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Riders of Silence...a reminder

Biking in Baltimore[Note I strongly support this ride but I do not have the time necessary to lead it. Please if someone can pick up the ball and run with it.]

We need your participation. Our web site and web master are waiting for you to register your ride so that others, including the media, can see the impact this ride is making.

Your ride does NOT have to have thousands of participants. Don’t put that pressure on yourself. It doesn’t even have to have hundreds, or tens. Three, four, or five riders together, memorializing past cyclists and hoping for future change, is all we’d like to see.

Sure, the more the better. But you and your friends riding in your town on May 20, at 7 PM, for a short, slow, and silent 8 mile ride constitutes a location we want to see listed on the web site.

WE NEED MORE LOCATIONS. And new ones, especially. Please come out and show your solidarity, your passion against cyclists getting killed.

The ride is world wide, on the same day, at the same time. The best part, it’s free. There is no other event that covers the earth like The Ride Of Silence (though Nike is trying to steal the idea).

Please. If you’re for active people, you want to show your colors this day.

Thank you.

Let the silence roar.

Chris Phelan, Founder
The Ride Of Silence
One day. One time. World wide.
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WOW! Some people take road safety a little more seriously then others

Biking ElsewhereKOLKATA, May 4: Two brothers were killed in a road accident on AK Mukherjee Road at Napara off Baranagar in North 24-Parganas this morning. Locals damaged the vehicle and beat up the driver. They later put up a roadblock in protest against the accident, alleging that the negligence of traffic police had led to the incident.

The police said the accident took place around 6.30 a.m. today. Victims were identified as Sourav Patra (9) and his brother Sanjib (7), students of class III and I respectively, at Adrasha Primary School in Baranagar. They were going to their school on a bicycle paddled by their mother Mrs Bimal Patra, a resident of Metro Colony, when the accident took place. A speeding truck lost control in a bid to overtake another vehicle and hit the bicycle from behind. The victims fell on the ground and were immediately run over by the truck. Locals rushed the victims to Baranagar State General Hospital, where the mother is in a critical condition. The two boys were both declared brought dead.

Local people pelted stones at the truck, smashing its windscreen. They dragged the driver out of the vehicle and severely beat him up. A large contingent of policemen rushed to the spot and resorted to a lathi charge to quell the mob. They rescued the driver, arrested him, and seized the vehicle. They put up a roadblock on AK Mukherjee Road, which continued for half-an-hour.

Local people alleged that a number of accidents had occurred in this same area, due to a bad road, reckless driving and the absence of policemen. Four severe road accidents have taken place in the past two months in the area. Local people alleged that despite complaints, no steps have yet been taken by the police to deploy a traffic constable and the PWD is reluctant to repair the potholes. Several memorandums submitted by the local people attempting to draw the attention of the municipality have failed to evoke any response."
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Enough of this "As Far to the Right as Practicable " Crap!

Biking Elsewhere[Baltimore Spokes: Please note that Maryland law allows cyclists to "take the lane" when the width of the lane cannot be safely shared by a car and cyclist side by side. AASHTO defines that as as least 14' and most of our road lanes are 12' or less.]

From here on out on certain roadways I am taking the lane. No more of this "as far to the right as practicable" crap! I am sick and tired of being passed too close. The law/ordinance says cyclists have to ride as far to the right as practicable. What this translates to is as long as there is no road hazards, debris, broken pavement, etc. on the right hand side of the roadway cyclists are to be close to the curb. The problem is as far to the right as practicable opens the door for motorists who are in too big of a damn hurry to wait to pass safely to pass too close almost hitting a cyclist. It has happened to me way to many times now on certain roadways and I am sick of it. I am going to take the lane from here on out. What I mean by take the lane is ride in the right hand tire track of the travel lane. This will mean I am about 3' to 4' off of the curb instead of 1' to 2'.
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Traffic Court Results

Biking ElsewhereFrom Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance:

