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It's fun, practical and it does reduce VMT

Biking in MarylandSince I started doing most of my grocery-store and other short rides on my utility bike (mountain bike with a pair of wire baskets hanging off the rear rack), I've dropped my car mileage from 9000/year to less than 6000/year. Miles on my utility bike don't account for the difference, but my change in attitude does. I just drive less.

-Jonathan Krall
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Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail

Biking in MarylandIt was great seeing so many cyclists on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail after it opened Saturday. I put some photos online at <a href=""></a>; . One person in the Maryland convey had a camera mounted on the handlebars and shot a nine minute video as he crossed the bridge. See <a href=""></a>; .

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Bike Club sues State over rumble strips

Biking Elsewhere...
DAVID WILSON, the cycle club’s president, said there was clearly a safety issue that needed to be addressed by putting up signs, enforcing speed limits, widening part of the road, or even installing a few hundred feet of rumble strips to slow cars trying to get around vehicles making a left.

But he said that had the accidents not been at a Department of Transportation center, there would have been no chance of four miles of ridged curtain. The road’s accident rate was lower than the state average, Mr. Wilson added, there were virtually no reports of drivers falling asleep, and the strips seemed to violate the department’s regulations.
“What was a reasonably safe thoroughfare for bicyclists was essentially destroyed by the addition of the rumble strips,” went one of the dozens of complaints sent to the department. The writer said that a road where she had taught her son to ride a bike “now represents a significant danger to bicyclists and motorists.”

After the department issued a report supporting the project, the cycle club filed suit June 1 asking a state court to force it to pave over the strips.
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Speed cameras anathema to those with lead feet

Biking in MarylandMichael Dresser exposes Annapolis &quot;super-lobbyist&quot; Bruce C. Bereano in the Baltimore Sun:

&quot;Since 1996, the earliest year for which the District Court of Maryland keeps electronic records, Bereano has been ticketed 22 times in the state. Eighteen of those citations have been for speeding. In nine of those cases, court records show, the officer who issued the ticket clocked Bereano at speeds of 80 mph and above - the highest a whopping 90 mph in Caroline County in 2007.&quot;
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More Americans rode bicycles for recreation and transportation in 2008

Biking ElsewhereMore Americans rode bicycles for recreation and transportation in 2008 than in any year since the turn of this century, according to the National Sporting Goods Association and the Outdoor Foundation. According to the NSGA, 44.7 million people age 7 and older rode a bike more than 6 times last year, up from 40.1 million in 2007 and 35.6 million in 2006. The 11% increase is attributed to factors such as record high gas prices last summer, a growing green movement and increased funding for bicycle infrastructure. Overall, bike riding placed 6th in the NSGA's participation list, behind exercise walking, swimming, exercising with equipment, bowling and camping, in that order.
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Safety of Bicycle Facilities

Biking ElsewhereFrom: Andy Clarke

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A few bike lane studies:
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State unleash goats to keep grass trimmed

Health & EnvironmentForget lawn mowers. Maryland officials have found a natural way to combat brush while protecting a threatened species.
Maryland officials wanted an eco-friendly solution that wouldn't hurt the area's bog turtles.

Forty bearded goats have been dispatched by the State Highway Administration to control plant growth in the area. They have been munching in an enclosed area for a week; they will stay until September, but will be put back to work next spring.

The project is part of Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's &quot;Smart, Green and Growing&quot; legislative package, aimed at reducing the state's greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2020
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Upcoming/Ongoing events in Baltimore (not all bike related)

Biking in BaltimoreGreater Lauraville Home and Garden Tour, June 13, 11am-3pm. There will be 5-7 houses on the tour, and Healthy Neighborhoods home renovations will be the highlight. For tickets call 410-444-9188.

HonFest, June 13-14, 36th Street in Hampden, between Falls Rd. and Chestnut Ave. Saturday 11am-10pm, Sunday noon-6pm.

Homebuyer Education Housewarming Party, June 13, 9am-4pm, Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore(NHS) of Baltimore, 819 Park Ave., classes 9am-4pm; festivities noon-3pm; There is a fee for the workshop. 410-327-1200.

