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Texting and Driving

Don’t Text and Drive

Driving Safety – Put Your Phone Away! Don’t Text and Drive.


When we think of the term “distracted driving” the first thing that comes to mind is cellphone usage in tandem with driving a car. However, distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:

  • Texting
  • Using a cell phone or smartphone to make a call, check email, play a game, etc.
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Eating and drinking
  • Changing clothes
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming

But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is considered by far one of the most alarming distractions.

The average time your eyes are off the road while texting is approximately 5 seconds. When traveling at 55mph, which is enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded!

What You Can Do to Help

According to the FCC Consumer Guide there are things you can do to help:

“Give clear instructions – Give new drivers simple, clear instructions not to use their wireless devices while driving. Before new drivers get their licenses, discuss the fact that taking their eyes off the road – even for a few seconds – could cost someone injury or even death.

Lead by example – No one should text and drive. Be an example for others and, if you need to text or talk on the phone, pull over to a safe place. Set rules for yourself and your household regarding distracted driving.

Become informed and be active – Tell family, friends and organizations to which you belong about the importance of driving without distractions. Take information to your kids’ schools and ask that it be shared with students and parents.”


Dana RampollaBikeUMB, For B'more, PeopleMarch 30, 20170 comments
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Flat Tire

Parking Tip of the Month

The UMB Office of Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is committed to providing the University community with a variety of safe and efficient resources for parking and transportation.

Parking Amenities

What happens when you go to the garage to leave for the day and you find you have a flat tire, are locked out, or need a jump? PTS offers lockout services, battery jumps, and flat tire assistance. Call 410-706-4260 for help.

Alternative Transportation

We also offer a variety of alternative transportation options. Shifting away from our country’s reliance on single occupancy vehicles will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air and water quality, reduce dependence on foreign oil, alleviate traffic congestion, and improve public health and equity. In doing so, we will improve overall quality of life.

Charter Services

UMB now offers cost-effective and comfortable charter services for faculty, staff, and students traveling for University business. Charter services promote community outreach by assisting with transportation for University-related research and service projects. Services are provided by the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) Department of Transportation Services.

Garages, Maps, and Feedback

And on days you drive yourself, there are numerous garages on campus for your comfort and convenience; maps are easily accessible on the UMB Parking and Transportation website; and there is a way to voice your praise and/or concern via an online Parking and Transportation survey.

For more information, visit Parking and Transportation Services.

Dana Rampolla BikeUMB, People, UMB Go Green, University Administration, University LifeMarch 30, 20170 comments
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Road work zone

Greene and Lombard Street Repairs

Repairs to the water main at Lombard and Greene Streets start at 9 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23.

Need to know:

  • Work will be done 24 hours/day until finished
  • Estimated time to complete repairs is 14 days
  • Lane closures on Lombard and Greene but streets remain open
  • West crosswalk across Lombard may be closed temporarily

Always use caution when crossing the street.

Bob RowanBikeUMB, Bulletin Board, For B'more, People, UMB Go Green, University AdministrationOctober 21, 20160 comments
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Lexington Garage

Attention Lexington Garage Parkers

There will be new entrance and exit procedures in Lexington Garage starting Jan. 3, 2017. Student parkers will need to visit the cashier’s office at the SMC Campus Center, lower level, prior to Jan. 3 to link their OneCard for garage access. Staff parkers should automatically be linked.

If you are unsure if your OneCard has been linked, visit the cashiers at the SMC Campus Center.

Parking and Transportation Services will also be at the Lexington Garage to help students link their OneCard from 7 to 9 a.m. and from 3 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 1 , 3, 7, 9, 11, and 17.

Reetta Gach BikeUMB, Bulletin Board, People, University AdministrationOctober 19, 20160 comments
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Parking Survey

Let’s Improve Your Commute

Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) wants to know how you get to and from UMB. This brief survey will help us understand how parking facilities and alternative transportation are used at UMB, and help us serve you better.

All responses are anonymous and will not be connected to an email address. The survey should take four to six minutes to complete.

Thank you for your participation!


Claire Murphy BikeUMB, Collaboration, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, University Administration, University LifeOctober 17, 20161 comment
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University Farmers Market

University Farmers Market

The University Farmers Market is open for its 8th season at University Plaza Park on Tuesdays, now through November. Locally grown and sustainably produced foods are available!

In addition, you also can pick up your favorite baked goods, honey, eggs, nuts, plants, flowers, and prepared foods to eat or take home.

The University Farmers Market is looking for volunteers to help throughout the season. If you are interested, contact Justin Graves to learn more.

Justin GravesBikeUMB, Collaboration, Community Service, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, The UMB Dish, UMB Go Green, University LifeJune 2, 20160 comments
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Energy Conservation

Happy Earth Day! Celebrate this year by conserving energy!

Fact: Walking up two flights of stairs saves 72 kilowatts of energy each trip.
Tip: Skip the elevator and take the stairs. Burn calories, not energy!

