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T4 America Ready to Go List

Biking in the Metro AreaOne criteria that the traffic folks use to establish need is the dollar amount of non-funded projects. No projects, no need so no funding. Which for cyclists then means no projects because of no funds and the cycle repeats. So with a envious eye on what is happening not that far away (and hopping to get this kind of energy here) here is what's happening in the DC area:
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Economic Stimulus Legislation

Bike LawsSupport funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects

Congress is currently putting together an economic stimulus package to have ready when the new Congress returns in early January. While public details of the forthcoming stimulus bill is not available, we are hearing that there is a chance that funds for transportation and infrastructure projects in the stimulus package may go overwhelmingly to road projects—the same unbalanced strategy that has created our existing transportation problems.

We must speak up now to make sure that the economic stimulus language maintains the established transportation funding allocations including the Transportation Enhancement set aside which is the primary source for bicycle and pedestrian projects.

Please take a moment to click onto the take action button to contact your Congressional Member now.



Thank you.

League of American Bicyclists
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Because Robert Moses Would Have a Coronary If He Were to See Our Streets Now

Biking Elsewhere-Justin Davidson, New York Magazine
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Public space comes in a range of shades. In the sixties, its cultivation was effectively delegated to private developers, who were permitted to put up bigger office buildings if they provided sidewalk-level oases where workers could eat their lunch. In the eighties and nineties, New York began to rejuvenate its parks, restoring enclaves that offer a cushion from noise and congestion. Now the Department of Transportation has realized that its jurisdiction covers the basic unit of urban life: the street. There, lifestyles intersect and city dwellers co-exist with people different from themselves. It’s where we learn toleration, where leisure shares space with urgency, commerce with activism, baby carriages with handcarts. When it is narrowed by garbage or overwhelmed by traffic, then the street reverts to its most primitive use: as a corridor. But a truly public place allows people to move at many different paces, or not to move at all.
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Exciting new shop in Harford County!

Cyclist\'s Yellow PagesWe're very happy to announce the opening of Chesapeake Cycle & Sport- our new full service cycling outfitter store on the Chesapeake Bay in Havre de Grace, MD.
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Raffle Winner

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Announcing the Cycle Claus Raffle Winners
 
One Less Car (OLC) is pleased to announce that Marianne Freedman of Baltimore is the winner of the OLC Cycle Claus raffle. She is the lucky recipient of a beautiful bicycle being donated by Joe’s Bike Shop of Mt. Washington! Marianne entered the raffle through the One Less Car website (a new OLC website will be launched in February of 2009). Tatiana Melo and Stephen Franzoni are the gift certificate winners
 
We would like to thank everyone involved in the raffle – the folks that purchased tickets, Joe’s Bike Shop and S’ghetti Eddies, as well as, David Shapiro who developed and coordinated all matters concerning the raffle! Thank you all!
 
The purpose of the raffle was to purchase 12 bikes for disadvantaged children for the holidays. There was not any profit made from the raffle as all proceeds went toward purchasing prizes and the 12 bicycles. The goal was to give a gift of a bicycle to children - to bring happiness and with it the hope that the children would experience the freedom that comes from bicycling.
 
Every day One Less Car advocates for providing safe and effective transportation alternatives for all citizens through education, lobbying, and facilitation between our communities, governments, and state and local representatives. We believe that Maryland can be an example of the economic and social good that comes from a society where everyone – regardless of age, physical condition or economic background - has the opportunity to bike, walk or use mass transit to get where they need to go.
 
One Less Car wishes you a joyous holiday season!
 