Tour Dem Parks, June 14, 7:30am-12noon. This year, the annual bike tour will have four routes. They all begin and end in Carroll Park. As always, there will be a rest stop in Patterson Park. For more information visit

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Biking ElsewhereThe mission of Keep Kids Alive Drive 25® is to end all deaths and injuries caused by speeding on all roadways. Our target is zero deaths, zero injuries. To do less is to accept and tolerate deaths and injuries to loved ones; daughters, sons, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and friends.

To accomplish our mission we work to educate and actively engage citizens throughout the United States in a common commitment to create safer streets in neighborhoods, and beyond, for the benefit of all. This includes pedestrians, cyclists, children-at-play, motorists and their passengers. We work with and through neighborhood groups, law enforcement, public health agencies, schools, city/county/state government, public works, businesses, safety organizations, and any and all civic organizations committed to creating safe roadways.

The campaign goal is to unite neighborhoods and communities throughout the U.S. with a consistent message about safe driving. Keep Kids Alive Drive 25® reminds each of us to check our speed and slow down as needed. Since we as drivers cause the problem of speeding in residential neighborhoods, and beyond, we must be actively engaged and committed to being the solution as well.  Keep Kids Alive Drive 25® is a friendly reminder to slow down in a fast-paced world, as well as an invitation to take personal responsibility for our driving behavior.

For communities, it is imperative to send the message that, "Speeding will not be tolerated in our town!"  Keep Kids Alive Drive 25® works to support this message by educating and engaging drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, residents, parents, schools, businesses, law enforcement, public works, and many others in making safer streets a reality. This is why we exist.


  • 41,059 people – daughters, sons, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, friends – died on America’s roadways in 2007. That’s an average of over 112 deaths per day each and every day of the year. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) – 2008)

  • 4,327 pedestrians died while walking in neighborhoods or crossing streets in 2005. 500 of these deaths were children under 14 years-old. (NHTSA 2008)

  • 2,490,000 people were injured in motor vehicle incidents in 2007 (NHTSA 2008)

  • The death rate on residential streets is over twice that of highways -measured per miles driven (NHTSA – 2005)

  • Speeding Triples the Odds of Crashing (AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety - 2006)

  • A pedestrian hit in a 30 mph speed zone is 3 times more likely to die than one hit in a 25 mph zone. (General Estimates Database of Police Reported Accidents – 1999)

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Our Roads are Killing Our Streams

Biking in Maryland[Baltimore Spokes: To many times I hear from those who oppose bike trails and extra width on the road for cyclists it is because of concerns for the environment and extra impervious surface, yet too often they do nothing about the outrageous storm water management used on our roads, parking lots and driveways. We need to raise awareness it is our over accommodation of cars at the expense of everything else that is wholesome that is the major problem.

You are receiving this e-mail because you have joined the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Action Network

Runoff from roads contributes millions of pounds of nitrogen and sediment, and hundreds of thousands of pounds of phosphorus each yearDid you know that our roads are killing our rivers and streams? Every time it rains, stormwater from our roads and highways dumps tons of pollutants into our waterways. In the Chesapeake Bay watershed, runoff from roads contributes millions of pounds of nitrogen and sediment, and hundreds of thousands of pounds of phosphorus each year.

CBF understands that if we are to restore our rivers, streams, and the Bay any time soon, we must address this problem. And, in fact, we are trying to. We are working with advocates across the nation on federal legislation to limit the amount of polluted runoff from federally-funded roadways. We are asking Congress to include language in the reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Act, commonly called the Federal Highway Bill, which would create new stormwater guidelines that require federally-funded roadways to mitigate stormwater runoff pollution. If we are successful, it will create for the first time, a nationwide requirement for the management of polluted runoff from these roadways.

Your Congressperson was one of 34 members of the House of Representatives who signed a letter to the Chairman and Ranking member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of this new approach to cleaning our waterways. Now we need to thank our leaders for their support and urge them to maintain that support for strong stormwater measures in the Federal Highway Bill as it moves through committee.

Please take a minute to send a message to your representative thanking your leader for supporting a change in how we address highway pollution. Our leaders appreciate the acknowledgement for the good work they do, and it encourages them to continue supporting actions their constituents care about.

For more information, read the letter and CBF's position on stormwater and the Federal Highway Bill.

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