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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.
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http://usa.streetsblog.org/2016/07/07/cdc-america-falling-behind-other-nations-on-traffic-safety/
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The 2016 Frederick Clustered Spires Race will be on Saturday, August 13th

Biking in MarylandThe Only High Wheel Race of Its Kind in America
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http://www.highwheelrace.com
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MTA Bus Network Redesign

Mass TransitNetwork Redesign
The current MTA bus network has many routes that are antiquated, serve outdated job locations and are too long to manage reliably. Additionally, the routes that currently traverse downtown Baltimore compound congestion and jeopardize on-time reliability throughout the system. Under BaltimoreLink, we've created a more efficient and reliable bus network by spreading out the routes within the downtown core and creating a grid of high frequency routes serving more downtown locations. To accomplish these needed improvements, we are implementing three levels of bus service:
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https://mta.maryland.gov/baltimorelink/service/network-redesign
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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.
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http://www.heraldnet.com/opinion/four-wheels-or-two-safe-roads-are-due
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Traffic pollution tied to slower cognition in schoolchildren

Health & EnvironmentVia CBC News

Children who attend school in heavy traffic areas may show slower cognitive development and lower memory test scores, Spanish researchers have found.

About 21,000 premature deaths are attributed to air pollution in Canada each year, according to the Canadian Medical Association. The detrimental effects of air pollution on cardiovascular health and on the lungs are well documented and now researchers are looking at its effects on the brain.
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http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/health/traffic-pollution-tied-to-slower-cognition-in-schoolchildren-1.2980163
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We're getting closer to having a bike trail from DC to Baltimore

Bike Pathsby David Cranor , Greater Greater Washington

Last month, a 1.7 mile section of the WB&A Trail opened, bringing the separate parts in Anne Arundel and Prince George's County as close to one another as they've ever been.
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http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/31060/were-getting-closer-to-having-bike-trail-from-dc-to-baltimore/
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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/
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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.
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http://www.citylab.com/commute/2015/11/bike-cyclist-headphone-earplug-laws-safety-traffic/417753/
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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."
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http://www.cbsnews.com/news/car-crashes-cost-us-300b-a-year-aaa/
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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
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http://albertmcwilliams.com/post/54015994028/youre-going-to-kill-someone

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