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Congress Approves Bill That Will Offer Free Automobiles To Welfare Recipients

Biking Elsewhere"Earnest said in the briefing that the campaign is intended to help unemployed Americans find secure employment, and ultimately will cause the unemployment rate to drop significantly. “Every American deserves the right to possess the ability to get themselves to a good job. Public transportation is very limited for most of the unemployed, especially in rural areas. "

http://empirenews.net/congress-approves-bill-that-will-offer-free-automobiles-to-welfare-recipients/

[B' Spokes: Yes this satire but I think it makes the point if you prioritize just cars and treat everything else as second class this could very well happen in the future.]
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Almost Every Way Of Getting To Work Besides Driving Is Better For Your Mental Health

Biking Elsewhere"Three researchers who tracked more than 17,000 British commuters in surveys over a period of 18 years found that those with active modes of transportation fared better on a scale of well-being."

http://www.fastcoexist.com/3035700/almost-every-way-of-getting-to-work-besides-driving-is-better-for-your-mental-health
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Please help, this could happen here next

Biking ElsewhereThe story: Woman charged again after she rides her bicycle on busy U.S. 27 (and note the picture of her biking, the gravel is clearly seen.)

The appeal for money: Appeal fund by Cherokee Schill

Note: To date she has not received any help from the League of American Bicyclists (LAB), which I find ironic in that they helped get rid of our mandatory shoulder use law. I sort of understand the reluctance in the past not to represent anything less then "the ideal" case. But is that the case here? What cyclist would support:
  • Not ever sweeping a shoulder along a route we use frequently
  • Rumple Strips along a section of road were we are expected to jump on and off the shoulder?


I will strongly assert it is the state that is guilty of "wanton endangerment". So please help her and maybe an encouraging note to LAB to stand up for our rights.

It could happen here: I don't go to the Towson Bike Party much because I don't like biking Charles. Not that I think any part is unsafe but (for one example) it is the consent bugging me do I use the too narrow three foot shoulder or take the lane? Neither feels exactly right because of the other so I just don't bike there often, but what if I had too? At one point yesterday when using this shoulder I had to come to a near full stop because of some piss poor road patch in the shoulder. If i was taking this every day, you are darn straight I would be taking the lane early to avoid that spot. And if there was a rumble strip preventing my return to the shoulder.., I hope you see my point, a reasonable cyclists is not always on the shoulder, nor is it the law.

And as you may have heard I have been fighting the issue of bikes as slow moving vehicles must ride right. But still there is a position in MDOT that is very similar to the judges in this case

District Judge Bill Oliver found that Schill had violated ... three counts of a law requiring slow-moving vehicles to move as far to the right "as practicable."

This is disturbing because Kentucky is clearer than Maryland that bikes are not considered "slow-moving" vehicles and like us bikes are not required to use shoulders

189.810 Definitions.
(1) "Slow-moving vehicle" includes farm machinery, including animal-drawn vehicles, highway construction and maintenance vehicles, and any other type of vehicle except bicycles, capable of a rate of speed no greater than twenty-five (25) miles per hour.




So please help in anyway you can.
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MUSIC TO YOUR GEARS

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Bikemore's 2nd annual Music To Your Gears, featuring Baltimore's own international superstar Rye Rye, underground hip-hop legend Labtekwon, and the rhythmically complex indie pop of Chester Endersby Gwazda, returns to Friends of Druid Hill Park on Saturday, September 20 from 4-9pm!

The festival is at the Sundial Pavilion on the west side of Druid Park Lake.

There will be food trucks, wine, beer from Heavy Seas Beer, bicycles for rent, planned rides, and just an all-around wonderful day and evening in one of America's greatest urban parks!

Huge thanks to the Baltimore Bicycling Club (http://baltobikeclub.org/) for being the lead sponsor of this event! Other sponsors are Zipcar®, MP3car (http://mp3car.com/), SmartLogic, Evergreen Health Cooperative, Johns Hopkins University, Joy Sushinsky Realtor and your neighborhood specialist, Walmart, and Seawall Development (http://www.seawalldevelopment.com/).

