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Love it or loathe it, we want to hear your commuting stories at

I love my rockin' commute!

I loathe my soul-sucking commute.

What's your commute like?

Maybe you crank up the A/C, put in a Yanni CD and zone out. Maybe you peruse the morning paper while on the express bus that stops just blocks from your home and office. Or maybe you leave frustrated tooth-marks on your steering wheel each day.

We want to hear your commuting story - no matter how terrible your lows or how blissful your highs. We can't read minds, so you're just going to have to spell it out for us:

My commute rocks; it's practically the best part of my day!

My commute sucks… please, please make it stop.

Hundreds of commuters from locales far and near have already chimed in. User "Cantabrigian" bragged: "I adore my commute! 10 minutes by bicycle on a marked bike lane, or 15 minutes by foot, passing by convenient coffeeshops…This is one reason why I choose to live and work where I do." Jealous yet? Or, can you top that with your awesome commute?

On the flip side, Christine let out a little rage:

"Oh, yes, my commute sucks. I work evenings, so the bus doesn't run late enough for me to take it home. And a shift starting during rush hour means that it takes me over an hour and a half to drive 20 miles. If we just had broader public transportation, I wouldn't have to face the headache that is my commute every day!"

Ouch. If your commute's as lousy as Christine's - or, traffic forbid, worse - we want to hear you rage about your lousy commute!

Hearing stories like yours - the good, the bad, and the ugly - helps us flesh out what commuting in America is really like. And we're using the stories you write on - and the groundswell of support we're seeing - to press home our message with Congress: let's turn our frustration into smart transportation solutions.


Ilana Preuss
Outreach and Field Director
Transportation for America

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Sharing Street Space Safely

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Half of Traffic Fatalities Are Not in Cars

Biking ElsewhereThought you would be interested in the World Health Organization's release of a 351-page report of a study funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies
that reveals, according to a story published today by the Washington Post, that:
Nearly half of the 1.2 million people killed in traffic accidents around the world each year are not in cars. They are on motorcycles or bicycles or walking along the side of the road.
The story is titled "Half of Traffic Fatalities Are Not in Cars" can be found at
The story says that:
One of the more surprising discoveries was the toll on pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcycle riders crowding the roads in developing countries, who accounted for 46 percent of all traffic deaths.
The report, according to the story, tells about how much more civilized we are here in the U.S.:
In the United States, 51 percent of deaths involve car drivers, 21 percent are car passengers, 11 percent motorcyclists, 11 percent pedestrians and 2 percent bicyclists.  
The story concludes by noting that:
WHO is hosting a global conference on road safety in Moscow in November. [Etienne G.G. Krug, a physician at WHO in Geneva who led the project] said he hopes the data will be updated periodically in the future in the form of national report cards on traffic safety.
Perhaps the dream of "Traffic Justice" that many of us envisioned at the start of the 2006 ProWalk/ProBike Conference will come closer to reality in Moscow this November.
John Gideon
Consider Biking
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MWCOG: Priorities for a Growing Region

Biking in Maryland...
While traffic is a leading irritant, it is not where the public would place the most effort over the long-term.

In one of the study’s more challenging findings, residents do not place great emphasis on solving the region’s transportation problems. By a large margin, traffic and transportation are listed as the top “long-term issue or challenge facing the Washington region.” The concern is particularly acute in parts of Northern Virginia. But when asked how much of a priority they would place on transportation if they were making decisions for the region, citizens rank transportation ninth out of a list of sixteen broad items tested – in other words in the middle of the pack. With this finding, residents are not saying “do not solve it,” but they are identifying a number of other pressing priorities that need greater attention in their view.
The second leading priority for the long term is producing safe streets and neighborhoods. On safety as well as education there are strong differences in performance among jurisdictions, but near total consensus that public safety is a high priority.
One’s commuting choice heavily impacts this number. Compared to the 54% overall number, only 38% of people who typically commute to work or school by driving alone mention transportation as a top regional challenge. The number is 50% among people who commute by mass transit, carpooling, or another means like walking or biking. Among those who do not commute regularly, the number jumps to 71%. Despite daily frustrations, commuters who drive alone are the least concerned about the region’s transportation challenges. [So why does the region over stress accommodating the SOV (Single Occupancy Vehicle?)]
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Citizen's Guide: Regional Transportation Planning

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Plan B, B-cycle

Biking in BaltimoreTimes have changed and the automobile hasn't.
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Maryland-to-Maine: Cute Dog/OK Man Complete East Coast Greenway Adventure

Biking ElsewhereDan and Sadie McCrady (the latter a remarkable yellow Labrador) cycled the East Coast Greenway from Annapolis, MD to Portland, MD. See their daily blog/story and pictures at <a href=""></a>;
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And you thought you heard all the reasons why there should be no bike lanes

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Leaders of South Williamsburg's Hasidic community said yesterday that bike lanes that bring scantily clad cyclists - especially sexy women - peddling through their neighborhood are definitely not kosher.
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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

Biking in MarylandDateline Friday June 12th; Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (MBPAC.)

Martin Harris MDOT's Legislative Officer gave an excellent overview of &quot;Maryland’s Legislative Process&quot; and presented a very optimistic view of MDOT supporting bicycling and addressing advocates issues at least in terms of general principles but cautioned that in some details we may not see exactly eye to eye. But overall there has been tremendous improvement from MDOT at least in not opposing everything we but forth and we are improving our working relationship thanks to the efforts of One Less Car.

But we do have a major problem from the Chair of the Environmental Matters Motor Vehicles &amp; Transportation Subcommittee (just to note I am filling in a blank here, this paragraph was not part of MH's overview.) We have cyclists in his district working on this, whether there is hope he is his getting closer to our position or if he will continue his one man crusade against bicyclists is hard to say at this time. His district houses one of the few hardly any one bikes university campuses in the nation and a hot bed of bike/ped crashes (not at the campus obviously,) improving conditions for cycling is important issue for his constituents and all of Maryland. When we have word on which way the wind is blowing on this we will post in the Politics topic, in the mean time try to keep an open mind and if you approach him be positive.

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Electric bicycles are leaving cars in the dust

Biking Elsewhere...
In China, electric bicycles are leaving cars in the dust. Last year, Chinese bought 21 million e-bikes, compared with 9.4 million autos. While China now has about 25 million cars on the road, it has four times as many e-bikes. Thanks to government encouragement and a population well versed in riding two wheels to work, the country has become the world's leading market for the cheap, green vehicles, helping to offset some of the harmful effects of the country's automobile boom. Indeed, as engineers around the world scramble to create eco-friendly, plug-in electric cars, China is already ahead of the game. Says Frank Jamerson, a former GM engineer turned electric-vehicle analyst: &quot;What's happening in China is sort of a clue to what the future will be.&quot;

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