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The cost of free parking

Biking ElsewhereBy Todd Litman -
There are a lot of good reasons for cities to charge for public parking. It is more efficient and equitable. Urban parking facilities are a valuable resource, costing $10,000 to $50,000 to construct, with a typically annual value of $1,000 to $2,000 in land, construction and operating costs. Many vehicles are worth less than the parking spaces they occupy; underpricing parking forces people who own fewer than average vehicles to subsidize their neighbors who own more than average vehicles. Currently, most parking is provided free, financed through development costs and municipal governments, and therefore borne through mortgages, rents and taxes. Charging motorists directly of using urban parking facilities typically reduces automobile trips by about 20%; in other words, about 20% of parking facility costs, traffic congestion, accidents, energy consumption and pollution emissions results from the common practice of paying for parking indirectly rather than directly.
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From Outside.in they map where I blog. http://outside.in/maps/4177

Kinda cool and kinda spooky at the same time.
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Mikulski Fiddles with Car Tax Credits While Transit Burns

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Maryland state lawmakers re-added a $10 million tax break for car purchases at the final stage of their budget negotiations. Legislators had previously decided to remove the credit to help shore up Maryland’s finances until Senator Barbara Mikulski pushed to reinstate it. Mikulski inserted a similar provision into the federal stimulus bill earlier this year.

What could Maryland do with $10 million besides further incentivize people to buy new cars that most of them don’t need? With just half that money, they could restore transit cuts in the DC region. Those cuts threaten to cut off vital service to many residents who don’t have alternatives, or will drive many Marylanders to commute by car instead of transit, increasing traffic, pollution and parking problems. DC and most Virginia jurisdictions came up with extra money to stave off most of their proposed cuts to Metro service, but Maryland remains $4.8 million behind. The other half of the $10 million could restore previous cuts or improve service in Baltimore.
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\"Invitation to Transition\": From oil dependency to local resilience

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BGF presents an Introduction to Transition facilitated by Larry Chang of EcolocityDC that will address the challenges of peak oil, climate change and economic collapse.

Larry Chang will then present an outline of the Transition Movement, discuss how you can replicate the model, and give examples of what is being done locally. Participants will be invited to collaborate in formulating plans to reduce oil dependency and build local resilience.

Residents of Baltimore and surrounding communities are welcome.

Where: MD Presbyterian Church, 1105 Providence Road, Towson, 21286. Directions
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BRAC Bricks Bikes

Biking in MarylandBRAC = Base Realignment and Closure, adding 28,000 new households to Maryland.
Bricks = To wall up with brick, to create a barrier.
Bikes = To travel under ones own power, the lest expensive to accommodate and most efficient mode of travel, also promotes health and clean air (on the later 16 Maryland Counties are in non-compliance with clean air standards.)
By Angela Atwood-Moore -
As Barry, Huck and Jack have hinted, we (NIH and Naval Medical) are in a very interesting situation here, since we are in some ways almost uniquely positioned to appeal to cyclists (our demographics include many young, healthy professionals, some of us must meet ongoing health and fitness requirements, and we also employ foreign visitors from countries where cycling is the preferred method of cheap, healthy, efficient transportation). Oh yeah, and some of us are the very researchers whose work has shown the effectiveness of daily physical activities (like riding a bike) at staving off an early death.

Literally thousands of cyclists daily utilize the major intersections that serve NIH and Naval Medical, the same intersections that are up for BRAC specific re-design. Yet the first proposed designs show absolutely ZERO accommodations for cyclists. Keep in mind, these are intersections on roads that are masterplanned for multiple important bicycle amenities from shared-use paths to bike lanes.

Even if you don't choose to join our NIH/NAVAL BRAC list-serve, stay tuned for continued info from LAB, WABA, MoBike and others. Cyclists everywhere should be OUTRAGED that employees at the National Institutes of Health and Bethesda Naval Medical Center not to mention local citizens who also should have a choice of whether to drive or bicycle are so far being ignored, squeezed off the roads and bull-dozed. There will certainly be requests for letters to support the need for safe and adequate cycling accommodations in intersections that are already among the most congested with the lowest possible level of service in the state of Maryland!
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2009 Chesapeake Bay Air Ride

Biking in Maryland
June 5 - 7, 2009
Salisbury University
Salisbury, MD
               
Enjoy a weekend ride through sun-kissed fields, historic towns and sandy beaches and make a difference in the life of someone with lung disease.
 
When you can't breathe, nothing else matters!
 
  
[If you are looking to do your first century this is a good option as it's flat out there.]
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Becoming a nation of Baby Hueys

Biking ElsewhereBy Derrick Z. Jackson -
AS MUCH AS obesity is in the news, Ohio State University public health epidemiologist Sarah Anderson was still surprised how it now assaults the youngest children. Studying 8,550 children, she and Robert Whitaker of Temple University found that 18.4 percent of 4-year-olds, nearly one-in-five, were obese....

"While research has shown differences in older children and men and women, we didn't necessarily think we'd find that large of a difference in young children," Anderson said in a telephone interview. "But the fact they have such a high BMI (body mass index) and they're 4? This clearly shows that we have a problem early in childhood and that we really need to think about childhood obesity prevention that begins in infancy, perhaps even in pregnancy."

The study in the current Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine should set off a national alarm. We already know that fat youth inexorably blow up into fatally immobile adults. In 2003-2006 data, the Centers for Disease Control said 12.4 percent of children ages 2 to 5 were obese. Adult America is 34 percent obese.
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Study after study shows obesity to be fueled by child exposure to ads, proximity of fast-food restaurants to schools, and the overabundance of bad food at rural and inner-city convenience stores, in lives devoid of exercise. <<<<<
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Rapha unveil their £3,000 cycling suit

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Bike-friendly features include the front flaps of the jacket, which turn back and button under the pocket so they don’t flap when riding and, along with the underside of the collar and sleeves, are pink for visibility.

For additional reach on the bike the jacket has a stretchy ‘action back’ and the cuffs turn down, making the sleeves longer.

The fabric is a wool with a Prince of Wales check. Rapha say nanotechnology in the fabric makes it amazingly water and stain resistant, and keeps the wearer cool in summer and warm in winter.
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Things they do not want you to know

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PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE CRASH PLOTTING AND COUNTS AND BEHAVIORS OBSERVATIONS

Biking ElsewhereField observations of bicyclist and pedestrian behaviors revealed the following key findings:
• 84 percent of bicyclists rode on the sidewalk and 16 percent rode in the street.
• 58 percent of bicyclists rode with traffic and 42 percent rode against traffic.
• 79 percent of pedestrians crossed midblock and 21 percent crossed at an intersection.
• 57 percent of pedestrians did not crossed in a gap and 43 percent crossed in a gap.

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