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Google street view now in Baltimore

Biking in BaltimoreCheck it out, you can drag the little guy that's above the zoom bar onto a street a get a picture (like the link below) of that street that you can rotate and click to walk along a street so you can get a feel how bikeable that street is.

<a href="http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&amp;ll=39.337019,-76.634874&amp;spn=0.016895,0.043945&amp;z=15&amp;layer=c&amp;cbll=39.339487,-76.628569&amp;panoid=xpWnNZ4-vH9qfEhYtIv2NA&amp;cbp=12,92.936762231621,,0,15.89843749999998">http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&amp;ll=39.337019,-76.634874&amp;spn=0.016895,0.043945&amp;z=15&amp;layer=c&amp;cbll=39.339487,-76.628569&amp;panoid=xpWnNZ4-vH9qfEhYtIv2NA&amp;cbp=12,92.936762231621,,0,15.89843749999998</a>;

Extra points to anyone who can find a bicyclist captured in a street view.
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Mountain bike ride at Patapsco State Park

Looking for local rides(ers)There is an annual, fun, mountain bike ride at Patapsco State Park (Avalon area) from the Trailhead opposite the Park and Ride off the I-195 exit. The details for the mountain bike ride are as follows:

Thursday morning 11/27, photo at 9:00, get back on the trail for a fun social ride no later than 09:30, sooner if possible. Tell as many people as you like. and also let them know where they can view the photo. So far weather looks good for thursday......

Last years photo can be found
<a href="http://donaldstar.smugmug.com/Sports/622615/">http://donaldstar.smugmug.com/Sports/622615/</a>; if you print the first 5 photos in the gallery and join them together you have a 44 11&quot; photo, 80 people, 80 bikes.

We can top that.
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A Virtuous Cycle: Bicycling in DC

Biking Elsewhere<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tw6Z6k9Xmos">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tw6Z6k9Xmos</a>;
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STATION NORTH BIKE RACK PROJECT

Biking in BaltimoreStation North Arts &amp; Entertainment, Inc. receives more than 70 different design proposals for the STATION NORTH BIKE RACK PROJECT
Only eight designs to be chosen – Public invited to view all of the submitted designs

( Baltimore , MD ) Station North Arts &amp; Entertainment, Inc. received more than 70 different designs from 49 designers/design teams for the Station North Bike Rack Project. Eight (8) bike rack designs will be chosen to be fabricated and installed throughout the Station North Arts &amp; Entertainment District to enhance the area with the sculptural installations, while simultaneously promoting bicycling within the city of Baltimore .
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League of Women Voters Pedestrisn And Bicyclist Safety

Biking in MarylandA very good summary of the problems facing pedestrians and bicyclists in Montgomery County which is very systemic for the whole state of Maryland.
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New foundation seeks to cut Maryland traffic deaths in half

Biking in MarylandBy Len Lazarick Examiner Staff Writer 10/31/08

Charles Stoecker, a Baltimore County farmer who founded the Baltimore City Farmers Market, was killed this past year when a teen driver who was speeding and texting on a cell phone struck the car he was driving.

A pair of his shoes was among the 615 empty pairs lined up for the announcement of the new Maryland Highway Safety Foundation. Each set of footwear came from a victim killed in road accidents this past year

Maryland officials announced a new driver safety initiative Thursday amid a pair of shoes from every state resident killed on the roads last year.

The new foundation is hoping to “change the culture” of Maryland drivers, David Nevins, a public relations executive and co-chairman of the new foundation said, during a news conference in Annapolis.

Most Marylanders don’t own guns, collect knives or routinely handle other deadly weapons, “except when we get behind the wheel of a car,” he said.

“Our problem is cultural and behavioral,” said foundation Co-Chairman Fred Mirmiran.

Mirmiran, president of Johnson Mirmiran &amp; Thompson, an engineering consulting firm, had pushed the idea of the foundation on the 100th anniversary of the State Highway Administration.

“We want to cut that [615 number] in half,” he said.

One solution is having at least 100 Maryland businesses, representing a total of at least 100,000 employees, to take a pledge to encourage safer driving by their workers.

Mirmiran said that would include mandating:
» Not serving alcohol at corporate events;
» No texting while driving and no speeding;
» Driver training for any employee who gets a speeding ticket on the job.

Maryland traffic deaths are down again this year, as they were last year, and the state ranks 42nd in the country in terms of fatalities, said Gov. Martin O’Malley, but “let’s chase after that No. 50 ranking.”

Judge Katie O’Malley, the governor’s wife, is honorary chairwoman of the new foundation.

