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Oh no, we passed a law that favors transportation projects in urban areas over rural

Mass Transit[B' Spokes: More and more it seems politics gets split between urban vs rural. Rural needs more miles of road per person and urban would like more transit per person. I can see where people on one side resent people on the other side of this issue especially since there is not enough money to build our way out of congestion. So how to split a limited resource fairly? Should we allocate more money that benefits less people? That is what they are asking for. Don't get me wrong, we should have road projects in rural Maryland but IMHO it comes down to how frequently. What I have seen in the past that I think our current legislation address is that every county wanted a new road project, every year, every budget. Maryland is very rural so you can see how that approach would make less money available for projects like the Red Line. So sure lets give rural Maryland at least one project a year that it wants the most. But which rural county is going to benefit the most and who is going to have to do without? Would some sort of taking turns work? What I fear is going back to a system where every county has to get some major project every year so transit always has to suffer. Anyway read the Washington Post's take on this: ]
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Montgomery County Police tell cyclists to be more careful, not going to talk about speed or design

Biking in Maryland[B' Spokes: Over 5 years ago Montgomery Police led the state in crosswalk enforcement. (See: ) Something happened and apparently not only are the police not doing that any more, the police have shifted full tilt into victim blaming. The WashCycle does a excellent job of responding to the police's outrageous statements.]
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Annapolis partners with state on pedestrian, motorist safety campaign

Biking in the Metro AreaBy Chase Cook, Capital Gazette

Between 2013 and 2015 there were 114 crashes involving pedestrians and motorists in Annapolis. These included people on foot, bicycles and mopeds. Of the 114 accidents, 28 happened in a crosswalk and in 40 of the accidents the pedestrian was at fault.

"Look Up, Look Out will play a vital role in helping save lives," Pantelides said Thursday at a news conference.

The Annapolis Police Department will focus on issuing citations and warnings in pedestrian and motorist interactions. These include citations like failing to use a crosswalk for pedestrians and failing to yield for a pedestrian in a crosswalk for motorists.

[B'Spokes: There is a lot I want to say here. Let's say at fault information is correct, that's peds fault 20% of the time, assuming that the police got the law right. IMHO which is doubtful if police are only driving (windshield perspective). I would guess that the percentage of peds at fault would actually be lower if the following was well understood and enforced, Surprising aspects of law:
Which is to say most of the time there is no legal requirement to use marked crosswalks.]
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Biking Elsewhere-> The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) released the "Guide to Safer Streets Near Schools: Understanding Your Policy Options in the City of Toronto" ( They created the Guide to help school communities and residents improve traffic safety in their neighborhoods. It explains the processes for requesting Toronto street improvements in a simple and easy to understand format, and provides direction and tools to assist readers in advocating for neighborhoods with slower vehicle speeds and safer street crossings.

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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Biking Elsewhere-> The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation also released "Cycling Behaviour and Potential in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area" (GTHA) ( This new report finds very high potential across the region for shifting over 4 million trips from motor vehicle to bicycle. "If only one in five (20%) of the trips that we identified as cyclable trips were actually cycled, that would take 716,000 cars off GTHA streets every day. It would also contribute to a significant reduction in congestion and green house gas emissions, and make a major improvement in physical activity levels among GTHA residents," said Raktim Mitra, the report’s Principal Investigator.

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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Biking Elsewhere-> Curbed shared 101 urban interventions and ideas that show how even the tiniest changes can make our cities better places. They collected small ideas with huge potential to make outsized transformations. Quite a few involve walking or biking:

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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Biking Elsewhere-> A recent report published in the Journal of Injury Prevention concluded that "investments in bike lanes are more cost-effective than the majority of preventive approaches used today" and simultaneously address multiple public health problems. (The Cost-effectiveness of Bike Lanes in New York City: Researchers who looked at cycle infrastructure in New York found that every $1,300 spent on it could equate to an additional quality-adjusted life year, or QALY, for every one of the city’s residents. By contrast, the authors showed that a health treatment like dialysis costs $129,000 for one QALY, while vaccines have a return of one QALY per $100 spent.

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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Biking Elsewhere-> The new bike-share stations in Brooklyn, NY are getting a lot more use than the average free on-street parking space, according to a report of recent Citi Bike data addressed to the Brooklyn Community Board 6. The Board is holding a hearing in response to complaints about bike-share stations replacing curbside car parking. Compared to free on-street car parking, just about every bike-share station is well used.

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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Pedestrian-shaming campaigns have got to stop

Biking ElsewhereBy Alissa Walker, Curbed

A campaign that launched today is the newest misguided attempt to prevent traffic deaths by shaming pedestrians—not by addressing the root causes of our country’s frightening epidemic: too many drivers using increasingly inadequate infrastructure.
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Carroll County Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan 2nd Survey

Biking in the Metro AreaThe Carroll County Bureau of Comprehensive Planning is working on a comprehensive, county-wide bicycle-pedestrian master plan. The Plan will focus on the transportation aspects of bicycle-pedestrian movements, as well as recreational and tourism opportunities.

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Comments are welcome; we find them extremely helpful.

Participating in our 2nd SURVEY will allow us to gauge how the community is responding to progress with the plan and will allow us to make necessary changes!


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