We encourage you to come early to Druid Hill Park for Charm City Cross to catch one of America's best cyclocross races. http://charmcitycross.com/

See you on the 20th, and invite all your friends!

More info:Facebook
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Towson Bike Loop report

Biking in the Metro AreaIn the news: CBS

In Pictures: My photos

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Nate Evens (Bike Maryland), Kevin Kamenetz (County Executive), David Marks (County Council)

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Kevin Kamenetz and riders being photographed (being photographed)

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Smiles

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Even more smiles from Kevin Kamenetz
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Towson Bike Loop Ribbon Cutting

Biking in the Metro AreaVia Bike Maryland

Location: Bosley Avenue & W Susquehanna Avenue, Towson, Maryland 21286

Join Bike Maryland and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz who will officially open the Towson Bike Loop with a celebratory ribbon cutting followed by a bike ride.

Thank you to Councilman David Marks and the local advocates who helped bring this project to life!
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https://www.bikemaryland.org/events/towson-bike-loop-ribbon-cutting/
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Finally some progress on "bikes must ride right if they are slow"

Bike LawsBy B'Spokes,

Our story goes back to when Anne Arundel County introduced the "Bikes May use the Full Lane" sign and MDOT erroneously added that only cyclists traveling near the speed limit can "take the lane" slower cyclists on the other hand "must" ride far right as possible/practicable. Because basically MDOT said "Oh look, here is a way of looking at the law no one has thought of before," - Well that should have been a warning sign right there, but they decided to defend their position in my conversations with them, so I had to look for other solutions.

This was not the first time MDOT decided to go outside of what I'll call the canon of bicycle safety advice, which I outlined in this story: The best of MDOT's WTF

To demonstrate why MDOT's position was so grievous, let's say the ride side of the road has some issue that is covered by one of the exceptions to our ride right law, like debris or uneven pavement. Bicycle law says we can legally ride further left to avoid these kind of issues but slow moving vehicle law as interpreted by MDOT says we can't. Let me stress it is their interpretation at issue here, I see no conflict between the two per the letter of the law.

So for me it came down to: Does bicycle law clarify the slow moving vehicle law for cyclists or does slow moving vehicle law negate bicycle law and does MDOT have the legal authority to issue an interpretation of law? Or even more grievous does MDOT have the authority to say we are the only state where the Uniform Vehicle Code says something different then other states with the Uniform Vehicle Code?

I hope you can see when put in those terms, the issue is outrageous. But when talking about cyclists riding right when bicycle law says they may use the full lane even Vehicular Cyclists says there is a time we can be safe and polite and not put our safety at risk by riding to the right even though the law does not say you have to, this is called "Control & Release" as demonstrated in the following video:

Control and Release on Kirby Avenue Over I-57 in Champaign, IL from Gary Cziko on Vimeo.



The problem is the law does not spell this out (nor should it) so it becomes very hard to get MDOT to put this safety information out to cyclists as they primarily deal with summarizing the law and not safety advice that goes beyond the scope of the law. Additionally do I need to point out ANY summary of the law that is done by dropping words is inaccurate?

Or let me state it this way: I understand the desire of motorists that cyclists should assist in easier passing but it comes down to should MDOT stress (poor/inaccurate) summaries of the law or draw upon known good safety advice? My stance is leave the nitty-gritty of the law to the police and the courts and have MDOT stress the safety side of things.

To that end the last response I got from Secretary James T. Smith seems to be very encouraging. And special thanks to Brian Frosh (who is running for Attorney General and please consider contributing to his campaign) for his help and understanding on this issue. I will note one thing I learned from this, when dealing with MDOT about bicycles it would probably be best to get an elected official involved after the first "We are MDOT and we defend our position" response.