Fact: Traditional incandescent bulbs use a lot of energy to produce light, and 90 percent of this energy is wasted as heat.
Tip: Replace your five most frequently used light bulbs to save money and energy!

Fact: As much as 85 percent of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water.
Tip: Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible.

Fact: Electronics, chargers, and appliances use energy even when they’re off.
Tip: Unplug to save energy!

Fact: Adjusting your thermostat to the recommended temperature can save 5 to 15 percent on your bill each year.
Tip: Keep your thermostat at 68 degrees during the winter and 78 degrees during the summer.

Fact: Turning off your office lights when not in use saves $160 per year.
Tip: Conserve energy, and turn off the lights.


Sarah RebackBikeUMB, Bulletin Board, Community Service, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB Go Green, University LifeApril 22, 20160 comments
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Bike Repairs, Earth Day

Free Bike Tune-Ups From Joe’s Bike Shop

Joe’s Bike Shop is returning for their second year to provide free bike tune-ups to the UMB community in celebration of Earth Week.

This is a first-come, first-served event, so please plan your time wisely. It is estimated that each bike may take 20-30 minutes to repair depending on the condition.

School of Nursing Courtyard  |  Wednesday, April 20  |  11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tara ByrdBikeUMB, Collaboration, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB Go Green, University LifeApril 15, 20160 comments
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Seed pots

Four Easy Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

April 22 is Earth Day and we can all do our part to help the environment. How often do you pay attention to the amount of trash you create each week? How much of that trash could be recycled, composted, or reused for some other purpose? Here are some tips to help you reduce your carbon footprint and to reduce the amount of waste you produce.

What Can You Do?

1) Buy local and/or plant your own garden.
2) Reduce food waste.
3) Cut back on water use.
4) Use reusable containers.


Elizabeth ParkerBikeUMB, Education, For B'more, People, UMB Go Green, University LifeApril 13, 20160 comments
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Community Database

Update: IT Stakeholders Initiatives

IT Stakeholders, a group made up of campus leaders, was formed to develop priorities for information technology at UMB. Their recommendations came to be known as the IT Stakeholders Initiatives. They have become the focus of work for the various IT groups on campus.


  1. Develop a comprehensive data management plan and strategy
  2. Expand resources for faculty teaching and learning with technology
  3. Enhanced financial decision-making and reporting
  4. Create an information security collaborative to coordinate all IT security projects among the campus, School of Medicine, the UMMC, and FPI
  5. Federated identity management to reduce the need for multiple IDs and passwords
  6. Implement and deploy Microsoft’s Office 365 as a single platform for office productivity, email, and calendaring
  7. Helpdesk integration and support to achieve one system for UMB with improved communications among all support groups

These are exciting projects that will transform the way much of UMB’s work is accomplished. CITS publishes regular updates on the progress of each of these initiatives.


Chris PhillipsBikeUMB, Global & Community Engagement, People, Research, TechnologyFebruary 4, 20160 comments
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Parking and Transportation Services

Traffic Modifications for Artscape 2015

The Baltimore City Department of Transportation would like to advise motorists of the street closures and parking restrictions in effect for Artscape 2015, Baltimore’s annual celebration of the arts. The event will take place in the vicinity of the Maryland Institute College of Art along Mount Royal Avenue on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 17 to 19, 2015.

With over 350,000 people expected to attend, patrons are strongly encouraged to use public transportation, including mass transit, the light rail, park & ride facilities and the Charm City Circulator. The Mount Royal Light Rail stop is located in the heart of the festival and will operate with extended hours throughout the weekend.

Parking Restrictions

In preparation for the event, a variety of traffic modifications will be implemented in the vicinity of the festival. Parking will be restricted within the festival area. Motorists should be aware that residential permit parking regulations will be strictly enforced.

Street Closures

Dolphin Street from Mount Royal Avenue to Howard Street will be closed until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21.

The following streets will be closed through 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 21:

  • Royal Avenue between North Avenue and Charles Street
  • Cathedral Street between Preston Street and Mount Royal Avenue (garage access only)
  • Preston Street between Cathedral and Howard Streets
  • Oliver Street between Maryland and Mt. Royal Avenues (local garage and post office access will be maintained)
  • Lanvale Street between Mt. Royal Avenue and Rutter Street
  • Lafayette Avenue between Rutter Street and Mt. Royal Avenue
  • South side of Mt. Royal Avenue (curb lane only) between Charles and St. Paul Streets

Both sides of Preston Street between Maryland Avenue and Cathedral Street (local access to garage and permit parking only) will be closed through 6 a.m. on Monday, July 20.

The following streets will be closed through 6 a.m. Monday, July 20 (impact begins on Charles Street):

North Charles Street between Preston Street and North Avenue. The I-83 ENTRANCE RAMP WILL CLOSE AT THIS TIME. Local access will be maintained between Biddle and Preston Streets.

