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Petition: Enact a Law to Protect Bicyclists from Driver Harassment

Biking in BaltimoreUpdate: This is going out to a more appropriate group of people, please sign even if you signed the other one:
<a href="http://www.change.org/petitions/enact-a-law-to-protect-bicyclists-from-driver-harassment">http://www.change.org/petitions/enact-a-law-to-protect-bicyclists-from-driver-harassment</a>;

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I am a woman who commutes by bicycle (and train) daily from my home in Baltimore City to my office in Washington, D.C. I am urging you to enact a lifesaving law to protect bicyclists from driver harassment. Each morning I am forced to risk my life in order to choose a healthy, environmentally friendly and fiscally responsible mode of travel in Baltimore City. This is unfortunate as I do not face this same level of danger while traveling in Washington, D.C. Several times a week, despite using marked bicycle travel lanes and obeying all traffic laws drivers honk, scream, enter my lane of travel, pass too closely and brake suddenly in front of me for the sole purpose of communicating to me that I do not belong on the road. I have had drivers nudge me with their bumpers while screaming at me to &quot;Get on the sidewalk&quot; or &quot;The speed limit is 35 mph, if you can't do 35 get off the road&quot;. This is terrifying, unfortunate and a real barrier to increasing this healthy and sustainable method of travel among all residents, but especially among women. Despite having clear descriptions of drivers, their vehicles and their license plate numbers, Baltimore City Police refuse to take reports of these aggressive drivers who are clearly displaying road rage. I'm told that unless a driver actually hits me and causes me injury that requires transport to the hospital or damage to my bicycle that I am unable to file a report of this behavior. In response to similar experiences around the nation, many local government groups have drafted new laws to protect cyclists from this life threatening behavior. Please send a message that all users have rights to our roads and should be protected from dangerous and aggressive drivers and help to pass a law to protect me and support cycling in Maryland.
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Baltimore Police Survey

Biking in Baltimore The Baltimore Police Department is in the process of developing a strategic plan. To be effective, this plan must be based on the needs and concerns of the Baltimore Community.

Please take a few minutes to share your perspectives including your perceptions of safety, the importance and your satisfaction with current police services, and your perceptions of the Police Department.

The information will be used to guide and focus the strategic plan on what is most important to the Community. The survey is anonymous, and your individual response will not be shared with the Police Department.

Thank you for your help.

Anthony W. Batts
Commissioner of Police

<a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BPDCommunitySurvey">https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BPDCommunitySurvey</a>;

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[B' Spokes: If you think crosswalk stings or plain cloths officers on bikes enforcing safe travel for all modes would help, please mention that, thanks.]
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A new bicycle canopy at Penn Station Garage

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This new bicycle canopy at Penn Station Garage (thanks Baltimore DOT and MTA) provides cover from the rain and holds 10 more bikes in the same amount of space!

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Bikemore in Baltimore City

Biking in BaltimoreB' Spokes: Nice interview of Chris Merriam and info about Bikemore.

<a href="http://wellpowerblog.com/?p=775">http://wellpowerblog.com/?p=775</a>;
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CONNECTED VEHICLE-INFRASTRUCTURE APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT FOR ADDRESSING SAFETY AND CONGESTION ISSUES RELATED TO PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Biking in Baltimore[B' Spokes: A study being done in Baltimore.]


CONNECTED VEHICLE-INFRASTRUCTURE APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT FOR ADDRESSING SAFETY AND CONGESTION ISSUES RELATED TO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, PEDESTRIANS, AND BICYCLISTS

Abstract

The concepts of Connected Vehicles (CV), Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V), and Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2X) communications, are about to bring out a new generation of highway infrastructure, traffic controls, and the vehicle/driver functions. These concepts will revolutionize the traditional role of the drivers, which has been to perceive the surroundings, evaluate the situation, make decision, and execute it. This is a passive role given the operating environment. Further, individual drivers perform these processes independent of one another. The lack of coordination among the drivers has resulted in 1.6 million rear-end collisions and 634,000 side crashes annually (Consumer Reports, April 2012). How the Connected Vehicles will specifically change the traditional concept of driving is yet to be seen, although many components of the Connected Vehicles are already being tested and marketed today, for example, advanced warning of a vehicle braking ahead, forward collision warning, and blind spot/lane change warning.

How these technologies will be integrated into the System of Connected Vehicles is not precisely known at this time. Hence, it is timely to explore ideas about all aspects of the Connected Vehicles and identifying their implications. It appears that at this time application of the Connected Vehicle concept is concentrated to the operations of cars and trucks. The proposed research examines how the Connected Vehicles concept can include the operations of public transportation vehicles (including school buses), transit passengers, pedestrians (and school children), and bicyclists. It develops a smart-phone based application for addressing some of the safety and congestion issues related to public transportation, pedestrians, and bicyclists. The following are potential topics of the Connected Vehicle concept when it is applied to the operations of public transportation, transit passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists.

Bus operations

  • Transit priority signal implementation considering the number of passengers on board
  • Transit priority (lane changing priority, pull-in or pull-out at bus stops, queue jumping)
  • Recovery of delay (transit vehicle priority when passing vehicles)
  • Avoidance of bus bunching (delay propagation adjustment)
  • Bus driver’s control of pedestrian phase signal (when pedestrians are crossing before boarding the bus or after alighting the bus)
  • Bus flag down (particularly in the evening)
  • Demand actuated bus operation (bus route deviation according to passenger origin and destination)
  • Park and ride parking space, including empty space search and identification
  • Bus dilemma zone at intersections



Transit passengers related information

  • Information to the waiting passengers about bus arrival times, bus destination and loading conditions
  • Information to the passengers about predicted arrival time at transfer locations
  • Information to the bus drivers about the number of passengers waiting at stops and their waiting time
  • Bus transfer coordination (delay bus to allow transfer at transfer points)



Pedestrians and school children

  • Detection of pedestrians at intersections, particularly turning vehicles
  • Detection of pedestrians crossing street, particularly at night and under rain
  • Personal navigation (Pedestrian GPS)
  • School children traffic safety, e.g. school bus driver informing the drivers about children boarding and alighting at bus stop.



