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Meet Brian Frosh for Attorney General

Politics[B' Spokes: I was with some cycling friends over the weekend and they could not stop talking about how great Brian Frosh is (and he is a cyclist as well.)]

I hope you are safe and warm this snowy day! I want to share information on our campaign's upcoming events in the Baltimore area this weekend. This Saturday we are having two events, the first is Saturday morning in Baltimore County and the second is that afternoon in Baltimore City. Brian will discuss his legislative priorities and share why he is running to be the next Attorney General of Maryland.

There is much work to be done and Brian can’t do it alone. He needs your support! Please join us this Saturday to learn more about Brian, hear more about his vision for a better and safer Maryland, and get involved in our campaign. Please feel free to share this invitation with your friends and family!





Baltimore County Baltimore City

Meet & Greet in Timonium


Senator Brian Frosh

 Democrat for Attorney General of Maryland

Saturday, January 25, 2014

10am – 12pm

Home of Rev. Sharon Smith

219 Sandee Road

Timonium, MD


Meet & Greet in Mt. Vernon


Senator Brian Frosh

 Democrat for Attorney General of Maryland

Saturday, January 25, 2014

3pm – 5pm

Home of Kathleen Fanone & Steven Ruckman

913 Tyson Street

Baltimore, MD



Please RSVP to Christa Burton at 847-409-5889 or send an email to

His website:
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Wheels of change: Baltimore's bike crusade

Biking in BaltimoreBy Andrew Zaleski, For b

For 23 years, Penny Troutner has owned Light Street Cycles in Federal Hill. And she had seen bicycles on Baltimore's streets, for recreation and transportation, even before she opened her bike shop. But Troutner holds up 2011 as the year she noticed drivers giving cyclists in the city more room on the road.

But infrastructure improvements have also contributed to safer streets for cyclists. Since 2006, 140 miles of cycling lanes on city streets have been installed, a measure that garnered Baltimore recognition from the national League of American Bicyclists as a bicycle-friendly community.

"We're going to see a visible difference in the next two to three years of bike infrastructure in the city," said Billy Hwang, 40, the deputy director for administration at the city's Department of Transportation.

Hwang said this year marks the first time Baltimore is "dedicating federal and local funds to bicycling," a total of about $3.1 million to put toward bike infrastructure, including another 500 bike racks that will be placed citywide over the next year.

Nowhere has that call for better infrastructure been stronger over the past year than inside Bikemore, a cycling advocacy group founded in 2012.

Hear the plan

Bike and pedestrian planner Caitlin Doolin will present the Downtown Bicycle Network at the central branch of the Enoch Pratt Free library (400 Cathedral Street) from 5-7 p.m. on Feb. 4.,0,1736056,full.story
[B' Spokes: Click the link above at least to show support for more articles like this as well as I skipped a lot of good stuff so there is a lot more in there.]
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Cyclists Can Save You Money, If You Let Them

Biking ElsewhereReference:

B' Spokes: There appears to be some disagreement here on just how much motorist pay for the roads. So I'll note from my research there is a big difference what the proportion of motor vehicle taxes make up the state DOT budget and that of the localities. State DOT's build a lot of expensive roads where cyclists are prohibited (so it stands to reason motor vehicles pay the lion share of that) while localities using less vehicle taxes build roads for everyone to use. So it looks like the inference holds, we are paying more then our fair share.

A few highlights:

"And a 2013 study by Canadian researcher Todd Litman found big disparities in how motorists and non-motorists kick in for transportation projects. Litman estimated a cyclist who travels 3,000 miles a year likely overpays almost the same amount as a motorist who logs 10,000 miles a year might underpay."

"But some observers say parsing these revenue streams ignores a larger point: Bike facilities have the ability to save massive amounts of money."

"A Swiss researcher, Thomas Gotschi, who helpfully made Portland the subject of a 2011 study, drove that point home. He found investments of $138 million to $605 million in bike infrastructure could be leveraged to save:
• Between $388 million to $544 million in health care costs.
• $143 to $218 million in fuel
• $7 to $12 billion in human life (measured “value of statistical lives,” a common metric in transportation planning)"
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Bike PathsVia What Weekly

Jess Bither writes her way under the highway.

It’s difficult to view Round Falls from the highway overhead; it’s even hidden to runners along the Jones Falls Trail. Round Falls is out of view, not easily accessible, and unknown to most people in Baltimore. I first became curious about this not-quite-natural-not-quite-urban environment thriving underneath the Jones Falls Expressway while living in Remington.
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Vision Zero Traffic Fatalities [video]

Biking Elsewhere[B' Spokes: This video is just like here but we have a higher pedestrian fatality rate than New York City. When you realize this is normal behavior at a lot of our intersections it is safer for pedestrIans to cross mid block. But our police repeatedly crack down on jaywalking (which is not illegal) but have never engaged in crosswalk stings which helps get better motorists behavior. That is not right only addressing one side of the problem.]

65th and 7th Ave, Brooklyn, #VisionZero from Anna Zivarts on Vimeo.

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Poll: Do you think Baltimore leaders understand that millennials are key to healthy gains in Baltimore’s population?

Biking in BaltimoreThere is a poll at the bottom of the page in the link. Do you think our leaders get it?
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China starts televising the sunrise on giant TV screens because Beijing is so clouded in smog

Biking Elsewhere[B' Spokes: Too many supporting more single occupancy motor vehicles (cars) have arguments that boil down to denying climate change and the hopes that the U.S. has enough untapped oil and gas to go on the way it has for another 350 years.

Trying to refute that is not my main argument, this is:]

From the Daily Mail

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Police Bicycle Patrol Pedals Ahead Despite Snow, Frigid Weather

News you will not see in MarylandB' Spokes: Heck I would settle for some bike patrols around here just in the good weather. (Filed in news you will not see in Maryland.)
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$88 million dollars comes to Arizona on bicycle tourism

Biking ElsewhereThe headline from:

B' Spokes: Just to note that Tucson has 900 miles of bike lanes. Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe all have grade separated trails (no roads to cross.)
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Jerry Seinfeld Promotes Cycling to Work!

Bike Maryland updatesVia Bike Maryland

"If you can walk to work or take your bike on a daily basis, I think that's just about the coolest thing that there is. Every morning I listen to the traffic on the radio, and they talk about how they are jammed and I just laugh. I love traffic. I love traffic reports because I'm not in any of them."

- Quote from Jerry Seinfeld on January 6, 2014 from

One of the greatest comedians of our time is also an avid cycling advocate! Great, like we needed another reason to like Seinfeld!

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