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BRTB BPAG Minutes 05/04/05

Baltimore Regional Transportation Board
BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY GROUP

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2005

  • UPDATES FROM STATE AND LOCAL JURISDICTIONS
  • WRAP ON WALKABLE WORKSHOP SERIES
  • DISCUSSION ON TIP REVIEW

(Note posting of minuets is two months behind do to the approval process.)

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What's the best way to accommodate bicyclists?

<img width="160" height="106" align="left" src="http://www.baltimorespokes.org/images/articles/20050802212958597_1.jpg" alt="">Transportation professionals and advocates don't always agree on the answer to this common question. Is a bike lane better than a path or a wider lane with no stripe? There is no simple answer and a lot depends on the unique circumstances of a particular roadway in a particular community. But, by reviewing more than 20 bicycle facility selection guides from the US and other countries, consultant Michael King's latest report for the PBIC suggests that there are indeed some common ranges or parameters within which different bicycle facility types seem to work best.
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You bike-a-phobs!

Ok, you are in a conversation where people are spewing a bunch of anti-bike comments, not too sure how to respond? I ran across this that I thought was a good quip:

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police are seeking witnesses

<img width="97" height="120" align="left" src="http://www.baltimorespokes.org/images/articles/20050727105241191_1.gif" alt=""> A female cyclist was attacked on the CCT Trail on May 21. She was struck several times and her bicycle stolen. One week later a male
cyclist was killed on the Mount Vernon Trail (Daingerfield Island) in a failed robbery attempt. The suspect who was charged with the
slaying has been identified by the May 21 victim as her assailant.

As convictions can be difficult to obtain the police are seeking more information and witnesses. The likelihood of a conviction may
depend on how much quality information the police can acquire.

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The Bike Move movie

Biking Elsewhere<img width="160" height="66" align="left" src="http://www.baltimorespokes.org/images/articles/20050726145821807_1.gif" alt="">Imagine you live in a place where you do not need to rely on cars and you can do everything by bike. Well that sounds nice but what if you need to move all your household belongings? Then you
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Another MD cyclist killed this weekend

Biking in MarylandA cyclist riding on the shoulder of the road gets hit in Charles County.

<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/22/AR2005072201968.html">http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/22/AR2005072201968.html</a>;

By Christian Davenport and Paul Duggan
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, July 23, 2005; Page A01
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Economic Impact of Investing in Bicycle Facilities: A Case Study

Bike Paths

THE ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY CONCLUDES THAT:

  • Bicycling activity in the northern Outer Banks provides substantial economic benefits to the area
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Bicycle Traps Coming to Utah

Biking Elsewhere<img width="125" height="120" align="left" src="http://www.baltimorespokes.org/images/articles/20050715154920942_1.gif" alt="">You've heard of speed traps but have you heard of a bicycle trap?

<a href="http://radio.ksl.com/index.php?nid=19&amp;sid=205392">http://radio.ksl.com/index.php?nid=19&amp;sid=205392</a>;
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Baltimore: Code Red air quality alert 7/12

Summertime is here, and yesterday much of Baltimore celebrated our first Code Red air quality alert with the usual routine- getting stuck in traffic.
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A Bicycling Mystery: Head Injuries Piling Up

Biking ElsewhereNew York times
BUSINESS/FINANCIAL DESK | July 29, 2001, Sunday

By JULIAN E. BARNES (NYT) 1981 words
Late Edition - Final , Section 1 , Page 1 , Column 3

ABSTRACT - New data from Consumer Product Safety Commission shows number of head injuries among bicycle riders has increased 10 percent since 1991, in period when bicycle helmet use has risen sharply and ridership has declined; given ridership decline, rate of head injuries per active cyclist has increased 51 percent just as bicycle helmets have become widespread; safety experts say helmets do not prevent accidents from happening, but are extremely effective at reducing severity of head injuries when they do occur; say helmets can reduce severity of brain injuries by as much as 88 percent; experts are mystified as to why injuries are on rise; some cycling advocates contend that rising numbers of aggressive drivers are at fault; others suggest that many riders wear helmets improperly; specialists in risk analysis say riders using helmets may feel inflated sense of security and take more risks; photos; chart (L)

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