The letter:

From Maryland Department of Transportation - The Secretary's Office

Dear Chairman Frosh:

Thank you for your August 12, 2014 letter regarding whether bicycles are considered "slow moving vehicles." I appreciate you alerting me to the public statements made by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT)on this matter that may have been confusing, and I am happy we were able to clarify the issue for your constituent.

As noted in the email response, there is no hard and fast standard for requiring bicycles to move or stay right on the road. This allows for flexibility and accommodation for real-life circumstances that occur and may not neatly fall under statutory provisions. I am copying State Highway Administrator Melinda Peters as well as Motor Vehicle Administrator Milton Chaffee, who is also the Governor's Highway Safety Representative, on this response so they are aware of this clarification of the rules of the road as they pertain to bicycles. MDOT strives to provide accurate and timely information to Maryland's citizens and will make sure this issue is understood when communicating with the public.
... [Contact information for further clarification if needed]

James T. Smith, Jr.
Secretary

The PDF of the letter.
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Maryland TIGER grant will widen Route 175, add bike facilities and trail

Biking in MarylandVia The WashCycle

Maryland is reportedly getting a TIGER grant to wide Route 175  where it passes through Fort Meade. 

Work along Route 175 between Disney and Reece Roads will widen the road to six lanes, as well as adding sidewalks, on-road bicycle facilities in widened right lanes and a multiuse hiker-biker trail. 

The trail will go farther south than that via another project

The state has already approved $27.9 million to improve the intersections of Route 175 at Reece Road and Mapes Road in Odenton. That work will include stormwater improvements, new turn lanes, a raised median and a hiker/biker trail. 

It appears the project  will add 5' bike lanes and a 10' hiker/biker path along the south side of Rotue 175.

http://www.thewashcycle.com/2014/09/maryland-tiger-grant-will-widen-route-175-add-bike-facilities-and-trail.html

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HeroPalooza Bike Ride

Biking in the Metro AreaJoin us September 20th for a 12, 25, or 60-mile ride around Oregon Ridge State Park to benefit the There Goes My Hero Foundation - Providing Hope and Nurishment to Leukemia Patients and Their Families.

The 3rd Annual Hero-Palooza features bike rides of 60, 25, and 12 miles that start at 8:00am, 8:30am, and 9:30am respectively at Oregon Ridge State Park in Hunt Valley. Afterward, join us for a family-fun festival and crab feast. We'll have a beer garden, games, and entertainment.
Net proceeds from Hero-Palooza benefit There Goes My Hero Foundation, an non-profit dedicated to helping leukemia patients and their families.

Registration before September 20 (please note registrations after September 10th are not guaranteed an event shirt.)
• $35 to ride or run/walk – additional $15 for the crabfeast
• Tickets for Crabfeast & Family Festival ONLY $35/person (Age 12 & Up).

Day of the event September 20
• $55 to ride or run/walk – additional $15 for the crabfeast
• Tickets for Crabfeast & Family Festival ONLY $55/person (Age 12 & Up)

Kids Under 12: Free for everything

*There will be no refunds after September 5, 2014.

Not a cyclist or runner? Join us for only The Family Festival featuring a Hero Crabfeast/ Cookout, Beer Garden (including wine), live music, children’s activities, raffles, prizes, and more!

For more information, http://www.theregoesmyhero.org or contact Terry Weigel, Executive Director, terry.weigel@theregoesmyhero.org 410-946-1700.
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BWI introduces bikeshare pilot program for airport trail

Biking in the Metro AreaStation with 10 bikes from Zagster now open near international terminal, adjacent to light rail stop

By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun

Visitors, employees and neighbors of BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport now have a new option for enjoying the 12.5-mile trail that loops around the airport's Anne Arundel County property.

The Boston-based bikeshare company Zagster, working with BWI, has installed a dock for 10 of its bicycles outside the airport's international terminal, near the light rail station. They are available for rental for $5 a day. Long-term passes for regular use cost $15 a month or $50 a year.
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http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2014-08-07/news/bs-md-bwi-zagster-20140807_1_rail-station-international-terminal-airport-travelers
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