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Bikes Belong Research to Learn More about Bicycling

Biking in BaltimoreLinks to the following topics:
* A review of bicycle safety campaigns
* Quantifying the federal investment in bicycling
* Gas prices and bike sales
* The Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot Program
* Benchmarking bicycle advocacy
* Do trails lead to sales?
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Tour dem Parks early registration closing soon

Biking in BaltimoreIt's almost time for Tour dem Parks, Hon 2009!!! We are looking forward to our best ever TdP on Sunday, June 14th, 2009. Come check out our new and exciting route, now featuring some hidden-away gems of parks never before featured. Don't miss it! Our registration page can be found at <a href="http://www.tourdemparks.org/register.html">http://www.tourdemparks.org/register.html</a>;

If you have not already registered, please remember that Monday, June 1st is the last day to take advantage of low Early Registration rates. Adult registrations are $30 through June 1st, and Adult Couples are just $45! (After June 1st, rates go up to $35 and $50, respectively...)

Teens 11 to 16 are always $15, and kids 10 and under are always $5.

Registering early also guarantees you your very own beautiful Tour dem Parks, Hon! 2009 T-shirt -- a great new design this year printed on earth-friendly 100% organic materials.

Registering is now easier than ever, and you have your choice of using our secure online Paypal server, or sending a check or money order to our address -- Tour dem Parks, Hon!, PO Box 3601, Towson University, Baltimore, MD 21252. To register online, just follow the link: <a href="http://www.tourdemparks.org/register.html">http://www.tourdemparks.org/register.html</a>;

Whether you choose the 12-mile family ride, the 25-mile medium ride, the 36-mile long ride, or our challenging metric century (64 miles), you'll get a healthy workout, see some great sights, and help raise money to support our wonderful parks!

Thanks for riding!!!
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Report from JHU Security

Biking in BaltimoreCCTV Observations:

* Suspicious Males/Tampering with a bicycle - Unit E. University Parkway. Interfaith bike rack - May 23rd at 2:04 AM, two males were observed tampering with a bike secured to the bike rack. One of the males was observed pulling at the bike in an attempt to break the bike free from the rack. The males were stopped, identified and given trespass warnings.

* Juvenile Trespassers - Wolman West Bike Rack - On May 24th at 12:05 PM, two juveniles were seen tampering with secured bicycles. They were stopped by campus officers, identified and given trespass warnings. Baltimore Police responded
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Not your average bike tour

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Car-Free Space is an Instant Hit on Broadway

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Here's the view from 45th Street looking south at about 1 pm today, about 30 minutes after the city Dept. of Transportation closed Broadway to motor vehicle traffic in Midtown. It's obviously way too soon to judge how this experiment is working but today, at least, car-free Broadway appears to be a huge hit.
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Downtown Circulator

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A brand-new transportation system is coming to the downtown area late this summer 2009. To better connect Baltimore residents, workers, businesses, and visitors, twenty-one hybrid EcoSaver IV buses will circulate on three downtown routes, seven days a week—with no fare or boarding fee. The circulator routes will run south to north from the Inner Harbor Visitor Center to Penn Station, and east to west from Harbor East to the B&O Railroad Museum. With buses arriving approximately every ten minutes, the circulator system is planned to connect with Amtrak, MARC, Light Rail, Metro Subway, MTA bus lines, two water connectors (Maritime Park to Tide Point and Canton Waterfront Park to Tide Point), and parking garages located on the fringes of downtown.
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VTA Leads Bicycle and Pedestrian Network in Santa Clara County

Biking ElsewhereBy LINH HOANG, Public Relations Supervisor, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Jose, CA

When people think about the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), it’s usually synonymous with images of buses and light rail. However, VTA is also a Congestion Management Agency, and therefore supports the bicycle and pedestrian communities by working with the Santa Clara County and 15 cities to enhance additional trails, bicycle and pedestrian programs and policies, and design and construction of bicycle and pedestrian pathways, trails, sidewalks, bridges, ramps, bicycle lockers, storage and gates.

“VTA is more than bus and light rail. We work diligently to create an environment that allows Silicon Valley residents to have options when they bike,” said Chief Congestion Management Agency Officer John Ristow.

As the region’s Congestion Management Agency, VTA works across many areas, including transportation programming and land use planning, in its efforts to enhance and promote the bicycle and pedestrian communities. The authority identifies cross-county bicycle corridors to plan and implement a seamless bicycle and pedestrian travel network that is continuous across city and county boundaries.

VTA, in striving to promote a greener lifestyle for the communities it serves, also has created an environment that welcomes bicyclists and pedestrians on bus and light rail. Bicycles are allowed on all VTA coaches, and electronic bike lockers are also available. Many light rail lines can drop off passengers directly to the bicycle and pedestrian trails highlighted by the Bikeways Map produced and distributed by VTA. The map has gained popularity among the region’s bicycle and pedestrian communities and has been in high demand.
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Include Public Transit in House Climate Bill; Contact House Members Immediately

Mass TransitThe draft “American Clean Energy Security Act” (ACESA), H.R. 2454, released May 15 by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, provides for no investment in public transportation. The legislation retains language that would establish emission reductions goals for the transportation sector—in Section 222, Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions Through Transportation Efficiency—but no funding is made available from the bill’s proposed cap-and-trade system to finance transportation investments that reduce emissions.

The Committee began markup of the bill on May 18, and as Passenger Transport went to press, expected to complete consideration before adjourning for the Memorial Day recess during the week beginning May 25.

“One of the most powerful tools individuals may have to reduce their daily carbon dioxide emissions—the use of public transportation—is not part of the new climate change legislation,” stated APTA President William Millar. “Despite the facts that show providing greater access to public transportation may be the most effective weapon for combating climate change, there are no allowances from the cap-and-trade program for public transportation in the current climate legislation.”
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Senate Approves Rogoff & Porcari

Biking in MarylandPrior to adjourning for the Memorial Day recess, the Senate voted unanimously May 21 to approve the nominations of Peter Rogoff as administrator of the Federal Transit Administration and John Porcari as deputy secretary of transportation.
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City plans to install traffic circles at 5 intersections

Biking in Baltimore[This is going to be bike/ped friendly??? Multi-lane roundabouts are a pain for pedestrians!]
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By Michael Dresser | Baltimore Sun
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The city's plans signal an important change in Baltimore's strategy for keeping traffic flowing. [and increase Baltimore's 40% pedestrian traffic fatality rate?]

"It's a new way of thinking in the city," said Jessica Keller, chief of planning for the city Department of Transportation. "It's going to take a lot of education with the public."

The intersections where the city wants to install roundabouts are at some of the most visible, high-traffic locations in Baltimore. One is at Key and Light streets --the gateway to Federal Hill, Locust Point and the rest of South Baltimore. Two are proposed for 33rd Street, where the city wants to build traffic circles near Lake Montebello and at University Parkway.

A roundabout at Park Circle would replace one of the city's most troubled intersections, where Reisterstown Road, Druid Park Drive and Park Heights Avenue come together. Another, in Seton Hill, would reconfigure the junction of Druid Hill Avenue and Paca and Centre streets.
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