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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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Citizen citation yields success; driver pleads

Biking ElsewherePosted by Jonathan Maus

Lawyer Chris Heaps was not satisfied with the Police response to a bike/car crash, so he pursued justice himself
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Video- 'City's Bike Medic Team'

Biking in BaltimoreNice video from WBAL Baltimore on the virtues of bicycles in saving lives.
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Due to people driving less the feds divert money from mass transit to more road projects???

Mass TransitDOT: Transit Account Raided to Fill Highway Trust Fund Gap
PROGRAMS FUNDED BELOW SAFETEA-LU "GUARANTEES"

The Department of Transportation was among the hardest hit in the proposed FY2009 budget. The budget calls for DOT to receive $57.1 billion for FY2009, which is about a 10 percent cut from current funding levels. The rationale for the decrease is lower-than-anticipated gas tax receipts flowing into the trust fund. To address the projected shortfall, the budget cuts highway funding by more than 4 percent and would allow money to be moved from the mass transit account to help maintain the highway trust fund.

The administration estimates that it will need to take about $3.3 billion from the mass transit account in FY2009. According to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the deficit could reach $12 billion unless action is taken to shore up the trust fund.

The proposed budget would fall short of the funding levels authorized in the 2005 transportation authorization legislation (SAFETEA- LU). Nonetheless, Transportation Secretary Mary Peters said that the department would spend the authorized levels over the life of the law. The administration is also asking Congress for $175 million for a program to combat highway congestion.

Amtrak is again slated for a major cut in funding. Last year Congress provided $1.35 billion for Amtrak. This budget asks for $800 million, an amount insufficient to continue current levels of service.
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A year before the tragedy, Austin Miller wrote

Biking ElsewherePlease Do Not Run Me Over

by Charlie Elsewhere, Columnist (@~14 years of age - a year later- killed by a bus while riding his bike in/near a bike lane)

It is well known that these days, the roads and parking lots of our public places are growing with numbers of bikers. With wild peddling racers zipping down the road and through intersections, it is apparent that drivers would need to have an increasing awareness for how they turn the wheel.

Long ago, I lived in a place called Vortex Sorrows. In this town, leagues of bikers ruled the streets-hardly a car was there to be found. When the ever growing and popular motorcar came to town, there was an outrage.
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Vehicular Crossings - Use by Pedestrians and Bicycles Hearing dates

Bike LawsThis bill will allow the Chairman of the Maryland Transportation Authority.to authorize bicycle and pedestrian use of toll bridges.

SENATE BILL 492 Hearing 2/19 at 1:00 p.m. http://mlis.state.md.us/2008RS/billfile/SB0492.htm
HOUSE BILL 875 Hearing 3/4 at 1:00 p.m. http://mlis.state.md.us/2008RS/billfile/HB0875.htm
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Two bills in Annapolis need Immediate Attention

Bike Maryland updatesHi Everyone,

It looks like the legislative alert we sent out last week was a success. I've heard back from quite a few of you who took the time to email and call your legislators. This is great!

So, we've got a little more work for you. The following two bills currently being considered in the House of Delegates will, if passed, greatly improve safety on our roads.

What we want from you is simple. If you live in the district of one of the legislators listed below please give them a call or send them an email telling them that you support these bills. Always remember to include your home address so that the legislator knows that you live in his or her district.

And if you're not sure who your representatives are in the House of Delegates, please check out the state's "Find Your Legislator" site.

THANK YOU!

Richard Chambers, Executive Director
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Is a pedicab really more virtuous environmentally than a taxi?

Biking ElsewhereI ask because I came across an interesting challenge to the notion that taking short trips in a car is bad for the planet. This challenge comes from Chris Goodall, the author of
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Velocipede Shop Organizing Day - Sunday 3/2

Velocipede Bike Project Hello!

This coming Sunday, March 2nd, Velocipede will be holding a Shop Organizing Day instead of regular Sunday shop. Hours will be from 12 noon to 6ish. All hours worked will count as volunteer hours to be used for co-op membership and parts. There will also be FREE FOOD for all workers, including some for the vegans among us.

The focus this time will be on weeding out our parts inventory so that it fits better in the space. We will also be weeding out unclaimed bikes that have been in the shop forever, and identifying those claimed bikes that have not been worked on in months so they can go back into the unclaimed section. The goal will then be to create more orderly sections for the bikes. We will also need some neat and organizationally skilled folks to clean up the benches/work area and our "office" area.

This is a great chance to rack up volunteer hours and network with fellow bike lovers!

Hope to see you there!

In velocidarity,

the folks at Velocipede
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BCFD Bike Paramedic Grant (II)

Biking in BaltimoreTomorrow, Riggs, Counselman, Michaels & Downes and Fireman

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