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CYCLISTS' BILL OF RIGHTS

Biking Elsewhere[LA just adopted the following:]
WHEREAS, cyclists have the right to ride the streets of our communities and this right is formally articulated in the California Vehicle Code; and

WHEREAS, cyclists are considered to be the “indicator species” of a healthy community; and

WHEREAS, cyclists are both environmental and traffic congestion solutions; and

WHEREAS, cyclists are, first and foremost, people - with all of the rights and privileges that come from being members of this great society; and

NOW, THEREFORE, WE THE CYCLING COMMUNITY, do hereby claim the following rights:

1) Cyclists have the right to travel safely and free of fear.

2) Cyclists have the right to equal access to our public streets and to sufficient and significant road space.

3) Cyclists have the right to the full support of educated law enforcement.

4) Cyclists have the right to the full support of our judicial system and the right to expect that those who endanger, injure or kill cyclists be dealt with to the full extent of the law.

5) Cyclists have the right to routine accommodations in all roadway projects and improvements.

6) Cyclists have the right to urban and roadway planning, development and design that enable and support safe cycling.

7) Cyclists have the right to traffic signals, signage and maintenance standards that enable and support safe cycling.

8) Cyclists have the right to be actively engaged as a constituent group in the organization and administration of our communities.

9) Cyclists have the right to full access for themselves and their bicycles on all mass transit with no limitations.

10) Cyclists have the right to end-of-trip amenities that include safe and secure opportunities to park their bicycles.

11) Cyclists have the right to be secure in their persons and property, and be free from unreasonable search and seizure, as guaranteed by the 4th Amendment.

12) Cyclists have the right to peaceably assemble in the public space, as guaranteed by the 1st Amendment.

And further, we claim and assert these rights by taking to the streets and riding our bicycles, all in an expression of our inalienable right to ride!
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The Baltimore Office of Sustainability is looking for your photos of Baltimore

Biking in Baltimore

 

We would like to request photo submissions for the Sustainability Plan that highlight Baltimore and its people for the following seven chapters:

  • Cleanliness
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Resource Conservation
  • Greening
  • Transportation
  • Education and Awareness
  • Green Economy

 

In addition we would be interested in cityscape photos that could be used in the introductory sections.  Full credit will be given for any submissions used.  Please send submissions by December 30th to Cassandra Kapsos-Scouten at Cassandra.Kapsos-scouten@baltimorecity.gov

 

The Sustainability Plan will be posted online starting December 30, 2008 at http://www.baltimorecity.gov/government/planning/sustainability/ and will be available for public comment for 30 days.

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Please consider the environment prior to printing;

www.baltimorecity.gov/sustainability

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COFFEE ANYONE?

Biking ElsewhereDoes caffeine inhibit or improve athletic performance? According to Australian researcher John Hawley, it helps. "With the ingestion of both caffeine and carbohydrate, the overall amount of glycogen stored in the muscle for the four-hour period was 60 percent higher than with carbohydrate alone," Hawley is quoted as saying in the following VeloNews piece. "There is absolutely no question that this additional muscle glycogen would improve performance." Potential downsides: the recommended dose can cause side effects such as insomnia, jitteriness, and gastrointestinal upset.
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Who\'s Trash Talking Bikes?

Biking Elsewhere[From the League of American Bicyclists]
Every now and then, someone takes a potshot at bicyclists and bicycling. Sometimes it’s a politician; other times a shock jock. Whoever it is, and whatever their motivation, we don’t like it! So we keep track of who says what, and give you the chance to talk back. For responses to common trash talk, click on the menu to the right (Driving Costs, Pay Your Way, etc.)

Oct. 2, 2008: Professor John Cochran, University of Chicago
Sep. 8, 2008: Senator Jim DeMint, South Carolina
July 29, 2008: U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters
July 18, 2008: David Brooks, New York Times
Dec. 6, 2007: Representative John Boehner, Ohio
Sep. 11, 2007: Senator Tom Coburn, Oklahoma
Aug. 4, 2007: Representative Patrick McHenry, North Carolina

Talking Back points:
* Driving Costs
* Pay Your Way
* Get Off the Road
* Behave!
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Bike Rack Exhibition!!!!!