Bicyclists

  • Detection of bicyclists at intersections and collision avoidance


Most of the applications related to pedestrians and bicyclists may be implemented based on the use of cell phones. Cell phone information connected to a GPS can provide useful information that protects them from collision with the vehicles or bicycles; also, it allows communications with transit vehicles as well as among the pedestrians.

In the above context, a smart-phone based application can be developed that can be used by transit passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists to address safety and delay related issues outlined above. The application will have the ability to collect real-time data from the vehicle-infrastructure integration and alert the user regarding the safety and delay related issues outlined above. Please note that the PI Dr. M. Jha has a related pending NSF proposal co-developed with two Computer Science Professors at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT); he foresees a good synergy between the NSF work (if funded) and the proposed work in developing a smart-phone based app. for addressing public transportation, pedestrians, and bicyclists issues. The NSF proposal currently in review is titled "NeTS: Small: Collaborative Research: Real-time Driver Re-routing using Smart Phone-based Vehicular Networks."

The proposed research will explore how to apply these ideas within the concept of Connected Vehicles and test some of the issues outlined above related to bus operations, transit passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists over a 24 month period. The connected-vehicle test bed of Northern Virginia will be used to carry out the research. Specifically our efforts will be focused in addressing following aspects of research:

  • Exploration and descriptions of specific application and operations related to public transportation vehicles, transit passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists
  • Prediction of benefits (benefits to users, transit operator, and community)
  • For applications with significant benefit potentials, development of technical details (communications equipment, communications protocol, user interface, computation needs, and costs)
  • Decision algorithms (e.g., rule based algorithm, optimization algorithms)
  • Implementation challenges (practical problems)
  • Real-time data integration for smart phone application development
  • Development of a smart phone-based application for addressing some of the safety/congestion issues related to public transportation, pedestrians, and bicyclists



More information: http://www.cvi-utc.org/?q=node/70
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Dangerous crosswalk --- need more notice ▶ Open

Biking in BaltimoreBy Tim Arnold, See Click Fix

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There is a dangerous crosswalk for pedestrians to walk on W Cold Spring Ln from I-83, on the south sidewalk of W Cold Spring Ln. Pedestrians must cross a highway exit ramp with poor visibility / a sharp curve. Cars come through this curve at highway speeds, giving them no time to stop if a pedestrian is in a crosswalk. Some sort of traffic calming mechanism needs to be installed: flashing lights activated by pedestrians, more signage, physical traffic calming, etc. Many pedestrians use this crosswalk to get to the Cold Spring light rail stop, and it's extremely dangerous.

<a href="http://seeclickfix.com/issues/605723">http://seeclickfix.com/issues/605723</a>;
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[B' Spokes: Will the city ever do something about this? As it seems to be the &quot;acceptable&quot; way to accommodate pedestrians at high speed ramps.]
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Smart transportation projects could improve the quality of life in Baltimore City

Biking in BaltimoreBy Elizabeth Jones, Baltimore, in the Baltimore Sun

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However, I am struck by the disparity between the safety, supportive infrastructure and relative ease of getting around D.C. by foot, bicycle, bus, train or metro compared to the limited and disconnected choices I have in Baltimore City.
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<a href="http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/readersrespond/bs-ed-walkable-neighborhoods-20130618,0,5978616.story">http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/readersrespond/bs-ed-walkable-neighborhoods-20130618,0,5978616.story</a>;
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[B' Spokes: I'll second that!!! We need more attention to alternate transportation.]
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Baltimore's cheapest beers

Biking in BaltimoreB' Spokes: A community interest link... Ha

<a href="http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/bthesite/bs-b-0619-cover-cheapest-beers-20130618,0,3328396.story">http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/bthesite/bs-b-0619-cover-cheapest-beers-20130618,0,3328396.story</a>;
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100 reasons why Baltimore is better than D.C. [Pictures]

Biking in BaltimoreB' Spokes: Not much about bikes but still a laugh or two might be had.

&quot;72. Salmon is something we eat, not a pants color flooding our streets.&quot;
&quot;22. Jenna Bush moved here. So we stole her bike.&quot;
&quot;11. Also, our subway is almost never crowded.&quot;
&quot;6. We use common courtesy. Like striking up conversations with people. Or, you know, smiling.&quot;
&quot;3. The British came to D.C. and burned it down during the War of 1812. The British came here and we stopped them from taking over the country. You're welcome, America.&quot;
&quot;1. This list was not hard to make.&quot;

<a href="http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/bthesite/bal-100-reasons-why-baltimore-is-better-than-dc-pictures-20130809,0,7498621.photogallery">http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/bthesite/bal-100-reasons-why-baltimore-is-better-than-dc-pictures-20130809,0,7498621.photogallery</a>;
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Almost Being Able To Bicycle to School

Biking in Baltimore[B' Spokes: A good article about the Jones Falls Trail and while nice fails to connect to some critical destinations like Polytechnic Institute and Cold Spring Station (just 70 yards away. ) ]

<a href="http://comebackcity.us/2013/08/05/almost-being-able-to-bicycle-to-school/">http://comebackcity.us/2013/08/05/almost-being-able-to-bicycle-to-school/</a>;

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