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Cycling in the city, what do you think about it?

Biking in BaltimoreWe have gotten several requests about what we think about bicycling in the city and this is your chance to let us and some press know what you think. There are three new polls in the right column of the home page please take the time and let us know how you feel.
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Governor O'Malley Meets with Climate Change Experts

Health & EnvironmentANNAPOLIS, MD (February 19, 2008)
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SE Area [dumb] Transportation Plan

Biking in Baltimore- Mark C

Several weeks ago the BBJ editorialized about the recommendations in the city's Southeast Area [dumb] Transportation Plan. To the plan's credit, it includes ideas about bikes, pedestrians and transit, but the overwhelming theme, and those most likely to be implemented, are to further optimize the streets and intersections of Canton, Fells Point and Harbor East to handle increasing car commuter traffic.

The editorial, and the ethos around here, seems to be "since we don't have better transit, and I drive everywhere anyway, we need more highways and parking." I hope that more and more people will speak out about these car oriented policies- but perhaps more importantly, Baltimore needs a lot more leadership by example!

Don't let more traffic bog down development in city's east side
Baltimore Business Journal

Editor:

The BBJ's editorial "East-Side Success has its Downside" [Vol. 25, Jan. 25-31, Page 55] is based on the impossible assumption that you can build a vibrant city where everyone travels by car.
The editorial echoes recommendations of a study, the southeast area transportation plan, based on highway-oriented traffic models, inappropriate for an urban setting. The suggestion to widen roads and remove street parking values commuter traffic over neighborhood quality of life and safety.

Maryland has plenty of places where the car is king and walking is difficult or impossible. So why should we take some of Baltimore's most charming urban neighborhoods and try to superimpose suburban-style highways and traffic? Why should inner neighborhoods suffer so long distance commuters can save some time?

Consider the damage done by turning Mount Vernon's streets into high speed traffic sewers, or by building a lifeless canyon of parking garages on Lombard. Should we make those same mistakes in southeast Baltimore?

People flock to the city, especially vibrant waterfront neighborhoods, because it is possible to walk to lunch, people-watch from a sidewalk caf
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Scot smashes world cycle record

Biking ElsewhereMark Beaumont, from Fife, completed the journey in 195 days - beating the previous record of 276 days.

The 25-year-old crossed the finish line at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris at 1430 GMT after an 18,000-mile journey which began on 5 August last year.

Mr Beaumont passed through 20 countries on his way, including Pakistan, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand and the US.
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He endured floods and road rage, and was knocked off his bike in the American state of Louisiana by an elderly motorist who drove through a red light.
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MARYLAND TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION SHAKES IT UP

Mass TransitMTA is making February Count

The MTA is making a splash this month. They have:

* Added new service to MARC's Penn Line,
* Added off-peek and weekend trains to the light rail system,
* Are making bus service modifications and adding a new line to the bus system,
* Are going eco-friendly with the anouncement its intent to purchase 30 hybrid deisel/electric buses,
* And have installed a "Next Train Arrival Systems" at Charles Center Metro Station.
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Don't Trash Presidants' Day

Health & EnvironmentFebruary 18th is recognized as a Baltimore City Government Holiday. City offices will be closed and there will be no trash collection.

If Citizens place out trash on that day they will be ticketed.
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A day out cycling in 1955

Biking ElsewhereA YouTube video (in two parts) about England's Cycling Touring Club. There are trains that accommodate bicycles and a running dialog that seems to touch on everything from bonking prevention to gear inches and beautiful country side to the diversity of the club members.
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My Other Car is a Bright Green City

Health & Environment
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This is a rough draft of a long essay about why I believe building compact communities should be one of America's highest environmental priorities, and why, in fact, our obsession with building greener cars may be obscuring some fundamental aspects of the problem and some of the benefits of using land-use change as a primary sustainability solution.
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This is what economists call "the commuting paradox." Most people travel long distances with the idea that they'll accept the burden for something better, be it a house, salary, or school. They presume the trade-off is worth the agony. But studies show that commuters are on average much less satisfied with their lives than noncommuters. A commuter who travels one hour, one way, would have to make 40% more than his current salary to be as fully satisfied with his life as a noncommuter, say economists Bruno S. Frey and Alois Stutzer of the University of Zurich's Institute for Empirical Research in Economics. People usually overestimate the value of the things they'll obtain by commuting -- more money, more material goods, more prestige -- and underestimate the benefit of what they are losing: social connections, hobbies, and health. "Commuting is a stress that doesn't pay off," says Stutzer.
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In other words, there is a direct relationship between the kinds of places we live, the transportation choices we have, and how much we drive. The best car-related innovation we have is not to improve the car, but eliminate the need to drive it everywhere we go.
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Safe Pedestrians and a Walkable America

Biking ElsewhereEach year pedestrian fatalities comprise about 11 percent of all traffic fatalities and there are approximately 4,600 pedestrian deaths. Another 70,000 pedestrians are injured in roadway crashes annually. Safety is important for all roadway users, and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has established a goal of reducing pedestrian fatalities and injuries by 10 percent by the year 2008. Pedestrian safety improvements depend on an integrated approach that involves the 4 E
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National Commission Looks at Transportation for Tomorrow - when nobody bikes or walks???

Biking ElsewhereAs part of the $286.5 billion SAFETEA-LU federal transportation bill, Congress asked for the formation of a National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission to develop recommendations for the reauthorization of SAFETEA-LU. The 12-person Committee was charged with analyzing current and future needs for transportation; evaluating short term and long terms funding sources for the Highway Trust Fund; and framing policy recommendations for 15, 30 and 50 years.

The Commission included 12 individuals from throughout the Country, met for two years, and released its Transportation Tomorrow report in January 2008. Unfortunately, Safe Routes to School was not mentioned once, and walking and bicycling were generally left out of the 258 page document.

Deb Hubsmith, Director of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership says, "With nearly 10 percent of trips in the United States already being on foot or by bicycle, it's alarming that non-motorized modes were completely ignored in the Transportation Tomorrow report. We're going to have to make our case directly to Congress and show how Safe Routes to School improves public health, decreases traffic congestion, increases safety, and is an important part of the national transportation agenda. Any discussion about 'Transportation Tomorrow' should absolutely include a focus on today's children and how they travel to and from school. Many studies have shown how the built environment affects public health, physical activity and obesity, so its surprising that this report failed to make that important connection."

The report called for a "new authorization" of the next transportation bill, urging Congress to do away with the current structure and to collapse 108 current programs (including Safe Routes to School, Transportation Enhancements, Recreational Trails, CMAQ, etc) into 10 broad categories. It also called for performance-based decision making for investments, raising the gas tax by 25-40 cents/gallon, and for consideration of additional funding techniques such as measurement of VMT, congestion pricing, and public-private partnerships.

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