Baltimore Spokes
Biking in Baltimore
Sign Up!
Login
Welcome to Baltimore Spokes
Sunday, June 25 2017 @ 12:09 AM UTC
View Printable Version

Traffic laws and street design are not working

Biking Elsewhereby Leslie Reed, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


[B' Spokes: The conclusion is the most profound.]

...
"These results suggest that people are making judgments about appropriate bicycling based on their own experience," Piatkowski said. "And that's a problem. It means traffic laws or street design are not working."

http://news.unl.edu/newsrooms/today/article/study-reveals-a-wild-west-with-rules-of-the-biking-road/
View Printable Version

MTA to install $11 million in traffic light sensors to prioritize buses in Baltimore

Mass TransitBy Colin Campbell, Baltimore Sun

...
As part of Gov. Larry Hogan's BaltimoreLink bus system overhaul, the Maryland Transit Administration has budgeted $11 million to install sensors on 200 local buses — out of 760 — and city traffic signals that will keep traffic lights green for six to 10 seconds longer when a bus is approaching, and shorten red lights for waiting buses by the same amount of time.

The goal of the Transit Signal Priority technology — along with the planned creation of five miles of bus-only lanes and removal of hundreds of underused bus stops — is to allow buses to spend more time moving and less time in traffic, increasing on-time rates across the system.

"The system has not been efficient, and it has not been reliable," MTA administrator Paul Comfort acknowledged. "It takes too long to ride the bus to travel half a mile."
...

http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-md-mta-bus-sensors-20170323-story.html
View Printable Version

BYCYCLING APP: EMPLOYERS REWARD STAFF FOR MILES RODE

Biking Elsewhere-> Springwise reports ByCycling, a new cycling app, lets companies track how many miles staff have cycled, and reward them accordingly. (http://bit.ly/2o1iQKz) This incentive app is mainly aimed at middle to large companies wanting to promote a healthier lifestyle among staff. Users who want to partake download the app, join the company’s group (or departmental sub-group) then the software keeps track of users’ miles in a leaderboard. The app’s most inventive feature is that it doesn’t require users to pull out their phones and start/stop with each ride. It can tell using the phone’s sensors when the user is cycling, so the miles are calculated in the background. http://bit.ly/2oQHDPb

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

APHA: 2017 THE YEAR OF CLIMATE CHANGE & HEALTH

Biking Elsewhere-> The American Public Health Association has declared 2017 the Year of Climate Change and Health. (http://bit.ly/2p76NsX) They report that in 2016, transportation surpassed power plants to become the largest source of carbon dioxide pollution in the US. Vehicles are a major contributor to smog and other unhealthy air pollution. Between the immediate effects of tailpipe pollution and longer-term changes in climate from burning fossil fuels, America faces many more missed school days, hospital visits and premature deaths from dirtier air, contaminated food and water, more extreme heat and storms, and vector-borne illnesses. Our continued heavy dependence on fossil fuels in transportation is a particular threat to children, who also face a variety of developmental and behavioral disorders associated with pollution. We have a golden opportunity to work with MPOs and DOTs as they implement MAP-21 performance management requirements to make America’s transportation system cleaner and healthier. http://bit.ly/2p7oLvs

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

AAA’s Latest Road Safety Report Ignores the Obvious: We Should Be Driving Less

Biking ElsewhereBy Stephen Miller, Streets Blog

Among developed nations, the United States ranks near the bottom for traffic safety. And it’s not getting better, as the number of annual traffic deaths climbs above the 40,000 mark. To reverse this trend, the AAA Foundation for Road Safety this week released a report that prioritizes six road design changes it says would do the most to reduce the death toll. There’s just one problem: AAA’s report doesn’t consider the idea that, to save lives, we should be driving less.

There are two commonly used measuring sticks to assess traffic safety. One is tracking how many people are killed per mile driven, which frames safety efforts in terms of make driving safer. The U.S. has improved a lot on this front over time, according to OECD statistics cited by AAA, but at 1.14 deaths per 100 million miles driven, it still has a middling record — better than South Korea and the Czech Republic, which clock in above 2.0, but far worse than Sweden, which has just 0.52 deaths per 100 million miles driven.

