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DRIVER CITED FOR BUMPING CYCLIST

Biking ElsewhereFrom the April 19th Times Record in Brunswick Maine:

A School Street man was charged with driving to endanger after brushing a bicyclist with his SUV Sunday morning on Maine St.

[Name retracted], 47, was summonsed after two bicyclists said he struck one of them in the arm with his vehicle as they rode northbound on Maine St, Brunswick Police Cmdr. Marc Hagan said Wednesday.

According to the statements, [Name retracted] then pulled over an exchanged words with the bicyclists, telling them they weren't supposed to be in the roadway, Hagan said. The bicyclists reported [Name retracted] license plate number, and police charged him on Monday.

The incident wasn't necessarily an accident, Hagan said, because it occurred because of the way he was driving. He was operating in such a way to create a danger. You?re supposed to give a bicycle rider three feet of room. Mr. [Name retracted] felt they shouldn't have been in the roadway, but the fact is that bicyclists do have a right to be in the road, and if a car is coming the other way, (drivers) are supposed to wait (to pass).?

[Name retracted] also received a summons for failure to use care when passing a bicyclist.

Hagan said drivers should try to be more patient with bicyclists, but that bicyclists must also stay as far to the right as possible. [Note that the police have this bit of the law wrong.]
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BALTIMORE BIKE SUMMIT, MAY 1st

Biking in BaltimoreThe BIKE SUMMIT will now be held at the WAR MEMORIAL BUIDLING, 101 N. Gay St, 1st Floor in the Paul Wolman Room. 

 

Enter the building’s north side on Lexington St.  Bike Parking will be available here.

 

Please pass along this information to others attending. The Baltimore Bike Summit is this Friday, May 1st

Please RSVP ( Nate.Evans@baltimorecity.gov ) if you have not done so already. We are providing lunch and need to plan accordingly.

A mid-day bike ride is part of the agenda. If you would like to participate but need a bike, please let me know by Thursday and we will provide one for you.

If you have any questions, please let Nate know.

Sincerely,
Nate Evans
Bike & Pedestrian Planner
City of Baltimore
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Residents want bike, walking paths near Navy Med campus

Biking in MarylandNeighbors say BRAC officials should look at traffic solutions that don't focus on cars

by Andrew Ujifusa | Staff Writer

State transportation officials are getting more pressure to focus on bike and pedestrian improvements as part of a solution to new traffic caused by Walter Reed Army Medical Center's future move to Bethesda.

Community members continue to criticize the lack of long-term plans for the area around the future Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at the current National Naval Medical Center campus. They argue that proposed improvements at four intersections near the campus do not facilitate the ultimate goal of taking cars off local roads, and that bike and pedestrian upgrades should be a focus of the $36.2 million in state and federal money available for Base Realignment and Closure project improvements.
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New from Streetfilms: Bike Rush Hour on the Hawthorne Bridge

Biking ElsewhereStreetfilms‘ Clarence Eckerson was in Portland recently for Filmed by Bike. While he was here, he teamed up with Dan Kaufman from Crank My Chain CycleTV to put together a new, 3-plus minute film that takes a look at “Bike Rush Hour” on Portland’s Hawthorne Bridge.

20% of the traffic on Hawthorn bridge is bike/ped that utilizes less then 10% of the space.
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Aggressive driving

Biking Elsewhere-> "As many as 56 percent of deadly crashes involve one or more unsafe driving behaviors typically associated with aggressive driving."
-- "Aggressive Driving: Research Update;" April, 2009; AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
<a href="http://tinyurl.com/csoeev">http://tinyurl.com/csoeev</a>;


-&gt; &quot;In the AAA Foundation's 2008 Traffic Safety Culture Index, 78 percent of respondents rated aggressive drivers as a serious or extremely serious traffic safety problem, yet nearly half of these same people reported exceeding the speed limit by 15 mph on major highways in the past 30 days. Substantial numbers also admitted accelerating to try to beat traffic lights, honking at other drivers, tailgating and pressuring other drivers to speed up, illustrating the AAA Foundation's &quot;Do as I say, not as I do&quot; critique of the prevailing driving culture.&quot;
-- &quot;Aggressive Driving: Research Update;&quot; April, 2009; AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
<a href="http://tinyurl.com/csoeev">http://tinyurl.com/csoeev</a>;
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Welcome to “Making the Case for Active Transportation”

Biking Elsewhere

Information bulletins have been developed for professionals and community members who want to build a case for active transportation in their community. Academic, government and non-government sources are used to build a strong case for implementing active transportation opportunities at the local level. Canadian sources are used whenever available. All bulletins are available in English and French.

Each bulletin includes evidence that supports the investment of time and resources for active transportation opportunities at the local level. They focus on designing communities for moving people and not cars. Recommended actions to increase and strengthen collaborative partnerships for active transportation are also included.

Making the Case for Active Transportation:

  • # 1 - Health Benefits (download now)

  • # 2 - Barriers to Active Transportation (download now)

  • # 3 - Economic Benefits (coming soon)

  • # 4 - Environmental Benefits (coming soon)

  • # 5 - Built Infrastructure (coming soon)

  • # 6 – Safety (coming soon)

  • # 7 - Increasing Social Capital (download now)

  • # 8 - Role for Municipal Decision Makers (download now)

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Safe Routes to School - Who's walking in Maryland?

Biking in MarylandONLY TWO SCHOOLS!?!?!? OK we have till October but I hope there is a better turn out then this, so if you have kids in school give then a nudge to make a walkable and bikeable Maryland.

Planned activities in Maryland

Trader Joe's provides healthy snacks, the County provides fun giveaways, the teachers lead warm-up exercises, and we walk on a sidewalk that was built only 6 years ago, in our community that is nearly 50 years old.

- BURNING TREE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, BETHESDA

The Green School Club is sponsoring this for the second year in a row in order to promote walking to school.

- URBANA MIDDLE SCHOOL, URBANA
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Bike Maintenance 101

Biking in the Metro AreaREI Timonium Clinics and Events

Bike Maintenance 101
5/16/2009 1:00 PM
&amp;
5/29/2009 7:00 PM

Working on your bike can be a daunting task, but fear not, REI is here to help! Join up with one of REI?s bike techs to learn the basics of bike maintenance such as a how to fix a flat, lube a chain, and other adjustments that will keep your bike in good running order. In addition, the clinic will provide insight on overlooked yet simple maintenance techniques that will improve your riding experience. This clinic is a great lead-in class to other advanced bike maintenance classes.

* Location:Timonium
* Contact:Customer service at 410-252-5920
* Cost: Free
* Registration Required? No.
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Bike Maintenance and Basic Repair

Biking in the Metro AreaHow many of us do all the swim, bike and run necessary for success, but dread the possibility of a flat during a big race? How about those of us that carry the little CO2 &quot;thingy&quot; in our saddle pouches, but don't have a clue how to use it? This meeting is for you! Tony Gunter loves what he does (he fixes bikes for type-a, tri-geeks like us), and he wants to share some of his knowledge. Join us for a bike maintenance and repair clinic on May 13th


When: Wednesday May 13, 7PM
Where: MAC Timonium
Who and What: Tony Gunter from Bike Connection in *censored*eysville - Bike
Maintenance &amp; Basic Repair

Please RSVP- as refreshments will be served.
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