Biking in BaltimoreCome check out the entries (as well as the eight finalists) of the North Ave. Bike Rack Project!!! This Friday, Dec 12th at the North Ave Market.
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SMILE, HON, YOU'RE IN BALTIMORE!

Biking in BaltimoreBALTIMORE – Going gray waiting for the MARC? Wet leaves bring your commute to a screeching halt? Maybe that red-light camera got your number. Or the bike lanes that only seem to run through other people's neighborhoods just aren't big enough for an OCLV carbon frame AND and a '78 Buick. Any which way, Eight-Stone Press (ESP) wants to know!

Through December 31, 2008, ESP – publisher of the award-winning SMILE, HON, YOU'RE IN BALTIMORE! series – is seeking your transit-themed stories, essays, poetry, photography and other artwork for an upcoming special focus issue of SMILE, HON. Potential topics/perspectives of interest include, but are not limited to: mass transit (including bus, MARC, light rail, subway, air travel, etc.); automobile (including commuting, taxis, etc.); bicycle (including city, rural, etc.); and pedestrian ventures. Articles (100 - 2,000 words) are preferably received via e-mail (wpt@eightstonepress.com) as attached Word documents. Image files should be at least 5" x 7", 300+ dpi (.TIF, .JPG, or .PDF format). All contributors will receive a byline/artistic credit for their work as well as two (2) complimentary copies of the issue in which their work appears.
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One Less Car December Update

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A Message from One Less Car President, Greg Cantori
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Support the CYCLE CLAUS RAFFLE!
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Public comments on MARC and commuter bus cuts must be received by December 26th!
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Checklist of Maryland's Bike Problems
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Last chance to stop the Intercounty Connector
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12 Steps for a safe and comfortable bike commute

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SAVE THE DATE! - The 2009 One Less Car Symposium will be held on February 4th at the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis. Everyone is welcome to meet and greet their legislators!

The Bike Commuter Tax Credit - What you need to know!
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Bike commuters are now eligible for a tax credit! Learn more here!

Winter Biking

It's getting cold out there! Here's some great Wintertime bicycling tips from the Great White North

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See Rep. James Oberstar speak at the Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference in Seattle. Thanks to John Wetmore from Perils for Pedestrians for this video!

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The Consolidated Transportation Program is Maryland's six-year capital budget for transportation projects. If it's not in the CTP it probably won't get built. Learn more about the CTP and the public input process here


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It saddens me to say that I will be leaving my post as Executive Director of One Less Car this month. It's been a great twenty-two months and I've had a wonderful time working with all of you.

One Less Car is a very small non-profit and I would be lying if I said its been easy juggling a full schedule of events, advocacy and administrative minutiae. But looking back I see a lot for OLC members to be proud of - Bicycle racks on all MTA buses, the repeal of the state ban on bikes and peds on MdTA bridges, the OLC BRAC report, the Fall '08 Bike Summit, the Baltimore transit summits and, of course, CAM and Tour du Port.

I know that OLC will continue on a path where advocacy will be a central focus. Marylanders need a strong advocate for bike and pedestrian issues and OLC can certainly fill that role.

Carol Silldorff, a former consultant for Baltimore Green Week, will be the Interim Executive Director of One Less Car starting in Mid-December. I hope you will all join me in wishing her the best of luck.

Richard Chambers, Executive Director

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A Message from One Less Car President, Greg Cantori
As you all know, One Less Car has been very lucky in having Richard work with us. His passion for alternative transportation shows by his literally walking the talk by busing and biking around Baltimore since he came on board. His efforts in getting 100% of MTA buses fitted with bike racks was a real win for those who need to make a bike/bus transition. And his efforts to strengthen the voices of bicyclists and transit riders has been a genuine success. We wish him well! Some organizational updates - We want to welcome our newest board members: Tom Taylor, John Purcell and Bruce Herman. They each bring vital experience and interests that will surely help One Less Car in aggressively pursuing our dream of less cars on our roads. Towards that end, our board will begin a planning process to not only look at viable ways to reduce car use, but to measure our success with goals and outcomes that will hold all of us and our public officials fully accountable in making our roads less crowded. Welcome Tom, Bruce and John!

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Support the CYCLE CLAUS RAFFLE! HELP MAKE THIS A VERY SPECIAL HOLIDAY SEASON FOR 12 BALTIMORE CITY CHILDREN BY GIVING THEM NEW BICYCLES!

