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Anne Arundel County unveil inaugural bike ride event - Lifeline 100

Biking in the Metro AreaBy Christopher Johnson, NACO

Anne Arundel County, Md. PoliceDepartment, Department of Recreation and Parks and Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis and Anne Arundel County (BikeAAA) have teamed up to unveil the Anne Arundel County Lifeline 100 Century Ride set for Oct. 19.

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Courtesy Anne Arundel County, Md.

Anne Arundel Police Chief Kevin Davis speaks about the Century Ride and how it came to fruition. The event is scheduled for Oct.19.

A growing trend among counties is to get moving and healthier.

“This all began last year when officer Kam [Cooke] and I came up with an idea for a community bike ride,” Cpl. Dominic Scali, Anne Arundel County Police Department said. “This is also an opportunity for our department to show what a bike patrol is and what they do while raising money for county non-profits.”​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The Anne Arundel County Lifeline 100 Century Ride offers a great experience for cyclists of all levels with 100–, 56– and 15–mile routes with a ‘kiddie and family’ ride option for younger children and their parents. The routes wind throughout the county with views of downtown Annapolis, the Severn River, southern parts of the county, BWI-Thurgood Marshall Airport and more. The ride is a part of the all-day “Make Health Happen Community Health Fair” at Kinder Farm Park.

“We are proud to be hosting the bike ride and health fair,” Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman said. “This first of its kind initiative emphasizes the health and economic benefits of safe bicycling in the county.”

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http://www.naco.org/newsroom/countynews/Current%20Issue/5-19-2014/Pages/Lifeline-100,-Anne-Arundel-County-unveil-inaugural-bike-ride-event-.aspx
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Ride Around the Reservoir 2014

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Ride around the Reservoir in Druid Hill Park every Monday and Wednesday, May - Aug, 5 - 8 p.m.

  

Laps around the Lake at Lake Montebello every Tuesday and Thursday,   May - August,
5 - 8 p.m. 
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Baltimore #3 in least courteous drivers

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Via NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
[B' Spokes: A random survey of 2,500 people, so take this with some grain of salt. More info can be found here.]
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Motorists fined for overtaking cyclists? It’s about time

News you will not see in MarylandVia The Telegraph

A new proposal from the Department of Transport recommends a 15mph speed limit to help protect cyclists. It's a pedal revolution in the right direction, says Chris Harvey

I admit I was taken aback earlier this week when the Department of Transport released a proposal for designated “cycle streets” in cities.

All too often, the narrative around cycle safety focuses negatively on cyclists' behaviour. Take, for example, MP Kate Hoey (who once labelled cyclists "law-breaking lycra louts"), who now thinks that cyclists should have to pay for safety measures to protect them from motorists. Or Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin's suggestion that cyclists have to "do their bit" to make the roads safer. Even Boris Johnson, who is normally admirably pro-cycling, copped flack from the cycling community after appearing to suggest that a series of fatalities on London's roads was down to "very risky" cycling manoeuvres.

So it's genuinely refreshing to see a proposal that aims to make the roads fundamentally safer for people to use. The plan would see cyclists given priority over motorists on “lightly trafficked roads where cycle flows are high”. A 15mph speed limit would be imposed, along with a potential £100 fine (and three penalty points) for overtaking a cyclist.

Quite frankly, it’s about time this kind of measure was introduced.
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/active/recreational-cycling/10830450/Motorists-fined-for-overtaking-cyclists-Its-about-time.html
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Monumental City by Bike: A Memorial Day Weekend Ride

Looking for local rides(ers)Via Baltimore Heritage

May 25 @ 9:00 am $10

From “Decoration Day” events in the 1860′s honoring Civil War soldiers to a transformation into a national holiday, Memorial Day is a time to learn about and reflect on those who have died serving our country. Baltimore’s abundance of monuments and public memorials offer a great opportunity to do just this.

Early on, our city gained a reputation for its remarkable monuments. The famous nickname, the Monumental City, comes from a 1827 toast by John Quincy Adams on a visit to Baltimore:

“Baltimore, the Monumental City: may the days of her safety be as prosperous and happy as the days of her danger have been trying and triumphant!”

