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Bicycle Friendly Community Workshop in Roanoke a Smashing Success

Biking ElsewhereThe group then identified critical issues preventing progress in Roanoke and surrounding communities, as well as a series of action items that will overcome those obstacles, which include:

* Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission establishing a Bicycle Committee
* Each local jurisdiction establishing a Bicycle Advisory Committee
* Each local jurisdiction adopting the regional bike plan of the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission
* Encouraging local interest groups to include non-motorized transit issues in their platform
* Hosting a candidate forum
* Creating an awards program to recognize government officials or agencies that are instrumental in improving conditions for cycling
* Organizing a community bike ride series
* Organizing a
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Cyclist Challenges Driver Downtown - And Wins

Biking ElsewhereIt's an increasingly common slice of life in a city that often seems to be engaged in an ongoing war between riders and drivers. And if you were downtown at Yonge and Bloor Monday afternoon, you witnessed it at full tilt. It was a case of bike rage between a cyclist and a motorist, but unlike many of these cases, the guy on two wheels actually got the best of the man on four.

It happened around 3:45pm, when a motorist tried to make an illegal turn that almost knocked a rider off his bike. The angry cyclist refused to let the driver get away with it, constantly preventing him from making the prohibited turn, and taunting him with remarks about 'playing the game.'

Every time the driver attempted to escape, the biker would simply get in front of him, daring him to hit him. He didn't, and the cat-and-mouse traffic incident went on for a few minutes until passersby intervened and calmed the two-wheeler down. When they did, the driver finally made his turn and tried to get away from the area.

But even then he didn't get far. He was immediately stopped by police and handed a ticket for the illegal turn. And just to add insult to injury, the cops weren't in a cruiser - they were also riding bikes.
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Virginia Woman Commutes 30 Miles Away Without Car

Biking ElsewhereAlexandria, VA -- Most of us can't imagine life without a car, but one Virginia woman is proving it can be done. She's living car-free and commuting 30 miles a day on her bike. She let Fox 5's Roby Chavez tag along on her ride.
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What constitutes a proper stop?

Bike LawsAnother excerpt from Bicycling & the Law by Bob Mionske

"although the law requires cyclists to stop at uncontrolled intersections, stop signs, and red lights, the UVC is silent on the definition of "stopping" as specifically applied to cyclists."

"If you want to fight an unfair "stop means dismount" argument, this is the logic to use:

- I did stop, and the stop was of sufficient duration under the circumstances that any reasonable cyclists of my level of experience could safely and courteously observe and appraise the need to yield or proceed."
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Safe Routes Coaching Action Network

Biking in MarylandRegister for "Getting your Story Out"
January 29th, 2008
Daytime and Evening times are offered for your convenience. See below.

This 60 minute seminar focuses on a crucial aspect of successful outreach: getting your story to the people who matter. Presenter David Levinger, President of The Mobility Education Foundation, will provide you five key ways to increase the impact and reach of your story. He uses specific case studies to help you develop the support necessary to effect change.

Specifically, the following topics will be covered:
1. Using stories to energize your cause.
2. Getting free advertising through "earned" media coverage.
3. Building support and champions by telling stories at special sessions and hearings.

At the start of the call, Nancy Pullen-Seufert of the National Center for Safe Routes to School will provide a brief update.

This webinar is part of the Safe Routes Coaching Action Network Webinar Series, developed by America Walks and the National Center for Safe Routes to School.
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Bikes out sell cars, again

Biking ElsewhereAuto sales: 16.5 million
Bike sales: 18.2 million
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Don't Honk If You Hate Bicyclists

Biking in MarylandOn Sunday, I was part of a group of bicyclists on MacArthur Boulevard when a car occupied by two older people came up behind us with its horn blaring. A woman was practically hanging out the window and yelling indignantly, "Get on the bike path!"

Anyone who has driven MacArthur on a weekend knows that bikes are commonplace on the road. The aging miscreants in this car were on a vigilante mission. Any cyclist will tell you it happens all too regularly.

The truth is that it is legal for bicyclists to use most roads in our area. But leaning on the horn and yelling out the window as you pass a cyclist is not legal. Bicyclists who abuse the laws of the road embarrass me, but there is no excuse for this kind of harassment.

Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians should make a greater effort to co-exist peacefully and obey the laws of the road.

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Congratulations Greg Hinchliffe!!!

Biking in BaltimoreOur Chair for the Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Committee (MBAC) has been appointed by Governor O
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Bicyclist, 14, is hit; murder count filed

Biking Elsewhere[Tucson] Police say, Glenda Rumsey, 42, was driving east on Broadway when she failed to merge and continue straight onto the shoulder of the road. Witnesses tell police she hit Rincon, then continued down Broadway for about half a mile until she stopped.

Rumsey has been charged with 2nd degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and leaving the scene of a fatal collision. They say they're investigating whether alcohol played a factor in the crash.
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Biking around the national mall


The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public comment on proposed alternatives for the National Mall. This is your choice to voice your passion for making the National Mall bike friendly. Hurry! Comments should be submitted on-line and must be received by January 15, 2008. Commenting on-line is efficient and makes comments easy to analyze.

The League of American Bicyclists supports the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) and their efforts to ensure that the National Mall is more bike and pedestrian friendly. As part of an Environmental Impact Study, the NPS has proposed three alternatives that can be combined in a variety of ways. WABA and the League feel that Alternative C, which focuses on open spaces, ecology and recreation, offers the best improvements for cyclists and pedestrians. Among the recommendations of Alternative C are:

1. Creating separated routes for cyclists and pedestrians
2. Upgrading the surfaces of the existing paths along the Mall
3. Improving wayfinding signage for bikes and peds
4. Focusing on improving connections between the Mall and Rock Creek and East Potomac Parks, as well as the southwest waterfront
5. Providing more walking and biking tours and bike rental opportunities

Many of the above recommendations were supported by WABA during the previous Mall transportation study.

In addition to the above, WABA is recommending the following additions to the plan:

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Maryland should adopt the Idaho stop law.

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