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Bus drivers gone wild: The greatest hits

Biking Elsewhere...Portland police, however, have quickly come through with training videos exhibiting the less-than-polite, profanity-ridden responses that traffic cops get from some drivers they ticketed last year.

"I don't see why you have to pick on a bus driver," one operator caught blowing through a red light tells Officer Josh Ladd before grabbing the citation from the cop's hand, saying "give me that ****ing thing."

Ladd videotaped these two stops last year while patrolling Portland in an unmarked car designed to catch aggressive drivers. In this week's column, Ladd insisted that the frequency of TriMet buses blowing through red lights has become "absolutely appalling."

Judging from this video, the same could be said about the way some bus drivers treat officers who catch them committing violations that clearly put other drivers on the road at risk.
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Rowdy Boys on SUN Stage at First Friday at Biller's Bikes

Cyclist\'s Yellow Pagesimage Paul MacGuire's ROWDY BOYS will rock the joint Friday night at Biller's Bikes, 5-8 pm. The showroom's new SUN stage will feature a favorite area R&B and jazz group, the big red Coke cooler will supply free beverages, and a cool raffle will make someone the happy owner of four (4) hard-to-get Aberdeen Ironbird Ripken Stadium First Base Dugout baseball tickets!
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Touring Workshop Tuesday 5 May 2009

Velocipede Bike Project Velocipede Bike Project, Baltimore is hosting a touring workshop between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm Tuesday, 5 May, 2009. One of our speakers toured from Alaska to Argentina. Jessie will present a 1-hour program with Kristen, who lead a tour for Teen Treks Bike Trips. The second hour will be present by me (Tours - Canada, Oklahoma, Western Maryland and Pennsylvania).

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Complete Streets in Delaware

Biking ElsewhereAt the first Delaware Bike Summit last Friday, March 24, Governor Jack Markell signed a Complete Streets Executive Order. The Delaware DOT now will be required, whenever possible, to incorporate all transportation modes into road design and maintenance.

"We can agree, certainly, that bicycles are inexpensive and environmentally friendly, but there's also no escaping the reality that the vast majority of our transportation infrastructure is designed for cars and trucks," said Markell.

The 275 attendees also heard from Complete Streets advocate and friend Michael Ronkin, whose keynote speech emphasized the need road diets to slow traffic and make room for bicyclists and pedestrians. "We need to make changes because roads are extremely inefficient when used only by one mode of transportation," Ronkin said. "We can significantly raise the capacity of our roads by including other forms of transportation."

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May is Clean Commute Month

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  • April 4 Howard County Green Fest (Howard Community College)
  • April 9 JHU School of Medicine’s Earth Day Expo
  • April 18 Baltimore City Eco Fest (Druid Hill Park)
  • April 19 Clean Cars Kick-off (Loyola College)
  • April 22 MTA Earth Day Celebration (Shot Tower Metro Station)
  • April 25 Baltimore County Polar Fair (North Point State Park)
  • April 25 Bike Blast (Druid Hill Park)
clean commuting bicyclists  
  • May 1 Baltimore Flower Mart
  • May 2 & 3 Towsontown Festival
  • May 9 Carroll County Herb Festival (Piney Run Park)
  • May 12 Clean Air Partners 2009 Annual Membership meeting (4:00-7:00 pm at Marian Koshland Science Museum, corner of 6th & E Streets, NW, Washington DC) 
  • May 15 Bike to Work Day
  • May 17 Baltimore Bike Jam (Paterson Park)
  • May 19 Commuter Thank-you (Aberdeen MARC)
  • May 28 Harford Co. Clean Car Clinic
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  • June 2 Annapolis Clean Car Clinic
  • June 4 Harford County Clean Car Clinic
  • June 19 Howard County Clean Car Clinic
  • June 22 Baltimore City Clean Car Clinic (Pimlico)
  • June 24 Anne Arundel County Clean Car Clinic
  • June 25 Howard County Clean Car Clinic
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Annapolis Town Hall Meeting on Bicycling! This Thursday, April 30th, 7:00 pm!

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(Save this date, and forward this invitation to your friends and neighbors!)
  Town Hall Meeting on Biking  
Thursday, April 30th, 7:00 PM
Annapolis City Council Chambers
160 Duke of Gloucester Street 
Dear Friend,  
This Thursday we will hold a Town Hall Meeting in City Council Chambers. We'll be looking at ways of making Annapolis a more bike friendly city. Our guest speaker will be Jane Shey. 
A native of Algona, Iowa, Jane moved to Annapolis in 1988. She has worked in Washington, DC, for twenty years on agriculture and international trade issues for a Member of Congress.  She recently completed a Masters in European Studies at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.  She is currently enrolled in that school's PhD. program with a focus on environmental policy and splits her time between Annapolis and Europe.
Jane is an avid bicyclist and proponent of bike friendly cities. Her PowerPoint presentation on the subject is informative and challenging. You won't want to miss this incredible presentation! 
A bike-friendly city will reduce the number of cars circulating through our city, improve our air quality, increase property values, and enhance our overall quality of life.
Plan to join us in City Council Chambers this Thursday at 7:00 pm.
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Road kill

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Road Rights: The Right to Disobey Cops

Bike LawsThe problem is, if everybody acquiesces to a violation of our rights, do we still have the right? I would argue that unless the right is exercised, it doesn't exist. Therefore, when a law enforcement officer is enforcing laws that don't exist, it is incumbent upon us to stand up for our rights.
- Bob Mionske

Interesting story of a cyclist tazed for riding in the road in Ohio.
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The weekend in pics

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If you are new to road riding for exercise or commuting the BBC Introductory Ride Series is a great place to start and meet others just like you. Record turn out this year, don't miss the remaining classes.

Baltimore Bike Blast; tall bikes, hiwheel bikes, a kid on a tricycle trying to out race anyone coming around the lake loop till his mother called him back, bike rides, free loner bikes, tons a free info, t-shirts and opportunities to meet key people in Baltimore's Bike Culture. You missed a fun time!!!

Grassroots Bike Series; fun people, fun fast ride. Don't miss them next month.
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Ride to the Bike Blast

Looking for local rides(ers)Saturday is the Bike Blast...anyone who may want to bike from somewhere to the Bike Blast please let me know. Maybe we can have a group ride there.

Laurie: I’d be up for a ride associated with Bike Blast on Saturday, if others in South Baltimore are interested.
Penny: Maybe

Any others interested in this start? Any other start locations?

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