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California city loses lawsuit after death of bicyclist on road with substandard bike lanes and no lighting

Biking in BaltimoreBy Robbie Webber, SSTI

"While Fred Waring Drive, the road where the crash occurred, was expanded from two lanes to three in each direction in 2005, the city did not include a wide outside lane in the design. In addition, the road previously had bike lanes and was signed as a bike route before the redesign. It has extra wide outer lanes farther east, but narrows by five feet with no warning, forcing bicyclists into traffic where the speed limit is 50 mph."
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All forms of commuting do not pay their way

Biking in BaltimoreIf walking costs you a dollar then society pays $0.01.
If biking costs you a dollar then society pays $0.08.
If bussing costs you a dollar then society pays $1.50.
If driving costs you a dollar then society pays $9.20.

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Louisville Removes Sidewalk "For Safety"

Biking in Baltimore[B' Spokes: For safety of automobiles they add infrastructure and for pedestrian safety they neglect or remove infrastructure. Have you ever noticed all the the intersections where one side is missing a sidewalk? People in cars can't wait the 10 seconds for a pedestrian to cross but pedestrians are expected to wait 180 seconds for two light cycles to cross. - This article makes a fair point that not accommodating does not improve their safety.]
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It's blame the victim week in the War on Pedestrians

Biking in BaltimoreBy Lloyd Alter, Treehugger

"In the early days of the automobile, it was drivers' job to avoid you, not your job to avoid them. But under the new model, streets became a place for cars — and as a pedestrian, it's your fault if you get hit."
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Study: Sprawling Areas Require 3 Times as Much Pavement Per Person

Biking in Baltimore[B' Spokes: And remember everyone pays close to the same in "road tax" so that means urban dwellers are paying for rural drivers. Which should put a end to the argument that rural drivers are paying for mass transit that they don't use.]
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Biking in Baltimore-> The Institute for Transportation Engineers (ITE) has released a guide of best practices on interchange designs that accommodate pedestrians and cyclists in the United States and Canada. It identifies precise dimensions, safety features, signage, pavement markings, and design geometries as best practices that may provide insight into future updates of statewide or federal highway design manuals. (Recommended Design Guidelines to Accommodate Pedestrians and Bicycles at Interchanges:

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

[B' Spokes: Note state law calls for "best engineering practices" so here you go. Ref: ]
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Black and Jewish Civil Rights Heritage by Bike

Biking in BaltimoreVia Baltimore Heritage

October 11 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am | $15 | Register

Explore historic places that tell of the struggles and partnerships between Baltimore’s Jewish and African American communities during the Civil Rights movement and beyond.

We’ll see synagogues and social halls, corner stores and tennis courts that tell the story of Baltimore’s Jewish community in the late 19th and early 20th century and the African-American community that succeeded them in the neighborhoods around Druid Hill Park. Join Eli Pousson from Baltimore Heritage on a fall ride tour of African-American, Jewish and Civil Rights landmarks from Eutaw Place to Park Heights.
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Biking in Baltimore-> After an aggressive expansion in recent years, New York City reached a thousand miles of bikes lanes yesterday, and more bike lane are planned throughout the city. Almost 40% of the miles are shielded from traffic, such as through greenways or off-street bike lanes.

[B' Spokes: Amazing, they have 1,000 miles and we have 60? For the whole State? That's what the Annual Attainment Report on Transportation System Performance says anyway. pg 47 And I thought we had 500 miles of bike lanes around 2004 what happened to that? ]
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Bikemore's Response to Heather Cook's Plea

Biking in Baltimore"We believe that in order for this to not happen again, as a city we must commit to stronger enforcement of negligence while operating a motor vehicle. We have to commit to having zero tolerance to distracted driving. If the city claims they can’t afford to enforce the laws the state passes, we have to stop accepting that as an acceptable response."
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Baltimore Bike Tour - By Urban Land Institute

Biking in BaltimoreULI Baltimore Young Leaders Bike Tour of Baltimore Developments
Date: Saturday, September 12, 2015

New buildings are being developed and old ones are finding new uses in Baltimore. Biking the city is a great way to experience and learn about these new developments. At various stages of this 9-mile tour you’ll find industry experts eager to share their knowledge and tell the stories related to planning, developing, and building these places.

Bring your own bike or rent one at Light Street Cycles 410-685-2234, at 1124 Light Street Baltimore MD 21230, which will offer a discounted rate to participants who reserve a bicycle at least 7 days in advance ($20 for the day). They will open at 9am that day for participants who wish to pick up their bicycles before the event.

Start Time: 10:00 am – Light Street Cycles
10:00 AM: 1201 S Charles Street – Urban Design Group
10:40 AM: 111 W. Heath Street – Paul Khazansky, Poverni
11:20 AM: 106-110 N Eutaw St. – Speaker – Dante Jones – General Contractor
12:00 PM: 315 East 23rd Street –Telesis Corporation
12:40 PM: 10 N. Calvert Street – Speaker Bozzuto Management/JK Equities
Final stop: Little Havanas – cash bar with complimentary appetizers and a discounted draft for participants
For a preliminary look at the sites and the route map – BikeTourMap

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