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View Printable Version Halt Obesity Epidemic by Building Complete Streets Now

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In a comprehensive report just released by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a national team of researchers and policy experts is recommending that communities adopt "Complete Streets" policies in their fight against obesity. The authors cite over 100 recent scientific studies to justify their proposed interventions and suggested measurements.

The critical need to create streets that are safe and accessible for physical activity for residents of all ages and abilities has become one of the driving forces behind the Complete Streets movement, which has recently taken hold in New Haven and Statewide. Transportation reform in general is also seen by national experts, like the Convergence Partnership and the Living Cities Collaborative, as a cornerstone of more sustainable and equitable neighborhoods.

Despite strong policy recommendations from the Federal Government and many other groups across the country, complete streets can not be created overnight, because they involve much more than just crosswalks, adequate sidewalks, bike lanes or sharrows painted on the roads. More complex treatments such as traffic circles, pedestrian refuge medians, bollards and curb extensions (such as the ones in Manhattan shown below), which can enhance safety and actually make traffic flow more smoothly, are also needed to encourage walkability.

But most importantly, lower speed limits within compact urban centers like Downtown New Haven -- backed up by well-designed roads that encourage drivers to actually obey those lower speed limits -- are the key intervention needed to create streets suitable for all users. When vehicles travel at speeds above 20 miles per hour, the comfort level of pedestrians and cyclists drops dramatically, and injury risks increase exponentially. This tension was recently seen in New Haven on Whitney Avenue, where despite the requests of hundreds of local residents, the city was unable to even consider shifting road paint applications by a few inches, even though speeds on the neighborhood road regularly exceed 35 miles per hour.

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Tour du Greater Homewood on August 2!

Biking in BaltimoreBefore heading out to the Third Annual Waverly Village National Night Out Kick-Off Parade, please join us for the Tour du Greater Homewood! This relaxed bicycle ride will go through some of GHCC's neighborhoods, including Hampden, Remington, Station North, Waverly, and Ednor Gardens. The ride will end at 35th and Greenmount, just in time for the start of the parade and the Baltimore Bike Pageant.

To ride, meet us at the Roland Park water tower (Roland Avenue and West University Parkway) at 9:30 a.m.
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Tour du Port

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Registration is now open… with an early bird discount until August 15th





Tour du Port – October 4th 2009 – Baltimore

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Join thousands of riders at Baltimore's Canton Waterfront Park to kick off the 16th Annual Tour du Port! Routes range from a 12 mile ride to a new half Century, 50 mile ride! The Tour route travels through many historic neighborhoods, waterfront areas and parks. This fully supported Tour includes lunch, refreshments at rest stops, map, SAG and a post-ride celebration at the Tour's end. Tour is One Less Car’s annual fundraiser - all fees go directly to advancing the programs and advocacy efforts of One Less Car, the non-profit organization dedicated to walking, bicycling and mass transit in Maryland.

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Cycling for a Few or for Everyone: The Importance of Social Justice in Cycling Policy

Biking ElsewhereFor those of you following the debate between Vehicular Cyclists (VC) and bikeway advocates there is a good point and counter point articles in the World Transport Policy & Practice newsletter. For me much of this debate is like the bike helmet debate, so while sure I recommend wearing a helmet it should not in anyway supersede information in regards to riding safely. The amount of bike crashes reported that are riding against traffic is appalling, better to ride where drivers are looking and prevent an accident then rely on a helmet for "safe crashing."
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Tree Baltimore News

Health & Environment[Baltimore Spokes: Street trees really help make biking city streets more enjoyable in the summer time.]


Trees do more than we think and they do their job quietly. Trees can improve our urban environment, and consequently our well-being and our economy. Trees multi-task. While removing air pollutants and reducing our air temperature, they absorb and filter water, cool our homes and business, increase our property values and the livability of our neighborhoods.  A bird flying over Baltimore can look down and see that 25% of our city is covered by leaves and branches. The healthiest cities have 40% of their land covered by trees.

Through TreeBaltimore’s program, trees will be planted in parks, on school grounds and on large industrial and institutional property. But, the most available planting areas in Baltimore are located in the front and back yards of row house neighborhoods. Take a look on your street and around your neighborhood. Are there trees shading homes? Are there trees beautifying yards? Is there room for either a flowering tree or a larger shade tree on your lawn?


TreeBaltimore offers incentives to plant trees on private property.


! FREE Tree Giveaways – Each spring and fall TreeBaltimore gives away 1,000 young trees to residents.

! TreeBaltimore TreeNeighborhood – Residents receive free or reduced priced trees. Neighborhood Associations coordinate deliveries for residents. A minimum of 10 trees per neighborhood must be ordered.

! Growing Home Campaign - $10 coupons at local nurseries for trees worth $25 or more.  Download coupon on the TreeBaltimore website.

! Marylanders Plant Trees - $25 coupons at local nurseries for trees worth $50 or more. Download coupon on the TreeBaltimore website.


Go to the TreeBaltimore website to find out about the benefits of the trees near your home.


For information or to volunteer, contact:

Anne Draddy

TreeBaltimore Coordinator




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An apt response to congestion or outmoded idea that will create more of it?

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(Baltimore Sun photo by Lloyd Fox / July 23, 2009)

Battle lines form over $4.6 billion I-270 expansion proposal I-270. Business, environmental concerns set to clash over a proposed $4.6 billion widening of I-270
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Stop sharing Iowa FM roads

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Some crazy nut case is trying to ban cyclists from Iowa's Farm to Market roads so there is a counter petition up to ban motor vehicles from the Farm to Market roads.
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Stop risking your life or I'll kill you

Biking ElsewhereAsheville firefighter charged in roadside shooting
by Josh Boatwright

Police charged a city firefighter with attempted first-degree murder Sunday after witnesses said he fired a handgun at a bicyclist along Tunnel Road, barely missing his skull.

Charles Alexander Diez, 42, apparently fired at the Asheville man after arguing with him about riding his bike on the busy road with his 3-year-old child in a bike seat behind him, Asheville Police Capt. Tim Splain said.
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Bicyclist Loses Lawsuit Against Truck Driver

Bike LawsFrom Wash Cycle:

My wife subscribes to Metro Verdicts Monthly and she pointed one out Montgomery County Circuit Court decision to me the other day.

A cyclist was training for a triathlon when the driver of a truck turned left in front of him. The cyclist was unable to stop or avoid a collision and hit the back side of the truck. After he hit the truck the cyclist fell to the ground. The cyclist suffered multiple fractured ribs, a concussion and body bruising. He missed two weeks of worked. He was nonetheless able to eventually resume his training and ride in the triathlon.

The cyclist argued that he had the right of way,that the driver was 100% at fault and that he sustained serious injuries.

The driver argued that the cyclist was contributorily negligent because the cyclist hit the back of the truck. He also argued that the cyclists was able to continue with his activities, even riding in the triathlon. It doesn't appear the driver ever argued that he had the right-of-way.

The Montgomery County jury found for the defendant. One reason we need to get rid of contributory negligence.
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New York Bike Path System Expanded Dramatically

Biking ElsewhereJust to note that the original article was a hoax by someone masquerading as the New York Times. We apologize for any false hope the article may have caused. You may now resume your car centric lives.

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