The other metric is how many people are killed per capita, which tends to lead to solutions that reduce exposure to driving and encourage walking, bicycling, and transit. It’s here that the U.S. really fails: America’s fatality rate of 10.6 deaths per 100,000 people is far behind other developed nations and disastrously worse than world leaders like Sweden and the United Kingdom, where fewer than three of every 100,000 people die on the road.
...

http://usa.streetsblog.org/2017/05/03/aaas-latest-road-safety-report-ignores-the-obvious-we-should-be-driving-less/

View Printable Version

BLAMING TRAFFIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS FOR "DRUNK WALKING"

Biking Elsewhere-> StreetsBlog reports the alarming increase in pedestrian deaths should be a wake up call for transportation officials — the status quo approach to traffic safety is failing the most vulnerable people on our streets. Instead we’re getting warmed over versions of the same old victim-blaming messages. This week, the Governors Highway Safety Association issued a press release (http://bit.ly/2oMMykW) telling state DOTs that instead of telling people not to drink and drive, they should tell everyone, including pedestrians and cyclists, not to drink and go anywhere. Being drunk, just like being a sober pedestrian or cyclist, is only a hazard when you’re on streets with motor vehicle traffic traveling at lethal speeds. Victim-blaming messages like this won’t make people safer. http://bit.ly/2oMP378

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

Report: It Pretty Incredible That Americans Entrusted With Driving Cars - The Onion

Biking ElsewhereWASHINGTON—Citing that a majority of Americans are irresponsible, easily distracted people who have little regard for other human beings, a new Department of Transportation report revealed Wednesday that it’s “actually kind of crazy” that U.S. citizens are allowed to drive automobiles.
...

http://www.theonion.com/article/report-it-pretty-incredible-that-americans-entrust-31828
View Printable Version

Why Michigan Motorists Continue to Kill Bicyclists With No Accountability

Biking ElsewhereBy Bryan Waldman, Bike Law

...
"Damn near impossible” shouldn’t be the standard we require to convict a driver who chooses to drive in such a reckless manner when they kill a mother, father, sister, brother, or friend who is doing nothing more than lawfully riding a bike.
...

[B' Spokes: Overall a good presentation of the issues around prosecuting dangerous drivers that kill.]

https://www.bikelaw.com/2017/05/02/why-michigan-motorists-continue-to-kill-bicyclists-with-no-accountability/
View Printable Version

The case for bicycles' inevitable triumph over cars

Biking Elsewhere[B' Spokes: Between not enough parking to too much traffic and let's not even get into the cost of infrastructure, cars are a passing fad. Especially since electric bikes and bike share are making bike more popular and more assessable.] Inspiration

http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/05/technology/bikes-disrupt-cars/index.html
View Printable Version

A Carmaker Talks About What Comes After Driving

Biking ElsewhereBy LAURA BLISS, City Lab

...
“The existing infrastructure for motor vehicles simply cannot sustain the sheer number of vehicles expected to be on the road in the coming years,” he told the audience. “Our roadmap has to include not only smarter cars, but smarter roads and smarter cities.”
...

https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2017/04/a-carmaker-talks-about-what-comes-after-driving/524127/
First | Previous | 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 | Next | Last

My Account





Sign up as a New User
Lost your password?

Google


Site Map

Events

There are no upcoming events

Older Stories

Sunday 11-Jun


Tuesday 06-Jun


Saturday 03-Jun


Friday 02-Jun


Friday 26-May


Thursday 25-May

Forumposts

Order: New Views Posts
Latest 5 Forum Posts
 
Re: Butcher's Hill t..
 By:  B' Spokes
 On:  Sunday, June 14 2015 @ 02:59 PM UTC
 Views 0 Replies 0
Butcher's Hill to St..
 By:  jparnell
 On:  Wednesday, June 10 2015 @ 06:29 PM UTC
 Views 5366 Replies 1
Re: Trader Joes Park..
 By:  abeha
 On:  Friday, March 27 2015 @ 06:46 AM UTC
 Views 0 Replies 0
Re: Netherlands Bike..
 By:  HBK
 On:  Monday, February 09 2015 @ 04:55 AM UTC
 Views 0 Replies 0
Re: Seeking route op..
 By:  William888
 On:  Tuesday, February 03 2015 @ 06:53 AM UTC
 Views 0 Replies 0

Mailing Lists

General Talk
Subscribe Archives Announcements
Subscribe Archives

Poll

Maryland should adopt the Idaho stop law.

  •  Strongly agree
  •  Mostly agree
  •  Undecided
  •  Mostly disagree
  •  Strongly disagree
This poll has 0 more questions.
Results
Other polls | 1,213 votes | 0 comments

The state should support what kind of bicycle facilities?

  •  Off-road bike trails
  •  On-road bike accommodations only on State roads
  •  On-road bike accommodations only on County roads
  •  All of the above
This poll has 0 more questions.
Results
Other polls | 1,216 votes | 3 comments

Who's Online

Guest Users: 178

What's New

No New Items