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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.)

http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2014/01/18/columbus-police-bike-patrol-pedals-ahead-despite-snow.html
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$88 million dollars comes to Arizona on bicycle tourism

Biking ElsewhereThe headline from: http://www.kyma.com/slp.php?idN=9137&cat=Local%20News

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 Reddit.com

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



http://bikemd.org/page.php?id=668
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Bike Maryland Bicycle Symposium

Bike Maryland updates
Bike Maryland presents the Annual Bicycle Symposium: your chance to learn from bicycle leaders, transportation planners, community leaders and legislative official on current topics with the goal of increasing bicycle safety, connectivity and accessibility at this free premier networking event that includes breakfast and lunch. 


Where: President's Conference Center, Miller Senate Building
11 Bladen Street 
AnnapolisMD 21401

When: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM (EST)


Register as soon as possible to reserve your spot as spaces are filling up quickly: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/bike-maryland-bicycle-symposium-tickets-9727536323

Presentation topics include: "How to Develop a Local Bicycling Advocacy Organization", "Keynote Presentation" by Frederick's Honorable Mayor McClement, "Bike-share", "Safe Routes to School", "Complete Streets", "State Bicycle Master Plan", "State Pro-bicycle Legislative Agenda" and more!

Full agenda and more information about Bike Maryland at www.bikemd.org


Questions, sponsors, and potential exhibitors should contact Mary at mary @ bikemd dot org
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Just for Maryland it is one life every 18 hours.
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LET'S (NOT) AVOID THE REAL ISSUES

Biking ElsewhereLetter to the Editor, by Bob Mionske

RE: “Santa Barbara cyclists have gone collectively insane.”

That was the conclusion readers of the Santa Barbara View were invited to reach, based on anecdotes involving exactly two cyclists. Do you see the logic? If two cyclists were doing something wrong, that must mean that all cyclists—at least in Santa Barbara—are collectively insane.

And since all cyclists have gone collectively insane, we can just ignore all of the cyclists who were riding lawfully on the same day that these two riders were behaving badly. If two cyclists were not riding lawfully. all cyclists are collectively guilty, all are “collectively insane.” Even the ones who were riding lawfully and courteously that day, and every day. Tar them all with the same brush, and let God sort them out.

By the same token, we can also ignore all of the drivers who were breaking the law that day. Speeding? Why that’s a driver’s sacred right, isn’t it? Sure, it’s the number one cause of traffic “accidents,” and virtually every driver does it, but why quibble over that, when we have far, far bigger fish to fry, like one irresponsible guy who was speeding on a bike?

Why point out that virtually every driver rolls through stop signs—the world-famous “California stop”—with a little “pretend-to-stop” tap on the brakes if they can be bothered, when we can look down our noses at a cyclist who wasn’t wearing a helmet? Sure, helmets are not required, and aren’t even designed to provide protection for collisions with cars. But if we don’t blame cyclists for not wearing a helmet, we might have to look at the real cause of cyclist injuries and fatalities, and we wouldn’t want to open that Pandora’s box. Just like we wouldn’t want to require drivers to wear helmets, even though head injuries are much more common for drivers than they are for cyclists.

What about drivers violating a cyclist’s right of way? No, we don’t want to talk about that either, even though it’s the most common cause of bicycle collisions, and has happened to every cyclist out there. Instead, let’s complain about the “cycling hell” of somebody getting some exercise once a month. Let‘s complain that some cyclist was wearing—Shock! Horrors!—cycling clothes while riding his bike.

And while we’re studiously avoiding the real issues, why not make up some imaginary laws that victimize drivers while we’re at it? In all my years of handling bicycle injury cases, I have never once seen a driver cited for hitting an at-fault cyclist. Nor has anybody else ever seen such a preposterous injustice. In fact, in the real world, it is all-too-common for an at-fault driver to face no charges after injuring, or even killing a cyclist. And when drivers are cited for carelessly causing serious injury or death, it is almost always on a minor traffic violation, like “failure to yield.” If you were killed by a careless driver who got the kid glove treatment afterwards, would you feel like drivers are the victims here? Would your bereaved family feel that way?

But let’s ignore that reality, for the convenient fiction of a make-believe world where drivers are all scrupulously law-abiding victims of insane cyclists run amok, rather than the often careless law-breakers of the real world, who injure some 50,000 cyclists and kill some 700 cyclists annually.

That way, we won’t have to deal with the real issues.

http://www.bicyclelaw.com/blog/index.cfm/2014/1/10/Lets-Not-Avoid-The-Real-Issues
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Unlock Federal Funds in Your Community in 2014: Apply for a Navigating MAP-21 Workshop

Biking in Maryland[B' Spokes: Maryland has accumulated $40 million in unspent federal money that could be spent on bike ped projects. Local key players really need to attend this workshop and get O'Malley to spend this money.]

http://www.peoplepoweredmovement.org/site/index.php/site/blog/4745/
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My Droodle: Beauty and Mystery in Druid Hill Park

Bike Paths[B' Spokes: some lovely photos of Druid Hill Park and a lot of them can be seen from the Jones Falls Trail around the park.]

http://darkroom.baltimoresun.com/2014/01/my-droodle-beauty-and-mystery-in-druid-hill-park/
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Hoody, goody or buddy? How travel mode affects social perceptions in urban neighbourhoods

Biking ElsewhereHighlights
• Car use has negative effects on urban communities by affecting social perceptions.
• More car use through a relatively poor area is associated with less positive views of that area.
• More walking through a relatively poor area is related to more positive views of the area.
• Attitudes towards young people are more negative when they are seen from a car.
• Attitudes towards young people are most positive when seen from a pedestrian perspective.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1369847813000806

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