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Novak cited after hitting pedestrian

Biking in BaltimoreSyndicated columnist Robert D. Novak was cited by police after he hit a pedestrian with his black Corvette in downtown Washington, D.C., on Wednesday morning.
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“I didn’t know I hit him. I feel terrible,” a shaken Novak told reporters from Politico and WJLA as he was returning to his car. "He's not dead, that's the main thing." Novak said he was a block away from 18th and K streets Northwest, where the accident occurred, when a bicyclist stopped him and said, "You hit someone." He said he was cited for failing to yield the right of way.

The bicyclist was David Bono, a partner at Harkins Cunningham, who was on his usual bike commute to work at 1700 K St. N.W. when he witnessed the accident.

As he traveled east on K Street, crossing 18th, Bono said a "black Corvette convertible with top closed plowed into the guy. The guy is sort of splayed onto the windshield.”

Bono said that the pedestrian, who was crossing the street on a "Walk" signal and was in the crosswalk, rolled off the windshield and that Novak then made a right into the service lane of K Street. “The car is speeding away. What’s going through my mind is, you just can’t hit a pedestrian and drive away,” Bono said.

He said he chased Novak half a block down K Street., finally caught up with him and then put his bike in front of the car to block it and called 911. Traffic immediately backed up, horns blared and commuters finally went into reverse to allow Novak to pull over.

Bono said that throughout, Novak "keeps trying to get away. He keeps trying to go.” He said he vaguely recognized the longtime political reporter and columnist as a Washington celebrity but could not precisely place him.

Finally, Bono said, Novak put his head out the window of his car and motioned him over. Bono said he told him that you can't hit a pedestrian and just drive away. He quoted Novak as responding: “I didn’t see him there.”
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"This guy hit somebody and he won't stop so I'm going to stay here until the police come," Aleta Petty quoted Bono as saying, as he stood in K Street, blocking traffic.
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“’Learn to read the signs, [bodily orifice]!’ Novak snapped before speeding away,” according to an item in The Washington Post’s Reliable Source column.
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Edwards to bike 190 miles

Biking ElsewhereScenic Route: Edwards Bikes It From Hometown to Gateway

Carl Edwards doesn’t handle down time well. So this open week on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule affords the always-active Edwards time to fit in activities he normally wouldn’t.

Carl EdwardsAhead of Saturday night’s race at Gateway, he plans on riding his bike along the Katy Trail from his hometown in Columbia, Mo., to St. Louis, the headquarters for his car sponsor, Save-A-Lot.

Edwards is scheduled to finish off the estimated 190-mile, five-day trek at the Madison, Ill.-based track where he’ll begin preparations for the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250.

He’ll be joined by his trainer, his motor coach driver Tom Giacchi and a few hometown friends on the ride that, according to Edwards, “Is organic. It doesn’t have an itinerary.”
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Bicycle thief in Catonsville..again

Biking in the Metro Area[From the BBC List Serve]
This time they got us good. I woke up this morning for work and walked down to the kitchen only to notice that the light in the garage was flashing. My heart sank when I walked out to the garage and found its door open. A trash can was lying on its side causing the doors sensor to flash. Missing amongst the 3 bikes was Margaret's new Lemond Versailles. To make a long story short I called the Baltimore Co. police. They came out within 15 minutes and took a report, lifted fingerprints, etc. Then the officers noticed Margaret's unlocked car door. Apparently the thief(s) found the garage door remote on the visor after stealing change and Marg's Camelback water bottle. Just click, open and steal a bike. If anybody sees within the next month a Craiglist or Ebay listing in the Baltimore or Washington area please let us know. Here are the specs on Marg's Lemond and a Lemond website pix:

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Angry driver confronts charity ride participant

Biking ElsewhereAnd gets caught on tape: http://www.newsok.tv/?titleID=1678225840
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Too many traffic rules and the tragedy of the commons

Biking ElsewhereThere is a stretch of North Glebe Road, in Arlington, Virginia, that epitomizes the American approach to road safety. It’s a sloping curve, beginning on a four-lane divided highway and running down to Chain Bridge, on the Potomac River. Most drivers, absent a speed limit, would probably take the curve at 30 or 35 mph in good weather. But it has a 25-mph speed limit, vigorously enforced. As you approach the curve, a sign with flashing lights suggests slowing further, to 15 mph. A little later, another sign makes the same suggestion. Great! the neighborhood’s more cautious residents might think. »

We’re being protected. But I believe policies like this in fact make us all less safe.

I grew up in Great Britain, and over the past five years I’ve split my time between England and the United States. I’ve long found driving in the U.S. to be both annoying and boring. Annoying because of lots of unnecessary waits at stop signs and stoplights, and because of the need to obsess over speed when not waiting. Boring, scenery apart, because to avoid speeding tickets, I feel compelled to set the cruise control on long trips, driving at the same mind-numbing rate, regardless of road conditions.

