *in* cars not out of them biking or walking."]

http://www.communitycommons.org/groups/salud-america/changes/our-zeal-for-child-safety-might-be-misdirected/
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Join us for an open house meeting on the Security-Ingleside Project

Biking in the Metro AreaThe Baltimore County Departments of Planning and Public Works are holding a citizen input open house meeting on proposed on-road bicycle improvements in the Westview Park area. Called the Security-Ingleside Loop, Phases I and II, the bicycle improvements will consist of bike lanes and sharrows on several roads in the area.

The meeting will be held:

Thursday, September 29, 2016
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Southwest Academy (in the library)
6200 Johnnycake Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21207

Phase I of the project is funded through a grant from the Maryland Bikeways Program. The roads included in the route are Crosby Road east of Rolling Road, Johnnycake Road and Ingleside Avenue. Funding for Phase II, which includes Crosby Road west of Rolling Road, Pleasant Valley Drive and Chesworth Road, will be sought in the near future. When completed, the bike route will connect residents with the Gwynns Falls Trail.

Please visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/bikeproject to see a map of the route and engineering plans of the proposed improvements.

Via http://us13.campaign-archive1.com/?u=fe3fe80c9847dda98e596a049&id=bc169ad8e7&e=6ea05f8923
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The decline of play in preschoolers — and the rise in sensory issues

Health & Environment[B' Spokes: Just a reminder to get your kids out walking and biking. Schools are not setup to provide all that is necessary.]

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2015/09/01/the-decline-of-play-in-preschoolers-and-the-rise-in-sensory-issues/
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Best Surprise Bike Lane: Dundalk Bike Lane

Biking in BaltimoreVia City Paper,

Dundalk Avenue to Sollers Point Loop
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http://www.citypaper.com/bob/2016/bcpnews-best-surprise-bike-lane-dundalk-bike-lane-20160913-story.html
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Edward Humes on How Transportation Overkill Is Killing Us

Biking ElsewhereVia New York Times

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In the transportation world, there’s something called the “first mile/last mile problem.” It’s a euphemism for forms of mass transportation, like the bus or the train, that require riders to go to stations or bus stops. Americans prefer to move door to door. They want to close one door and find themselves in front of another.

This is one of the reasons why we, as a society, are so car-dependent. Only a system built on trucks and automobiles can do this.
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In terms of public health, the National Safety Council’s data on car crashes showed that in 2015, 38,300 people died and 4.4 million were seriously injured.

Why are the numbers so high?

Because everything we do is designed to produce them. We have fictitious speed limits, because the roads are designed to allow vehicles to travel much faster than stated. We have vehicles capable of achieving far higher speeds than the posted limits. Given this, people go too fast. And speeding, we know, is one of the major causes of fatal crashes.
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A pedestrian struck by a vehicle going 40 miles an hour has a 10 percent chance of surviving, and one struck by a car at 20 m.p.h. has a 90 percent chance. So when we post a 40-mile maximum speed limit on a boulevard where pedestrians walk, we’re saying that in the event of a crash, a 90 percent mortality rate is acceptable.

These decisions matter. Each of us, over a lifetime, has a one-in-113 chance of dying in a car. That’s crazy, isn’t it? So we bolt extra safety devices onto our vehicles, seatbelts and airbags. Those are all great, but they don’t get to the fundamental problem: We drive way too fast to survive collisions. The bottom line is that speeding is one of the major causes of fatal crashes.
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http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/13/science/edward-humes-transportation.html

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Drivers to other drivers: You’re doing it wrong

Biking in Maryland[B' Spokes: There are two concepts in this article I would like to enforce. 1) Traffic enforcement makes the roads safer for everyone. Even outside the targeted enforcement area because I believe if you get rid of the driver's ability to always fulfill their need to try and trim a second here, a second there by put others people's lives at risk. 2) Driver's are not just risking there own lives but also some random person along there path. I assert that it is always the other person that will be at more of a risk. If you run a red light and T-bone another car, your air bags are set up well for that type of colision. The other person gets a side colision and most people/cars do not handle that well. In summary: So much about Maryland that rewards unsafe/agresive drivers and creates hazardous road condition for everyone else.]

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/drivers-to-other-drivers-youre-doing-it-wrong/2016/09/10/83ce3f9e-75b3-11e6-b786-19d0cb1ed06c_story.html
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SEARCHABLE TRAILS BENEFITS STUDIES LIBRARY

Bike Paths-> Headwaters Economics offers its online Trails Benefits Library (http://bit.ly/2ch9raR): a collection of 120 studies on the positive impacts of trails, especially in small or medium-sized towns and rural areas. The library is searchable by type of benefit (business impacts, property values, public health, trail use estimates, etc.), type of use (cycling, walking, hiking, mountain biking, etc.), year, and region. Related Research and Methods. The library can help local leaders find existing research–conducted in communities similar to theirs—so that they have credible information and answers to questions regarding potential benefits from nearby trails and whether a project meets community priorities. See the other trails-related resources at http://bit.ly/2cB3Z5Y.

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

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