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Obama picks Porcari for Transportation post

Biking in MarylandPresident Barack Obama turned to Maryland for another high-level appointment Friday as the White House announced that he intends to name Maryland Transportation Secretary John D. Porcari to the No. 2 position in the U.S. Department of Transportation.

In choosing Porcari, Obama has selected one of the few state transportation secretaries whose portfolio includes all the major modes of travel - highways, aviation, mass transit, maritime commerce and rail freight. If he clears the required background checks and is confirmed by the Senate, Porcari would serve as deputy to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a former Illinois congressman and a Republican.
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Bicyclists need to stay on sidewalk

Biking Elsewhere[Note: There are many technical errors in this report but none the less this is how some people think.]
By Zack Colman

Black 2001 Saturn SC2. That’s the car I drive — and if you’re a bicyclist on the road but not in a bike path and you see my car, I hope you’re wearing a helmet, because I might run you over.

Maybe not intentionally.

But you see, with all these things I can do in my car nowadays, such as choose a different song on my iPod, send a text message while driving or fall asleep at the wheel because I had to wake up for a worthless 8 a.m. biology lab, I might not notice you.

And, considering you are where you should not be, I might hit you.

The simple fact of the matter is, MSU has so kindly provided sidewalks for people on foot and Rollerblades, and MSU’s ordinance should be revised to require bicyclists be there too. The university has outlined bike paths on certain roads, but bicyclists can’t just create imaginary bike paths like they do.

I cannot drive my car on the sidewalk, so why must you ride your bicycle where I drive?

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Giving Lessons in Traffic Safety at Middle Schools

Biking Elsewhere...
Increased traffic around schools has vexed other major cities, too. Nationwide, roughly 21 percent of morning traffic is generated by parents driving children to school, said Raquel Rivas, a spokeswoman for Safe Routes to School, a national organization formed to encourage walking and bicycling to school.

Traffic patterns around schools in Los Angeles have become clogged and often dangerous because of a large growth in student enrollment and an increase in the number of parents who ferry their children to and from school out of fear for their safety, Mr. Hopwood said. Especially in high-crime areas, parents are reluctant to let their children walk.

“It’s getting worse and worse each year,” said Brad Smith, an environmental health and safety officer at the school district, “because so many parents feel that they need to drop their kids at the front entrance of the school because they are concerned about harm.”
The city attorney, Rocky Delgadillo, is also pressing the Police Department to enhance enforcement of traffic laws around schools. “It’s a small investment with a big return,” said Mr. Delgadillo’s spokesman, Nick Velasquez. “Making do with less in tough times.”
A school bus driver, Michelle Coleman, says middle schools are her biggest nightmare. “The parents park right here where the buses need to be,” Ms. Coleman said the other day outside Florence Nightingale, northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

Luz Bunacaba conceded that she was part of the problem. But with bus fare of $5 a day and the distance too far for her 15-year-old son to walk, Ms. Bunacaba parks in the bus lane. “I have to,” she said, “it’s the only way.”

Part of the problem is that schools lack enough crosswalks, so students cross in the middle of the block, Mr. Hopwood said.

“We have sidewalks that are too thin,” he said. “At one high school, there are over 5,000 students on the sidewalks, and they get impatient with one another. We have lots of parents double parking. There is just not enough room, and there have been lots of incidents of students getting hit.”
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Pollution link with birth weight

Biking ElsewhereTraffic pollution was identified as a significant problem

Exposure to traffic pollution could affect the development of babies in the womb, US researchers have warned.

They found the higher a mother\'s level of exposure in early and late pregnancy, the more likely it was that the baby would not grow properly.
[Baltimore Spokes: Note that being in a car you are exposed to more traffic pollution then if you are riding your bike in traffic.]
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SHA Share the Road - 3 Feet wihen Passing Bus Safety Campaign

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To All:

I was very pleasantly surprised to see SHA's Bike Safety Ad on the back of a MTA bus in Baltimore this afternoon. I followed the bus and snapped the attached photo of the ad. Last year the 3 Foot passing legislation failed like it did this year but SHA promised to encourage motorists to pass bicyclists by a minimum of 3 feet in an educational campaign instead.

This is to thank SHA and MTA staff responsible for creating the campaign and getting them up on buses where the ad is right in the face of drivers riding behind the bus. While some folks will remain disappointed that the legislation didn't pass there should be some consolation that this safety campaign will probably reach more motorists than a change in the law will.

Have a great weekend!

Michael Jackson - Maryland Director of Bicycle and Pedestrian Access
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I melt the ice with a thermonuclear device

Biking in MarylandWords from a song I like from a group I can't remember at the moment but very descriptive of my recent activities. I filed a compliant with the Open Meetings Law Compliance Board against Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. And after review it looks like we will be getting some significant changes! We should be getting better notice and opportunities on providing public input on policies that effect cyclists. And we should be getting timely information what the group has been up to like Talbot County bike maps, Trail Towns initiative along the C&O. Updates on the Full and complete ICC Hiker Biker trail and if cyclists can use shoulders of the ICC bridges rather then 5 miles of circuitous detours. Updates on the Hatem Bridge and why the State needs two fast roads a mile apart and no bicycle and pedestrian access in the area.

It is sad that I had to resort to this measure to get timely news that you would be interested in reading about, as the group does a lot of good work but under the old system news that is 4-6 months old ain't news.
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The Clean & Green team is planning a fun bike tour around Hampden and the surrounding green areas. We will make a pit stop at Baltimore Bicycle Works for refreshments and a tour around the newest, closest bike shop to Hampden. The Bike tour is scheduled for May 2 from 10 am until noon.
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Baltimore Spokes: This website/ discussion forum provides an endless stream of bike/ transit/ climate-related news and commentary.

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Bikes in Urbanite magazine

Biking in BaltimoreUrbanite magazine is looking to set up a spirited, sassy, tit-for-tat between an avid biker and an opinionated driver for an upcoming issue on transportation. We're looking to have some fun, not get nasty. The tit and tat don't have to be long -- think of a 500- to 800-word essay, just a pithy story and some thoughts on navigating Baltimore's roadways on your chosen set of wheels. Know anyone who could write such a tit or tat? Maybe you know a rabid biker whose spouse or significant other thinks he/ she is crazy? If so, send me an e-mail. We'll talk. (Disclaimer: There's no money in this. Just a chance to have some fun and get your name in the magazine.)


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