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Arm Warmers and Caps are Back and supporting Bike Maryland!

Bike Maryland updatesVia Bike Maryland

Whoa, whoa, whoa, they’re back! Hill Killer just dropped off the latest shipment of Bike Maryland hi vis arm warmers and caps. They did not last long the first time, so do not delay!

Arm warmers and caps make great presents for the cyclist in your life…and at $27 (including shipping) they are probably under your Secret Santa limit.

Proceeds from our merchandise fund our work for the year. Don yourself some new apparel this December while feeling good that you are supporting better biking in our beloved Maryland.
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https://www.bikemaryland.org/arm-warmers-caps/
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LESSONS LEARNED FROM AUTOMATED SPEED ENFORCEMENT

Biking Elsewhere-> Vision Zero is a multi-pronged approach to the complex problem of street safety. We know that speed is a common factor in traffic fatalities and severe injuries — especially for people biking or walking. And one of the key lessons learned from the early adopters of Vision Zero in Europe is that speed reduction must be a top priority if we are serious about the goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and severe injuries. Vision Zero proponents are exploring Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) as a means to increase capacity to control deadly speeding. A new report (Automated Speed Enforcement Implementation: Survey Findings and Lessons Learned From Around the Country: http://bit.ly/1QMhCtS) includes a wealth of real-world examples of success with safety cameras that help manage speed: "ASE has been found to be an effective tool that over 130 communities throughout the country have implemented to improve safety for all road users." For instance, Washington D.C. had a reduction in drivers speeding more than 10 mph over the speed limit from 1 in 3 to 1 in 40 — and reported a 70% reduction in fatalities. http://bit.ly/1OjsieV

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

[B' Spokes: IMHO You would not know that speed cameras are effective tool around here with all the bad press they have been given.]
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Audits Shine Light on DOT Inefficiencies

PoliticsVia Bikemore

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I hope those running for office this election cycle recognize there is a new crop of informed voters who want more than platitudes about job growth and crime reduction. We want candidates to bring forth actual plans to rid our city of the horrible abuses those with power have allowed to go on for too long. Abuses that are well documented across all agencies, not just the Department of Transportation. We want candidates that understand the nuances of operating a cash strapped independent city, and are realistic about our locus of control. Good government isn’t something that should be aspirational for Baltimore, it’s something as voters we should demand.

http://www.bikemore.net/news/audits-shine-light-on-department-of-transportation-inefficiencies

[B' Spokes: Worth a read if you want some understanding of what's wrong with Baltimore. ]

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PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS: Cities, States, and DOT Are Implementing Actions to Improve Safety

Biking ElsewhereWhat GAO Found

Pedestrian and cyclist fatalities and injuries represent a growing percentage of all traffic fatalities and injuries. For example, pedestrian fatalities comprised 10.9 percent of all traffic deaths nationwide in 2004, but 14.5 percent in 2013. Cyclists represented 1.7 percent of all United States traffic deaths in 2004, but 2.3 percent in 2013. Estimates of pedestrian and cyclist injuries also grew during this same time frame.
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http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-16-66
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All forms of commuting do not pay their way

Biking in BaltimoreIf walking costs you a dollar then society pays $0.01.
If biking costs you a dollar then society pays $0.08.
If bussing costs you a dollar then society pays $1.50.
If driving costs you a dollar then society pays $9.20.

Ref: https://twitter.com/MobilityLabTeam/status/679336712586305536?s=09
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Louisville Removes Sidewalk "For Safety"

Biking in Baltimore[B' Spokes: For safety of automobiles they add infrastructure and for pedestrian safety they neglect or remove infrastructure. Have you ever noticed all the the intersections where one side is missing a sidewalk? People in cars can't wait the 10 seconds for a pedestrian to cross but pedestrians are expected to wait 180 seconds for two light cycles to cross. - This article makes a fair point that not accommodating does not improve their safety.]

http://www.streetsblog.net/2015/12/22/louisville-removes-sidewalk-for-safety/
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APL Awarded Silver Bicycle Friendly Business Award

Biking ElsewhereThe Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, was awarded a Bicycle Friendly Business silver award by the League of American Bicyclists on Dec. 9.

Recognized for its investment in bicycling to promote employee health and social responsibility, APL has an active cycling club and, for bike riders, offers showers, locker rooms, secure parking and personal fitness financial incentive.

Recently, the Lab quadrupled its bike parking capacity and introduced a bike share program. With the announcement of 43 new and renewing BFBs today, APL joins a group of more than 1,090 local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies in 49 states and Washington, D.C.

“Cycling is one of many activities we encourage to contribute to the health of our staff members, which is terrific for our organization,” said Maria Cimilluca, head of the Facilities Maintenance Department at APL. “Our bike share program has been a big success in promoting a fun and active atmosphere on our campus. We aim to make APL a welcoming place for cyclists.”
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http://www.jhuapl.edu/newscenter/pressreleases/2015/151216.asp

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U.S. Gov’t. May Get More Serious About Cyclist/Pedestrian Deaths in 2016

Biking ElsewhereBY JOSH COHEN, Next City

In December 2014, U.S. Representatives Rick Larsen, Eleanor Holmes Norton and Peter DeFazio voiced concern that the number of pedestrians and bicyclists in the U.S. being seriously injured or killed was on the rise, while traffic deaths and injuries as a whole were declining. More specifically, they worried that over-engineered roads meant to help cars move faster were a leading cause. To see if their suspicions were true, they commissioned a Government Accountability Office study.
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https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/federal-study-bike-pedestrian-safety-data-more-funding
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Fossil Fuel Subsidies Outweigh Renewable Energy Subsidies by 40 to 1

Biking Elsewhere"The organizations released the report on Dec. 3 as the UN COP21 climate debates continued. “The analysis shows that the Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States account for some $80 billion per year in public support for fossil fuels, while their total pledges to the Green Climate Fund only amount to $2 billion per year,” the report stated."

http://newsofscience.com/fossil-fuel-subsidies-outweigh-renewable-energy-subsidies-by-40-to-1/
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'Drivers stuck in traffic: stop moaning'

Biking ElsewhereBy Dennis Wright

"If you want to drive your car, then by all means, go ahead - I don’t disagree with the right to move around the city in whichever way you want. But don’t moan about it when you finally reach your destination after sitting in the same traffic which has been gridlocking our city for decades now."

http://www.bristol247.com/channel/opinion/your-say/transport/drivers-stuck-in-traffic-stop-moaning

[B' Spokes: How long are we going to keep promoting car only transportation that hasn't gotten any better in decades? At best there is a short improvement that is near equal in time to the traffic delays that the construction "to make it better" took. Think about it, billions spent on short sections of car centric road widening projects that at best are only a improvement that last a year.]

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