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JUMP IN STATES TRANSFERRING TAP FUNDS TO ROADS & BRIDGES

Biking Elsewhere-> The Safe Routes to School National Partnership released their most recent quarterly "State of the States" report tracking Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding transfers through September 2016 (http://bit.ly/2j0HeYo). It shows a jump in the amount and number of states that transferred TAP funding away from biking, walking, and Safe Routes to School and into roads and bridges. Plus, 12 states transferred funds for the first time. Congress allows state DOTs to transfer up to half of their TAP funds to other transportation priorities. SRTSNP urges advocates to ask their DOT to reverse these transfers. Check out details of the $109 million state DOTs transferred out of TAP between July and September 2016. http://bit.ly/2j0HeaQ

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

[B' Spokes: Maryland is in there at $11 million]
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COURT: BAD STREET DESIGN LIABLE IN NYC CRASH

Biking Elsewhere-> Curbed reports transportation experts agree that poor street design—and the driver behavior it enables—is responsible for many of the U.S.'s astronomically high number of traffic deaths. Now, in a landmark case, the New York State Court of Appeals has found New York City's street design liable for a 2004 crash that left a 12-year old boy riding a bike with multiple skull fractures and reduced mental and physical capacities. The city's leaders had been advised multiple times before the crash that the stretch of street was particularly dangerous. The court ruled, "an unjustifiable delay in implementing a remedial plan constitutes a breach of the municipality's duty to the public." The city was found 40 percent liable, and ordered to pay $19 million of the $20 million settlement to the boy. The city narrowed the street from four lanes to three by repainting the medians. However, from 2007 to 2016, the same street saw a shocking four fatalities, including the death of a 17-year-old cyclist. Late last year—almost 12 years after the 12-year old boy's crash—New York City's Department of Transportation finally announced major design changes to the street. http://bit.ly/2j03bXP

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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VIDEO: SYSTEMATIC SAFETY: THE PRINCIPLES BEHIND VISION ZERO

Biking Elsewhere-> Bicycle Dutch blogger Mark Wagenbuur reports he and Northeastern University professor Peter G. Furth created a succinct and clear 8-minute video to explain the concept of "Systematic Safety" based on Dutch transportation practices and outcomes. At its heart, systematically safety identifies and eliminates the opportunities that create high crash and injury risk. It recognizes human bodies are vulnerable and humans make mistakes. The video describes 5 systemic principles at the core of Vision Zero and provides examples of each in The Netherlands. Systematic Safety: The Principles Behind Vision Zero: http://bit.ly/2j0352l

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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MTA to spend $196,000 outfitting weekday MARC commuter trains with bike racks

Mass Transithttp://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-marc-bicycle-cars-20170108-story.html
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Hidden dangers ahead: How states keep accident-prone roads secret

Biking in Maryland[B' Spokes: A story from here in Maryland. I swear there is a faction in MDOT/SHA that will do anything for faster/unsafe roads. And I'm not talking just speed limits, in this case we are talking about a traffic light. I know a lot of people are going to complain that one extra light is going to make them late for work. Like the reality isn't that they were already late when they left the house but we're hoping to make up time by driving like a mad man. One day people are going to realize that cars no longer work that way. Sure in the day when few drove and few cars on the road but that is not the direction we are heading.]

https://www.revealnews.org/article/hidden-dangers-ahead-how-states-keep-accident-prone-roads-secret/
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The Curb-Cut Effect

Biking in BaltimoreBy Angela Glover Blackwell, Stanford Social Innovation Review

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At last, on July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits disability-based discrimination and mandated changes to the built environment, including curb cuts. “Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down,” he proclaimed.
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There’s an ingrained societal suspicion that intentionally supporting one group hurts another. That equity is a zero sum game. In fact, when the nation targets support where it is needed most—when we create the circumstances that allow those who have been left behind to participate and contribute fully—everyone wins. The corollary is also true: When we ignore the challenges faced by the most vulnerable among us, those challenges, magnified many times over, become a drag on economic growth, prosperity, and national well-being.
... ^^^This^^^

[Lots of good points]
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In city after city, despite a “bike-lash” of critics who warn of more congestion and less parking, we’ve seen that—like a bicycle wheel—what goes around comes around. From 2000 to 2013, the risk of serious injury dropped 75 percent for New York City cyclists 27—and pedestrians, a much larger group and not the intended target of the bike lanes, are 40 percent less likely to be injured. 28 In a 2011 survey of Chicago drivers, half believed that they noticed improved driving behavior on a street with bike lanes.

In addition to creating safer and saner streets, bike lanes add tremendous economic value to a neighborhood. One stretch of Ninth Avenue in Manhattan saw retail sales rise nearly 50 percent after bike paths were installed, compared with a 3 percent rise borough-wide.30 Rents along the Times Square bike paths grew 71 percent in 2010, the largest increase in the city, as people flocked to pedestrian- and bike-friendly neighborhoods.31 A single block in Indianapolis saw the value of its property jump nearly 150 percent after adding bike lanes.

Then there are the benefits to public health and the environment. A study of the San Francisco Bay Area found that a slight increase in walking and biking each day can reduce the prevalence of diabetes and cardiovascular disease by 14 percent, while decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by 14 percent as well. If just 5 percent of New York City commuters began biking to work, the CO2 emissions saved would be equal to planting a forest 1.3 times the size of Manhattan.
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Half a century ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. prophetically wrote from a Birmingham, Ala., jail cell, “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” Outside that building today, a plaque commemorates its most famous inmate. Along the sidewalk, at regular intervals, are curb cuts.

https://ssir.org/articles/entry/the_curb_cut_effect
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“Hello? 911? I hit someone with my car because they had a bad outfit on.”

Biking ElsewhereBy MACKENZIE REID ROSTAD, Vancouver Sun

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Although the pedestrian was indeed visible, this alone did not protect them.

The pedestrian was injured not by the clothes on their back, but by the automobile that struck them. What could have prevented this? Not better clothing, but greater control on behalf of all parties.
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http://vancouversun.com/opinion/whos-to-blame-the-reality-of-our-dangerous-roads
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Hogan taking money from Federal bike funding

Biking in Maryland[B' Spokes: This paragraph caught my eye in Streets Blog:

"In the third quarter of 2016, ten states diverted TA funds for the first time: New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee. New York has transferred $37 million out of the program; Maryland, $11 million; New Jersey, $7 million."

http://usa.streetsblog.org/2017/01/06/more-states-are-looting-federal-funds-for-walking-and-biking/

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Legally Speaking: The ‘punishment pass’ and close calls

Biking Elsewhere[B' Spokes: The story behind "Close Call Database" http://closecalldatabase.com and encouragement for it's use.]

http://www.velonews.com/2016/10/news/legally-speaking-the-punishment-pass-and-close-calls_423743
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While other cities try to replicate Houston’s successful bus network overhaul, Maryland’s plan for Baltimore falls short

Mass TransitVia Transportation for America

At a time when other cities are redesigning their bus transit service and aggressively investing overall in public transportation to provide more consistent, predictable service to serve residents and employers, Baltimore — thanks to the state of Maryland — is attempting to get the most out of its bus system with only marginal new investment and changes in service that won’t do much to improve access to jobs, schools, or opportunity
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http://t4america.org/2016/12/15/with-other-cities-trying-to-replicate-houstons-successful-bus-network-overhaul-marylands-plan-for-baltimore-falls-short/

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