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Why wear a helmet?

Biking Elsewhere"You should wear a helmet. If you wore a helmet, I wouldn't NEED to drive more safely."

--Driver to cyclist, after being told to "drive more safely"
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Tips for greener motoring

Health & EnvironmentThe amount of fuel a car uses is directly related to the amount of greenhouse gas emissions it produces. Selecting the right car for your needs and using it wisely will reduce your fuel consumption and help you save money and the environment.

There are three areas to think about when trying to reduce emissions:

* What car you drive
* How you drive
* Where, when & how often you drive
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Area Police Are Enforcing Pedestrian Safety Laws

Biking in Maryland[Note: This program reaches about 29% of the State's problem areas. If it were to include Baltimore City and County it would then include 74% of the State's problem areas. Note: If you live in PG or Mountgomry Co. be extra carful in March as everone is being targeted for tickets.]

Street Smart is an annual public education, awareness and behavioral change campaign in the Washington, DC, suburban Maryland and northern Virginia area. Since its beginning in 2002, the campaign has used radio, newspaper, and transit advertising, public awareness efforts, and added law enforcement, to respond to the challenges of pedestrian and bicyclist safety.

The Street Smart program emphasizes education of motorists and pedestrians through mass media. It is meant to complement, not replace, the efforts of state and local governments and agencies to build safer streets and sidewalks, enforce laws, and train better drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.

The program is coordinated by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB), and is supported by federal funds made available through state governments, and funding from some TPB member jurisdictions.

The Spring 2008 Street Smart campaign will run from March 7 to March 31st.

The kick off press event will take place on March 7, 2008 at 10 a.m., in the Baileys Crossing Shopping Center parking lot at Route 7 & South Jefferson Street in Falls Church, VA. To find the site look for transit buses wrapped with Street Smart ads and campaign mobile billboard.
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Why 10mph over the speed limit is ok... only 2X the chance of a crash

Biking ElsewhereStatistics tell us that at 10 MPH over the posted speed limit, the probability of being involved in a crash doubles. However, at 20 MPH over, the probability increases to 11 times greater. We are trying to change the driving behavior of those persons who are most likely to cause crashes."

- Scottsdale, AZ police department on why speeders are allowed an 11mph buffer.
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In search of a champion to win over the (Anti-)Environmental Matters Committee

Bike LawsHB 143 (3' passing) is in serious trouble, it does not have the votes needed to pass the committee so the forecast is that it is going to die in committee. (Please note that there is a correction to our previous statement about Del Malone following.)

The most troubling aspect in this is we really don't know who in the Environmental Matters Committee is not supporting this bill. Wait, what committee is not supporting bicycling?

That's right the Environmental Matters Committee, while Maryland is supporting other more costly green initiatives it is bicycle use, the zero carbon emission transportation that is the scourge of the Environment Matters Committee (EMC). This is going to be the third year in a row that the Environment Matters Committee has given us trouble on a bill of this nature even though past criticisms have been fixed! Enough already!

Kids biking to school - EMC says no, sooty, asthma producing diesel buses are better and a 15-20% increase in morning rush hour traffic of kids being chauffeured is better for the environment then kids on bikes.

Biking to work - EMC says Maryland's bike modal share of about half of the National average is good enough, Having a higher percentage of people who drive single occupancy vehicles is "better" for the environment.

Energy efficiency is often measured in terms of equivalent number of cars off the road, why not get some real cars off the road as well.

Motor vehicle driver's at fault in a crash with a cyclist - EMC says a low 31% at fault drivers is fair, while other states investigated have a near 50:50 who's at fault. This discouraging and anti-cycling bias in Maryland is good for the environment as it gets more people out driving their SUV's and helps keep their insurance rates down.

The increase in mid-block crashes and fatalities for cyclists - EMC says nothing needs to be done about this. In 2006 Maryland had %100 of our cyclists fatalities that were mid-block (29% under 15 years of age,) 52% of all bike/car crashes happen mid-block. It used to be intersections where the most dangerous for cyclists, times have changed and we need laws to reflect that change and the lack of safe passing distance is a contributing factor in mid-block crashes.

Maryland needs to strongly encourage cycling both for the health of the environment and health of its population. Please take the time to respond.

(Note: Statements attributed to EMC are not quotes, only statements about the results of their inaction.)
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AASHTO gets the bike thing

Biking Elsewhere...
So, when the head of AASHTO talks, people listen (whether they like it or not). And here
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Bike tow truck

Biking in BaltimoreSo following the giro de birra ride to duclaw, we happened upon a guy who was having bike problems. We stopped to help but he was riding a folder and we didn't have what we needed to take care of him. Barry then showed one of the many amazing things you can do with an Xtracycle and gave the guy and his bike a ride to light street to get a new tube.

I made a helmet cam video of it and used music by wax & wane
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GREEN & TALL

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Based on a net-zero-energy model, the Pearl River Tower is designed to significantly reduce the building
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MAKING DOWNTOWN PEDESTRIAN-FRIENDLY

Biking in BaltimoreFrom the Downtown Partnership -

This will probably come as a shock to many drivers, but pedestrians rule under Maryland law, at least when it comes to crosswalks. By statute, drivers must stop for pedestrians in crosswalks and a new initiative from Mayor Dixon is helping remind motorists exactly who has the right of way.

Bright green signs have been cropping up at pedestrian crossings across Downtown, particularly those that occur mid-block where drivers don
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It's just an accident

Bike LawsRight now in Maryland it is just an accident when a motorists going 50mph on a 35mph road kills a cyclists, excessive speed did not even warrant a comment in the press when Yoram Kaufman was killed, it was just an accident, no more, no less. The fact that at least Yoram's death, if not the whole accident could have been prevented if the motorist was obeying the speed limit is not only lost it is accepted as "just an accident."

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