Bike Maryland Bike Maryland en-us Copyright 2014 Bike Maryland. Recent "Clippings" Reviewed by Intern, Emily Ranson "Healthy Community Design" When Americans decided to separate communities from employment and pursue sprawl, we opened ourselves to the negative effects of increased dependence on the automobile. In this video, Dr. Howard Frumkin of the CDC explains what healthy community design is, and how it is a fundamental change from the residential sprawl so prominent today. The idea of healthy community design is to bring back together the features that make up a person's life: home, work, shopping, and recreation. It hinges on mixed land use and increased density. While we might shy away from increased density, he points out that by bringing the prominent features together, this allows people to pursue transportation alternatives such as biking and walking. As a result of increased use of these transportation alternatives, physical activity becomes a part of the routine of every day life. Routine physical activity protects against heart disease, many kinds of cance . . . . Read the full story at Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:20:00 -0400 Article Review:American Cities Are Haunted by Too Many Parking Spaces Bloomberg Businessweek, Politics and Policy, Infrastructure By Caroline Winter April 01, 2014 American car culture may be declining, but much of our urban infrastructure remains steadfastly centered around the automobile. Planning choices made in the heyday of car ownership may prove incompatible with a rising generation of consumers who seem remarkably disinterested in driving. "In the '50s and '60s, cities did things like subsidize garage parking, and they condemned buildings so the lots could be used for parking," says Norman Garrick, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Connecticut. Many, he adds, still require a minimal number of parking spots to be added for each new development. But it turns out that all the parking doesn't pay off. A pair of forthcoming studies by Garrick and several of his UConn colleagues examine the economic and sociological impacts of parking trends in six U.S. citie . . . . Read the full story at Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:20:00 -0400 International Greenways Survey A PhD student at the National University of Ireland in Galway is researching the design of greenways as routes for walking and cycling. To inform this research, he has put together a greenway design survey, which Bike Maryland has participated in and now is sharing with our friends on this side of the pond. Share your experience and help this student develop his thesis. Here is a link to the survey The survey poses some questions on greenways in Ireland, but the majority are related to international greenway design. As the survey will make up an important part of his PhD, he is trying to get an international sample and so your help is greatly appreciated. If you have questions related to the survey, feel free to email the PhD student, Richard Manton Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:03:00 -0400 1 mile of a protected bike lane is 100x cheaper than 1 mile of roadway By: Zachary Shahan,Transportation / Bikes, One of the most hilarious (or, hilariously illogical) attacks on expanding bicycle infrastructure that I've seen repeatedly pop up over the years is the idea that "bicycle infrastructure costs too much." It only takes a few moments to reflect and put such costs into perspective. For one, bikes are clearly much smaller and lighter than cars or trucks. So, the space needed to accommodate bicyclists is obviously much smaller, and the repairs needed from deterioration are also smaller. Furthermore, as you attract more people to bicycling, that pulls people out of their cars, reducing the deterioration and eventual repair costs of the car lanes. Naturally, the benefits improve even further when we think about bridges. Looking at San Francisco, in particular, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition recently published an article on the cost of a mile of bike lane in San Francisco versus a mile of other forms of . . . . Read the full story at Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:30:00 -0400 Gadgets to Boost Bike Safety - By MEGHAN PETERSEN March 10, 2014 Photo Credit: New York Times Bicycle Image by Stock "In a widely viewed YouTube video, a cyclist named Casey Neistat, deliberately takes tumble after tumble while trying to navigate obstructed bike lanes in New York City. The video is funny - it even includes a crash into a parked police car - but it also has struck a chord with bike commuters around the country facing a seemingly endless array of road hazards. In urban areas, many riders have reason to be nervous, and that in itself is part of a vicious cycle. "The most common mistake new cyclists make is not riding