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Police out of control: It's illegal to walk on a residential street when there is no sidewalk

Biking Elsewhere[B'Spokes: I'm sure the charge "blocking traffic" is familiar to cyclists, now it is being applied to pedestrians on residential street with no sidewalks.]
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"In Tuesday's incident, officers were patrolling the 500 block of Dunn Street off Old Bainbridge Road shortly after 5 p.m., DeLeo said in the news conference.

Several people were walking in the street but moved out of the way when another officer drove past them. They walked back into the street behind behind the officer, who then pulled over and approached them. Police reports say the people were blocking traffic."

<a href="http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/10/01/1333699/-Out-of-control-police-It-s-not-just-the-tasing-it-s-the-everything-else">http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/10/01/1333699/-Out-of-control-police-It-s-not-just-the-tasing-it-s-the-everything-else</a>;
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New law fines careless drivers

News you will not see in MarylandBy Patricia Gay, Wilton Bulletin

A new Connecticut law holds accountable careless drivers who injure or kill pedestrians or cyclists.

The Vulnerable User law, Public Act 14-31 went into effect on Oct. 1 and requires a fine to be imposed on reckless motor vehicle drivers who cause the death or serious injury of a pedestrian, cyclist, wheelchair user, or other “vulnerable users” who were using reasonable care. The fine is capped at $1,000.
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<a href="http://www.wiltonbulletin.com/29121/new-law-fines-careless-drivers/">http://www.wiltonbulletin.com/29121/new-law-fines-careless-drivers/</a>;
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Hey Carroll County, you don't want our public transit? We don't want your cars

Mass TransitBy Baynard Woods, City Paper

The Baltimore Sun's editorial board made a nearly perfect response to Carroll County's so-called &quot;Mass Transit Protection Resolution,&quot; the bill that &quot;would allow rides on buses or other forms of public transit inside the county but not beyond its borders.&quot; The Sun notes that &quot;It would be easy to excoriate such a piece of legislation as thinly veiled racist provocation,&quot; given that there are currently no transportation routes from Baltimore City to Carroll County. And again, they're right.

But we'd like to urge the Baltimore City Council to respond. Baltimore City should refuse to allow cars registered in Carroll County to enter the city. Certainly, your cars, with their pollution, lost man-hours due to traffic congestion, and infrastructure costs, harm our city far more than our junkies harm your county.
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<a href="http://touch.citypaper.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-81839664/">http://touch.citypaper.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-81839664/</a>;
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This school has bikes instead of desks - and it turns out a better way to learn

Biking Elsewhere&quot;While some elementary schools no longer have recess, and people like New Jersey Governor Chris Christy argue that school days should be longer, a few schools are already moving in a different direction. Some are testing outstanding desks, and realizing that a little bit of activity can actually improve attention spans Others, like Ward Elementary in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, are starting to fill classrooms with exercise bikes, so students can work out while they learn.&quot;

<a href="http://www.fastcoexist.com/3036607/this-school-has-bikes-instead-of-desks-and-it-turns-out-thats-a-better-way-to-learn">http://www.fastcoexist.com/3036607/this-school-has-bikes-instead-of-desks-and-it-turns-out-thats-a-better-way-to-learn</a>;
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How Does Question 1 Affect Bike Projects?

PoliticsBike Maryland puts forth the argument that a lock box on transportation funding will protect bike funding.

<a href="https://www.bikemaryland.org/how-does-question-1-effect-bike-projects/">https://www.bikemaryland.org/how-does-question-1-effect-bike-projects/</a>;

B' Spokes: No doubt transportation funds have been in trouble for a long time since current taxing methods do not keep up with inflation but still I will strongly assert bike funding is a matter of political will and not the amount of money available. Currently bike projects are roughly 0.1% of the funds available. It is not like bike projects are expensive and I strongly disagree with what the amendment really implies; that more major road projects will fix Maryland's &quot;traveling by car is misery&quot; issues. In my humble opinion MDOT just throws money at the problem with little effect on actually fixing anything and too often makes maters worse for cyclists and pedestrians.

Witness the upcoming election for Governor, the Republican side is going to postpone major mass transit projects under the assumption that the money would be better spent on car only projects. This is like our battle, if the political will says we have the money we have the money, if the political will says we don't have the money then we don't.
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How to Decide If You Can Live Without a Car

Biking ElsewhereBy Eric Ravenscraft, Life Hacker

Cars are a way of life in the US (and around the world). While most of us enjoy the freedom they offer, their costs can be a burden on the budget. Not everyone can live without that red mark in the ledger, but we'll help you find out if you might be a candidate.
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<a href="http://lifehacker.com/how-to-decide-whether-you-can-live-without-a-car-1651713372">http://lifehacker.com/how-to-decide-whether-you-can-live-without-a-car-1651713372</a>;
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GHSA's sensational report

Biking ElsewhereB' Spokes: The WashCycle dissects the Governors Highway Safety Association report that cycling fatalities are up but while true is misleading along with other info from the report.

