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Cyclist Gino Bartali Honored by Holocaust Museum

Biking in BaltimoreBy Andrew Dampf, AP

Gino Bartali rarely spoke about this for all these years.

During World War II, the champion cyclist — winner of the 1938 and 1948 Tour de France — helped rescue Jews in his native Italy by hiding forged documents and papers in the tubes and seat of his bike.

Bartali died in 2000. Now, son Andrea Bartali is leading an effort to gain recognition for what his father did.

"It's very moving for me to be here now to talk about my father, a man who covered (nearly 500,000 miles) with his bicycle, many of which during the war, to help people in need and, above all, Jews," Andrea Bartali told The Associated Press.

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Open for Public Comment Through October 18

Biking in Baltimore2014 – 2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

[B' Spokes: My highlights and comments on Baltimore city projects... you should make your comments as well per the following. The more people that demonstrate that they are watching bicycling issues the better.]

Comments may also be submitted to:

Baltimore Regional Transportation Board
Offices @ McHenry Row
1500 Whetstone Way, Suite 300
Baltimore, MD 21230

Fax: 410-732-8248


Twitter: @bmoreinvolved, @PlanIt2035, #BRTBlistens

All comments must be received no later than 3 days after the close of the comment period.

Source of the following projects:
Citywide Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements
The Citywide Bike/Ped Group incl udes but is not limited to: - Baltimore City Bicycle Routes - A city-wide bicycle network which will encourage alternative modes of transportation, reduce emissions and automobile trips. - Jones Falls Trail - A recreational and commuting trail which will extend from Mount Washington to the Inner Harbor. (All phases 474 -788, 474-740) - Western Run Trail - A pedestrian and bicycle trail connecting to the Jones Falls Trail. This enhancement pr oject will create a neighborhood spur allowin g many residences to access the Jones Falls Trail, the Mount Washington Light Rail Station and commercial district. - Herring Run Greenway - A trail adjacent to a stream valley through northeast Baltimore.
[B' Spokes: That sounds good.]
Boston Street Realignment and Reconstruction
The project will provide a north-south connection between Boston Street and O’Donnell Street. The new roadway will also provide a partial continuation of the existing city grid system by widening Boston Street between Conkling and Eaton Streets. Then turning north, the roadway would extend parallel to South Haven St reet, ultimately rising to intersect O’Donnell Street above Haven Street and the adjacent railroad tracks. The project will include constructing a portion of Eaton Street from Toone Street south to the new roadway.
[B' Spokes: I hope there is some bicycle considerations with this project.]
Edmondson Avenue Bridge over Gwynn Falls and CSX Railroad
Design and construct a complete replacement of the Edmondson Avenue Bridge over the Gwynn Falls/CSX Railroad. The new bridge will be 23 feet wider to accommodate a dual -track light rail line as currently proposed for the MTA Red Line. The new bridge will also incorporate sidewalks and lighting.
[B' Spokes: But no bike lane or shoulder???]
Citywide Bridge Preservation and Rehabilitation
Justification: ... * Could serve to improve conditions for bicycling and/or walking per approved local, regional and/or statewide bicycle and pedestrian planning documents.
[B' Spokes: Why don't the other projects have this note? And why use the word "Could"? "Must have" or at least "Should have" would be much better.

What really bothers me is, this is where the money is allocated for our accommodations but we get such wishy washy wording and when the project moves forward in planning they'll say "We don't have enough money to accommodate bikes here." What they really mean (in too many cases) is the original estimate done here at this phase was not large enough. But there has not been a year yet were MDOT has tens of millions if not hundreds of millions of dollars left over by year end... more than enough to cover the occasional "Whoops we forgot about bikes on this project." (Though they never would put it in those words.) My crazy idea would be to add a $10 million fund to cover miss-estimates in accommodating cyclists in these projects.]

Citywide System Preservation Resurfacing
City wide resurfacing projects.
[B' Spokes: The most economical way to accommodate cyclists is with road resurfacing projects, yet no note about doing so. :( Time permitting I'll do a little photo essay about our roads and how the city is failing to do proper maintenance thus wasting taxpayers dollars on resurfacing projects.]
York Road Reconstruction: 43rd Street to 29th Street
Reconstruction of York Road between 43rd and 29th street, including milling/repaving, lighting, landscaping, new sidewalks and traffic calming.
[B' Spokes: I do hope that's bike friendly traffic calming but then again does Baltimore even know how to do that? Too many speed humps here you have to do 5 mph over instead of the 15 mph as intended. And the worst is when cyclists have to go slower than the cars over the humps/bumps and that's not right.]
Key Highway and Light Street Roundabout
The intersection of Key Highway and Light Street has a high crash rate and is confusing for pedestrians and vehicular traffic. This intersection is also an important gateway into the Inner Harbor tourist area and South Baltimore neighborhoods. Reconstruction into a roundabout will improve pedestrian and traffic safety while making the intersection a greener, more attractive community gateway
[B' Spokes: Maybe I am off base here but it sounds to me like they are ascribing one lane roundabout attributes to two lane roundabouts, which do not have much of a reputation for being a "pedestrian improvement" unless “ Traffic signals shall be placed at crosswalks on all multi-lane approaches to roundabouts. ”]
Harford Road Bridge Over Herring Run
Bridge has deteriorated beyond repair. A total reconstruction of the bridge is needed.
[B' Spokes: It really makes me nervous when they forget to mention something about including bike lanes or shoulders.]
Wilkens Avenue Bridge Over Gwynns Falls
Replacement of bridge, which has deteriorated beyond repair.
[B' Spokes: The same as above, no mention of bike lanes or shoulders.]
Belair Road Complete Streets
Planning, design and construction for street, sidewalk, bike improvements and greening at key intersections on Belair Road, including Erdman Ave., Frankford Ave., and Fleetwood. Project is a major implementation item from the Urban Land Institute Belair Road report and BCDOT traffic study.
[B' Spokes: See this is what I am talking about. I really have to ask why this kind of wording is not in other projects given state law:
TR § 2-602.(3) As to any new transportation project or improvement to an existing transportation facility, the Department shall work to ensure that transportation options for pedestrians and bicycle riders will be enhanced and that pedestrian and bicycle access to transportation facilities will not be negatively impacted by the project or improvement;]
Waterview Avenue and Hollins Ferry Road Reconstruction Resurface and reconstruct portions of Waterview Avenue, Annapolis Road and Hollins Ferry Road, as well as geometric improvements as necessary to improve truck access to small industrial districts in the area.
[B' Spokes: This is one of the few bike routes out of the city, I do hope they include bicycle improvements.]
[B' Spokes: This is only some of the projects in Baltimore City, there maybe a project in your area that I did not cover that you may be concerned about please look into it. Additional I will not have time to look into the other counties so please take a look here find your county and comment.]
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New secure parking in Baltimore!

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New access controlled bicycle parking is complete at Lexington Street Garage. Applications available at our website:

Via Parking Authority of Baltimore City
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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:
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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

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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.

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



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.


  • 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

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Dangerous crosswalk --- need more notice ▶ Open

Biking in BaltimoreBy Tim Arnold, See Click Fix


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.

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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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