On November 19, 2013 Bike Maryland gathered officials from Frederick County and Brunswick, local business owners, and bicycle enthusiasts for a Bicycle Friendly Community and Business Workshop in Brunswick. A large number of attendees, nearly all of whom ride bicycles for commuting and/or leisure for over 10 years, mingled over refreshments provided by Beans in the Belfry before actively engaging in the workshop. Nestled along the C&O Canal, the city of Brunswick is working hard to improve bicycling infrastructure and access to the town from the towpath for the thousands of bicyclists riding by. Business owners and citizens voiced their desire for signage along the C&O Canal pointing to local businesses, and many desired more commuter education and safety classes for youth and adults. Prior to the workshop, most attendees had not heard of the Bicycle Friendly Community or Business awards, but all were very interested in finding ways to make Brunswick more bicycle friendly!
We are grateful to Potomac Pedalers Touring Club, Race Pace Bicycles, and Beans in the Belfry for their sponsorship of this workshop.
Article by: Emily Badger Posted on The Atlantic Cities originally on November 08, 2013
Because humans are weird and complicated and not always rational, it's not enough to scatter bikes around town if you want people to use them. Changing behavior – especially behavior as deeply embedded as our commuting patterns, or our preference for cars above all – may also require a little nudge.
There's a ridiculously simple way to do this with bikes: Show people how long the exact same trip would take in a car, or on foot, or even by transit. One of Google Maps's smartest innovations has been to make these side-by-side comparisons possible in its trip planner, with alternate routes laid out on the same screen...
See the rest of this INTERESTING article here.
By DANIEL DUANE
Published: November 9, 2013
Read the New York Times Op-Ed HERE!
Daniel Duane, a newbie to biking the San Francisco streets, decided to investigate what legal consequences befall a driver who kills a cyclist. What he found is this: In most states, and in almost all reported instances, there are almost no consequences. Unless you are driving drunk or completely recklessly, the punishment for killing a cyclist with your car often amounts to a slap on the wrist (often nothing happens, but sometimes drivers are fined or receive community service). Makes you think twice about wearing a helmet, huh? The central question the op-ed aims to answer is this: “Is It O.K. to Kill Cyclists?” According to Duane, our justice system and the people who enforce its laws are giving everyone the impression that it is.
As you can imagine, the piece made the Internet explode with reactions from bike-lovers to bike-haters to bike-fearers to everyone in between.
(Summary by ADJUA FISHER at PhillyMag.com)
We can think of three great educators who deserve this award!! The Bike Maryland Bike MINDED Safety Program Coordinators, Katie Gore, Marla Streb, and Carl Peterson!! Nominate someone today!!
Here is an excerpt from the League of American Bicyclist's article on the Educator of the Year Award.
"Bike educators do the work on the ground to get more people on bikes -- and riding safely and confidently -- every day in communities across the country.
To honor and thank those educators who have gone above and beyond in the past year, we're putting out a call for nominations for the 2013 Educator of the Year Award. We're looking for educators who are current LCIs, active in teaching classes in the past year and have shown innovation in their education work. A team of League staff, board members and education committee members will review the nominations and announce the winner later this year."
Nominations are open until Dec. 6, 2013. You can submit your nomination here, by filling out this short survey.
The winner will receive a free registration to the 2014 National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C.
Read the rest of the article here.
Bike Maryland seeks an Administrative Assistant to provides support to the Executive Director and staff. Proficiency working with MS Office and relational databases, strong organizational skills, and the ability to communicate well with organization members, partners, volunteers, and staff from each of the programs at Bike Maryland are essential to the success of the position.
Located at 1209 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore. 30 Hours a week.
Click HERE for more info on how to apply!
Bike Maryland is delighted to announce the new police video to educate police throughout Maryland regarding bicycle laws and the best way to reduce crashes and fatalities. We recommend that you view this highly educational video and share it with both motorists and bicyclists. Bike Maryland partnered with the Maryland State Police, Maryland Department of Transportation, Maryland Motor Vehicle Association, Cycle Maryland to produce this video.
Click here to watch the video.
We would like to give special thanks to John Brandt, Bicycle Coordinator University of Maryland Department of Transportation Services, Michael Jackson, Department of Transportation Director of Bicycle and Pedestrian Access, and Michael Sonnenfeld, Bike Maryland Board Secretary.
Bicycling Advocates of Howard County (BAHC) invites you to meet and share information with other local cyclists, local and state officials/planners, and regional advocacy groups on issues relating to improving bicycling safety and accessibility in our community. This year the focus will be on accessibility and the Howard County Bicycle Master Plan.
Bike Maryland's Executive Director, Carol Silldorff is thrilled to have the opportunity to present at this forum for the second year in a row, this year as the event's Keynote Speaker!
BACH is an advocacy coalition of local Howard County bicycling clubs. BAHC is a 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization.
This is an excerpt from “Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy,” by Elly Blue (Microcosm Publishing, December 1, 2013, bikenomics.com).
Car exhaust is no laughing matter. Nearly half of residents in major urban areas in North America live close enough to highways and other large roads to experience serious problems as a result. Exposure to car emissions worsens and may cause asthma and other lung conditions, including lung cancer. There is evidence to suggest that it leads to hardening of the arteries and thence to heart disease. One study has found an increased risk of heart attacks while in traffic, either while driving or using public transportation. Breathing car exhaust may increase the risk of developing diabetes; it is certain, however, that people who have diabetes suffer disproportionately from the effects of air pollution.
The worst effects of breathing polluted air are experienced where it is densest: in traffic. Spending time on and near highways, freeways, and other busy roads is terrible for your health. How near is a question that is still being studied, but researchers believe that the effects are worst within either a fifth or a third of a mile. People in cars or buses are exposed to considerably more air pollution, perhaps because of, rather than despite, being in a closed space. People walking and bicycling on or next to roads breathe more air, but inhale somewhat less pollution; and cyclists have been found to have even less risk if they are on paths that are separated from the road.
READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE AT DC STREETS BLOG.
Bike Maryland has been working to promote the development and implementation of Complete Streets on the state and local level throughout Maryland. The streets of our cities and towns are an important part of the livability of our communities. They ought to be for everyone, whether young or old, motorist or bicyclist, walker or wheelchair user, or bus rider.
Now, in communities across the country, a movement is growing to complete the streets. States, cities and towns are asking their planners and engineers to build road networks that are safer, more livable, and welcoming to everyone.
Instituting a Complete Streets policy ensures that transportation planners and engineers consistently design and operate the entire roadway with all users in mind – including bicyclists, public transportation vehicles and riders, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.
Click here to view "Understanding Complete Streets within MDOT’s Maryland State Highway Administration"
Bike Maryland will hold a Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) Workshop at the Central Branch, Howard County Public Library on July 17 from 1pm to 3pm. This free event was made possible through a grant from Performance Bicycle and is designed to help businesses encourage and support their employees to commute to work by bicycle. Each year the League of American Bicyclists awards businesses across the country that have made significant strides in becoming a more bicycle friendly place to work. This high distinction can help employers set themselves apart by demonstrating their commitment to workplace wellness. Data shows that increased workplace wellness can benefit employers by:
- Reducing healthcare costs by 20 to 55 percent
- Reducing short-term sick leave by six to 32 percent
- Increasing productivity by two to 52 percent
The BFB Workshop will give businesses in the Howard County area the tools they need to improve workplace wellness by providing a conducive environment for bicycle commuting. Please direct any questions to Bike Maryland's Bicycle Friendly Maryland Program Coordinator, Anna Kelso (firstname.lastname@example.org).