From RAILS TO TRAILS website:
The American Automobile Association (AAA) recently advocated for the elimination of critical, established programs that fund trails, walking and bicycling from the trust fund that finances transportation. AAA says it supports all types of transportation, but that doesn’t square with the above position, which would divert money away from walking and bicycling and toward the highway system.
AAA Mid-Atlantic suggests that an $89 billion annual highway fund shortfall can be blamed on investments in walking and bicycling. But those investments total less than $1 billion annually and produce tremendous benefits for everyone, including drivers.
The reality is that many bicyclists drive, support AAA, pay gas taxes and want balanced transportation systems that provide the choice to get around in a variety of ways—for commuting or daily errands, or for fun and exercise.
TELL AAA TO SUPPORT BIKE & PEDESTRIAN PROJECTS HERE
The HOLIDAY LIGHTS BIKE RIDE starts at the illuminated Washington Monument at 7pm on Friday, December 10th.
We’ll of course hit 34th St in Hampden and some other cool spots around town. For details and updates, visit the MEETUP event page. If you want to lead, sweep or help, just let me know.
The Southeast and Park Heights Bike Networks are near completion.
The Guilford Ave bike boulevard’s design is complete with construction eyed for early summer.
So, what’s next?
If you look at a map of Baltimore’s existing bike infrastructure, you’ll see a massive void in the heart of the city, generally bordered by Monroe St, North Avenue, Edison Highway and the harbor.
What streets in this area would you like to see bicycle improvements on? (Please keep in mind that DOT is focusing on bike lanes and boulevards with signed routes. No more sharrows!)