Study: Maryland not so friendly to walker, bikers
Maryland ranks second from the bottom nationally in its spending of federal transportation funds on resources for walkers and bicyclists, according to a Sun story about study called "Dangerous by Design" just released by a coalition of groups led by the Surface Transportation Policy Partnership and Transportation for America.
It's also got a higher-than-average number of deaths of pedestrians on its roads.
A state official said the report doesn't count state money it spends on pedestrian-friendly improvements to its roads. And a Baltimore officials said local improvements have been made, but he acknowledged that the area has a long way to go.
According to the story, the report says Maryland ranks 49th among the 50 states in per capita spending of federal transportation funds on bicycling and walking projects. Maryland spends about 45 cents a person, compared with a national average of $1.46 and a high of $9.47 in Alaska. Virginia spends 22 cents and was the worst.
Here's the whole report.
Lots of attention has been paid on this blog about how unsafe it is to bike around the city and state. Think it's safe to even walk?
Baltimore Sun file photo of an pedestrian-unfriendly sidewalk on Sinclair Lane