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Decongestant M

Mass TransitDrug Facts
Active Ingredients
* MetroBus.....................................Clog relief/Stress reducer
* MetroLink........................................Highway decongestant

Directions
Adults: Take Metro once in the morning and once at night for maximum traffic congestion relief. Metro can also be taken when traveling to ball games, concerts or other area events.

Recommend Decongestant M to friends suffering from similar traffic congestions symptoms.

Children: Take Metro only under adult supervision.

Warnings
Use of Decongestant M may result in the following:

* Less stressful arrivals to work
* Swelling of wallet
* Lower levels of road rage
* A reduced need to locate parking
* An abundance of free time
* Happy thoughts about how environmentally responsible you are
* Difficulty understanding why anyone takes the highway when there is obviously a better way

DO NOT USE if you enjoy sitting in traffic for extended periods of time
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Do you know your manditory use bike lanes?

Bike LawsFigure 1 Sample Bike Lane. Figure 2. Sample Bike Route w/small shoulder.
Did you know that one of the lanes pictured above is a NOT a mandatory use bike lane for us in Maryland? This article from AZ covers many of the issues that we face here in Maryland over the confusion with extra width that is not defined.

There seems to be a rash of confusion amongst the general public -- both motorists and cyclists -- about what constitutes a bike lane. Adding to the confusion, is the term Bike Route, and compounding all of that is penchant by all most all Maryland DOTs to paint a solid white stripe enclosing whatever space is left over between the right hand travel lane and the gutter.
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Ped Safety Training in conjunction with New Partners Conference

Biking in MarylandPed Safety Training is being held in conjunction with the New Partners Conference in DC in February. The training is described below. People can sign up for just the training if they don't want to attend the conference.

Designing for Pedestrian Safety
Tuesday, February 5th - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, February 6th - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This 2-day course was developed for the Federal Highway Administration to help states and cities that are dealing with a higher than average rate of pedestrian crashes. The course is taught by some of the nation's experts in planning and designing "complete streets" and is aimed at a broad audience including traffic engineers, transportation planners and pedestrian advocates with a basic knowledge of the issues. The course provides detailed discussion of how to design streets, sidewalks, crossings, intersections, transit stops, freeway interchanges, and roundabouts to accommodate pedestrians. It also includes a module on road diets and how they can be used to help pedestrians. The second day of the course includes a field exercise in which students apply what they have learned to an actual set of streets and intersections.
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Use Electricity Wisely

Health & Environment
We don't think much of ugly, power-sucking billboards, but this one from South Africa's Eskom delivers its message.
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The Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Committee

Biking in BaltimoreThe Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Committee will meet at 6PM, Tuesday, January 15, 2008, at Park HQ 2600 Madison Ave, across from Druid Hill Park.

Agenda will include:

Bike Ped Coordinator turnover
Status of bike projects
CIP bike budget
Jones Falls/Gwynns Falls Trails
other stuff
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66 percent increase in bicycling during commute hour

Biking ElsewhereA county study shows more people are rolling around on bikes these days.

As part of Marin's $25 million federal pilot bike plan, the county took a count of local bicycle and pedestrian trips to create a baseline from which to judge the program.

Overall, there has been a 66 percent increase in weekday commute-hour bicycle traffic and a 33 percent rise in weekend riding, when compared with a similar count conducted in 1999.

The study also looked at pedestrians. Pedestrian activity on average increased 8 percent on weekdays, but dipped 22 percent on weekends during the same period.

Two locations showed dramatic increases in bike traffic: Broadway and Bolinas Road in Fairfax, and Bridgeway at Princess Street in Sausalito.

"These are encouraging statistics," Supervisor Steve Kinsey said. "They indicate that our priority focus and associated investments are improving biking and walking in our county."
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new years schedule

Velocipede Bike Project Holidays have us all confused up at velocipede, so here is the upcoming schedule for the next couple weeks to clear things up....

Monday January 7th from 7-9- the monthly collective meeting will be held at velocidet tim's house on park ave. Call 410-926-5077 for address and directions...

Tuesday, January 8th 6-9- Women/trans mechanics night-where my ladies at?!?

Wens and thursday- jan 9th and 10th 6-9 open shop--winter hours!!

Sunday jan 13th 2-5 volunteer shop day

Monday jan 14th 7-9 clinic on shifting and drive train!!!

after this things should be back to normal...except for winter hours
keep an eye out for more workshops and fun stuff!! and keep on riding all winter!!!

Layer up!!
you friends at velocipede
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The bicycle a tremendously efficient means of transportation

Biking Elsewhere
A comparison of the energy cost of various forms of transportation shows that the bicycle is most energy-efficient.

How Far Do You Want To Go?

It takes less energy to bicycle one mile than it takes to walk a mile. In fact, a bicycle can be up to 5 times more efficient than walking. If we compare the amount of calories burned in bicycling to the number of calories an automobile burns, the difference is astounding. One hundred calories can power a cyclist for three miles, but it would only power a car 280 feet (85 meters)!
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Bicycling the Harbor Promenade, yes and no???

Biking in BaltimoreWith great fanfare the city opened the Inner Harbor Promenade to cycling in the morning. And with no fanfare some mysterious entity has put up
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Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Seek Mapping Help!

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