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Childhood Obesity Action Strategies Toolkit

Biking ElsewhereFrom the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation:

Highlights:
Active Transportation
What the research shows: There is a significant body of evidence linking transportation, planning and community design to increased physical activity.

Land Use for Active Living
What the research shows: Evidence suggests that youth get more regular physical activity when they have opportunities to walk or ride a bicycle from home to nearby schools, parks and businesses.

Quality Physical Activity In and Near Schools
What the research shows: Evidence suggests that students who spend more time in physical education or other school-based physical activity can improve their fitness levels and their scores on standardized academic achievement tests.

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BICYCLE MASTER PLANS WEBINAR SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 17th

Biking Elsewhere-> Bicycle Master Plans will be the topic of a one-hour webinar scheduled for June 17th, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. A growing number of cities across the U.S. are creating Bicycle Master Plans, or BMPs. These are plans for developing bicycle infrastructure in a city, with emphasis on promoting bicycling as a viable transportation option and fostering a safe environment for bicycling.

Join presenter Peter Lagerwey, who will lead webinar participants step-by-step through the process of creating a successful bicycle master plan. Peter has served for 25 years in the City of Seattle's bicycle and pedestrian program. He managed the development of Seattle's Bicycle Master Plan, oversaw construction of more than 150 miles of bikeways throughout the City, and published numerous reports, studies, design manuals, and professional articles. In September, Lagerwey will open a Seattle office for the Toole Design Group. Webinar participants will be given a copy of a guide, "Creating a Road Map for Producing and Implementing A Bicycle Master Plan," authored by Lagerwey and being published by the NCBW's Active Living Resource Center.
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Back to the Beginning Bike Clinic (B2BBC)

Biking in BaltimoreNext date May 16 in Druid Hill Park Disk Golf Course and free loner bikes are available if you RSVP

The first bicycle (1818) the bicycle rider's feet were in contact with the ground and over time the bicycle evolved to be the most energy efficient forms of locomotion (not to mention the most fun!) So for those who are having trouble with these newfangled bicycles are invited to join us and Baltimore City Rec and Parks for a beginners bike clinic were we mimic the Draisine (pictured) by lowering the seat and (temporarily) removing the pedals and practice mastering these magnificent machines on some gentle grassy slopes of Druid Hill Park.

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This clinic is by appointment only and only for adults, so please contact us and let us know about your availability and if you need a bike and helmet. twowheelparkrider"at"yahoo.com
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OLC May Newsletter

Bike Maryland updatesOne Less > Car

ONE LESS CAR (OLC) UPDATE - LEARN ABOUT:

  1. Transportation for Our Communities, Equity & Our Environment (May 14th)
  2. Bike to Work Day (May 15th)
  3. Mini Cycle Across MD/Chesapeake Bay Air Ride & Roll (June 5-7th)
  4. Tour du Port Registration to Open May 15th
  5. New Executive Director
  6. OLC Supports Tour dem Parks
  7. OLC Event Committee Forming
  8. OLC Develops Advocacy Task Force
  9. Bike Clinic
  10. Legislative Update
  11. OLC seeks New Board Members & Volunteers
  12. Job Announcement
  13. OLC Launches New Website
     
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Montreal Inaugurates Continent’s Most Ambitious Bike-Sharing Program

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Montreal spent 15 million Canadian dollars (about $13 million) to develop and start the system, although it is budgeted to ultimately become financially self-sufficient. But Montreal has received seven patents for Bixi and Mr. Lavallée hopes to sell it to other North American cities.

“We developed this product for Montreal,” he said. “But we were very convinced that it’s good for any city.”
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Regional bike routes back up

Bike PathsOur Google map mash up has been down for a bit but we finally fixed it. To see it click "Trails" button below the header. It's the second map so page down and be patient while data loads. Suggestions for more routes are always welcomed.
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BICYCLES: Why can't Johnny ride? (05/12/2009)

Biking ElsewhereBICYCLES: Why can't Johnny ride? (05/12/2009)
Evan Lehmann, E&E reporter

http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2009/05/12/2

Schoolchildren are being reintroduced to an old concept. It is called "active transportation."

Students in a handful of cities involved in this experiment probably don't think much about the carbon emissions they are preventing as they navigate their bicycles toward beeping devices that count their rides to school.

Nor do they likely realize that their playful pedaling has stopped a spark in the family car's combustion car engine; or that their bike rides chip a little piece off the mountain of miles that U.S. school buses travel each year -- 4 billion.

