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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!

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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.]
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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

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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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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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Time for an upgrade?

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Time for an upgrade? We take Trade-Ins! Bring in your old bike to trade-in and we can apply the value towards either a new bike OR store credit to use on merchandise! It's that easy!! Trade-In and Trade-Up today!

Via Annapolis Bike & Sport
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What should the speed limit be for cars in cities?

Biking Elsewhere
Speed limit vs injuries
© Copenhagenize.com

Via Treehugger
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Motorists are at fault in the majority of cycling fatalities

Biking ElsewhereBy Gregory A. Clark, Standard-Examiner

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But one contributing factor is inappropriate motorist attitude: Roads are for cars, not bikes. Another is that American motorists typically receive little or no penalty for injuring or killing cyclists -- even when the accident is clearly their fault. A third is the lack of cycling infrastructure.

These need to change.

When it comes to attitude, all too often people are ready to blame the victim.

As one commentator put it after another recent local accident, "Often the blame should be shared. ... Cyclists have to do their part to stay out of the way." (Read)
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Sure, cyclists sometimes fail to obey the letter of the law. Me too. But that is not the major problem. Motorists are at fault in the majority of cycling fatalities.

Nearly every motorist, on nearly every drive, also breaks the law: Failing to come to a complete stop at stop signs, failing to obey the posted speed limit, failing to signal appropriately, and so on. Me too. If receiving respect required giving respect for the letter of the law, then motorists would deserve no respect, either.

Despite our own routine driving infringements, we don't claim that other drivers should be absolved of blame for hitting our cars. Or that roads and infrastructure shouldn't be built or maintained. Or that cars shouldn't be allowed on roads. Yet that is much the attitude many motorists wrongly convey toward bicyclists.

Pedestrians also often violate the letter of the law, crossing in the middle of the street or against red lights. Me too. But that's no excuse for motorists to run them down, or to deny them infrastructure.
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Instead, pedestrians are correctly presumed to have the legal right-of-way over motorists. That makes sense, given the discrepancies of size, speed, and injury potential between cars and people.

The same legal principle should apply to cyclists. And where that principle has been put into legislation, it works. Such legislation -- with enforcement -- doesn't "result in rampant injustice to drivers ... it results in far fewer accidents." (Read) Nor does it result in rampant law-breaking by cyclists, who must worry about their physical harm far more than about traffic tickets.

Overall, bicycle use reduces, not increases, traffic and parking problems. Traffic jams and slowdowns are caused by too many cars, not by too many cyclists. (Read) Nor are traffic jams caused by the few extra seconds (if any) it takes for drivers to pass slower cyclists.

Further still, bicycle use saves the taxpayer money. That's a kind of "green" that most anyone can love.
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http://www.standard.net/stories/2014/03/17/bicyclists-improve-our-quality-life

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