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Maryland Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Initiative

Biking in Baltimore * Street Smart is an annual public education, awareness and behavioral change campaign in the Washington, DC, suburban Maryland and northern Virginia area. Since its beginning in 2002, the campaign has used radio, newspaper, and transit advertising, public awareness efforts, and added law enforcement, to respond to the challenges of pedestrian and bicyclist safety.
* The Street Smart program emphasizes education of motorists and pedestrians through mass media. It is meant to complement, not replace, the efforts of state and local governments and agencies to build safer streets and sidewalks, enforce laws, and train better drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.
* The StreetSmart campaign is expanding to the Baltimore Metropolitan area in 2009.
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Per SHA this is bicycle safety???

Biking in MarylandUPDATE:

Per Maryland Highway Safety Office: all of the SHA safety pages are being updated. This one will look like the page.

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Maryland Strategic Highway Safety Plan

Biking in BaltimoreEmphasis Area #3d – Make Walking and Crossing Streets Safer

Typically, between 95 and 110 pedestrians are fatally injured on Maryland’s streets and highways each year. Pedestrian fatalities comprise about 20 percent of all traffic deaths. About 12 percent of fatally injured pedestrians are 15 years or younger and another 19 percent are 65 years or older. Nearly 3,000 pedestrians are injured annually, more than one-third of which occur in Baltimore City and more than another one-third of which occur in Baltimore, Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties. Pedestrians 15 years of age and younger are particularly vulnerable to being injured – over 30 percent of injured pedestrians are in this age group.
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Paving an Environmentally Friendly Path

Health & Environment[From Delegate Al Carr's Facebook news feed:]
In a few weeks, workers will start ripping up Edmonston's main road and replacing it with an environmentally friendly street of rain gardens, porous brick and a drought-resistant tree canopy designed to shade the concrete, filter rainwater before it flows into the river and put people to work.

When the work is done, Decatur Street will naturally treat more than 90 percent of the pollution from the 40 inches of rainwater that sweeps into the Anacostia each year. &quot;We're a town that's been beaten up by floods,&quot; said Adam C. Ortiz, Edmonston's mayor and the firepower behind the project. &quot;We have to make things happen for us instead of making things happen to us.&quot;
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Update - Silldorff bike accident on Bike Virginia

Bike Maryland updatesHello Friends,

I just wanted to check in with all of you and again thank you for all of your prayers, beautiful recovery wishes, support and more!
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Of Bikes, Bars and Beers

Biking ElsewhereBy Sean Patrick Farrell - New York Times

July is a month of cycling bliss. The weather is perfect for long rides and, for much of the month, the world’s best riders battle for the yellow jersey in the Tour de France.

July is also a big month for beer; good beer, to be exact. This month, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg officially proclaimed July to be Good Beer Month in New York City. Approved good beer bars will get a Good Beer Seal.

As a part of the month of good beer cheer, bar owners are encouraging patrons to Bike to the Bars, where they can enjoy artisanal beers, in moderation, of course.

“We’re not saying go to 10 bars and get drunk,” said Jimmy Carbone, owner of the bar Jimmy’s 43, in the East Village, and one of the masterminds behind the Good Beer Seal and the Bike to the Bars ideas.

Jimmy’s 43, and many of the other Brooklyn- and Manhattan-based Good Beer Sealed bars — seriously, no good beer in Queens, the Bronx or Staten Island? — serve local craft beers and harder-to-find European specialty brews, which are meant to be savored.

“Europeans get it,” Mr. Carbone said. “After a good bike ride or a run, people have a beer somewhere.”
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Artscape pictures and comments:

Biking in BaltimoreRiding this weekend was great. I live near Prettyboy Reservoir so a friend and I drove to Towson and rode to artscape from there saturday morning. In all my years in baltimore county Ive never ridden downtown and have only owned mountain bikes til now - what a freakin blast!

Thinking it was probably the easiest route we took York/Greenmount down to 31st to Howard which would have been fine if it was smooth pavement. Still couldnt have taken longer than 30 minutes. I'm always amazed how easy it is to get around on a bike. Cars are just so oversized sometimes, especially when theres a few big ol streets in the city which are shut down for weeekend.

Having the bike parking area was a great surprise. We were going to the UB student center and rolled up right in front of a well supervised bunch of barricades dedicated to bikes and some helpful information about riding in and around baltimore.
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Washington Update: July 21, 2009

Bike Laws

July 21, 2009

Senate EPW Committee Examines Transportation's Role in Climate Change

Last week, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held several climate hearings as they worked to develop a companion to the American Clean Energy and Security Act (HR 2454), which was passed last month by the House. In a hearing on Tuesday to examine transportation's role in climate change, members signaled their interest in boosting funding for public transit and other transportation alternatives. The House bill includes several transportation-related emissions goals, but would only allow up to 1 percent of allocations to be used by states to fund public transit and non-motorized transportation projects. Members of the EPW Committee, including Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) and Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA), have supported requiring as much as 10 percent of cap-and-trade revenues to be used for such projects.

The Senate EPW Committee is not expected to markup climate legislation until after the August recess, and they have delayed the release of draft language until early September. Six other committees will also have jurisdiction over this bill as well.

TAKE ACTION: The remaining summer weeks are a crucial time to build support for dedicating 10% of climate revenues to smart growth and green transportation by getting more co-sponsors on CLEAN-TEA. Call your Senator today and ask them to co-sponsor CLEAN-TEA (S. 575). Find talking points, support letter templates and more on the SGA Action page.

Current CLEAN-TEA co-sponsors: Senators Carper (DE), Specter (PA), Lautenberg (NJ), Cardin (MD), Merkley (OR).

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City ride

Looking for local rides(ers)Tomorrow evening (wen 7/22) at 5:30 PM in front of City, Gwynns Falls Trail North. Turn around and come back at Morris Rd.
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U.S. Withheld Data on Risks of Distracted Driving

Biking ElsewhereIn 2003, researchers at a federal agency proposed a long-term study of 10,000 drivers to assess the safety risk posed by cellphone use behind the wheel.

They sought the study based on evidence that such multitasking was a serious and growing threat on America’s roadways.

But such an ambitious study never happened. And the researchers’ agency, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, decided not to make public hundreds of pages of research and warnings about the use of phones by drivers — in part, officials say, because of concerns about angering Congress.

On Tuesday, the full body of research is being made public for the first time by two consumer advocacy groups, which filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for the documents. The Center for Auto Safety and Public Citizen provided a copy to The New York Times, which is publishing the documents on its Web site.

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