BUY YOUR $5 RAFFLE TICKETS ONLINE - Just go to http://www.onelesscar.org/support_donation.php and make a donation based on the number of tickets you want (i.e. a $50 donation = 10 raffle tickets).

With the proceeds from the Cycle Claus raffle One Less Car will be buying 12 bicycles (or 24 if 5000 tickets are sold!) for Baltimore City children from lower income homes. One Less Car believes that every child should have the joy of riding a bike. It is also our way of promoting healthier living by helping to fight childhood obesity.

Not only will OLC be buying 12 bikes (including all safety equipment) for the children, but their families will receive a gift certificate to a local grocery store to go towards their holiday meal.

And the winner of the raffle gets his or her choice of either a Fisher X-Caliber Mountain Bike or a Trek 2.3 Road Bike, courtesy of Joe's Bike Shop of Mount Washington!

Want more info? Contact David Schapiro at dschapiro@onelesscar.org

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Public comments on MARC and commuter bus cuts must be received by December 26th!

As you may know, the Maryland Transit Administration is proposing drastic cuts to MARC rail and commuter bus service in the Baltimore and Washington areas. Most dramatic is the proposal to cut commuter bus service from Columbia to Downtown Baltimore to the very bone.

If you use MTA commuter services, or if you just happen to think Maryland should be cutting new road projects (like the ICC) before cutting essential transit service, please contact MTA BEFORE DECEMBER 26th! Click here for information on who to send your letter or email to.

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Checklist of Maryland's Bike Problems
Below is a list of some of the reasons why the League of American Bicyclists ranked Maryland a lowly 35th in their annual ranking of bike-friendly states. One Less Car strongly encourages you to read over the list and demand that the Maryland Department of Transportation address these issues. We believe that this checklist should serve as a workplan for MDOT staff as they move forward on improving bike accessibility. No 3ft or greater safe passing law Existence of a discriminatory mandatory bike lane law No Complete Streets or Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation policy (Note: the state has language encouraging bike/ped accommodations, but no plan for ensuring that these accommodations are actually built) No Mountain Biking Plan No CO2 Reduction Plan that includes bicycle usage No policy requiring bike parking at state owned facilities No system in place to determine percentage of state highways that have paved shoulders No dedicated state funding source for bicycling projects or programs No questions regarding the responsibilities of motorists towards cyclists on driver's test Bicycle safety is not addressed in Highway Safety Plan No education of officers on cyclist rights & responsibilities through academy or continuing education Information on cyclists rights and responsibilities not made available to traffic judges

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Last chance to stop the Intercounty Connector

In a time when billions of dollars are being taken away from sustainable transportation projects statewide Governor O'Malley has chosen to continue his support of the multi-billion dollar Intercounty Connector highway project. In case you did not know, the ICC is a proposed toll highway that will connect Laurel to Montgomery County. If built, Maryland taxpayers will be out billions of dollars that could be used on everything from schools and parks to bike infrastructure and mass transit.

Learn more about the ICC boondoggle here.

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12 Steps for a safe and comfortable bike commute
Start off easy Don't feel you have to go the distance Figure out your route Test it before you commute Find a bike buddy Learn the rules of the road for bicycles Investigate parking Devise a cleanup plan Carry flat fix essentials Learn emergency adjustments Inspect your bike before every ride Perform routine maintenance
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Street Films - Boulder Goes Bike Platinum

Biking ElsewhereWhat does it take to be Platinum? Bikes, the priority in planning, it's the little details that make a difference. Being able to get anywhere by bike. Routes with no stops for bicyclists.
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Lexicon of Bawlamarese

Biking in Baltimore(How to co-moon-icate wiff the natives)

Now yer talkin', Hon

[My apologies to the natives and not being bike related but I thought it was funny, Sunday funnies if you will.]
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If you build it, will they ride?

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The research identified three key contextual factors that Douma and Cleaveland believe strongly influence the success of new bicycle facilities in attracting riders: location along usable commuting routes, overall network connectivity, and amount of publicity and promotion given to the facilities. In cities where these three factors were not effectively addressed, the number of commuters traveling by bicycle did not increase significantly.
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