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HI-Baltimore is turning One!

Biking in Baltimore[HI-Baltimore is Baltimore's Hostel]

Its been one year since HI-Baltimore began welcoming guest from around the world to enjoy Baltimore City. Its been a great year and we are ready to celebrate! Join us for a day of live music, food, and other worldly happenings.

Saturday July 12th - 2pm to 9pm

Open house and Celebration
Cookout starts at 2pm
Live Music starts at 4pm

17 West Mulberry Street
Baltimore MD 21201
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Traffic Death a Public Loss

Biking ElsewhereAt the dawn of the automobile age, traffic deaths were considered public, rather than private, losses, says Peter D. Norton, author of "Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City." He says accident deaths were memorialized as were the casualties of World War I or the victims of a flood.

That changed during the 1920s, as the automobile industry encouraged the notion that pedestrian and biker deaths were bound to occur when those unfortunates entered space the nation had assigned to automobiles.

Last night's public memorial for Alice Swanson, 22, who was killed while riding her bicycle to work in Washington on Tuesday morning, countered that thinking. The fatal accident became a public loss in a shared space.

There has been no finding of fault in this accident, which police said occurred north of Dupont Circle at the intersection of 20th and R streets NW when a trash truck turned right onto 20th and into the path of Swanson.

R Street is popular with cyclists, because it has a long bike lane, and bicycle safety advocates responded to the accident.

" 'I didn't see them' is too often accepted as an excuse that results in a small fine or no punishment at all," Eric Gilliland, the executive director of the Washington Area Bicyclists Association, said in a statement. "While we cannot comment on the particulars of this case, we expect the Metropolitan Police Department to conduct a thorough examination of this crash and hold the driver fully responsible if he was at fault."

"We can only hope that everyone will learn to slow down, be aware and share the road," he said.

Gilliland and other safety advocates do far more than hope. They work for progress through engineering, education and enforcement, none of which succeeds by itself, and certainly not without the support of a community diminished by all such losses.
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One Less Car July Update

Bike Maryland updatesAs a non-profit with a small staff we really appreciate help from our friends. This Summer is turning out to be a busy one for us. Our events schedule is a full one, with Cycle Across Maryland coming up at the end of this month and Tour du Port in early October. But we are also planning a transportation conference for March of next year. And then there are the summits that we are convening (the first was in June) with Baltimore area mass transit advocates. After that there is an effort to bring together statewide bicycle advocates in October. And let's not forget the daily grind of data input, answering phones, etc........

So, we need your help. If you are a professional person committed to our cause and any of the following fun-filled tasks is of interest to you, please email Richard Chambers at rchambers"at" Although we don't have money to offer you, we do reward good work with large amounts of gratitude and - if you do a really good job - free registrations to Tour du Port!

* Administrative Volunteer - 5-10 hours a week. Handling basic administrative tasks at the One Less Car office at 1209 North Calvert Street in Baltimore.
* Transportation Conference volunteer/Intern - 5-10 hours a week. Assist in the planning of OLC's sustainable transportation conference, set for March 2009. This means administrative work, as well as helping organize our contacts in the planning, public policy and health communities.
* CAM volunteer - help us out with everything from registrations to rest stops during the CAM weekend, July 24-27.
* Tour du Port volunteer - Help us out as a ride marshall, registration assistant or rest stop captain during TDP this October 5th.


Richard Chambers, Executive Director
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Bike Parking at Camden Yards

Biking in Baltimore[There is no doubt that being a community we can get things done. Please join in this effort to improve bike parking at Camden Yards. (Letter written by a fellow bicycling advocate.)]

I’m writing to ask for improved bicycle parking at Camden Yards.

I usually arrive at O’s games by bicycle. I appreciate the bike parking provided near the Orioles ticket booth, but would ask that you consider providing additional, more secure bike racks.

The current bike rack fills up before most games and the old “wheel bender” design is not as compatible and secure with modern quick release wheels and U-Locks.

I have enclosed two bicycle parking guides for your reference, bike racks are inexpensive and easy to install, but like everything, details matter.

Bike Parking is one step toward reducing traffic, and building a more active, healthy community. Thank you in advance for your efforts.

See you at the ballpark!

PS. The Nationals, Giants and Cubs offer valet bicycle parking
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Bike movie, upcoming meetings, and Portland/Seattle photos

Biking in BaltimoreBaltimore bike folks,

All this summer the Abell Improvement Association is running a free film series, showing movies in our little neighborhood park on Friday nights. This Friday (July 11th) we’ll be showing “The Triplets of Belleville” in honor of the high proportion of bicyclists in our neighborhood, the desire to increase that number, the fact that Bastille Day is around the corner, and the Tour just started. It’s a silly animated movie, although not quite appropriate for kids.

While the movies are being put on by the Abell Improvement Association and are intended for those members, I thought that some members of Baltimore ’s bicycling community might be interested in knowing about it. The film will be preceded by some shorts for children and projection will probably start around 8:45 p.m. this Friday (Saturday if it rains out Friday night) in the Abell Open Space on 32nd Street between Guilford and Abell Avenues.

The Triplets of Belleville
Abell Open Space
Friday, July 11th (Saturday if rained out)
Kid’s short films start at dusk (around 8:45 p.m.)
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Biking in the Metro Area[Note I am placing this in the Bike Metro section as the Laural trail head is just a few miles from the B&A Trail and the Full ICC Trail will be a wonderful resource for Balto area bicyclist just as the B&A trail is.]