predictably," said Ken Podziba, chief executive of Bike New York, a nonprofit group that promotes cycling. "For example, people who are afraid of getting hit from behind by a car will often do things like ride on the sidewalk or ride against traffic, which actually increases the danger that they will get hit by a motorist who doe . . . . Read the full story at Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:12:00 -0400 "Biking in the 'Hood" - by Marla Streb The best and safest ways to meet your neighbors - two- and four-legged. By Marla Streb, Bike Maryland Bike MINDED Safety Program Coordinator March 2014 Newsletter - Mt Washington Improvement Association "Last year when searching for a new home, I rode my bicycle all over Baltimore City (this travel works best for me because I can stop on a whim).I sought out gentle hills with actual trees, good schools, walk-ability, bike infrastructure, and proximity to the light rail.But mostly I sought out a friendly, safe community for my family. And some cool... and progressive people!..." READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE. You won't want to miss thiss one as it includes her experience bicycling with her two girls, best bicycle commuting in the Mt. Washington neighborhood of Baltimore, MD, and also 5 safe bicycling tips from the League of American Bicyclists. Thank you to Marla for being such a progressive force in the bicycling movement! We are lucky to have he . . . . Read the full story at Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:57:00 -0500 If You Build It, They Will Come We know you've heard the phrase "if you build, they will come". Well how about "if you build a bike route, they will ride."Board of Directors Member, Kevin King sent over this worthy article from Crains Detroit Business online, by Rod Kackley. Grand Rapids officials, inspired by dreams of becoming a bicycling mecca like Ann Arbor, are putting together a 100-mile urban bike network.The U.S. Census Bureau's 2011 American Community Survey estimated that 0.4 percent of the 81,823 people working in the city of Grand Rapids rode a bicycle to work. That's only 334 people.But when Atomic Object put a single bike rack outside its Grand Rapids office, "all of a sudden, there were more bikes than could be secured, so we added another," said Mary O'Neill, business manager of the Grand Rapids-based software development company, which also has an office in Detroit."Then we realized there were people who wanted to bike in all seasons of t . . . . Read the full story at Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:23:00 -0500 Bike Maryland Celebrates Signing on Two Spring Interns! Meet Yujun Wang and Emily Ranson, the two newest additions to the Bike Maryland team. Yujun and Emily with be working with Bike Maryland through June. If you are interested in joining the Bike Maryland team or know someone who may be interested in a Summer 2014 or a Fall 2014 internship, check out our Careerspage. Yujun Wang is currently enrolled in the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School majoring in marketing. He was born and raised in Beijing and has just been in the US for 5 months. Yujun interned with banks, consulting firms and investment companies before he came to the US. His fearlessness of pressure and excellent collaborative techniques shaped him as a dependable team worker. Meanwhile, communication with coworkers offered Yujun a lot of guidance and confidence for his future improvement. Upon the completion of undergraduate school, Yujun was nominated as a Role Model Student in Beijing for his excellent overall performance.With Bike Maryland, Yu . . . . Read the full story at Sun, 09 Feb 2014 20:10:00 -0500 8 Cents Can Make All The Difference! Eight cents a day is all it takes to join Bike Maryland at the individual membership level. The $30.00 for your yearly membership contributes to Bike Maryland's ability to continue to host free workshops, education and awareness classes, represent bicyclists during the legislative session in Annapolis and continue to be a leading resource for all things bicycling across the state. Please consider joining today and be a part of a unified voice for Maryland bicycling! Sun, 09 Feb 2014 20:09:00 -0500 Recent "Clippings" - Bicycling Related Articles Check out these interesting articles related to bicycling that were picked up byBike Maryland Board Member, Kevin King. How Bicycle Lanes Increase Business Nimble Technologies Circumvent Car Culture Wheels of Change: Baltimore's Bicycle Crusade Urban Sustainability and the Simple Bicycle Cyclists in Their 70s Break Records in 3,000-Mile Race Big Bike-Sharing Supplier's Bankruptcy Doesn't Doom U.S. Programs : The Two-Way Complete Streets: The DNA of a New Urban Mobility Culture Architect London SkyCycle Transit Network Designed by Norman Foster Partners Exterior Architecture Sun, 09 Feb 2014 19:59:00 -0500