But a growing number of teachers and parents see a variety of benefits from putting kids back on the wheels that earlier generations took for granted. Getting kids to ride now, they say, will build momentum for cycling habits they can carry into adulthood.

"It's all about habit," said Ned Levine, principal of Crest View Elementary School in Boulder, Colo., where about 130 students -- or 25 percent -- ride to school every day.

Kids, it seems, needed only a little push and a tiny blip of help from software.

That is what Robert Nagler discovered a few years ago when he was trying -- unsuccessfully -- to convince his children to mount up for the short ride to Crest View. So he began offering cheap prizes that he bought at the China Trading Co. -- not just to his kids but any that rode over and over again.

"It was pretty exciting," Nagler recalled. "You know, you come to school every Friday with a bag full of prizes. It was like Christmas."

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But cars pay for the road they use... ya, right.

Biking ElsewhereRecently we ran some numbers for a small road project here in Cincinnati that would normally never get any attention or second thought by the voting public.

The project totaled $2.4 million and was a street resurfacing for a small stretch of road - pretty typical. We ran the gas taxes paid by the amount of users based on average traffic counts. In the end this small project would take some 630 years to pay off with usership fees (gas taxes). Similarly we ran the numbers on the much larger "Thru The Valley" project that will spend hundreds of millions of dollars to repair/upgrade I-75 through the heart of Cincinnati. When factoring in traffic counts with trucks counted separately (they pay higher taxes), we figured it never be paid off with a discount rate, 80 years to pay off with traffic growth and 123 years to pay off without traffic growth.

In the time it will take to pay these projects off they will have been repaired and replaced several times over resulting in the same net loss right from the get go. The point is not that roadways shouldn't be maintained and repaired, it's just that when you hold roadway projects to the same standard as transit it seems ridiculous.
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This latest trend is one more straw in breaking the back of the gas tax as a preferred transportation funding method. Although gas taxes are the largest single source of transportation revenue, we have been moving away from them. Even before the recent rise in gas prices, federal and state gas taxes supplied only 35 percent of the $132 billion in federal, state and local highway funds.

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The Asset Value Index is the ratio of the total expected revenues divided by the total expected costs. If the ratio is 0.60, the road will produce revenues to meet 60 percent of its costs; it would be “paid for” only if the ratio were 1.00, when the revenues met 100 percent of costs. Another way of describing this is to do a “tax gap” analysis, which shows how much the state fuel tax would have to be on that given corridor for the ratio for revenues to match costs.

Applying this methodology, revealed that no road pays for itself in gas taxes and fees. For example, in Houston, the 15 miles of SH 99 from I-10 to US 290 will cost $1 billion to build and maintain over its lifetime, while only generating $162 million in gas taxes. That gives a tax gap ratio of .16, which means that the real gas tax rate people would need to pay on this segment of road to completely pay for it would be $2.22 per gallon.

This is just one example, but there is not one road in Texas that pays for itself based on the tax system of today. Some roads pay for about half their true cost, but most roads we have analyzed pay for considerably less.

To conclude, in the SH 99 example, since the traffic volume for that road doesn't generate enough fuel tax revenue to pay for it, revenues from other parts of the state must be used to build and maintain this corridor segment. The same is true across the state, meaning that, as revealed by the tax gap analysis, overall revenues are not sufficient to meet the state’s transportation needs.
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National Trails Day 09

Bike PathsEvents on the Gwynns Falls Trail: <a href="http://www.gwynnsfallstrail.org/news.cfm">http://www.gwynnsfallstrail.org/news.cfm</a>;

The Woodrow Wilson Bike/Pedestrian Path opens over the Potomac connecting MD trails with VA &amp; Mt. Vernon Trails at 1 p.m.: <a href="http://www.thewashcycle.com/wilson_bridge/">http://www.thewashcycle.com/wilson_bridge/</a>;
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MTA To Introduce Smart Cards In Baltimore Region

Mass TransitBALTIMORE -- The Maryland Transit Administration is aiming to introduce an automated fare card system by October.

But MTA will wait on its goal of making the service interchangeable with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's SmarTrip cards.

MTA spokeswoman Jawauna Greene said the two agencies weren't able to negotiate a revenue sharing agreement. She said the cards for Baltimore-area transit are compatible with the Washington cards and could be integrated in the future.

The cards store credits for fares on an embedded microchip. They will be accepted on MTA's core services: buses, light rail and the Metro subway, but not on MARC trains or commuter buses.

MTA customers would pay an upfront charge for a card and would add value to it by depositing cash at MTA machines around the region.

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