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BIKE MYTHS DEBUNKED

Biking Elsewhereby Kristin Butcher, People for Bikes debunks these myths:

MYTH: Roads were created for cars.
MYTH: Riders are safest on the sidewalk.
MYTH: You can’t get a decent bike for less than a gazillion dollars.
MYTH: Bicyclists think they own the road.
MYTH: Bikes are just kids’ toys.

http://www.peopleforbikes.org/blog/entry/bike-myths-debunked
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Why Are We Killing Our Children with Cars?

Biking Elsewhereby Walker Angell, Streats MN

The good news is that the trend has indeed continued downward since the number killed peaked in 1972. Nationally, only 33,561 people were killed in 2012 and 2.36 million were injured.

This all sounds pretty good. Until we stop being insular and comparing ourselves to only ourselves.

Road fatalities, children, by country

This chart shows the rate of children under 15 killed by motorists per year averaged over a 5 year period. Bars indicate the number of deaths per 100,000 total population for each country for each year.

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http://streets.mn/2014/03/25/why-are-we-letting-drivers-kill-our-children/
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No Crime, No Punishment

Biking ElsewhereWhy do dangerous drivers receive more protection from the law than their victims do?

By Bob Mionske, Bicycling

When a dangerous driver injures somebody, or takes another person’s life, we pretend that it’s somehow normal. We’re all so aware of our own driving mistakes that we do everything we can to avoid holding other drivers—even dangerous drivers—accountable when somebody dies. We call it “an accident.” We blame the victim. We worry about how the driver must have suffered. Our system of traffic justice is so broken that, for the victims of dangerous drivers, there is often no justice at all.

Instead, our legal system shields dangerous drivers from any real consequences. With the exception of DUI, motorists can get away with just about anything. Consider a few recent examples.
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[B' Spokes: Things he points out make my blood boil.]

http://blogs.bicycling.com/blogs/roadrights/2014/03/26/no-crime-no-punishment/
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BWI Bike Rental

Cyclist\'s Yellow PagesOpening weekend March 29-30. Now to cross our fingers for a clear day above 50 degrees. Spring hours are 9am-2pm, weekends only. Let's get our move on!

$$ (10-30) · Bike Rental & Bike Share
2301 Dorsey Rd Suite 111, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061
(443) 351-8009

BWI Bike Rental
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State Senator Brian Frosh, a Democratic candidate for Attorney General of Maryland

Politics[B' Spokes: As usual with these kind of posts, I like people who bike. And in an effort to become the all powerful bike lobby I like sharing with you who I have met with and am impressed with. And I encourage you to get involved with your local politicians and if they are supportive of cycling let me know and I will try and promote them.]
Update

Dear Friends,

I would like to share with you an upcoming opportunity you don't want to miss with State Senator Brian Frosh, chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and a Democratic candidate for Attorney General of Maryland.

This Sunday, March 30, the campaign will host a reception in Lutherville and you're invited!  Brian will discuss his legislative priorities and share why he is running to be the next Attorney General. Please join us for an afternoon of good conversation and refreshments and learn why so many Democratic leaders in our state are standing strong behind Brian's campaign.

There is much work to be done and Brian can't do it alone.  Please join us March 30 to share your voice and get involved in our campaign.  Details of the event are listed below. Please feel free to share this invitation with friends and family!

 

What: Meet & Greet with Brian Frosh, Democratic candidate for Maryland Attorney General hosted by Kathleen Birrane

Where: 501 Surrey Road Lutherville, Maryland  21093

When: Sunday, March 30 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

RSVP NOW to Christa Burton at (847) 409-5889 or christa@brianfrosh.com

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High-viz jackets don’t affect how close motorists pass cyclists

Biking ElsewhereBy Sam Dansie, Bike Radar

Whether you wear a big notice saying you're a total cycling newbie, look like a Tour de France pro or just put on a straightforward high-viz jacket, the distance at which UK cars will overtake remains roughly the same: 117.5cm.

That's the result of an academic study investigating what difference a cyclist's clothing choice may have on how close motorists pass them when overtaking during peak rush hour.

It means, say the researchers, there is little cyclists can do with their wardrobe to influence motorists' behaviour once they've been seen.
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The only jacket that appeared to make a meaningful difference to the average passing distance was a jacket with the word 'police' written on it.
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"It's those close buzzes that make cycling feel unsafe," said Walker. "If it doesn't feel safe people won't do it."
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http://www.bikeradar.com/commuting/news/article/high-viz-jackets-dont-affect-how-close-motorists-pass-cyclists-39136/
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Come ride with Anne Arundel County Police Department this Sunday

Biking in the Metro Areaimage

Via Anne Arundel County Police Department
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Bill Marker for the Maryland House of Delegates 40th District

Politics[B' Spokes: I'll note Bill is a regular at Bike to Work Day among being spotted from time to time riding around town or at various cycling events. A nice guy and I rather enjoy talking with him. So in continuing supporting those that bicycle...]
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Friends of Bill Marker
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Please support Bikemore today!

Biking in BaltimoreFrom Chris Merriam via email

Dear friends,

As you know, I am Executive Director of Bikemore, Baltimore's bicycle advocacy group. We work to make Baltimore a place where people can comfortably ride a bicycle on city streets for fun, fitness, and transportation.

So, what does that mean, and what do we actually do
  • We have monthly meetings with the Baltimore City Department of Transportation (BCDOT) in which we monitor progress on a number of infrastructure and policy changes that we've advocated for
  • We build relationships with elected representatives, community leaders, institutions, and other stakeholders around the city to engage them in the process of making our streets more friendly to people on bicycles
  • We attend community meetings around the city to ensure that plans for roads and other public infrastructure are designed to serve people on bicycles
  • We mobilize our supporters to weigh in on bicycle-related policy or infrastructure proposals, as necessary
  • We work with Baltimore's larger bicycle community to build a culture of bicycling in Baltimore
  • (Plus a lot more!)
And, of course, we raise money to fund all that work! It takes a group of professional advocates working (more than) full-time to accomplish these goals, and that's why we need your support today. We appreciate whatever you can afford to give, and whatever this advocacy is worth to you. All donations to Bikemore are fully tax-deductible through our fiscal sponsor, the Greater Homewood Community Corporation.
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Paris bans cars, makes transit free to fight air pollution

Biking Elsewhere[B' Spokes: You would think being near the worst on the number of bad air days (http://www.baltimorespokes.org/article.php?story=20110826010851895 ) we would be working towards something like this.]
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By John Upton, Grist

Air pollution is about as romantic as wilted flowers, chapped lips, and corked wine, so the record-setting smog that has settled over the City of Love in the past few days is definitely dampening the mood.

Unseasonably warm weather has triggered unprecedented air pollution levels in Paris. Over the weekend, the city responded by offering free public transportation and bike sharing. (Similar measures were taken throughout nearby Belguim, which also reduced speed limits.) But that wasn’t enough to fix the problem, so Paris and 22 surrounding areas are taking more extreme steps, banning nearly half of vehicles from their roads.
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http://grist.org/news/paris-bans-cars-makes-transit-free-to-fight-air-pollution/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=update&utm_campaign=socialflow

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