[While traffic fatalities may be down, pedestrian fatalities are up, Maryland now ranks the 4th worst state (up from #8 last year) with the highest percentage of pedestrian fatalities.]
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Safety group calls for cell phone driving code

Biking in Maryland[As a cyclists a good percentage of my emergency avoidance situations are caused by motorists on cell phones.]
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The Maryland Highway Safety Foundation said it hopes to recruit 100 businesses with a cumulative 100,000 employees to adopt policies covering such matters as cell phone use, texting while behind the wheel, driving while intoxicated and other traffic offenses. Foundation co-chairman David Nevins announced the effort at a morning meeting that drew some of the state's top political leaders, including Gov. Martin O'Malley, House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger.

After the meeting, O'Malley said his administration would become one of the employers to adopt such rules for users of state-owned vehicles. &quot;Stay tuned. It's in the offing,&quot; he said
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Neither cell phone use nor texting while driving is explicitly banned under Maryland law, even though either could possibly be covered under the state's negligent driving statute. The General Assembly has so far resisted passing legislation addressing cell phones or texting except in the case of novice drivers.
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[Maryland ranks the 8th highest in pedestrian traffic fatalities it's time the General Assembly started to do something about it.]
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Public Transportation: Benefits for the 21st Century

Mass Transit * In 2005, Americans took 9.7 billion trips on public transportation - 15 times the number of trips they took on domestic airlines. 1,2
* From 1995 through 2005, public transportation ridership increased by 25 percent, 1,3 a growth rate higher than the 11 percent increase in U.S. population4 and higher than the 22 percent growth in use of the nation's highways over the same period.
* Without public transportation, travel delays would have increased by 27 percent.
* Public transportation produces 95 percent less carbon monoxide (CO), 90 percent less in volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and about half as much carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx), per passenger mile, as private vehicles.
* Real estate-residential, commercial or business-that is served by public transportation is valued more highly by the public than similar properties not as well served by transit.
* More than four in five seniors believe public transportation is a better alternative to driving alone, especially at night.

Each year, public transportation use in the U.S. saves:
* 1.4 billion gallons of gasoline, representing 4 million gallons of gasoline per day
* The equivalent of 34 supertankers of oil, or a supertanker leaving the Middle East every 11 days
* The equivalent of 140,769 fewer service station tanker trucks clogging our streets each year
* The equivalent of 300,000 fewer automobile fill-ups each day


In addition to reduced pollution, direct health benefits of public transportation include:
* Lower rates of respiratory and heart disease. The health effects of mobile source pollution can be severe and even life-threatening, particularly to children, older adults and adults with respiratory illnesses. Many groups are at greater risk because of chronic lung or cardiovascular disease, including people with diabetes, whose cardiovascular systems are threatened by particle pollution.
* Lower accident rates. According to a 2006 report, public transit has 0.03 fatal accidents per 100 million miles-about 1/25th the rate for automobiles; injuries as well as fatalities are reduced.19
* Quality of life. Public transportation fosters a more active lifestyle, encouraging more people to walk, bike and jog to transit stops. An analysis of 2001 National Household Travel Survey data for transit users finds that walking to and from transit helps inactive persons attain a significant portion of the recommended minimum daily exercise they need; 29 percent of respondents get 30 minutes or more of exercise a day from walking to or from transit.20
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Bicycles Still a Major Source of Injury

Biking ElsewhereAlthough bicycles are a healthy and cost-saving alternative form of transportation, they're also the cause of a lot of childhood injuries.

In fact, automobiles are the only other consumer product that causes more childhood injuries.
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[Hmmm, and being a passenger in a car is the leading cause of premature death for kids in the United States and that wrong way bike riding is still a significant component of car/bike crashes and they are concerned about bike helmets? I will strongly assert that the over emphasis on wearing helmets and zilch on safe riding practices and the hazards to public health of having car centric roads is a major evil in our society and bike helmets alone are not going to fix this.]
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Bike lanes, paths or trails, where should the State be putting its efforts?

Biking in MarylandAccording to the National Survey of Bicyclist and Pedestrian Attitudes and Behavior:

The change most desired in the community among all cycling frequencies was to increase bicycling facilities such as more bicycle lanes (38%), more bicycle paths (30%), and more bicycle trails (14%).

Yet Maryland seems to emphasize trails and paths sometime to the expense of bike lanes or bikeable shoulders. I will strongly assert that the main reason for this is that there is currently no set funding mechanism and procedures for bike lanes as there is for paths and trails.

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