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MWCOG: Priorities for a Growing Region

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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.
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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.
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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="http://traildog-sadie.blogspot.com/">http://traildog-sadie.blogspot.com/</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

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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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RAAM

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Greetings fellow cyclists!  I just wanted to invite you all to share with us the experience of Race Across America 2009.

 

I am the Crew Chief for Alls Wheels 4 Fibromyalgia, a 4 person mixed team based out of New Jersey, but with team members from Arizona to the UK and yours truly right here in DC.

 

You can check out our AW4F Web site, join our Facebook team, follow us on Twitter, or read all about it on my blog.  And you can come out to the dock in Annapolis and welcome us home!  Hope to see you there.

 

We leave Oceanside, California on June 20th and hope to reach Annapolis by June 27th.

Thank you for your support,

 

Yvette and everyone from All Wheels 4 Fibromyalgia

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Federal-Aid Highway Program Funding for Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities and Programs

Biking in MarylandOK so how does Maryland compare in spending... are you sitting down. Over the last 10 years Maryland spent $48M compare that to Pennsylvania who spent $40M JUST LAST YEAR (10 year total $166M.) For the last three years D.C. has spent more then Maryland per year.
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Street Films: Bicycle For A Day

Biking ElsewhereMatthew Modine founder of the advocacy group &quot;Bicycle for a Day&quot; held a fundraising party for this project last night at Solar One, the City’s first solar-powered “Green Energy, Arts, and Education Center.” Modine plan's to recycle New York City's junk bikes and distribute them around the world so more people will be able to participate in &quot;Bicycle for a Day.&quot; This project will debut in Iraq and Afghanistan. Modine was also joined by a whole host of cycling enthusiasts and promoters from the Consulate General of the Netherlands to Grammy Award winning beatbox artist Rahzel.

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