Carol Silldorff, M.P.A.
Executive Director
One Less Car
1209 North Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

410-960-6493 direct

www.onelesscar.org

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Highways Are a Bad Investment for Economic Recovery

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Expanding roads and highways will take us backwards, rather than move us toward a true recovery. Building new highways provides fewer jobs than building public transportation infrastructure. According to Surface Transportation Policy Partnership, you get 19 percent more jobs with public transportation investments than with new roads and highway spending. Stimulating our economy effectively means investing in the infrastructure that gives us the most bang for our buck. Highways don't do that.
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Rails to Trails economic recovery plan online petition

Biking ElsewhereFor folks who want to sign the Rails to Trails economic recovery petition, which simply asks President-elect Obama and Congress to consider:

"supporting explicit funding for trails, walking and biking in the upcoming economic recovery package. Funding active transportation is a cost-effective investment that creates jobs and leads to healthier people, stronger communities, decreased oil dependency, and reduced climate change emissions"

as part of our nation's economic recovery plan.
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Road Kill: Americans Are Driving Less, Which is Good and Bad

Biking Elsewhere

The Journal’s Ana Campoy reports:

As politicians debate how to break the nation’s addiction to foreign oil and curb its global-warming emissions, laypeople are already setting an example: They’re cutting back on driving.

That’s not just because they were shocked into conserving when gasoline prices surpassed $4 a gallon earlier this year, points out a new study by the Brookings Institution titled “The Road… Less Traveled.”

U.S. drivers began pushing the brakes four years ago — well before gas prices began shooting up. But it was 2007 when, for the first time, the number of miles traveled in the U.S. actually fell compared with the prior year.

That’s because, at this point, there are relatively few people eligible to drive who aren’t doing so already. The growing use of public transit and the sprouting of shopping centers in residential areas are also helping, the study says. These are changes the authors don’t expect will be reversed in coming years, even if gas prices keep falling.

The drop in miles driven will likely force the massive reorganization of transportation policy that experts say is badly needed, but that policy makers have so far skirted.

For starters, Congress will have to figure out how to make up for the shortfall in gasoline - tax revenue, which is used to fund transportation projects, as people use less of the fuel. Short-term, Brookings says, lawmakers should raise gas taxes, and while they’re at it, they should index them to inflation so that they rise along with overall prices. In the long-term, the study suggests a carbon tax.

But aside from securing new revenue streams, Congress will need to do a better job of assigning the cash. According to Brookings , traffic data suggests that either the build-up of road lanes is outpacing the growth in the number of cars that roll on them, or that fewer cars are driving over existing roads than in the past. Either way, the report says, if the number of miles Americans log “continues to fall—and states continue to build more roads—the nation may be wasting scarce transportation dollars on unneeded roads.”
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Counting bikes in Baltimore

Biking in BaltimoreI got this notice from a Hopkins Public Health public service mailing list. Does it seem odd that they are going to count bikes in the winter? Anyone interested in advocacy on the question?

Also, if anyone wants to volunteer as a counter, the info is below.


Baltimore City Planner’s Office seeks Volunteers!
Interested in Making Baltimore a More Green Place to Live? Volunteer just two hours to count the number of bicyclists in Baltimore at designated locations. Counts will be performed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7 – 9 am and from 4 – 6 pm. The locations will be: Guilford and Mt Royal, Eastern and Chester, Pratt and Gay, Park Heights and Belvedere and St. Paul and 33rd. Forms will be provided. For more information and to volunteer, contact Susan Hutfless (shutfles@jhsph.edu). With enumeration, we can impact the funding allocated to this form of transportation in Baltimore to increase the health of the city’s residents.
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Leaner nations bike, walk, use mass transit

Biking ElsewhereLink found between 'active transportation' and less obesity in 17 countries
-Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Jim Richards is no kid, but he loves to ride his bike. At 51, he has become a cycling commuter, pedaling 11 miles from his home in the suburbs to his job in downtown Knoxville.

"It really doesn't take that much longer" than driving, he insists.

And he gets 40 minutes of exercise twice a day without going to the gym, which he attributes to a 20-pound weight loss.

New research illustrates the health benefits of regular biking, walking or taking public transportation to work, school or shopping. Researchers found a link between "active transportation" and less obesity in 17 industrialized countries across Europe, North America and Australia.

"Countries with the highest levels of active transportation generally had the lowest obesity rates," authors David Bassett of the University of Tennessee and John Pucher of Rutgers University conclude.

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