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Bike Clinic Series

Velocipede Bike Project The Velocipede Bike Clinic Series is a six-part program that is designed to cover the most common areas of bicycle repair. Every other Monday at 7pm - 9pm, we select a specific component and go into detail the process to service and maintain it.

The Velocipede Bike Clinic Series is taught by members of the Collective as well as other knowledgeable volunteers. There is no cost to attend these clinics!

Please feel free to email us at info"at"velocipedebikeproject.org if you have any questions.

Below is the most recent schedule of clinics
Date...............Topic...............................................Instructor
March 9th.......Wheel Hubs...................................Ben, Charlie
March 23rd....Wheel Truing and Assessments. Boson
April 13th.......Headsets.......................................TBA
April 27th.......Bottom Brackets...........................TBA
May 11th........Brakes and Cable Theory............Charlie, Boson
May 25th........Gears and Chain Theory..............TBA
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T4America Platform

Biking ElsewhereAs Congress develops the next transportation authorization, these six priorities should guide them.

1 Establish Accountability for Responsible Investment
Under the current system, most federal transportation dollars go to state departments of transportation, with few questions asked. DOTs remain largely geared toward building highways between metropolitan areas rather than providing multiple options for mobility within metropolitan areas. This is despite the fact that the United States population is highly urbanized, with 80 percent of us living in metropolitan areas and 85 percent of our nation’s economic activity occurring within them. The current law assigns metropolitan areas responsibility for transportation planning, but it does not give them real authority to implement those plans.
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Pedestrian deaths in Chicago are up despite safety measures

Biking Elsewhere[Chicago is concerned about a pedestrian fatality rate of 20/M, Baltimore's rate is 25/M.]

Pedestrian deaths are on the rise in Chicago, despite increased safety measures such as red-light cameras, countdown signals and crosswalk awareness initiatives.

Fifty-six pedestrian fatalities were logged last year—up from 49 deaths in 2007 and 48 deaths in 2006. Chicago Department of Transportation spokesman Brian Steele said the agency is reviewing the reasons behind the uptick but said in certain cases, problems with pavement markings, faulty signage and construction projects may be to blame.

Steele also pointed to an increase in pedestrians in Chicago—named the country's fourth most walkable large city in 2008 by Walk Score.

Still, Steele said, "One fatality is one too many. Fifty-odd pedestrian fatalities is close to an average of one a week, and that's far too many. We're committed to this, and the most difficult part of this is changing driver behavior."
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SB 426 Vehicle Laws - Reckless Driving While License Is Suspended or Revoked - Penalty for Serious Bodily Injury

Bike LawsSynopsis:

Establishing a penalty for a person who, while in violation of provisions of law related to driving while a license is canceled, suspended, refused, or revoked, commits a violation of a specified prohibition against reckless driving that results in serious bodily injury or death.

...IS SUBJECT TO A FINE OF NOT MORE THAN $1,000, OR IMPRISONMENT FOR NOT MORE THAN 3 YEARS, OR BOTH.
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SB 388 Baltimore City - Vehicle Laws - Speed Monitoring Systems

Bike LawsAuthorizing the placement of speed monitoring systems on specified highways in Baltimore City; making specified provisions of law relating to the enforcement of speed limit laws with speed monitoring systems applicable in Baltimore City; etc.

[Note that Montgomery County already has this law.]
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Maryland League of Conservation Voters suporst the 3 foot safe passing bill

Bike LawsI am greatly encouraged to see some crossing of ideals in that cyclists are environmentalists by at least enjoying the great outdoors and now we are seeing environmentalists as cyclists. Cool!
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The lack of public access to Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee

Biking in MarylandMBPAC exists by State statue (Transportation § 2-606) and its discrepancies with the Open Meetings Act.

It has come to my attention that there was a meeting discussing State shoulder striping policy (more info follows on why we should be concerned with this policy) with no public notice. While I was given opportunity to comment after the fact via email the lack of pre-notification concerns me as I feel this is part part of an ongoing problem, MBPAC subcommittee meetings and agenda\'s (where most of the work is done) are NOT public, the minutes from those meetings are NOT public, the agenda for upcoming MBPAC meetings are NOT made public but are only available by special request and only for the next meeting. Per Micheal Jackson, this is per his boss\' orders. IMHO this is going way overboard, what opportunities do exist for the public should be encouraged not discouraged. As a reporter and a representative of not only the BBC but of the BRTB BPAG as well, the fact that MBPAC is not willing to accommodate my interest in what MBPAC is doing is very disconcerting. My time is limited so I can\'t always participate and for the most part I trust what the committee members are doing but the lack of NOT even being informed what MBPAC is doing and general poor communication at this level should not be tolerated. Additionally it would be nice if a visitor gets quoted in the minutes they should be given a chance to comment on the draft before going public with it. (I will note that it is good to see the MBPAC meeting minutes going on-line, one positive thing anyway but the last two meetings (4 months) are not up yet, real timely information. :( )
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A world where “cars have a right to housing and people don’t”

Biking Elsewhere

Via Wired, a transportation planner makes an impassioned plea for overhauling our car-centric mindset. Our cities have become places where “cars have a right to housing and people don’t,” lamented Timothy Papandreau at a recent symposium called Expanding the Vision of Sustainable Mobility.

Just think of the space required to support our car habit, he said: “You have to have a place to park at home, a place to park at work, and a place to park at retail establishments.” Not to mention how inefficiently our freeways use space — the 200 people that are carried (on average) by 177 cars could be carried by just three buses instead. “All that road space could become something else,” he said, advocating for a comprehensive government initiative to disincentivize driving.

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Mapping party! CANCELED (see comment)

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Mapping party CANCELED (see comment)

Mapping parties are events where anyone can come and participate in the OpenStreetMap project. OpenStreetMap is a free, open source map that can be contributed, edited and used by anyone anywhere. Mapping parties are social events where experienced and new mappers can meet to share and learn more about the project. The events are generally held in a public place, and allow time for discussion, mapping and editing. The event is open to all.

It's fun. It's free. You can help.


  • When: February 28th and March 1st, 2009, 10AM to 4PM
  • Where: Red Emmas, 800 St. Paul St., Baltimore, MD
  • Contact
User:RussNelson
Email: Russ"at"cloudmade.com
Phone: +1-315-323-1241
  • If you own a GPS or laptop computer, please bring it along. If not, we will have GPS units to loan.
  • Weather: This event is rain or shine.

Meetup links: Sat Sun Upcoming links: Sat Sun

RSVP

Please RSVP (edit this section or on Meetup) so I can let Red Emmas how many to expect.

  • User:RussNelson

Mapping objectives

To add more points-of-interest to the city map as well as tackle areas that still need mapping.

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Rant on dealing with the legislature (more so in the House)

Biking in MarylandNo doubt we expect our elected representatives to be educated and well informed so when urban myths are spouted off in the legislature as truisms it comes as a great shock. The irony of these two urban myths just hit me "Cyclists break laws" and "Cyclists don't pay gas tax (so the road system should be hostile to cyclists???)"

We have enacted Federal laws that say transportation funds have to be used to give due considerations to the needs of bicyclists and we have enacted State law that cycling has to be an essential component of the State's transportation system yet MDOT breaks these laws saying that on-road bike facilities will not be funded.

So because cyclists break laws the State breaks laws to redirect transportation funds away from where they are legally obligated to go. Because the roads are for cars only (because they are paid in part by gas tax) no laws nor significant educational campaigns to insure the safety of human "road kill" are necessary.

There is a reason why Maryland ranks the 8th highest in pedestrian fatality rate as they have adopted a policy that roads are for cars and not for people.

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