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Plans to cut traffic speed limits

Biking Elsewhere[Baltimore Spokes: For comparison Britain's traffic fatality rate is 48/M Maryland's is 109/M]
Proposals to bring down speed limits in areas of Britain where there is a higher risk of accidents have been announced by the government.

Reductions from 30mph to 20mph in urban locations and 60mph to 50mph in the countryside are being considered.

Road safety minister Jim Fitzpatrick said the way people learn to drive and are tested is also set for reform.

The plans are part of a new strategy to reduce road deaths in England, Scotland and Wales by one-third by 2020.

Safety research

Mr Fitzpatrick said in a statement: "We've already made real improvements to the safety of our roads - there are now almost 17,000 fewer deaths or serious injuries in a year than there were in the mid-1990s. But it is intolerable that eight people are still dying on our roads each day.
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Action: The Complete Streets Act of 2009 (H.R. 1443) One-Page Summary

Bike LawsWHAT THE BILL DOES

The Complete Streets Act of 2009 (H.R. 1443) ensures that future transportation investments made by State departments of transportation and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) create appropriate and safe transportation facilities for all those using the nation’s roads—motorists, transit vehicles and riders, bicyclists, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.

Policy Requirement: H.R. 1443 requires States and MPOs to adopt complete streets policies for federally-funded projects within two years. These complete streets policies must ensure that the needs of all users of the transportation system are taken into account during the design, planning, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, maintenance, and operating phases of transportation project implementation.

Exemption Procedures: H.R. 1443 also gives State, regional, and local jurisdictions flexibility to exempt projects from compliance with complete streets policies. Projects may be exempted from complying with complete streets principles if users are prohibited by law from using a given right-of-way (such as in the case of freeways), if the cost of implementing complete streets principles would be prohibitive, or if the existing and planned population and employment densities around a given roadway are low enough that there is a clear lack of need for complete streets.

Enforcement: H.R. 1443 enforces this complete streets policy requirement by restricting a progressively higher amount of non-compliant states’ highway dollars to safety uses. In the first year of non-compliance, 1 percent of Surface Transportation Program funds are restricted, 2 percent in the second year, and 3 percent in the third and subsequent years. States do not lose transportation dollars under this arrangement—their existing allotment of funds is simply shifted.

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ATIV: Commuting by electric bike. Fast, Fun - Go Green!

Biking Elsewhere[Baltimore Spokes: I would not go as far as saying going under human power is worse for the environment but this certainly blows most excuses out the window.]

Short video about electric bicycle commuting where the typical objections against riding a bike to work are easily dissolved by choosing an electric bicycle, which has many benefits vs. a car (cost savings in the face of rising gas prices, improved health, low environmental impact while commuting using NiMH rechargeable batteries, and reduction of oil dependency). Electric bikes such as the Crystalyte Cannon conversion kit are fast (20mph), powerful (500W Motor) and make bicycle riding easy. Produced by ATIV Solutions LLC.
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Dump your car, get a tax break and help One Less Car

Bike Maryland updates[Just to note on average ~25 cars a day are donated, this can really be helpful to On e Less Car.]

One Less Car, Inc

A free, convenient service for converting that extra car, truck, or RV into a tax deductible donation benefiting One Less Car, Inc. You can donate online or call 877-999-8322 to make your donation.

Don't donate your car or truck to some charity you have never heard of. Our trusted service makes sure your vehicle is properly handled so you get your tax deduction and your charity, One Less Car, Inc, gets the benefit of your donation.

Start now by clicking on "Donate Now" below. If you are not ready to donate, find out about donating your vehicle by browsing all the valuable information and links on our site.


Or call 1-877-999-8322
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FRONTLINE Presents POISONED WATERS

Health & EnvironmentMore than three decades after the Clean Water Act, two iconic waterways—the great coastal estuaries Puget Sound and the Chesapeake Bay—are in perilous condition. With polluted runoff still flowing in from industry, agriculture, and massive suburban development, scientists fear contamination to the food chain and drinking water for millions of people. A growing list of endangered species is also threatened in both estuaries. As a new president, Congress, and states set new agendas and spending priorities, FRONTLINE correspondent Hedrick Smith examines the rising hazards to human health and the ecosystem, and why it’s so hard to keep our waters clean.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009, from 9 to 11 P.M. ET on PBS
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Cycling expressions from around the world

Biking Elsewhere What to yell at French riders:

* "Allez, allez!"

What to yell at Italian riders:

* "Forza, forza!"

What to yell at Spanish riders:

* "Venga, venga!"

What to yell at American riders:

* "Get outta the f *****g road, you spandex weirdoes. I'm late for work."
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Calender of Events

Biking in BaltimoreJust to note that I just spent some time putting events on our calender (Left column second to last block as well as a top menu item.) I really don't have the time to fill all the detail in but I hope a title, date and a link to more info will be helpful. A lot of stuff is happening so I hope this will help get you out and enjoying these events.
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E.P.A. Clears Way for Greenhouse Gas Rules

Health & EnvironmentBy JOHN M. BRODER
Published: April 17, 2009

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday formally declared carbon dioxide and five other heat-trapping gases to be pollutants that endanger public health and welfare, setting in motion a process that will lead to the regulation of the gases for the first time in the United States.
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Discuss the Future of Baltimore City’s Rec and Parks

Health & Environment

Participate in a community forum to discuss the future of Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks.  6:30-8:30 pm on the upcoming following dates.  For more information please call 410-396-7900 or visit www.baltimorecity.gov/government/recnparks.

 

Monday April 20th

Webster Kendrick PAL Center

 

More Recreation/PAL Center Community Forums

Wednesday, April 22nd

Montebello PAL Center

 

Thursday, April 23rd

Towanda PAL Center

 

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24 Hours of Booty

Looking for local rides(ers)4pm Saturday, Sept. 26 to 4pm Sunday, Sept. 27 – 24 Hours of Booty (Columbia, MD). Ride one mile or 300+ miles!
A 24-hour, non-competitive charity cycling event that is geared for teams and individuals and is open to participants of all ages and skill levels. Proceeds to benefit Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF) and Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF).

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Maryland should adopt the Idaho stop law.

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The state should support what kind of bicycle facilities?

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