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AASHTO gets the bike thing

Biking Elsewhere...
So, when the head of AASHTO talks, people listen (whether they like it or not). And here
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Bike tow truck

Biking in BaltimoreSo following the giro de birra ride to duclaw, we happened upon a guy who was having bike problems. We stopped to help but he was riding a folder and we didn't have what we needed to take care of him. Barry then showed one of the many amazing things you can do with an Xtracycle and gave the guy and his bike a ride to light street to get a new tube.

I made a helmet cam video of it and used music by wax & wane
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GREEN & TALL

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Based on a net-zero-energy model, the Pearl River Tower is designed to significantly reduce the building
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MAKING DOWNTOWN PEDESTRIAN-FRIENDLY

Biking in BaltimoreFrom the Downtown Partnership -

This will probably come as a shock to many drivers, but pedestrians rule under Maryland law, at least when it comes to crosswalks. By statute, drivers must stop for pedestrians in crosswalks and a new initiative from Mayor Dixon is helping remind motorists exactly who has the right of way.

Bright green signs have been cropping up at pedestrian crossings across Downtown, particularly those that occur mid-block where drivers don
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It's just an accident

Bike LawsRight now in Maryland it is just an accident when a motorists going 50mph on a 35mph road kills a cyclists, excessive speed did not even warrant a comment in the press when Yoram Kaufman was killed, it was just an accident, no more, no less. The fact that at least Yoram's death, if not the whole accident could have been prevented if the motorist was obeying the speed limit is not only lost it is accepted as "just an accident."

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Montgomery & Balto City Support HB 1185 to end onerous farebox recovery standards at MTA

Mass TransitForm One Less Car:
HB 1185 - MTA Efficiency and Performance Standards - SUPPORT

Currently the State of Maryland dictates that 40% of all Maryland Transit Administration operating funds must come from what is collected in fares on buses, light rail, Baltimore Metro and MARC. To meet this rather high farebox recovery measure (most metro areas have lower farebox recovery standards or none at all), fares are often raised and services are routinely cut. This is a vicious circle.

HB 1185 repeals the farebox recovery requirement in current law and replaces it with a host of more appropriate and nationally accepted transit performance measures (i.e. operating expenses per revenue vehicle mile, operating expenses per passenger trip, and passenger trips per revenue vehicle mile).

Passage of this bill will allow MTA to better implement services that have lower farebox recovery rates - such as neighborhood shuttles and bus service to growing suburban employment locations - that would otherwise have a beneficial impact for the traveling public, the environment, and the economy.

HB 1185 is also supported by the Citizens Planning & Housing Association, the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance, the Annapolis Regional Transportation Management Association and the Action Committee for Transit of Montgomery County.
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Help Needed from our P.G. and Montgomery friends to pass HB 667

Bike Maryland updatesHB 667 Manslaughter by Vehicle or vessel - Criminal Negligence. SUPPORT. Increases the penalty for negligent motorists who cause the death of another person.

Unfortunately, Maryland is a great state for reckless and negligent motorists. Unless you are drunk or drugged - or actually trying to murder someone - its highly unlikely that you would ever pay more than a $500 fine for killing a person with your car.

The reason for this? Maryland applies a very high (and increasingly unusual) standard of "gross negligence" to cases where a person's reckless driving causes the death of another.

HB 667 would remedy this problem by creating the crime of "Manslaughter by Vehicle". It would give a fine and jail time to someone who causes a death as the result of the person's reckless and negligent driving. This bill would put Maryland in line with over thirty other states that have the same law.

Right now HB 667 has the support of a diverse group including the Maryland States Attorneys Association, AAA Mid Atlantic, and the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland. Still, it could languish in the Judiciary Committee if we don't make our voices heard. So, if you live in the areas represented by the Delegates below, PLEASE send them an email or call their office and tell them to support HB 667.
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Cardin

Bike LawsA short excerpt from Delegate Jon Cardin
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First prosecution under '3-foot law'

Biking ElsewhereJason Bultman was pedaling his bicycle up 500 East in Salt Lake City in November when a red pickup zoomed up beside him and a hand swiped across his back.

Startled, the all-seasons bicycle commuter feared he was so close to the truck that it would send him sprawling. Instead the truck veered away, the passenger withdrew inside and Bultman took down the license number for what would become the first reported prosecution of Utah's 2005 law requiring motorists, in most situations, to give cyclists a 3-foot buffer.

Police followed up with the driver and Salt Lake City prosecutors confirmed they filed charges under the 3-foot rule, adopted by the Utah Legislature in response to the 2004 death of University of Utah graduate student Josie Johnson. She died after being hit while cycling in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

"It's kind of interesting that you can actually prosecute someone for violating the 3-foot law," Bultman said. "[People] were saying it's unenforceable."

City prosecutor Sim Gill said his office filed the charge against a George Richard Young, 46, but attempts to find him and serve a summons for an arraignment earlier this month failed. The city will try again before issuing an arrest warrant, he said.

Attempts by The Salt Lake Tribune to reach Young at his last reported address were unsuccessful.

"Just because you happen to be in a motor vehicle doesn't mean you don't have a responsibility to operate in a way that respects everybody's rights to be in the roadway, including bicyclists," Gill said.

The charge is a misdemeanor with up to a possible $750 fine and 90 days in jail, though Gill said there's no minimum mandatory fine and the courts are untested on these matters.

Bultman said authorities gave him several options to charge the passenger, including assault. Instead, he opted for the 3-foot rule, figuring it was the driver who had endangered him by swerving too near.

"I was well off into the shoulder and was all of the sudden brushed," Bultman said. "The guy was hanging out the passenger-side window of the truck. I don't know how the mirror missed me."

If the driver and passenger taunted Bultman in the way he described, they chose the wrong cyclist. Not only was he aware of the new law, but he is president of the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective. ...
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Woman who stops traffic

Biking Elsewhere
Marlow is a picture postcard town on the Thames. But with car ownership the highest in the country, it has a serious congestion problem. In urban areas, a quarter of all journeys are less than 2 miles long, including the school run and office workers popping into town for lunch.
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Tony explains that rush hour traffic falls 15-20% during school holidays, relieving the town

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