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Another Google Bike Mashup Map

Biking in MarylandThis page is dedicating to working on Washington Bike Mashup Maps: http://washingtonbike.wetpaint.com/page/Mashup+Map?t=anon

And another Map for Police incidents, tickets and warnings, and bike accidents:
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=110783320719658065016.0004519876ef8015b5aa3&ll=38.858255,-77.06943&spn=0.389787,0.601501&z=11

Note that we have the capability for the latter here: http://www.margieroswell.com/maps/bike.htm
With your help we can make this a valuable information tool.
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The Myth of the Scofflaw Cyclist

Biking Elsewhere[The following is really good, which I quote in full (without hyper links) but for those who are more then the casual reader I will encourage you to visit the original article (link at the end of this article) on the WashCycle site and follow the comments on the article.]

Whenever you read an article about cycling in the city, or a discussion of transportation involving cycling it is highly likely that you'll read a comment like this:

"I will 'share the road' when cyclists start 'obeying the traffic laws.'"

and this

"I always see bikers disobeying traffic signals. They always run red lights going across R Street and Connecticut Ave"

and this

Before encouraging people to cycle and spending millions of pounds of our money in the process, the Government should have down some groundwork to make roads safer for all of us. [WC: Sounds reasonable]

Making cyclists observe a few traffic laws - such as stopping at traffic lights and zebra crossings - would have been a welcome start.[WC: Really? You'd START with cyclists?]

In fact after Alice Swanson's death, many comments on the post, DCist and elsewhere mentioned that something like this was bound to happen because of the illegal manner in which most cyclists ride. Despite the fact that there seems to be no indication that she did anything illegal.

Which leads to what I call "The Myth of the Scofflaw Cyclist".

Now then, I'm not trying to claim that cyclists don't break the law. Let me state clearly and upfront, they do. What I'm saying is that there is nothing unique about the frequency with which cyclists as a class break the law when compared with drivers or pedestrians. And even if cyclists broke the law more flagrantly, that would not negate the need to share the road.

Hello? Kettle? You're Black!

Implicit in all of these types of comments is that drivers (and sometimes pedestrians) constitute the law-abiding sections of society, but these scofflaw cyclists - with their Lycra-clad arrogance (you have to mention arrogance or self-righteousness for it to count) - are a menace to society.

Let's knock that down first.

Many drivers break the law. I would almost be willing to say that every driver breaks the law, but let's stick with many. How?

First of all, they speed.

Driver compliance with speed limits is poor. On average, 7 out of 10 motorists exceeded the posted speed in urban areas. Compliance ranged from 3 to 99 percent. Compliance tended to be worse on low-speed roads, better on roads with prima facie limits, or where the speed limit was based on an engineering study. Better does not mean good compliance; less than 10 percent on [sic] the sites had more than 50-percent obedience with the posted speed

In DC, speed cameras were set up at several locations. They were recording 170 infractions per hour (that's one every 21 seconds for all you poli-sci majors).

And they run red lights

From August 1999 through May 2008, the automated red-light enforcement program has, at 49 locations, resulted in 741,780 notices of infraction.

And stop signs

The overall compliance rate for stop signs was 22.8 per 100 vehicles, ranging from 1.4 per 100 for bicycles to 46.2 per 100 for commuter vans. Compliance increased to 53 per 100 vehicles when pedestrians were present in the crosswalk. [WC: Ok we're both guilty here, but the cars aren't even stopping half the time. More on this below.]

They illegally park

There were 1.67 million parking tickets written last year, up from 1.3 million in 2001, according to statistics provided by the D.C. Department of Public Works (DPW).

They double park and park in the bike lane.

They ignore toll booths

Court records show that among the first cases in Fairfax County last week, five motorists each had fines topping $10,000. A dozen more face penalties higher than $4,000.

They drive drunk and distracted, this being a mere drop in the bucket.

Through October, officers issued 9,484 tickets this year to motorists driving with a cell phone in their hand, according to police statistics.

The number of citations already issued this year is 13 percent more than the 8,358 issued last year. In 2005, police issued 7,523...

and I could go on.

Pedestrians, of course, jaywalk.

My point isn't that two wrongs make a right or that drivers are worse than cyclists. My point is that it's hypocritical to call your neighbor rude, because his loud stereo makes it difficult for you to focus on your backyard chainsaw sculpting.
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BFC Application Part 1 Approval

Biking in BaltimoreDear Nate Evans,

Thank you for submitting Part 1 of Baltimore, Maryland's Bicycle Friendly Community [BFC] application. Your application has been reviewed and approved. If you haven't already done so, please begin part 2. In order to be included in the next application review cycle, please complete and submit Part 2 of the application by August 15, 2008.

Upon receipt of Baltimore , Maryland 's completed application, your application will be carefully reviewed and scored. Feedback from local cyclists will also be considered. Then, the League will award qualifying communities Bicycle Friendly Community status, with a designation of platinum, gold, silver, or bronze. Communities on the cusp of earning an award may be given an honorable mention award.

