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As long as you have a bus who needs to walk to school?

Biking ElsewhereThe discussion in this article about the safety measures in the road accessing a new school site somehow seems to be missing the point.

Of note:
1. The superintendent says "A bus will pick up every child within the attendance boundaries of this school."

2. The school board's stance:
R-7 officials said a reduced-speed school zone is not necessary because children would not be allowed to walk to the school.

3. The traffic engineer's take on this:
Michael Park, city traffic engineer, said motorists don't obey the current speed limit near the property, which is 45 mph. He said a reduced speed zone could cause more accidents.
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RAAM Penalty Box Update - Day 1

Biking in MarylandOne day into the Bicycle Race Across America (RAAM). Only the solo racers are on the route. Teams have not yet left the starting line.

Already, 3 racers will be serving 15 minutes with us in the Penalty Box at Mt Airy Bicycle, and another racer will be staying with us for 30 minutes.

You too can track the excitement on RAAM's web pages:

For the latest on which racers will be "on hold" at the Penalty Box along with their infractions: http://stats.raceacrossamerica.org/2008/reports/penalties.html


For an overview of current race status and links to much more: http://stats.raceacrossamerica.org/2008/reports/overview.html

Be sure to join us at Mt Airy Bicycles June 16 (maybe late June 15) through June 20 to join in the excitement -- 24/7.

Georgia Glashauser
www.BikeRAAM.com
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FOOD FOR FUEL

Biking ElsewhereI Took The Pledge. Walk and Bike More. Drive Less. Burn Calories, Not Carbon! www.railstotrails.org
The Washington, DC-based Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has launched an innovative campaign called "Burn Calories, Not Carbon!" In explaining why you should take the pledge, they write: "Did you know nearly half of all trips in the United States are three miles or less, and the vast majority of these trips are still taken by car? Trails and transit create opportunities to drive less. And choosing to walk and bike instead is a positive response to the twin challenges of climate change and expanding waistlines." The organization's goal is to have 20,000 pledges made by Earth Day, April 22.
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Seeing Baltimore in a new light

Biking in Baltimore[Baltimore Sun's coverage of Tour dem Parks]
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"We want people to enjoy their bicycles and we want them to enjoy their parks," said Gary Letterton, an environmental planner with the city and one of the event's volunteer organizers. "So many people come back from this and say, 'Oh my God, I had no idea.' Every year we do this I learn another spot in Baltimore. Most people have no idea what's out here."
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Nate Evans, a bike and pedestrian planner for the city Department of Transportation, said he hopes the event helps people to think a little bit differently about bicycling in the city and to learn about Baltimore's bike trails, old and new.

"People think that biking is something you do in the county, that you put your bike in the car and take it somewhere to ride," he said. "We want to make it so you can get on your bike and ride where you need to go."
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U.S. DOT Wants Your Take on the Baltimore Region's Transportation Planning Process

Mass TransitThe U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) wants to know how well the Baltimore region conducts its transportation planning process. If you're interested in how transportation investment decisions are made in the Baltimore region, you should plan to attend a public hearing with the U.S. DOT on Tuesday, June 24th. The meeting, which is part of the quadrennial federal certification process of the Baltimore region's metropolitan planning organization (MPO), will take place from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at 2700 Lighthouse Point East (2700 block of Boston Street), Suite 310, in the Canton area of southeast Baltimore City.

As the local MPO, the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) is responsible for several key products as part of a continuing, comprehensive and coordinated (3-C) process. These products include a long-range transportation plan, a short-range program or implementation plan, an annual work program, air quality assessments, and a congestion management process. The BRTB undertakes this work in coordination with state agencies and other partners. An important part of the planning process is providing for public participation.

The meeting on June 24th will not address specific projects, but the overall transportation planning process. The U.S. DOT (Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration) is interested in knowing:

* Are you provided with the opportunity to participate in the transportation planning and programming process?
* Do you receive information about transportation issues early enough in the process so staff and the MPO can utilize your suggestions or recommendations?
* Do you have reasonable access to the technical and policy information that is used to develop the Long Range Transportation Plan and Transportation Improvement Plan?
* Do you receive adequate notice of transportation planning and programming activities?
* Do you have adequate time to comment on key decision points in the process?
* Do you feel your comments are taken into consideration by staff and the MPO?
* What are the positive aspects of the transportation planning process?
* What suggestions do you have for improving the process?
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Bike rack program too successful

Biking in BaltimoreAll the current bike racks have been spoken for. You can still send in a request to Nate Evans the City's Bike/ped planner Nate.Evans "at" baltimorecity.gov but it will have to wait for the next round.
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Crossing guard: Police conduct pedestrian safety sting

Biking in Baltimore[Note: Rumor has it that Baltimore is doing similar stings.]

Missoula police officers ramped up their enforcement of pedestrian safety laws from zero to zealous on Thursday during a 90-minute plainclothes sting operation on East Broadway.

A fleet of four motorcycle officers idled nearby as bipedal officer Annie Nordby, in off-duty attire, crossed East Broadway and Adams Street - an intersection marked by a painted crosswalk but with no cautionary light.

One by one, as motorists blew by Nordby, the motorcycle officers zipped into action, chasing after any disobedient drivers who failed to yield.

When the pedestrian safety operation was over, police had issued 14 citations for failing to yield to pedestrians, which could cost drivers up to $100, depending on a Municipal Court judge's decree. Police also gave six warnings and 14 additional citations for infractions such as no insurance or expired registration.
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CALLING FOR BETTER TRANSIT

Mass TransitMaryland PIRG
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Thanks for a great Instructional Ride Series

Biking in the Metro Area

Thanks to Gordon Peltz, Howard Kaplon, and Gary Brandon for a great 2008 BBC Instructional Ride Series

The participants from the 2008 BBC instructional ride series (and previous years) want to thank Gordon, Howard, and Gary for leading this year's class and rides. The three leaders took a rag tag bunch of bicyclists from all levels and turned us in to a rag tag bunch of better bicyclists. Gordon, Howard, and Gary did it with grace, good humor, dedication, and lots and lots of patience.

We gave the ride leaders each a bicycle-related gift and made a separate donation to One Less Car in their honor.

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Worthy of a Bike Statue

Biking ElsewhereBy Daniel Hamermesh

My Dutch co-author and I biked to his office this morning, with very nice new bikes he owns. I remarked on them, and he said his university gives him the right to buy a bike out of pre-tax income every three years.

Every Dutch employer can offer this triennial subsidy of $750. I thought that was quite interesting, and asked why.

The answer is that earlier the government gave employees a subsidy on commuting costs, but only if they lived at least 10 kilometers from work. He says the government realized that this was unfair to short-distance commuters and, worse still, increased incentives to live far from work and to use gasoline that generated air pollution.

The bicycle subsidy is designed to counter those effects; and it is also consistent with the national image as devoted to bike-riding. (The Netherlands is the only place I have seen a public statue/monument consisting of a 10-meter-tall bicycle!)

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