  • North side Preston Street (curb lane only) between Charles and Lovegrove Streets
  • North side of Mt. Royal Avenue between St. Paul and Charles Streets. The I-83 EXIT RAMP TO MT. ROYAL AVENUE WILL CLOSE AT THIS TIME.
  • Lanvale Street between Maryland Avenue and Lovegrove Street
  • Lafayette Avenue between Charles Street and Maryland Avenue
  • Lafayette Avenue between St. Paul and Charles Streets. Local access to gas station and school will be maintained.
  • Both sides of Mosher Street between Mt. Royal Avenue and Malster Street (Artscape permit parking only)
  • Both sides of McMechen Street between Mt. Royal Avenue and Malster Street (Artscape permit parking only)
  • Both sides of 1500 block of Malster Street (Artscape permit parking only)
  • Both sides of 1300-1400 Dickson Street (Artscape permit parking only)
  • Both sides of W. Lanvale Street between Mt. Royal Avenue and Rutter Street

The following streets will be closed at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 17, 2015 until 6 a.m. on Monday, July 20, 2015 (impact begins on Maryland Avenue):

  • Both sides of Maryland Avenue closed from North Avenue to Preston Street. Local traffic and access to the garage will be maintained.
  • Southbound Jones Falls Expressway ramp to Maryland Avenue will remain open during this time for garage traffic only.
  • A temporary two-way traffic pattern will be installed along Maryland Avenue from Oliver Street to North Avenue. Northbound Maryland Avenue traffic must make a right turn at North Avenue.
  • Intersection of Mt. Royal and Maryland Avenues closed
  • Falls Road closed between West Lafayette and Maryland Avenues
  • A temporary two-way traffic pattern will be installed along West Lafayette Avenue from Falls Road to Maryland Avenue to allow access to city yards and local businesses.
  • Preston Street closed from Maryland Avenue to Cathedral Street (access will be maintained for the Meyerhoff Garage only)
  • Two-way traffic will be installed on Park Avenue (next to the Meyerhoff) from Cathedral Street to the Symphony Center garage for festival parking.

 Special Penn Drive Traffic Chute

Once Charles Street closes, a special traffic chute will be created using traffic cones during nonfestival hours to allow vehicles from Penn Drive to gain access to the I-83 ramp. Right turns onto North Charles Street will still be restricted during these times.

The special Penn Drive traffic chute will be open:

  • Thursday, July 16 from midnight to Friday, July 17 at 8 a.m.
  • Saturday, July 18 from midnight to 9:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, July 19 from midnight to 9:30 a.m.

Special Traffic Patterns

Special one-way traffic patterns will be implemented along various roadways in the vicinity of the festival to provide local access for area residents throughout the event. Please note that on Sunday, July 19, 2015 from 9 a.m. until noon, Maryland Avenue will be converted to a two-way traffic pattern from Preston Street to Mt. Royal Avenue for morning church services. Congregational members trying to access the church should follow St. Paul Street to Preston Street, then Maryland Avenue to the parking lot.

Clare BanksBikeUMB, For B'more, People, UMB Go Green, University LifeJuly 17, 20150 comments
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Alternative Transportation at UMB

The Office of Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) offers UMB students, faculty, and staff a number of different alternative transportation programs.

Available Programs

Guaranteed Ride Home – In the event you unexpectedly need an alternative ride home, Guaranteed Ride Home has you covered.

UMCommuterPOOLProgram – Join a commuter pool at UMB to save money, wear and tear on your car, and reduce your carbon emissions!

CarPool Zone – PTS has designated 10 spaces in the Lexington Street Garage for student carpoolers. Find out how to get someone to carpool with.

Zipcar –  PTS has partnered with Zipcar to bring self-service, on-demand car sharing to UMB.  

Electric Charging Stations -UMB hosts 16 electric vehicle charging stations open to UMB faculty, staff, and students.

LEFE (Low emission fuel efficient) Parking – PTS has reserved spaces in the following garages for low emission, fuel efficient (LEFE) vehicles.

MTA – There are a variety of benefits and savings for those who use mass transit.

Bike Parking Facility – A secured bike cage, which houses up to 44 bikes, is located on the first floor of the Pratt Street Garage.

Transportation Options – Want to get around campus or the surrounding neighborhoods? Check out the University’s transportation options.

Zimride – UMB partner Zimride makes sharing rides fun and easy! Set up a profile, search for open seats, or post a ride of your own.

vRide – UMB partner vRide provides an economical way to get to work. Find out more about how commuters can ride together and share a customized van.

UM shuttle – UM shuttle transports students, faculty, and staff and UMMC employees to and from UMB fare-free.

Know your alternatives! Check out the Alternative Transportation site for details, or contact Tony Green, manager, Transportation Services.

Tony GreenBikeUMB, People, UMB Go Green, University LifeMay 21, 20150 comments
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