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Think Bicycle Commuters Are Good Citizens? You're Probably A Democrat

Biking ElsewhereBy Christine Matthews, Huffington Post

Last week, Pew Research released a survey of 10,000 voters focused on partisan polarization. In their survey, Pew also collected data about lifestyle polarization. For example, Liberals want to live in smaller houses within walkable communities; Conservatives prefer bigger houses with an ability to drive to places of interest.

This reminded us of a survey we conducted late last year that explored partisan attitudes toward bicycling and bike lanes. We were inspired to ask these questions by the bike lane wars we had seen erupting in communities, including in nearby Alexandria, Virginia.

In theory, most respondents to a HuffPost/YouGov poll tended to agree with the concept of bikes and cars sharing the road. Three-fourths of voters agree that roads should accommodate both cars and bikes, while a minority (18%) thinks roads should be for cars only. While Democrats more widely support dual use (85%), Republicans (72%) and independents (70%) also strongly support the idea.

A majority of voters (53%) think policies should be put in place to make it easier (53%) rather than harder (6%) to commute by bicycle. Nearly three in ten say what we're doing presently is fine -- no changes -- and 14% aren't sure.
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christine-matthews/cycling-politics-poll_b_5500546.html
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NEW BAGGAGE CARS COMING SOON - Amtrak

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Read more: http://blog.amtrak.com/2014/06/new-baggage-cars/
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STREETFACTS #4: Children Have Lost the Freedom to Roam [video]

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STREETFACTS #4: Children Have Lost the Freedom to Roam from STREETFILMS on Vimeo.

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Baltimore's Zoo and its Metro (but they don't).

Mass Transit[B' Spokes: Another zing about our mass transit.]
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by Jeff La Noue, Greater Greater Washington

While Washington has a Metro stop with "Zoo" in its name, the Metro subway in Baltimore and its zoo appear to ignore each other.

At the nearby Mondawmin Metro stop, there is scant evidence the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore (Baltimore Zoo) even exists. At the zoo, there's little mention of the subway. Meanwhile, the Washington Metro, the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, and nearby commercial retailers have a symbiotic relationship.

The Woodley Park/Zoo Metro station and the National Zoo are the same distance as the Baltimore zoo entrance and its nearest subway station, 0.4 miles or a 9 minute walk.
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http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/23086/the-national-zoo-and-dc-metro-fit-together-so-could-baltimores-zoo-and-its-metro-but-they-dont/
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A hypothetical decision tree for when to stop - LOL

Biking ElsewhereVia Willamette Week

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Just roads everywhere

Politics[B' Spokes: I thought this was kinda cool campaign for a governor.]
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By Randy LoBasso, Pphiladelphia Weekly

Paul Glover wants to warn us: “In 60 years, either cars will be gone or we will.” Those are tough words. The Germantown resident says he hasn’t driven an automobile since 1978—and, based on a lifetime of research, he’s pretty sure that if more people don’t follow his lead, we’re all doomed. And before you ask: No, he’s not interested in cleaner fuel, or hybrid technology, or electric cars. He believes human mobility will be the end of humanity, because as long as fuel exists, and is cheap, human beings will continue to sprawl—and devour the earth.

“Even if you had a car which ran on parakeet farts and only needed one little parakeet fart a year, cars go everywhere,” he says. “There needs to be a deliberate restraint on human mobility. Otherwise, we entirely cover the planet with roads. Just roads everywhere.”

But who cares what this guy thinks? You should. Glover, a former Temple professor and leader of numerous green job and food organizations around Philadelphia, is running for governor of Pennsylvania on the Green Party ticket.
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http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/news-and-opinion/How_Paul_Glover__Will_Spend_His__Summer_Vacation-262576491.html
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Police Search For Shooting Suspect in Baltimore

Biking in Baltimorevia Washington CBS Local

Baltimore City Police are searching for a suspect they say shot a man multiple times while he was riding a bicycle.

Around 3:15 p.m., police responded to the intersection of E. Monument Street and Madison Street for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, they found a 20-year-old man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

He was transported to a local hospital where he is listed in critical, but stable condition.

Police say they believe the man was shot while riding his bike in the 1200 block of E. Monument Street near the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Detectives from the Eastern District are asking anyone with information on this incident to call 410-396-2433.

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/06/16/police-search-for-shooting-suspect-in-baltimore/
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THE BIKE LAW INTERVIEW: ANN GRONINGER, BIKE LAW NORTH CAROLINA: ON RAISING THE NEXT GENERATION

Biking ElsewhereBy Bob Mionske, Bicycle Law

I recently had the opportunity to talk with North Carolina bicycle accident lawyer Ann Groninger. Ann had recently written a well-received article about being buzzed on a morning ride. Or I should say, it was well-received by cyclists, all of whom have had similar experiences on the road. But some motorists had a different reaction, expressing their disdain for “scofflaw cyclists” (despite the fact that Ann had been riding lawfully, and was nearly hit by a “scofflaw driver”), or worse, expressing a thinly-veiled intent to assault cyclists with their vehicles. Before writing about her own brush with near-disaster, Ann had written another excellent article asking “Are bicycle crashes accidents?” Ann had also written about personalizing the consequences of bicycle crashes—in this case, the impact that a negligent driver had on the cyclist she hit, and on his widow.

It was clear from Ann’s articles that she wants drivers to understand that, in her words, “these stories personalize the consequences of taking unnecessary risks when driving”… “what I want to talk about is the value of human life and how people can take it so lightly…by riding my bike on the road, especially alone, I am putting my life in the hands of people who don’t care about it and are willing to take pretty big risks with it.” For Ann, these stories “should be a daily wake-up call” for anyone with a conscience.
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Ann: Riding a bike was such an important part of my childhood, and I think most peoples’ childhoods. For many reasons – safety, more indoor options, more organized activities - I think it’s tougher for kids these days to just get out and ride. A lot of them will miss that unique feeling of freedom a bike gives you, which is sad.

Also, young kids today are tomorrow’s drivers. If we can teach our kids respect for the road while riding their bikes they will hopefully carry that respect over to driving a car.
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http://www.bicyclelaw.com/blog/index.cfm/2014/6/13/The-Bike-Law-Interview-Ann-Groninger-Bike-Law-North-Carolina-On-Raising-The-Next-Generation
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Ikea to sell electric bicycle called 'Folkvanlig' (poll)

Biking ElsewhereBy Joseph Rose, Oregon Live

Is there any activity that helps people of all languages discover new curse words more than assembling Ikea furniture?

Well, put on your bike helmet and get out the swear jar: The Swedish-based home furnishings company is getting into the bicycle business.

Meet the Folkvänlig, an $1,000 electric bicycle that it hopes will get more commuters out of their cars in cities worldwide. The product's name is derived from the Swedish words for people and friendly.

Here are the details (or "detaljernas"):

  • The frame, which holds the rechargeable lithium-ion battery, is aluminum; the front fork is steel.
  • The electronic "pedal assist," which gives riders a boost when they start to run out of gas, er, steam, is powered by a 250-watt motor with a range of 37 to 45 miles. (Not bad at all.)
  • A Shimano transmission provides six different "driving" modes.
  • It's 60 pounds, which is typical for e-assist bikes.
  • All of the bike's parts (including the mysterious extra piece that will inevitably be left over after you've assembled it) come with a two-year warranty.
  • There are models for men and women.
  • Ikea Family members get a $150 discount.
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http://www.oregonlive.com/commuting/index.ssf/2014/05/ikea_to_sell_electric_bicycle.html
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