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Baltimore City launches Baltimore CarShare program

Mass TransitComing Soon!

Do you or could you walk, bicycle and take public transportation to most of your destinations but still need a car every once in a while?

Do you drive to work because you need a car to get to meetings during the day?

Car sharing can help!

The Parking Authority of Baltimore City is helping to launch Baltimore CarShare, a non-profit car sharing organization that will provide a network of conveniently located vehicles for members to rent for as little as a half an hour. Low hourly rates include maintenance, insurance, designated parking and gas!

Members feel free to give up one or more of their cars knowing a car sharing vehicle is available nearby whenever they need one. Employees can save the wear and tear on their own vehicles and use a car sharing vehicle instead.

Imagine a fleet of hybrid vehicles, pickup trucks, minivans, Mini Coopers, BMW's and convertibles available at the click of a mouse.

Car sharing can take up to 20 vehicles off the road!
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You Can Ride One of Mayor Fenty's Bicycles (But not the really good one)

Biking Elsewhere...
Tomorrow, D.C. transportation lords will unveil their long-awaited Smart Bike program (like the one Paris uses, and Barcelona and Oslo), making Washington the first major American city to provide this kind of grab-and-go bicycle for public use on short urban hops. (It's amazing that we beat Seattle or Portland to this particular Edge City punch.) The first 100 bikes at 10 automated racks around the city won't be officially available until Mayor Fenty snips the ribbon Wednesday, but I begged my way onto a list of beta testers who got access in advance. Last Thursday, I spent a few hours taking a city bike ride on a city bike. ...
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Instructional Ride

Biking in the Metro AreaWe are having a one-day Instructional session at Meadowood Regional Park (on west side of Falls road near Greenspring Station) on Sunday, August 24 starting at 9:30 a.m. <a href="http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/recreation/countyparks/regionalparks/meadowood.html">http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/recreation/countyparks/regionalparks/meadowood.html</a>; .

This will cover safety, communication while riding and basic bicycling skills. Then we will go on a short ride to practice these skills. This session is designed to encourage you to ride, and will serve as an introduction to our full Instructional Series that will take place in the Spring of 2009.

Please reply to us if you are planning to attend the August 24 ride, so that we may plan accordingly.

Howard, Gordon and Gary
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Sustainability Plan

Biking in BaltimoreOn May 27th a kick-off meeting was held to initiate the planning process for the Baltimore City Sustainability Master Plan. The plan will be an amendment to Baltimore ’s Comprehensive Plan, and will serve as a guide for environmentally responsible development in the city for years to come. Led by the Office of Sustainability, this planning effort will include a broad range of stakeholders and will create goals, indicators and targets which will be meaningful to policy makers as well as citizens.

The Sustainability Master Plan planning process is divided into 6 Working Groups; Energy &amp; Air, Water, Waste, Green Infrastructure, Built Environment and Transportation. Each of these groups will hold 3 public meetings to discuss vision statements, goals, indicators and targets.

We want to invite you to the upcoming public meeting for the Transportation Group:

Thursday, August 21, 2008
Transportation Community Conversation
Orleans St. Public Library ( 1303 Orleans St .)
5:45 to 7:45 p.m.

During this meeting, we will discuss transportation goals, objectives, and indicators to measure the city’s progress in achieving a more sustainable transportation network. We look forward to seeing you there.

Mark R. Brown
Transportation Project Planner
Baltimore City Department of Transportation

“It is difficult to design a space that will not attract people. What is remarkable is how often this has been accomplished.” - William Whyte
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Mid Session Bicycle Forum 10-06-08 in Laurel

Biking in MarylandFrom Bill Kelly -
Hi Bicyclists, , Greetings from the Bicycle Folks of Maryland. Hope all is well with you. We are working with several of the Bicycle Groups in Md. to have a Fall Mid Session Bicycle Forum on Monday October 6, 2008 at 6:00PM to 9:00PM at the Applied Physics Lab-APL in Laurel, Md. We would like to invite you to attend. We have held these Forums before in College Park and Annapolis and have found that this format is a great way to bring all players up to speed on how to make and keep Maryland Transportation in the for-front of better and safer Bicycle transportation. Hopefully you will be available on Monday evening 10-06-08 and can attend, Please mark your calendars now, plan to attend and invite your friends. Thanks, Bill Kelly
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Charm City Bike and Brunch this Saturday on the Gwynns Falls Trail

Looking for local rides(ers)Come out for a Saturday ride in the park. This Saturday, August 16th, join the monthly Charm City Bike and Brunch for a guided tour of the Gwynns Falls Trail.

The ride starts and ends at the same location in Gwynns Falls / Leakin Park at Winans Meadow. Lunch will be catered in the park. $15.00 per person

Meet at Trail Head 2
4500 Franklintown Rd.
10:00 a.m.

