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Bicyclists do help pay for the road, contribute economically

Biking ElsewhereBy Melinda Barnes, Montana Standard

Road safety is something that benefits us all and should not be a polarizing political issue. Period.
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One myth is that bicyclists don’t pay for the roads. Local and state road maintenance is primarily funded by user gas taxes, but new infrastructure is primarily funded by federal funds in which less than half of that comes from gas taxes. Property taxes are a key portion of road funds too. Furthermore, it would take 17,059 trips by bicycle to equal the damage caused by an average car. The reality is that 99% of Montana adult bicyclists own vehicles (and many own homes too) meaning 99% of all state residents riding bicycles are paying just as much in taxes as your average motorist and cost a miniscule fraction in damages. Bicycling benefits us all.
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Another myth is that bicyclists don’t contribute economically. Visiting bicyclists spend nearly $400 million each year in Montana; 40% more than the average motorized tourist. These are real dollars impacting real Montanans and local businesses every day in communities like Ovando, Libby, Butte, Big Timber, Glasgow, and Red Lodge. Bicycle tourism benefits us all.
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http://mtstandard.com/news/opinion/guest/bicyclists-do-help-pay-for-the-road-contribute-economically/article_f8ca2a68-8108-55ea-9059-019345918d5f.html
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Seattle Campaign to #GivePedsTheGreen Would Do Away With “Beg Buttons”

News you will not see in MarylandBy Angie Schmitt, Streets Blog

Appetition in Seattle is calling on the city to do away with “beg buttons” and automatically give pedestrians a walk signal at every traffic light in its “urban villages” — areas that are walkable and transit-oriented.
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http://usa.streetsblog.org/2017/03/24/seattle-campaign-to-givepedsthegreen-would-do-away-with-beg-buttons/
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RECOMMENDED TRAFFIC CALMING POP-UP RESOURCES

Biking Elsewhere-> Strong Towns Summit traffic calming demonstration leader Marielle Brown shared a list of her favorite free resources for planning and executing pop-ups. (http://bit.ly/2pQWM2D) These seven resources are:

Trailnet’s Slow Your Street- a How-To Guide for Pop Up Traffic Calming: http://bit.ly/2pQKHL6
David Engwicht’s Intrigue & Uncertainty: Toward New Traffic-Taming Tools: http://bit.ly/2pR1bmf
Street Plans Collaborative’s The Tactical Urbanist’s Guide to Materials and Design: http://bit.ly/2gYTnLy
Street Plans Collaborative’s Tactical Urbanism 2: http://bit.ly/2pR1JbU
WikiBlock downloadable patterns for building street furniture and traffic calming tools with plywood: http://bit.ly/2pR1NbE
NACTO’s design guides covering traffic calming and bicycle facilities: http://bit.ly/2pQRDYH
United States Access Board’s guidelines and standards: http://bit.ly/2pQLBXQ

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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RURAL/URBAN PED & BIKE FATALITIES

Biking Elsewhere-> NHTSA’s 2015 Rural/Urban Comparison of Traffic Fatalities fact sheet reports that while 19% of the US population lives in rural areas, 22% of fatal pedestrian crashes with motorists occurred in rural areas, and 26% of fatal bicyclist crashes with motorists occurred in rural areas. These involved 1,160 pedestrians killed and 214 bicyclists killed. http://bit.ly/2qPpRR2

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

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Cities With the Most Highway Miles: a “Who’s Who” of Decay

Biking in BaltimoreBy Angie Schmitt, Streets Blog

This is fascinating. Using data from the FHWA, the esteemed Patrick Kennedy at Network blog Walkable Dallas Fort Worth has cobbled together a list of the American cities with the highest number of estimated highway lane miles per capita.