The city’s reputation as the Monumental City has only grown as residents have erected hundreds of memorials in the intervening 190 years. We invite you to join Baltimore Heritage tour guide Dr. Ralph Brown this Memorial Day weekend to learn about the city’s monumental sculpture in our annual Baltimore by Bike tour.

Monumental City by Bike is free for veterans, currently enlisted military personnel and their families.



To register: http://baltimoreheritage.org/event/monumental-city-by-bike-a-memorial-day-weekend-ride/
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What should a US national bike strategy plan look like?

Biking ElsewhereBy Richard Layman, Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

I pissed off some people a couple days ago when I commented that three presenters (from Ontario, UK and Australia) providing guidance to US stakeholders about creating a national bike strategy didn't have much to offer us.

So I have been thinking about what should be included in the introductory components to a US national bike strategy plan.

Sure, some of these places have  more bike commuters than we do nationally, but the US is a lot more suburban and gasoline is taxed much less, which makes a huge difference, which was captured in an article by John Pucher, "Why Canadians cycle more than Americans: A comparative analysis of bicycling trends and policies" from Transport Policy journal:
In spite of their colder climate, Canadians cycle about three times more than Americans. The main reasons for this difference are Canada’s higher urban densities and mixed-use development, shorter trip distances, lower incomes, higher costs of owning, driving and parking a car, safer cycling conditions, and more extensive cycling infrastructure and training programs. Most of these factors result from differences between Canada and the United States in their transport and land-use policies, and not from intrinsic differences in history, culture or resource availability.
It should be no surprise that the US and the UK (e.g., "Britons unmoved by pro-cycling campaigns: Most regard bicycles not as legitimate form of transport but as children's toys or preserve of hobbyists, research finds," Guardian), given the prevalence of the "vehicular cycling" concept, have significantly fewer people cycling for transportation compared to countries where sustainable mobility is actively promoted.

That doesn't mean we can't learn from those places.
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2. Change how DC Government benchmarks its policies and regulations against the nation's leading cities with the aim of adopting best and leading practices, rather than being content with making changes that still lag best practice.
[B' Spokes: It amazes me how many in government are content in areas where we are below average. We need benchmarks that can help put us above average, at least a little bit. ]
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2.  Transportation Physics and Mobility Throughput.  This is pretty basic, that you can move more people by walking or transit or biking in the same amount of space used by cars.  E.g.

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Mobility efficiency diagram.  Central Washington Transportation and Civic Design Study, 1977.
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http://urbanplacesandspaces.blogspot.com/2014/03/what-should-us-national-bike-strategy.html
[B' Spokes: I highly recommend that the planers and advocates read the whole thing.]
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Get out and ride

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Via Bicyclists Belong in the Traffic Lane
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Update: Postponed - Ride of Silence

Looking for local rides(ers)Where: City Hall
When: 7 PM
New date: Mon 5/26

To sign up:
On Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Biking-in-Bmore/events/169614242/
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/675017435891790/

Just some of those who will be remembered:

Nathan Krasnopoler: https://www.baltimorebrew.com/2012/02/27/family-friends-and-cyclists-remember-krasnopoler-and-pledge-to-fight-for-him/
Jack Yates: https://www.baltimorebrew.com/2010/11/30/family-of-bicyclist-jack-yates-settles-with-potts-callahan/
Larry Bensky: http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2010-04-08/news/bal-md.co.bikers08apr08_1_owings-mills-bicycle-cyclists
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Support the local economy and support anything but cars

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Brian Frosh for Maryland Attorney General - Washington Post

Politics Brian Frosh for Maryland attorney general - Washington Post

ON THE merits, the three-way race in the Democratic primary for attorney general in Maryland is a slam-dunk. State Sen. Brian E. Frosh of Montgomery County, who is among the most admired, intelligent, civil and hardworking lawmakers in Annapolis, should win the nomination in a walk.



And a bit about the competition: Jon Cardin missed nearly 75% of committee votes in Annapolis

"Particularly in the House of Delegates, committees are where the real work is done," said David Lublin, an American University government professor. "I can see the campaign ads now: 'He's not doing his job, and now he wants a bigger one.'"



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