Sincerely,

Bill Nesper
League of American Bicyclists

[Pt 2 is more involved, but the City is already on it.]
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In the news - Trading Gas Guzzlers For Bikes

Biking ElsewhereVideo: http://www.comcast.net/data/fan/html/popup.html?v=795336903
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Earth Alley - Gift shop/Art store

Cyclist\'s Yellow Pages
image New to Hampden, Earth Alley features eco-friendly and fair-trade items from here and around the world. For the bike enthusiast, we have messenger and hand bags created from bike inner tubes (and truck tires if you want an even more indestructible material), candle holders, picture frames, bottle openers and clocks made from recycled bike parts. And that's not all! You will be able to find jewelry and home accessories with an environmental slant. Please visit us at 3602 Elm Ave., just off the Avenue and across from the Wine Source. www.earthalley.com or 410-366-2110.
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Moonlight Madness bike ride

Biking in Baltimore[Note After the ride some of us are going to see midnight showing of "The Dark Knight" at the Senator 5904 York Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21212, Theatre (410)435-8338, Office (410) 435-9892]

Bob Moore's Moonlight Madness bike ride is on: Thursday July 17th. 8:30 start
A memorial ride for Bob Moore

Take a night-time bike tour of Baltimore City on a safe, well lit, mostly flat route of about 20 miles. Get an intimate view of the city after dark. Skyline, neighborhoods and waterfront as well as sights ranging from illuminated classical buildings and monuments to the neon of "The Block", from churches, museums, and City Hall to the enormous "Wizard of Boh".

Ride Start: in front of the Youth Hostel at the corner of Mulberry and Cathedral. (catty-corner from the Pratt Library)

Ride is casual 10-12mph. Approximately 20 miles. You must have a properly functioning bike, be wearing a helmet, and have safety lights on front and back.

I will bring cue sheets.

Sundown is at 8:30 and a nearly full moon rising about the same time.
Spread the word as you see fit. :-)

More about Bob:
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/obituaries/bal-md.ob.moore23may23,0,1706484.story
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Attacked on Falls bike path

Biking in BaltimoreFrom the wpca-md list:

I just wanted to warn wpca members that groups of teens and young adults are attacking cyclists on the Falls bike path. My partner was trapped on the newly constructed switchback near the Steiff Silver Building. A group of eight teens and young adults cornered him, threw rocks and sticks and chased him, apparently trying to steal his bike or harm him. Luckily, he got away, but another man wasn't as lucky. He crashed and was more seriously injured. Police were called. Commuters beware!
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Princeton Sports - Join our Tuesday Night Road Rides, Note New Times!

Biking in the Metro AreaIron Girl Columbia Triathlon Road Ride
leave at 6:30PM - new time to avoid rush-hour traffic

Ride 18 miles on the bike leg of our local, popular triathlon. Meet at Princeton Sports' Columbia, MD & change in dressing rooms, fiil-up water-bottles & be ready to leave at 6:30PM Sharp! It's a no-pressure ride with a rider leader, sag rider, helpful store employees & volunteers from the Bicycle Advocates of Howard County to answer your questions & give tips. Cue Sheets/Maps available; Weather Permitting; Ride Waivers Required
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Columbia Triathlon Road Ride
leave at 6:00PM

A fast training ride for AA, A, & B level riders (22 mph to 16 mph average) on 25 miles of rolling hills of Howard County. Cue Sheets/Maps available; Weather Permitting; Ride Waivers Required
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Bring a friend! Call our store or e-mail lrussell"at"princetonsports.com for more info. See you here.
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A local radio brodcast about the high price of gas

Biking in BaltimoreThe first interview with David Schapiro (a bike commuter) I think is real cool (and the fact that Baltimore Spokes gets a plug is also cool :; ) I met David one night in the middle of winter (in the 30's) happily riding his bike. Anyway here is a link to the broadcast: http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wypr/Midday.mediaplayer?STATION_NAME=wypr&MEDIA_ID=727180&MEDIA_EXTENSION=mp3&MODULE=Midday

There are also tips on how to get better gas mileage, and a whole spectrum of comments about Mass Transit.
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Join the Neighborhood Design Center & EnvisionBaltimore for our Summer Happy Hour!

Biking in BaltimoreSummer Happy Hour - July 16th

Are you interested in discussing the state of urban and community design in Baltimore over a beer? If so, join fellow NDC volunteers and members of EnvisionBaltimore for drinks at the Wharf Rat on Pratt Street on Wednesday, July 16 from 5pm - 7pm. People attending the Happy Hour can purchase $2 pints of Oliver beers - the microbrew beers made by the Wharf Rat. Appetizers will also be provided by NDC.

This will be a great opportunity to network with listserv members and NDC staff and discuss the latest in livable communities, good public transportation, walkable cities, and sustainable design. For more information about EnvisionBaltimore, visit their web site and sign up for their stimulating discussion group. http://www.envisionbaltimore.org/

For more information about the Happy Hour contact Susan Kunz at 410-233-9686 x101 or skunz"at"ndc-md.org.

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