Please RSVP to Anne Draddy - Anne.Draddy&quot;at&quot;baltimorecity.GOV or Mike Strawbridge - michael.strawbridge&quot;at&quot;baltimorecity.gov 410-365-8830. If you need a bicycle, please let Mike know in advance.
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What you can bike to around town this Wednesday, August 13

Looking for local rides(ers)Wednesday Lunch and Leisure Series: Mardi Gras
Noon-1pm, War Memorial Plaza (directly across from City Hall). Hosted by Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks. Enjoy live jazz music, cajun food and Mardi Gras beads. Free. 410-396-7900.

Friends of Druid Hill Park Summer Celebration Potluck Picnic
Druid Hill Park-World War I Grove of Remembrance just north of the Zoo, between the Zoo entrance and Greenspring Avenue, 6:30–8:00 pm. This gathering is free and open to all. After some brief business, we'll enjoy mingling and music. Bring a chair or blanket, a dish to share and a serving implement. Plates, napkins, utensils and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided. friendsofdruidhillpark@gmail.com.

Center Plaza Outdoor Film Series
Hopkins Plaza, films start at sunset (around 9 PM)
Park opens at 7pm. Bring blankets, snacks, beverages. The park has chairs and tables for use off the lawn. Porto-Sans will be available for restrooms. Stop by Coburn’s Tavern for dinner and the Taharka Brothers kiosk for ice cream. Phone: 410-244-1030
Featured film: Epic Movie

Films on the Pier
Fells Point Broadway Pier, 8:45 pm
The Sound Garden and Su Casa present films every Wednesday this summer on the Broadway Pier in Fells Point. BYOC-bring your own chair! Screenings on a 300 square ft. jumbo screen with professional sound. In case of rainouts, movies will be shown on Thursdays.
Featured film: The Birds
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Neighbors celebrate Waverly's renewal

Biking in Baltimore[Follow up on the Tour du Greater Homewood / Baltimore Bike Pageant]

Parade gives the community a chance to show off its thriving 'Main Street'

By Kevin Rector | Sun reporter
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A local marching band and dancing troupe passed by, as did Miss Maryland - Alicia Taylor, who grew up down the block - Mayor Sheila Dixon, McGruff the Crime Dog and a slew of local residents riding bikes and walking their pets. Balloons lined the street, and shop owners and residents lined the sidewalks, taking it all in.
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Kindseth, who smiled as bikers and pet owners gathered after the parade at St. John's Church in the Village at Greenmount Avenue and 30th Street, said she would like to see Waverly Main Street designated as a national historical district. Like DiMauro, she doesn't want Waverly to change completely, but for its historic character to be able to shine through.
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Baltimore police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III, who was at the parade, said he views all the community involvement as &quot;a clue that we're really moving forward. This is a clue that people are engaged.

&quot;It's an incredible shot in the arm to see this many people energized and committed,&quot; he said. &quot;These people are prepared to take care of their own community, and what you really need is communities taking care of communities.&quot;

Dixon agreed, and pointed to the parade and National Night Out as opportunities to revitalize communities like Waverly across the city.

&quot;This is to really bring the community, the Police Department and other partners together to talk about how to better the area,&quot; she said. &quot;It's really all of us collaborating together.&quot;
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Move by transportation board angers some politicians

Mass TransitThe move by the Ken Ulman-led Baltimore Regional Transportation Board to designate $340 million in future state transportation funding for mass transit projects has raised the ire of some politicians.
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But last week, officials who represent Howard's rural areas decried the change, saying it was unfair for their constituents to pay gasoline taxes to fund mass transit that they rarely use.
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&quot;Some people feel we can build our way out of this by building more roads, but that's a shortsighted focus,&quot; Ulman said.

&quot;The bottom line in all this is the public wants options,&quot; he said. &quot;We see it from the petitions we get. They want a [transit] system that works, especially in the Baltimore region.&quot;
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Highway vs Mass Transit Funding

Mass Transit * Since 1956, federal, state and local governments have invested nine times more capital funding in highway subsidies than in transit.
* In 2004, state governments spent nearly 13 times more public funds on highways than on transit.
* The process for securing funding for new transit lines is far more onerous and less certain than for highway projects, with the federal government generally picking up a smaller share of the tab for new transit lines than for new highway projects.

Yglesias also notes:

Of course you can't bring this subject up without legions of people informing you that the gas tax pays for the highways. This simply isn't true. All the funds raised by the gas tax are spent on highways, and then a bunch of additional money is also spent on highways.

Mark Delucchi at the U.C. Davis Institute for Transportation Studies backs that up as well. In a study published last fall, Delucchi found that &quot;current tax and fee payments to the government by motor-vehicle users fall short of government expenditures related to motor-vehicle use by approximately 20 to 70 cents per gallon of all motor fuel.&quot; U.S. drivers do not pay their own way.

After the jump is another great chart from A Better Way to Go. Anyone want to guess how many millions of dollars in gasoline cost savings and tons of carbon dioxide emissions reductions the New York City Transit produces annually? [Hint, start in the billions.]

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