See if you notice any similarities (this is per 1,000 people):
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10. Baltimore – .724
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http://usa.streetsblog.org/2012/04/20/cities-with-the-most-highway-miles-a-whos-who-of-decay/
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Cyclists Break the Law to Stay Safe, Study Finds

Biking ElsewhereBY JOE LINDSEY, Bicycling

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A massive new study shows that while cyclists do break traffic laws, they do so mostly in service of self-preservation.
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http://www.bicycling.com/culture/advocacy/cyclists-break-the-law-to-stay-safe-study-finds
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DISTRACTED DRIVING KILLED 522 PEDS & CYCLISTS IN 2015

Biking Elsewhere-> NHTSA’s Distracted Driving 2015 fact sheet reports there were 443 pedestrians and 79 bicyclists killed in distraction-affected crashes. Driver distraction is a specific type of driver inattention. Distraction occurs when drivers divert their attention from the driving task to focus on some other activity. Oftentimes, discussions regarding distracted driving center around cell phone use and texting, but distracted driving also includes other activities such as eating, talking to other passengers, or adjusting the radio or climate controls. http://bit.ly/2qPemcj

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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2016 BENCHMARKING REPORT OUT & INTERACTIVE DATA ONLINE

Biking Elsewhere-> Public Health Newswire reports the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), in partnership with the League of American Bicyclists, have developed an interactive website that makes critical data from the "Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2016 Benchmarking Report" (http://bit.ly/2pUMdM8) more accessible and user-friendly. The new site, www.bikingandwalkingbenchmarks.org, highlights the data collected and analyzed by the Alliance for Biking and Walking from all 50 states, the 50 most populous U.S. cities and 18 additional cities of various sizes for its benchmarking report.

Updated every two years since 2003, this report promotes data collection and availability, measures progress, evaluates results and supports efforts to increase bicycling and walking in America. Its findings trace the rise of biking and walking in the U.S. and explore the intersections between transportation, health, economics, equity, government funding, advocacy efforts and more that shape American mobility and account for active transportation gains and challenges. The first half of the report reviews relevant research to help users identify and make the case for biking and walking improvements. The second half of the report digs into the numbers at the state and city levels. The end of the report is a "tool box" of resources to help readers take the next step in applying these data to their situations. http://bit.ly/2rpDQu0

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

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3 ESSENTIALS FOR TRANSIT PEOPLE WANT TO RIDE

Mass Transit-> To make transit a useful travel option that people want to ride, there are three basic goals.

Speed: Routes should be direct. Fare payment needs to be fast and easy. Transit needs dedicated space on the street and priority at traffic lights.
Frequency and Reliability: A network of routes that arrive at least every 15 minutes. Accurate, real-time data published in app-friendly formats. Properly-managed dispatching to keep transit evenly spaced.
Walkability and Accessibility: Concentrating transit in compact, walkable places, and making it easier to walk to transit in places where pedestrian infrastructure is lacking. Adding bus shelters, painting crosswalks, and expanding pedestrian space in the short term, and lifting restrictions on new development near transit in the long term.
http://bit.ly/2rpl3iv

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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EDMONTON: DATA DISPELS RATIONALE FOR BLAMING PED VICTIMS

Biking in Baltimore-> Streetsblog USA reports an Edmonton, Alberta walking and cycling commuter used the city’s own motor vehicle collision data to make a chart showing who — or, more often, what — is on the receiving end when Edmonton motorists crash their cars. Of the more than 27,000 crashes recorded in Edmonton, Alberta last year, 91% involved another motor vehicle. Of the 478 collisions in which a driver struck a cyclist or pedestrian, just 51 involved people crossing without the right of way. And of the city’s 10 pedestrian fatalities last year, just one was crossing without the right of way. Despite these facts, the city and province have focused heavily on blaming jaywalkers for traffic fatalities. Shifting responsibility to the people most vulnerable to traffic and away from the people piloting multi-ton, high-speed vehicles, in the process absolving governments that design dangerous roads doesn’t sit well with many Edmonton residents concerned about traffic safety. http://bit.ly/2rpeA78

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

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