<a href="http://www.thewashcycle.com/2014/10/ghsa-study.html">http://www.thewashcycle.com/2014/10/ghsa-study.html</a>;
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"We have chosen not to actively support Cherokee Schill's case" - LAB

Biking ElsewhereLAB's response here: <a href="http://bikeleague.org/content/schill-case-what-now">http://bikeleague.org/content/schill-case-what-now</a>;

B' Spokes: Let's say there are a range of responses we could expect expect from LAB, I am fully sympathetic as to why LAB has not cranked it up to 11 on this case but zero support? OK maybe one on the scale, as they did do a nice blog post on riding with Schill. But still we have all faced harassment from motorist and there are too many police officers who seem to think the cyclist is always at fault no mater what. The attitudes behind this case are universal and should be addressed.

If gun safety was like bicycle safety, it would be illegal to stand in front of a gun.

What is needed is a change of attitudes, a public relation campaign if you would. It is not right that the fastest mode of travel has the unspoken &quot;right&quot; not to be delayed in the slightest even though they could easily make up that delay but slower modes of transportation should not mind going even slower. Half hour or loner detours, no problem since they were going slow to begin with. :/

Next can you imagine the Climate Change folks saying, &quot;Climate Change right now only adversely affects polar bears so there is no national concern and we will take no action.&quot; Or the Anti-Fracking groups going &quot;Fracking only has a local effect so there is no national concern so we will take no action.&quot; So why are we allowing LAB to basically say the same thing? This is not so much about winning a court case which will have very little impact on all of us no mater which way it goes but about changing societies thoughts about cars and bicycle riders. Cars won the world over in the 1960's and we are seeing all the collateral damage their preponderance has done. We need a national organization to help reverse this trend and not keep on ignoring it every time it crops up!

Even if they looked at as a found opportunity for example if they did something like &quot;Join now and we'll contribute $5 to Schill's defense fund.&quot; That would have been a heck of a lot better than never mentioning she needed help raising money to defend our rights to the road. I am trying to say there are lots of opportunities for LAB to do more than what it is currently doing, LAB trying to defend their actions is too much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving just recommending a good doctor after you got ran over by a drunk driver but refusing to do more because of no national concern.

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi
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BFC STEVE: MY RIDE WITH CHEROKEE SCHILL

Biking Elsewhere[B' Spokes: I try to be a polite cyclist by going out of my way to find routes where I will be the least bother to motorists but once and a while I have to take the lane on a car centric street, not all that different from Cherokee Schill. Well OK most of the time when I do it, it's a much shorter distance and not every day but still I would love to see LAB support cyclists right to use public roads. I sort of understand why they have not done so in the past (while I don't know for sure this is my guess) in advocacy circles there is such a thing as the &quot;unsympathetic character&quot; so if you have an arrogant cyclist who thinks they own the road...

Gawd, that is such a loaded summary, it is a lot like &quot;Have you stopped betting your wife?&quot;, trying to defend that just gets you deeper into trouble. My point here is it is not the &quot;unsympathetic character&quot; that is at issue here but the &quot;unsympathetic framework&quot; that we are forced to work our way out of that is the issue. And that framework has to go! And it would be lovely if LAB would finally take up cyclists right to use the public roadway. So if you know someone at LAB please mention politely that you would love to see LAB involved in this case.

In this article it goes into someones first time riding this road and their trials in trying to be a polite cyclist on the return trip.]
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by Steve Clark, Bike League

I used to think I was about as fearless and empowered as any cyclist out there. Then I rode with Cherokee Schill.
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<a href="http://bikeleague.org/content/bfc-steve-my-ride-cherokee-schill">http://bikeleague.org/content/bfc-steve-my-ride-cherokee-schill</a>;
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DNR Opens All Sensory Trail at Patapsco Valley Sate Park

Bike PathsDNR and partners hosted a ribbon-cutting for the new All Sensory Trail at Patapsco Valley State Park on October 16th.

The first-of-its-kind within a Maryland State Park, this Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-accessible path has items that play on the senses to offer an exciting interactive experience for everyone, including people who are vision or hearing impaired.

The trail was created over the summer by youth from the Corps groups, with assistance from DNR, the National Park Service and the Maryland School for the Blind. The youth worked hard to create this special place, along the way learning valuable job skills, gaining an appreciation for nature and seeing firsthand the value of teamwork.

Accessible for people of all abilities, the trail features a walking guide rope, aromatic herbs and plants, beautifully painted birdhouses alive with chirps, melodic drums and chimes, and a variety of interesting plants for touching.

The construction represents phase one of the trail, to be enlarged and enhanced in the summer.
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