Relatively recently—these things take a remarkably long time to sink in—I began to notice something else. Often when I return to the U.S. (usually to a suburban area in North Carolina’s Research Triangle), I see a fender bender or two within a few days. Yet I almost never see accidents in the U.K.

This surprised me, since the roads I drive here are generally wider, better marked, and less crowded than in the parts of England that I know best. And so I came to reflect on the mundane details of traffic-control policies in Great Britain and the United States. And I began to think that the American system of traffic control, with its many signs and stops, and with its specific rules tailored to every bend in the road, has had the unintended consequence of causing more accidents than it prevents. Paradoxically, almost every new sign put up in the U.S. probably makes drivers a little safer on the stretch of road it guards. But collectively, the forests of signs along American roadways, and the multitude of rules to look out for, are quite deadly.

Economists and ecologists sometimes speak of the “tragedy of the commons”—the way rational individual actions can collectively reduce the common good when resources are limited. How this applies to traffic safety may not be obvious. It’s easy to understand that although it pays the selfish herdsman to add one more sheep to common grazing land, the result may be overgrazing, and less for everyone. But what is the limited resource, the commons, in the case of driving? It’s attention. Attending to a sign competes with attending to the road. The more you look for signs, for police, and at your speedometer, the less attentive you will be to traffic conditions. The limits on attention are much more severe than most people imagine. And it takes only a momentary lapse, at the wrong time, to cause a serious accident.
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Grouseland Tours

Cyclist\'s Yellow PagesOne business that has served the Washington-Baltimore area for nearly a decade is Grouseland Tours a two hour drive in South Central PA Grouseland specializes in teaching beginners how to mountain bike with a 9 step skill course. Add a campground, pond with kayaks, 10 miles of trails and you have a fun place to spend a weekend. Another unique thing Grouseland does is lead people on guided tours of the only abandoned section of superhighway in America that has been turned into a bike trail. The Pike 2 Bike at 8.5 miles and 2 tunnels comes to life as the history is laid out and guests are shown the secret places and those off limits to the public. It is an unforgettable tour www.grouseland.com 814 784 5000
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Bring your E-Waste to Whole Foods, Mt Washington this Saturday

Health & EnvironmentSaturday July 26th from 10am-3pm

Free recycling services for your surplus computers and related devices to help protect the environment. Diverting toxic material from landfills, such as computers and monitors can reduce environmental contamination. Clean out your garage or basement. Bring your computer, phones, fax machines, wires, cables, printers, but no TVs. Located in the Whole Foods parking lot (near Starbucks).

Trucks for dropping off old electronics will be located in the parking lot near Starbucks.
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Gwynns Falls Parkway Bicycle Lane Petition

Biking in BaltimoreCommuting via bicycle in Baltimore is fast becoming popular, accessible, and rewarding with new city-wide strides to accommodate cyclists with safe bicycle-only lanes. Unfortunately, those living west of Druid Hill Park in the neighborhoods of Reservoir Hill, Mondawmin, Ashburton, Franklintown, Windsor Hills, et cetera have been largely left out of the new bike lanes. Regardless of the unaccommodating infrastructure, cycling remains popular, especially in parks. Leakin Park and the Gwynns Falls Trail are both regular routes for enthusiasts and are frequented by cyclists from all over the city. For the most part, these cyclists are forced to rack their bikes and travel via automobile.

This petition is to propose a bike lane, running the length of Gwynns Falls Parkway, from Auchentrolly Terrace at Druid Hill Park to the Gwynns Falls Trail Head on Windsor Mill Road. The lane would be approximately 1.5 miles long and could easily be marked on the preexisting street with simple modifications to right of ways and automobile parking designations. The lane could also be constructed using the ample space provided by the green median that runs the entire length of the Parkway.

The new bike lane would serve many West Baltimore neighborhoods and allow for eco-friendly, affordable, and safe new commuting options for a wide-range of Baltimore residents. The bike lanes would also offer easy access for all Baltimore residents to the newly renovated Mondawmin Mall, new Coppin State University Sports Complex and Campus, Gwynns Falls Trail Head, Leakin Park, and more. The route would also be easily accessible to and from the new Jones Falls Trail and Druid Hill Park system.
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Bike event photos

Biking in BaltimoreIf you participated in any of the recent biking events in Baltimore and took photos we are very interested in posting a link here for others to enjoy. Please email us at info "at" BaltimoreSpokes.org or contribute an article of your own. Thanks.
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Maryland District 42, 2010 (Bike) Campaign

Politics[We are always happy to promote those who promote bicycling, this goes for ANY political candidate, write to us and we'll help spread the word.]

Hi Barry,

I've set up a Facebook Page for my 2010 campaign for the Maryland state legislature, and I'm hoping you will list yourself as a supporter (free). I figure you might be interested because bike transit and mass transit are big priorities for me.

The page is: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Don-Engel/25267650692

There is a 'Become a Supporter' link in the top right corner of the page.

or http://www.donengel.com/

Thanks,
Don Engel

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