Feb. 6th 8:30 - 4pm President's Conference Room, Miller Senate Office Bldg Annapolis
The symposium brings together planners, advocates, state and local officials working across the state to make Maryland better for biking and walking. This year, awards will be given honoring the most bicycle, pedestrian and transit friendly project, and posters will be on display from these and other noteworthy programs, efforts and organizations.
Advocates will have an opportunity to meet with their elected officials and talk about the programs important to your community. For those with strong opinions on new directions in transportation and land use, this may be just your opportunity to use the bicycle as your trojan horse. As you know, transit, regional planning, equity issues, etc. all carry certain stigmas, however, not that many people are strongly opposed to bicycling (unless we're in front of their SUV).
MDOT Secretary John Porcari will be the key speaker, and is expected to announce some exciting new initiatives. Congressman Jim Oberstar (MN) avid cyclist, who as chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure may be the most important person for transportation policy in the country, MIGHT make an appearance. Great turnout is essential! Please join us to support the cause of safer streets and healthy, bike and pedestrian friendly neighborhoods.
For those who believe in actions over words, each year there is a group that rides form Baltimore to Annapolis via the light rail and B&A Trail.
For more information, and to register: <a href="http://www.onelesscar.org/what_events_bikeped.php">http://www.onelesscar.org/what_events_bikeped.php</a>
See you in Annapolis.
Last week One Less Car's Executive Director, Richard Chambers and Ciclovia Coordinator, Carol Silldorf, rode along a possible route for a Baltimore Ciclovia with city transportation officials and members of the Mayor's staff. The potential route would traverse neighborhoods as different as Federal Hill and Collington Square. The city's wonderful waterfront would also be showcased.
Although Mayor Dixon has not yet fully committed to having Ciclovia (or "Sunday Streets" as it is also being called) start this Spring, she has shown great interest in the concept and has invested real time and talent into making this happen.
See update: <a href="http://www.baltimorespokes.org/article.php?story=20071121162452981">http://www.baltimorespokes.org/article.php?story=20071121162452981</a>
From One Less Car:
In 2003 MTA purchased and installed 200 front-end bicycle racks on buses stationed at the Northwest Division Bus Yard in Baltimore City. The racks were purchased through federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds. The cost of these racks was roughly 200,000 dollars.
Due to a lack of proper training for MTA bus operators and maintenance personnel all of the racks have been damaged or destroyed. As of July 2007, no buses in the MTA system currently operate with bicycle racks.
During a meeting with One Less Car and the Transit Riders Action Council of Metropolitan Baltimore MTA Administrator Paul Wiedefeld said that he was committed to seeing that all buses have bike racks in the future. However, MTA has yet to commit to a timeframe or funding plan for purchasing and installing bicycle racks.
It is important to note that the bike racks currently installed on WMATA buses in the Washington DC area were paid for in part by a 600,000-dollar grant from the Maryland Department of Transportation in 2004. As on July 2007, all WMATA metrobuses were equipped with front-end bicycle racks. Although statistics are not yet available, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association states that the racks have been a success with bicyclists and transit riders. Transit ridership on the WMATA system has increased since the installation of the racks.
Most major mass transit systems in the United States, including the systems serving Philadelphia, Seattle, Chicago, Annapolis, Montgomery County, Maryland, Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Virginia Beach operate all or a significant majority of their buses with functioning bicycle racks.
Ciclovia (meaning bike-way in Spanish) originated in Bogot
The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board is a 10-member group responsible for providing regional transportation planning and policy making for the Baltimore metropolitan region. Every four years the board updates its regional long-range plan that outlines the area's transportation needs and priorities.
The first draft version of the plan put aside billions for highway expansion, while leaving mass transit with a small share of the available funds. One Less Car, in conjunction with our partners at the Transit Riders Action Council and B'More Mobile, worked to draft a plan that set aside more money for needed mass transit upgrades.
The BRTB listened to some of our suggestions and the new plan adds 300 million dollars more to mass transit projects. Although this is still far less than what we need, its a step in the right direction.
The BRTB will be accepting comments on the revised plan until Tuesday, November 13th. We need you to make your voice heard by going to the BRTB website and demanding that even more resources are devoted to bike/ped and mass transit projects. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Come and learn about bicycling and walking in Maryland at the annual Maryland Bicycle/Pedestrian Symposium. This year the symposium will be held at the President's Conference Center at the Miller Senate Building in Annapolis.
Come share information with bike and pedestrian planners, advocates, and legislators on making Maryland a better place for everyone. Representatives from organizations and government agencies involved in bicycle and pedestrian issues will have exhibits and presentations throughout the day.
Meet your legislators. Let them know that for a community to be livable and sustainable it must be safe and accessible for bicyclists and pedestrians.
Anyone who has watched the news lately knows that too many pedestrians are being killed on Maryland streets. The speed of automobile traffic is one of the main causes of these tragedies. Its a shocking fact, but a person hit by a car at 30 mph has an almost 90 percent chance of surviving, while if that same person is hit at 40 mph the chance of survival is less than 20 percent.
Community Pace Car is a program that gives Maryland residents a chance to impact traffic safety by taking charge of their neighborhood streets. People who agree to the Community Pace Car pledge agree to do something simple - put the Maryland Community Pace Car sticker on the back of their car and do what the sticker says - drive the speed limit.
A person who joins the Community Pace Car team takes personal responsibility for the impact and example of his or her own driving. As a member of the team he or she keeps traffic at the posted safe speed on neighborhood streets.