Please make your voices heard at the July 10th Montgomery County Planning Board hearing on the Intercounty Connector Trail! Let them know you do not want any sections of the trail to be eliminated from the county master plan! If you can\\\'t testify, please send letters and emails to the Planning Board and cc the County Council. See contact info at the bottom of this message.

In what would be a very short-sighted decision, the Planning Board may forever eliminate important sections of the planned trail along the Intercounty Connector highway by removing them from the county master plan. The Planning Department (led by the Board) is making the argument that the trail would cause irreparable environmental damage in natural park areas, despite the six-lane highway next door! Incredibly, this is the same Planning Board that endorsed the highway in 2005. Staff is saying the trail may be the \\\"straw that breaks the camel\\\'s back\\\", ignoring the tons of highway the camel will already be carrying.

The Planning Board would replace the removed sections of trail with sidepaths along busy roads, including New Hampshire Avenue, East Randolph Road, Fairland Road, Briggs Chaney Road, Bonifant Road and Notley Road. The detours are circuitous and force trail users to cross several major intersections and countless streets and driveways where cyclists must be extremely careful. That is inappropriate for a trail meant to serve inexperienced riders and families, and it undermines the promised transportation value.

Removing this trail from the master plan would be a death knell, making it extremely difficult to ever finish the trail even 20 years from now, when gas prices have hit $12 a gallon and global warming has ruined sensitive areas the size of Alaska. Even if the ICC trail isn\\\'t built right away, we MUST keep the entire route in the master plan. Highways attract development and employment sites that must be served by good bike routes. Just imagine if I-270 had a parallel bike path. That highway was also planned to have a path, but it too was canceled -- by the state -- 20 years ago.

Trails through parks and along highways were planned to be the skeleton of the county bike trail network, providing efficient mobility for cyclists by virtue of their length and location away from street crossings and traffic lights. The ICC trail was meant to be the backbone of that skeleton, linking together many north-south trails. Unfortunately the Planning Board has removed several park trails from the master plan over the years. This trend must stop.

The worst and longest detour being discussed is the one circumventing the Paint Branch Stream Valley Park. This would eliminate three miles of trail and replace it with five miles of detours. But trail impacts in that region have not even been studied. Changing a master plan should never be done without adequate study. Please insist that the Planning Board fully study the trail (how to build it, not just why we shouldn\\\'t) for ALL the detour sections.
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Top 5 Reasons to Claim the Lane (and why it’s safer)

Biking ElsewhereThere is a lot of debate as to where a bicycle commuter should position themselves in relation to the road. New bike commuters, especially, are often intimidated by riding in the road and often choose something that isn’t necessarily the safest place. Here are the top two:

* Sidewalk - While the odds of you getting hit from behind diminish greatly, there are other dangers that come into play.
o Drivers are not looking for fast moving objects on the sidewalks so when you come to a cross street there is a good chance you’ll get hit by a turning car.
o Sidewalks are available for pedestrians and, in many states, it’s illegal for bicycles to ride on them.
o You are forced to (and should) go extremely slow. Besides dealing with turning cars and pedestrians, you are riding are surfaces that are not maintained for traffic and often have other obstacles to deal with.

* The extreme right side of the road - In my opinion this is the most dangerous place you can ride. You are risking two dangers:
o Cars will repeatedly try to squeeze by you in the same lane and will almost always come very close to you which, obviously, increases your chance of getting hit.
o The Peek-a-boo bike. Picture two cars approaching. The second car is following closely to the first. As the first car moves to miss you, it is seen by the second car as merely drifting in the lane since the car isn’t moving that much out of the way. The second car doesn’t realize you are in the road until it is to late.

Because of the above dangers and contrary to many people’s “common sense”, the best thing for a bike commuter to do is claim the lane. I ride at least a third of the way into the lane and, around curves, I roll right down the middle.

Here’s the top five reasons why I started claiming the lane (and why you should to):
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How I Became A Bike Advocate...

Biking in MarylandThe following link is about Maureen Becker\'s request for secure bike lockers at a MTA station. While a lot of kudos goes to MTA for being so cooperative there is a story behind the story and that\'s the State law which calls for the state to remove barriers between bicycling and mass transit. Thanks to the effort of One Less Car this initiative made it into law.
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DC is moving toward becoming "the most anti-car city in the country,"

Biking Elsewhere
City officials say that the moves are part of a policy of putting the needs of its residents and businesses before those of suburban commuters and that they are trying to create a walkable, bikeable, transit-oriented metropolis.

Like New York, London, Stockholm and Portland, Ore., District officials said, the city is reclaiming its streets for the people who live there. With billions of dollars invested in the Metro system, there are plenty of ways for commuters to get into the city without bringing exhaust-spewing vehicles with them, officials said.

The city's population practically doubles on workdays because of the influx of federal and other workers. And about 15 million visitors a year come to the city, almost 75 percent by auto, according to AAA.

"This is not about being anti-car, but increasing vehicles into the District is not a sustainable strategy for the city," said Emeka C. Moneme, director of the District Department of Transportation. "We want to encourage transit use, biking and walking."

Improving pedestrian safety is a priority for the city. The District has higher pedestrian death rates than New York, Boston, Seattle, Chicago and Los Angeles, with 2.7 deaths per 100,000 people, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Pedestrian injuries rose from 586 in 2000 to 725 in 2006. District officials said the city's broad avenues create wide expanses of asphalt that make it difficult or intimidating for pedestrians to cross.
[Note: Baltimore pedestrian death rate is 2.5 and 856 injuries in 2006]

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