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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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Why rich people are more likely to get on their bikes

Biking Elsewhere...
But official figures reveal the bike is in fact becoming the transport method of choice for the rich, rather than those further down the earning ladder.

And the richer people become, the further they cycle, according to the Department of Transport's National Travel Survey.

The poll shows that the richest fifth of the population cycle on average five times as far in a year as the poorest fifth.

It also found that those with less money are unlikely to consider cycling as a way of getting around, despite the fact they are less likely to have a car to use instead.

Poorer people appear more concerned about the stigma of riding a bike, fearing that others will view it as a sign of inferiority.

The rich, meanwhile, are likely to be more confident in their social standing so seem to worry less about how others might perceive them from their transport choice.

Those on higher incomes also tend to be better educated about the health benefits of cycling and more aware of the need to be healthy.
Cycling groups believe a negative stereotyping of cyclists, coupled with a lack of education about its benefits, are deterring poorer people.
Studies show that regular cyclists typically have a level of fitness equivalent to someone 10 years younger and those cycling regularly beyond their mid-thirties add two years to their life expectancy.
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Bob Moore

Biking in BaltimoreThe 11th Annual Bicycle Symposium was a great success, but there was something missing . . . or rather, someone missing.

Many of us know Bob Moore of Baltimore City. He is a loooooong time member of the Baltimore Bicycling Club, a former member of the Maryland Bike/Ped Advisory Committee, and currently serves on the Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Committee, the Tour dem Parks Committee, and many others. He has dependably led BBC rides and is the prime mover behind Baltimore's Moonlight Madness Rides in support of the recently reopened Baltimore Hostel. He has been a huge part of the improvement of biking conditions in Baltimore.

Unfortunately, Bob was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Like the trooper he is, he is undergoing treatment with his usual grace and good humor, but on Wednesday he was unable to attend the symposium because he was in Johns Hopkins Hospital with complications from the treatment.

Bob was being released from the hospital when I left him Thursday afternoon. His chemotherapy requires that he avoid contact with a lot of people, but I'm sure he would love to hear from his friends. His contact info can be found in the "yellow pages", the Bicycle and Pedestrian Directory you received at the symposium.

- Greg Hinchliffe
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Cyclist was HIT and left on side of road like roadkill!!

Biking ElsewhereBy The Associated Press

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The Reality Behind Bottled Water

Health & Environment 1. Because water is a human right and not a commodity to be bought and sold for profit
2. Because bottled water corporations are changing the very way people think about water and undermining people's confidence in public water systems
3. Because up to 40% of bottled water in the U.S. and Canada is sourced from municipal tap water
4. Because some bottlers have run over communities' concerns and the environment when they extract water and build bottling plants to get local spring and ground water
5. Because bottled water travels many miles from the source, results in the burning of massive amounts of fossil fuels, and contributes to the billions of plastic bottles ending up in our landfills
6. Because worldwide there is a need for investments in public water systems to ensure equal access to water, a key ingredient for prosperity and health for all people; and
7. Because solutions to ensuring water as a fundamental human right require people acting together and standing up for public water systems
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World clock

Biking ElsewhereI ran across this interesting site with real time (so far this year) approximations of:
Deaths due to Cardiovascular Diseases (lack of exercise)2,397,519
Cars produced5,167,198
Bikes produced15,652,345

And I found Earth Clock:
CO2 emissions (tons)3,947,276,628(That is like everyone in the world produced a half a ton of CO2 so far this year and the year isn't over yet.)
Oil depletion timer15572 days
US Garbage production (tons)31,583,168

You can sit and watch the numbers spin (a bit scary.)
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Lance Armstrong unveils his new commuting bike shop

Biking ElsewhereIt's not about the bike sales.

That from Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, who plans in May to open a bike shop, commuting center, training facility and cafe in a 1950s-era building at the northwest corner of Fourth and Nueces streets.

"This city is exploding downtown. Are all these people in high rises going to drive everywhere? We have to promote (bike) commuting," Armstrong said Wednesday, gazing up at the towering 360 condos rising next to the site of his new shop. "This can be a hub for that."
Armstrong said he'd like to see Austin evolve into a place like Portland, Ore., where biking is part of the culture and people pedal to work, to restaurants and to run errands. "Walk outside, and the streets are lined with bikes
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Take a Bite Out of Traffic Crime

Biking in Baltimore[Hmm, maybe we should look into doing something like this here.]

Speeding contributes to 1/3 of all traffic crashes. In neighborhoods throughout New York City, traffic crime is rampant. Speeding, red light running, failure to yield to pedestrians, and driving and parking in bike lanes, among other traffic violations, contribute significantly to the 12,000 pedestrians and cyclists injured and killed on New York City streets each year.

Each minute, NYC drivers run 1,712 red lights, according to a 2001 study by the NYC Comptroller. Speeding is rampant too, and a car traveling just 10 mph over NYC's 30 mph speed limit has a 70% chance of killing a pedestrian if there is a collision. Left unchecked, traffic violations can disrupt the safety and comfort level of our streets and cause many more unnecessary injuries and deaths.

To raise the safety and comfort of city streets for all users, T.A. is working on a traffic violations study to expose the problem across the city and push for effective enforcement of traffic laws.

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