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Have You Ever Been Honked At In A Crosswalk?
November 10, 2009, 12:59 am
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Maryland Shows Little Concern For Pedestrian And Cyclist Safety


Have you ever been honked at from a hurried driver while traversing a crosswalk?  Unfortunately, I suspect that, like me, most of you have.  Given Baltimore drivers feeling of superiority when it comes to getting around town, it is not surprising to hear that Maryland does not rank highly for state government efforts to keep pedestrians and cyclists safe.

Be that as it may, what is shocking to hear, according to an article in the Baltimore Sun, a new report shows that not only does Maryland perform poorly, but it is second to last in the nation.  In the report, produced by Surface Transportation Policy Partnership and Transportation for America, “the study ranks Maryland 49th among the 50 states in per capita spending of federal transportation funds on bicycling and walking projects”.

However state officials try to reason the outcome of the report, the pathetic ranking is unacceptable.  According to the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance, Maryland ranks third in the nation for increased ridership for public transportation, which means an increase of pedestrians, and bicycling is a growing mode of transportation in Baltimore.  Whether for health, the environment, or to save money, more and more Marylanders are leaving their cars at home and turning to alternative methods of transportation.  An increase in foot commuters and cyclists can be a revenue booster for local business, so the least the state can do is to cater to their safety.

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