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Congressman John Sarbanes on bicycling

PoliticsI share your goal of reducing congestion on our nation's highways and I will support measures that effectively accomplish this goal. H.R. 1498 would allow for a bicycle commuting allowance as a qualified transportation fringe benefit available to employers. This legislation has been referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means. Should the full House of Representatives have the opportunity to consider this measure, I will be sure to keep your views in mind.

Again, thank you for your input on this important issue. If I can be of assistance in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

John Sarbanes
Member of Congress
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YouTube: The Freeway Ride - On Bicycles

Biking ElsewhereLos Angeles: "If you rode a bike, you'd be home by now."

This video definitely says something about our transportation system when you can bike along a freeway faster than auto traffic.
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ORIOLES REACH AND JEREMY GUTHRIE TO HOST BIKE TO THE BALLPARK DAY ON SUNDAY, MAY 18

Biking in BaltimoreEvent held in conjunction with National Bike to Work Day

In conjunction with National Bike to Work Day, OriolesREACH and JEREMY GUTHRIE will celebrate Bike to the Ballpark Day next Sunday, May 18. Fans that bike to that afternoon
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Kratovil supports biking

PoliticsOn BBC Talk:

"So at the BCYD meeting Frank Kratovil came to speak (He's running for congress in the 1st district) and I asked him if he supported making route 40's bridge over the Susquehanna River bikable and he said yes and yes to my follow up about making it easier for cyclists on the Bay Bridge. (Well technically he said yes in that it was part of his belief that there should be more alternative transportation) Just thought it would be useful to pass on his position. ..."
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The Road Home - Wounded Warriors conquer Annapolis

Biking in the Metro Area
On the south lawn of the White House, on a gloriously sunny spring day, as President George W. Bush shook the hands of 25 brave vets on bicycles who had lost various limbs in Iraq, I began to cry. I had been invited to be a part of the Wounded Warrior Project, and this gathering in our nation
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Jeremy Guthrie is doing Bike to Work Day

Biking in BaltimoreJeremy Guthrie, pitcher for the Orioles, is going to attend Bike to Work Day! He will ride his bike to the rally and the Orioles will have their own booth, where Guthrie will be signing autographs! Cool beans!!!
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Hit and run school bus

Biking in BaltimoreI read this comment and I am truly outraged and I would like to encourage the author to contact us directly at info "at" BaltimoreSpokes.org so we can follow up on the specifics. Your comment has been forwarded to the City and we will hopefully see at least a change in school bus drivers attitudes as a result, so stay tuned.

I wounder if the school bus had children on it, can you imagine the impact on them seeing a human being hit and then just left for road kill? We as a society are in a vicious cycle because we think the roads are unsafe we intentionally make them less safe by not affording any tolerance or courtesy to our fellow human being. We have become a society of self absorbed conceited individuals who expect others to be courteous to us while at the same time refuse to be courteous to others by failing to safely pass a cyclists and failing to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. What are we teaching our kids with all this? That the roads are not only unsafe but they should be unsafe for all but the heaviest armor plated SUV. While this might be good for SUV sales the tragic impact that it has on our kids and on elderly is unmeasurable (the young and the old are over represented in crashes and fatalities respectively.) We teach pedestrians that cars do not stop for them at crosswalks so they illegally cross mid-block because they think it is safer which results in more crashes and fatalities. We teach cyclists that its their duty to avoid cars (by law, it is the motorists responsibility) so they ride illegally against traffic thinking it is safer till some car pulls out of a driveway or intersection not expecting contraflow traffic and is more likely to result in a fatality then if they were riding in the road and following the same rules as motor vehicles. Yet as a society we have deemed that getting home as fast and reckless as possible to watch TV is a superior use of our public roadways and motorists have a "right" to put other road users at risk of life and limb in pursuit of not missing a TV show (most pedestrian accidents happen during the evening rush hour.)

This rudeness has paid off with Maryland being in the top 10 states with the highest percentage of pedestrian traffic fatalities and slowly this is getting the attention of more police departments. I am told that Baltimore city police will be doing pedestrian stings over the summer and other operations to help improve safety in Baltimore.
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Bike PathsBaltimore Celebrates the Opening of the Gwynns Falls Trail
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National Bike Moore month

Biking in BaltimoreSenator Ben Cardin and Mayor Sheila Dixon kick off the National Bike Month Celebration:
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  • Senator Ben Cardin has been instrumental in helping to get funding for cycling in the city
  • Mayor Sheila Dixon has been extremely supportive of cycling in the city and has been hiring some amazing talent
    • And it seems to becoming more common to find some City employees (that have some direct or indirect influence on Baltimore's bike friendliness) biking to work, around where they live or out on the Mayor's weekly rides.
  • Senator Ben Cardin mentioned that Baltimore Bicycling Club's Bob Moore as instrumental in getting him turned on to cycling. [Thanks Bob!!!]
  • Mayor Sheila Dixon mentioned the hard work and dedication of Beth Strommen (Planing) and Gennady Schwartz (Capital Development for Rec & Parks) that was critical in making this trail possible.
  • Jones Falls Trail Manager Anne Draddy when she is not leading a Bike and Brunch ride or a Wednesday ride has been coauthoring Druid Hill Park: The Heart of Historic Baltimore Baltimore Sun Coverage 'It's like the country in the city'
  • The Bike ride: Senator Ben Cardin, Mayor Sheila Dixon and anyone else in attendance that wanted to ride the new section of the Jones Falls Trail and the loop back on low traffic city streets (~5 mile ride) took off and had some fun.
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The Mayor's weekly rides from City Hall

Biking in BaltimoreI think it is an incredibly cool thing that the Mayor is not only encouraging of cycling in general she also has been encouraging her staff and employees to make healthier life style choices and it seems more and more are participating in these early morning pre-work rides.

Special thanks to Light Street Cycles for providing loaner bikes, helmets and technical support for these rides.

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