As was posted back in February, I was cited for riding in the road. Yesterday (April 30) I finally had my day in court.
Then it was my turn to testify. I pointed out that the law does not require bicyclists to use the shoulder, and I presented two Idaho Supreme Court cases (Maier v Mindoka County Motor Company and Kelley v Bruch. Thanks to Philip Cook - a fellow LCI from Moscow) that explicitly stated that bicyclists are not obligated to stay in the shoulder. The judge took a few minutes to review these cases and agreed that the law was in my favour there. I testified that I am a League Cycling Instructor and that I teach bike safety and the bicycling related laws. I explained that in a narrow lane it actually isn't safe for a bicyclist to be all the way over on the edge of the lane because it encourages motorists to try to squeeze by when it isn't safe. I presented photos of the area to show how narrow the road is, and a diagram from the Florida Bicycle Association (thanks to Fred Ungewitter in Florida) showing "How to Get more Passing Clearance' by riding further left in the lane. I pointed out in the Idaho Street Smarts manual (written by John Allen) the section that deals with narrow lanes. The Prosecutor had some concerns about where the manual came from.
In all my trial took over an hour, while the previous cases where all less than 1/2 hour each. Both the judge and the prosecutor commented that it had been a learning experience for them, and while the judge acknowledged that Officer Lim was just trying to do his job, given that the law is less than clear about what is "as far right as practicable", the final verdict was Not Guilty.
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Car Sharing RFP Issued

Biking in BaltimoreOn Friday, May 1, 2009, the Parking Authority of Baltimore City issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a car sharing organization to provide its services to Baltimore, Maryland city-wide.

The RFP can be downloaded from the Parking Authority main page, listed at the bottom of this email or from our car sharing page: <a href=""></a>;, where you can still tell your friends to &quot;sign up&quot; as interested in car sharing. We are using the collected email addresses to keep everyone updated on the progress of car sharing in Baltimore. We are using the physical addresses to map and analyze the best locations for car sharing vehicles throughout the entire city.

The deadline for proposals is June 12, 2009 at 3:00 PM.

Thanks for your continued interest and support for car sharing in Baltimore City. Over 550 of you have told us you want car sharing in Baltimore. We'll keep you updated on the response to the RFP and the results!

Tiffany James
Special Assistant &amp; Public Relations Manager
Parking Authority of Baltimore City
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Department of Energy - Secretary Chu

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Chu and biking colleagues.Chu (center) with cycling colleagues at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Q: Is it true you don’t drive a car?
A: My wife does, but I no longer own a car. Let me just say that in most of my jobs, I mostly rode my bicycle.
Q: And now?
A: My security detail didn’t want me to be riding my bicycle or even taking the Metro. I have a security detail that drives me.
Q: How do you feel about adding carbon emissions to the air?
A: I don’t feel good about it.

“I don’t feel good about it”? The guy is in agony over it! Chu is an avid, lifelong bicyclist—the interviewer didn’t have to ask, Chu volunteered that fact—and now he’s sealed up in a Chevy Tahoe. Ouch!

What followed was even worse:

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Poverty, health and transit riders

Mass TransitA number of recent studies do show that high quality public transit service can improve public health by:
* Reducing per capita traffic fatalities (residents of cities with high quality public transit have about a quarter of the per-capita traffic fatality rates as residents of more automobile-dependent communities)
* Increasing physical activity (people who use public transit on a particular are about 3 times more likely to achieve the basic amount of walking required for public health as people who drive and do not use public transit)
* Increased affordability and therefore less stress and more money left in the household budget for healthy food and other necessities (residents of cities with high quality public transportation spend about 20% small portion of household budgets on transportation, and this effect is probably larger for lower-income households)
* Improved accessibility for non-drivers, and therefore less difficulty reaching medical services and healthy food. These factors cannot overcome other demographic and economic factors that reduce poor people's health, but it does suggest that everybody, particularly poor people, are much better off in a transit oriented community than in an automobile-dependent community.
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Who Should Pay to Fix the Roads?

Biking ElsewhereA new report suggests that to prevent sprawl, we should up the taxes on those who have the longest commutes.

By JUNE FLETCHER Wall Street Journal

Should the cost of driving to our suburban homes go up?

Yes, according to a report released by the Urban Land Institute and Ernst &amp; Young called Infrastructure 2009: Pivot Point. Those who drive the furthest to work should bear the biggest responsibility for paying for roads.

&quot;We should shift the funding from taxpayers to users,&quot; said Michael Lucki, global leader of infrastructure and construction at Ernst &amp; Young and, one of the studies co-authors, at a press conference last week.
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No biking to school

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Bike to School (or Not) - [MDOT's Director of Bicycle and Pedestrian Access] Michael Jackson informed the members that school principals in Maryland reportedly flatly refuse to allow students to walk or bike to school or will not provide support for bike safety education programs [WC: Yes, you read that right]. In response a proposal to survey attitudes of school principals and administrators toward student walking and biking and publishing the results is being considered. Michael Jackson also mentioned that Nancy Breen, a researcher at the National Institutes of Health, provided information on a possible NIH grant to fund such a study.

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