During the session, BMC publishes a weekly report on the status of transportation, air quality and community development related legislation introduced in the general assembly.
Prohibiting a driver of a motor vehicle from overtaking and passing a bicycle, an electric personal assistive mobility device (EPAMD), or a motor scooter that is going in the same direction unless the driver can do so safely without endangering the rider of the bicycle, EPAMD, or motor scooter; prohibiting a driver of a vehicle from intentionally interfering with the movement of a person who is riding a bicycle, EPAMD, or motor scooter; etc.
First Reading Environmental Matters
Hearing 2/6 at 1:00 p.m.
By Bob Chauncey
We are a growing alliance of organizations and individuals seeking to end the acceptance of over 40,000 traffic deaths a year in the United States. We are outraged at the common belief that traffic crashes are unavoidable "accidents" and are combining our forces to stop these unacceptable and predictable crashes.
The Traffic Justice movement will be based on four defining principles.
1. The primary goal of our transportation system must be the prevention of traffic crashes. We believe the traditional emphasis of US transportation and safety agencies on making crashes safer through technology has failed to achieve reductions in injuries and fatalities on a par with the crash prevention efforts in other countries.
2. We offer instead the principle of Traffic Justice -- the expectation of just and accountable conduct of all participants in our transportation system. Our initiatives will require that drivers, car manufacturers, road designers, elected officials, law enforcers, community planners and others take specific actions toward preventing traffic crashes. For example, some of the traffic justice changes we are working toward would:
- require drivers to comply with all traffic laws and thereby hold
drivers fully accountable for their actions;
- require the installation of event data recorders and other law enforcement technologies into cars and trucks to support the adherence of traffic laws;
- require roads to be designed and built to dramatically reduce speeding, while safely accommodating pedestrians and bicyclists;
- restrict any promotion of dangerous driving;
- assist in the passage of laws extending the privilege of driving only to those who have not abused it;
- require law enforcement agencies to assign traffic law enforcement a priority consistent with the importance of preventing traffic crashes in the communities they serve;
- encourage community leaders to support developments likely to yield shorter trips, fewer trips, and more walking, biking and public transit to complete these trips.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
JEFF MAPES - The Oregonian
Andy Clarke, who heads the League of American Cyclists, says he won't advocate that interstates become bike paths after last Tuesday's elections.
But cycling enthusiasts are dreaming big after their three biggest supporters in Congress -- including two from Oregon -- were swept into powerful new transportation positions after the Democrats took control of the U.S. House.
Primaries are less then two weeks away and if you have not contacted your candidate of choice and let them know of your support and that you are a cyclist please do so. One person well connected with their elected official can make a difference. So imagine what a bunch of people united in a cause can do.
And that is why I am writing, if we group together we can make a huge difference. Due to tax code status, bike clubs and organizations are limited what they can do politically so it is up to us as individuals to make the difference, and we can if we act as a group!
So if you have some time to help out or if you have some money to donate to help promote cycling then read on.
<img width="146" height="120" align="left" src="http://www.baltimorespokes.org/images/articles/20060830123907772_1.jpg" alt="">Starting about 8 months ago, Steve Silverman (Montgomery County Executive) arranged a meeting with cyclists, asked us for our priorities, advised us on strategy, had his staff collaborate with us, introduced proposals on our behalf and backed us up at almost every opportunity. Even after the bike-friendly T&E committee had added funds for bike projects, Steve asked for more funding before the full council, leading council members to joke about his being in the pocket of cyclists. As a result of efforts by Silverman and members of the T&E committee (and of course bike advocates and volunteers like you), the huge bike budget cuts proposed by Duncan were reversed AND we got significant extra funding for the DPWT bikeways program, signage, shoulder/bike lane sweeping, CCT maintenance and other efforts. It's been a great year.
One of the best and most visible ways to help candidates is to provide human support - i.e. volunteering. By showing up en masse to help at a campaign effort or event, you send the candidate a very clear yet positive message, and of course you help him/her to get elected. So Steve has asked me to ask a group of you to volunteer for his campaign one evening in August.
So on August 28th approximately 8 cyclists road from NIH to Silverman campaign office to do phone banking.
Boca Raton News - May 1, 2006
Some movement may be coming in a Highland Beach man's lawsuit against the Florida Department of Transportation over its decision to build standard-width bike lanes along State Road A1A.
A hearing will be held June 1, said Bruce Rosenzweig, who has joined forces with the Boca Raton Bicycle Club and the League of American Bicyclists in his litigation.
The suit -- filed March 1 in Leon County Court in Tallahassee - claims the FDOT failed to follow state statutes and administrative rules by not putting bike lanes and sidewalks where there's sufficient public right-of-way.
"I've been a biker for seven or eight years now, and I moved to A1A five years ago," said Rosenzweig. "Increasingly, it's a dangerous proposition" to ride along that oceanside road.
"A lot can be done to make it safer," he said. "DOT has promised to refurbish A1A," but the agency is not holding "to the standards they set themselves."