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Roads that are designed to kill

Biking ElsewhereBy By Mark Rosenberg - Boston Globe

THREE YEARS AGO, I was driving in Atlanta early one morning when I saw a body on the road. It was a young female runner. I called 911 and then ran to her. She had a horrendous head injury but still had a heart beat. I started CPR, but her injuries were too severe. She died in my hands. I wrote a column in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about what happened to the runner, and a flood of letters came in.

Half blamed the runner, saying she should not have been running in the street at that hour. Half blamed the driver, for not paying close enough attention. Not a single writer blamed the road.

I took a photograph of the scene where I had found the runner. When I showed this picture to friends from Sweden they asked, “This is where you live? This is your neighborhood? Your streets are designed to kill people.’’ They said that the thin painted white lines at the intersection could not be seen at dawn, nor was there a raised bump to or a narrowing of the road to demarcate the intersection and slow down traffic. They said the speed limit should be 30 kilometers per hour (about 18.6 miles per hour) or less if we wanted pedestrians to have much of a chance of surviving. They also said traffic lights increased the number of deaths because people often speed up when the light turns yellow.
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Most people think we are doing all that can be done to keep our roads safe. They are wrong. Road traffic injuries kill more than a million people a year worldwide, including 40,000 a year in the United States. We will continue to have drivers who are too young or too old, too distracted, or too bold, but we can change our roads so they help protect both drivers and pedestrians. Reaching Vision Zero may take us a while but how in the world could we ever justify not starting now?
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Why can't we do better than this?

Bike Laws[From our mail box:]

Are you aware of this change in Idaho law as it pertains to cyclists and stop lights? I also understand that Idaho is one of possibly 15 states that have enacted a 3 ft. safe passing rule for motor vehicles when overtaking a bicycle on a roadway.

This begs the question, why does Idaho, of all states, have transportation laws that show a preference to cyclists in regard to use of roads and highways? Idaho does not, to my knowledge, promote smart growth or livable communities nor have they been a leader in walkable or bicycle accessible community design. For those unfamiliar with Idaho, their state does have urban areas and is not entirely rural. From a transportation perspective, Idaho is not known for progressive transportation legislation in areas other than transportation laws pertaining to cycling.

What are the reasons why Maryland is lagging behind Idaho in terms of improved use of road and highway facilities and legal protection frameworks for cyclists? Do we have too few gun racks in our pickup trucks or moose on our roads to even consider progressive legislation that can improve cycling safety and provide improved use of road and highway facilities for those who travel the roads without the aid of internal combustion engines?

Why can't we do better than this?
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HARFORD ROAD Bike Lanes (if you want'em then we need you to attend)

Biking in BaltimoreCommunity Meeting TO DISCUSS THE HARFORD ROAD BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT (BETWEEN NORTH AND CHESTERFIELD AVENUES)

DATE: Wednesday, August 26, 2009
TIME: 6:00 P.M. TO 8:00 P.M.
WHERE: MONTEBELLO ELEMENTARY JUNIOR ACADEMY
(meeting will be held in the cafeteria)
2040 E. 32ND STREET
BALTIMORE, MD 21218
THE BALTIMORE CITY DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE TO DISCUSS

THE PROJECT AND THE FOLLOWING:
* AN OVERVIEW OF THE PROJECT
* CONCEPTUAL DESIGNS
* QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND AND VOICE YOUR IDEAS FOR THIS IMPORTANT PROJECT IN YOUR COMMUNITY!
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Ryan Van Duzer's trip across America...on a 3-speed!

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Bicycle versus Bus

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Pedalmania in the District

Biking ElsewhereEveryone benefits from increased bicycling.

"EVERY TIME I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race." So said H.G. Wells, nearly a century ago.

Wells would be heartened if he could visit the District today. The presence of bicyclists in the metropolitan area has been growing steadily, especially in recent years. A travel survey by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board in 2007-08 found that 3.3 percent of District residents commuted to work on bicycles -- up 50 percent in 15 years. With bicyclists have come bike trails, bike parking and bike lanes; in the past seven years, the District has added nearly 40 miles of new bike lanes.
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Ghost Bike for John Yates 08/09/09

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Bike Baltimore E-Newsletter, August 2009

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Bike Baltimore , Vol. 1, Issue 3

 

Thank you for subscribing to the BIKE BALTIMORE e-newsletter distributed by the Baltimore City , Department of Transportation.  Here you will find the latest information regarding the city’s efforts to make Baltimore a safer and more enjoyable place to bike.

 

NEWS!

 

Bike parking at Artscape was a huge success for its first year.  An estimated 600 bikes were parked at the facility over the weekend!  Many thanks to Mark Counselman who managed the bike parking and all the volunteers that helped out!

 

The Bob Moore Memorial Moonlight Madness ride brought out 200 cyclists on Thursday, July 30th.  Aside from a couple wrecks and flats, a great time was had by all.  It was great to see that many bikes rolling up Charles St , and still sharing the road with cars.  

