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Where are the nation’s worst drivers? This data may hold the answer

Biking in MarylandMaryland Ranks 5 for speeding as well as hard braking with a overall ranking of 11

via http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/nations-worst-drivers-data-may-hold-answer/
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Pedestrian Deaths Rise Nationally, But Not In D.C. Or Maryland

Biking in MarylandB' Spokes: I'll note it's hard to get worst when you are already in the top ten. You can read WAMU's story here:

http://wamu.org/story/17/03/30/pedestrian-deaths-rise-nationally-not-d-c-maryland/
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MD DOT: INCREASING CYCLIST SAFETY ON HIGH-SPEED ROADWAYS

Biking in Maryland-> A Maryland DOT study investigated bicycle infrastructure design options and treatments to facilitate safe accommodation of bicyclists on high-speed roadways. They studied a design called "rumble-buffered" bike lane as a means to help mitigate the inherent hazards to bicyclists associated with limited separation from motor vehicles where separated facilities are not feasible. http://bit.ly/2iZ02HC

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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Hidden dangers ahead: How states keep accident-prone roads secret

Biking in Maryland[B' Spokes: A story from here in Maryland. I swear there is a faction in MDOT/SHA that will do anything for faster/unsafe roads. And I'm not talking just speed limits, in this case we are talking about a traffic light. I know a lot of people are going to complain that one extra light is going to make them late for work. Like the reality isn't that they were already late when they left the house but we're hoping to make up time by driving like a mad man. One day people are going to realize that cars no longer work that way. Sure in the day when few drove and few cars on the road but that is not the direction we are heading.]

https://www.revealnews.org/article/hidden-dangers-ahead-how-states-keep-accident-prone-roads-secret/
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Hogan taking money from Federal bike funding

Biking in Maryland[B' Spokes: This paragraph caught my eye in Streets Blog:

"In the third quarter of 2016, ten states diverted TA funds for the first time: New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee. New York has transferred $37 million out of the program; Maryland, $11 million; New Jersey, $7 million."

http://usa.streetsblog.org/2017/01/06/more-states-are-looting-federal-funds-for-walking-and-biking/

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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: https://www.baltimorespokes.org/article.php?story=20141009193234662 ) 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.]

http://www.thewashcycle.com/2016/10/cyclists-hit-by-careless-drivers-so-montgomery-county-police-tell-cyclists-to-be-more-careful.html
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Police: but we aren't going to discuss two of the biggest issues in serious and deadly crashes.

Biking in Maryland[B' Spokes: OK the police did not actually say that but it is implied. But I seriously wonder now that police are not enforcing traffic laws (especially for vulnerable road users) are they still qualified to comment on safety? Anyway Wash cycle's comments are worth reading.]

http://www.thewashcycle.com/2016/10/cyclists-hit-by-careless-drivers-so-montgomery-county-police-tell-cyclists-to-be-more-careful.html

Related article:
http://www.bethesdamagazine.com/Bethesda-Beat/Web-2016/Site-of-Fatal-Bethesda-Crash-Calls-for-a-Redesign/
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Drivers to other drivers: You’re doing it wrong

Biking in Maryland[B' Spokes: There are two concepts in this article I would like to enforce. 1) Traffic enforcement makes the roads safer for everyone. Even outside the targeted enforcement area because I believe if you get rid of the driver's ability to always fulfill their need to try and trim a second here, a second there by put others people's lives at risk. 2) Driver's are not just risking there own lives but also some random person along there path. I assert that it is always the other person that will be at more of a risk. If you run a red light and T-bone another car, your air bags are set up well for that type of colision. The other person gets a side colision and most people/cars do not handle that well. In summary: So much about Maryland that rewards unsafe/agresive drivers and creates hazardous road condition for everyone else.]

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/drivers-to-other-drivers-youre-doing-it-wrong/2016/09/10/83ce3f9e-75b3-11e6-b786-19d0cb1ed06c_story.html
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Join the 20th Walk to School Day!

Biking in MarylandCHAPEL HILL, N.C. (August 11, 2016) - Grab you backpack and lace up your shoes, it’s time to register for International Walk to School Day! On October 5, students, families, school and community partners, and mayors around the country will bring light to safety concerns, celebrate the benefits of walking, and mark a special occasion - the 20th celebration of Walk to School Day in the USA.

In 1997, Chicago’s Mayor Daley and Los Angeles’ Mayor Riordan walked with students to school. Since then, hundreds of mayors have hit the sidewalks in October.

As a way to celebrate this event, the National Center is working with the US DOT’s Mayors Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets to encourage mayors nationwide to join the 20th Walk to School Day celebration. Walk to School Day offers a unique opportunity for mayors to talk about their commitment to child and youth pedestrian and bicyclist safety and to discuss how to make their communities more walkable.

Also new this year, we've streamlined Walk to School Day registration so no account log in is required and the process just takes a few steps. Walk to School Day event registration is free and open to individuals and organizations holding an October event in the United States.

Events that register on the Walk to School website, www.walkbiketoschool.org, will be displayed on an interactive U.S. map on the website, where neighboring communities, media and other organizations can identify who is walking in their area.

For more information on Walk to School activities in the U.S., visit www.walkbiketoschool.org.
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http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=55978ef31b4a403489524d3b8&id=8eec4292ae&e=c20c7cfbce

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NEW FED GRANT TO REDUCE BIKE/PED DEATHS & INJURIES IN 22 STATES

Biking in Maryland-> According to a National Conference of State Legislatures the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), includes a new grant program to decrease bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities and injuries. The 22 states where bicyclist and pedestrian traffic deaths exceed 15 percent of total annual statewide traffic deaths will be eligible for approximately $14 million in annual grant funds under Section 4005. The grants may be used to train law enforcement personnel about state pedestrian and bicycle safety laws, to fund enforcement campaigns related to them, and to fund public education campaigns for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. http://bit.ly/2beqj3M

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

[B' Spokes: And Maryland is at 24.5%, just a bit higher than the 15% required to quilify.]
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