 

Last week, Mr. Jack Yates was cycling Maryland Avenue when he was struck and killed by a right-turning box truck.   The truck did not stop and the police are still looking for the driver as the investigation is on-going.  Anyone with information is urged to call 410-396-2100.

 

In memory of Mr. Yates, members of Baltimore ’s cycling community stepped up and installed a ghost bike at the corner of Lafayette and Maryland Avenue .  Ghost bikes are a worldwide movement aimed at paying tribute to fallen cyclists and drawing attention to greater road safety

 

The Baltimore Metropolitan Council has completed the BICYCLE COMMUTER RESOURCE GUIDE for the Baltimore Region.  The guide contains an array of information road rules, outfitting your bike, and where to ride.  The guide also contains information for employers on how to encourage employees to commute by bike.  The guide is available from DOT Planning (410-396-6856) and the Baltimore Metropolitan Council (410-732-0500).  The guide will also be available online.

 

 

BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE

 

New Bike Parking – The Department of Transportation’s Maintenance Division has installed a total of 107 bike racks this year!  The communities of Highlandtown, Belair-Edison, Waverley , Remington and Hamilton are some of the areas where the new racks are installed.  To request a bike racks, visit the online form here

 

New Bike Routes are being planned for Bolton Hill, Reservoir Hill and Lake Avenue .  These routes will connect existing and proposed bike routes will provide safer corridors for cyclists. 

  

 

BIKE EVENTS

 

The Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee meets Tuesday, August 18th at 6pm in the Recreation and Parks HQ ( 2600 Madison Avenue ).  We’ll be discussing police cooperation, the new bike routes and community meetings for the Southeast/Park Heights bike network.

 

Tour du Port, Baltimore 's Premier Bicycle Event, takes place October 4th. Join thousands of riders at the Canton Waterfront Park to kick off the 16th Annual Tour du Port. Routes range from 12 to a new 1/2 century 50 mile ride! The route travels through over twelve historic neighborhoods, waterfront areas and parks. This fully supported tour includes lunch, refreshments at rest stops, map and sag and a post-ride celebration at Tour's end. This event is One Less Car's Annual Fundraiser! All fees go directly to advancing the programs and advocacy efforts of One Less Car, a non-profit dedicated to walking, bicycling and mass transit in Maryland . Click here to register

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One Less Car sponsors the Second Fall Bicycle Forum on Wednesday October 7, 2009 at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab (JHAPL) at the intersection of Route #29 and Gorman Road in Laurel , Maryland . Over 80 Bike Advocates/Planners/Elected Officials attended this well received Forum last year. Attend this Forum to find how to make and keep Maryland Bike Friendly. This is an important opportunity to inform leaders about your concerns and ideas! Let us know what you think should be a 2010 legislative priority. We are expecting advocacy groups from many counties all over the state: Howard, Montgomery , Prince George , Anne Arundel, Baltimore , Frederick , St. Mary, Baltimore City and Washington DC to attend and show/tell what they are doing in their areas. Additionally, we will discuss bike legislation for the 2010 Annapolis Session. Mark you calendars and plan to attend.

 

These events and more can be found on the Bike Baltimore website at www.baltimorecity.gov/bike

 

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JoeyBike responds to an anti-bike rant

Biking Elsewhere1. The posted speed limit is not your God given right to go that speed. It is the maximum safe speed for that road, not a mandatory requirement. Do I hate it when I have to follow a school bus down a narrow street in a car waiting for every kid to mosey off the bus and get a safe distance from the road? Hell YES! Do I want to throw things or run people over? Of course not. Why are school bus drivers so arrogant as to be in the middle of the road letting the kiddies off? Because that tactic saves lives.

2. Make up your mind. Do you want me out of your way, or do you want me to stop for every red light? I can't do both. If I safely run the red lights, you will only see me one time as I disappear over the horizon. If I stop for every one, you will be stuck behind me light after light after light until you can safely pass with 3 feet to spare. In short, you will NEVER get past me Downtown if I stop for the lights.

3. Not only are cyclists in better shape than your Classic Rock arse, but they probably own cars, trucks, and SUVs too and generally, according to certain statistics, are well educated (i.e., smarter than the average DJ) and in a higher income bracket. No doubt most adult cyclists pay more local road taxes than a lowly Rock Jock or the caller driving a dump truck.

4. People disobey traffic laws. Nearly ever driver on the road - car, motorcycle, SUV, whatever - breaks the law. Why single out cyclists. Roll through right-on-red, roll through stop signs, stopping in crosswalks, driving drunk, texting, speeding - especially on interstate highways, illegal lane change, no signal turns and lane change.....I saw ALL of that just today. Do I want to "get all Grand Theft Auto" on every motorist out there. Well...sadly...YES I do.

5. Why do I have a right to be on public roadways and where does my arrogance (at times) come from? Because when I am on a bike, and you are in your ego-structured carbon-belching ecological bomb tin crap junk vehicle, I simply have more right to be on Earth than you do.

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