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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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I'm not to blame

Biking Elsewhereby Sophie Doughty, Evening Chronicle

WITH her silver hair and benign smile, she doesn
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An environmental education & discussion forum, features:
Executive Director, Environment Maryland, and

Environmental advocate & award-winning documentary film maker

Sunday February 24th, 2008 4:30 - 6:30 pm
MD Presbyterian Church, 1105 Providence Road, Towson, 21286

Brad Heavner is the state
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Cycling in the city, what do you think about it?

Biking in BaltimoreWe have gotten several requests about what we think about bicycling in the city and this is your chance to let us and some press know what you think. There are three new polls in the right column of the home page please take the time and let us know how you feel.
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Governor O'Malley Meets with Climate Change Experts

Health & EnvironmentANNAPOLIS, MD (February 19, 2008)
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SE Area [dumb] Transportation Plan

Biking in Baltimore- Mark C

Several weeks ago the BBJ editorialized about the recommendations in the city's Southeast Area [dumb] Transportation Plan. To the plan's credit, it includes ideas about bikes, pedestrians and transit, but the overwhelming theme, and those most likely to be implemented, are to further optimize the streets and intersections of Canton, Fells Point and Harbor East to handle increasing car commuter traffic.

The editorial, and the ethos around here, seems to be "since we don't have better transit, and I drive everywhere anyway, we need more highways and parking." I hope that more and more people will speak out about these car oriented policies- but perhaps more importantly, Baltimore needs a lot more leadership by example!

Don't let more traffic bog down development in city's east side
Baltimore Business Journal


The BBJ's editorial "East-Side Success has its Downside" [Vol. 25, Jan. 25-31, Page 55] is based on the impossible assumption that you can build a vibrant city where everyone travels by car.
The editorial echoes recommendations of a study, the southeast area transportation plan, based on highway-oriented traffic models, inappropriate for an urban setting. The suggestion to widen roads and remove street parking values commuter traffic over neighborhood quality of life and safety.

Maryland has plenty of places where the car is king and walking is difficult or impossible. So why should we take some of Baltimore's most charming urban neighborhoods and try to superimpose suburban-style highways and traffic? Why should inner neighborhoods suffer so long distance commuters can save some time?

Consider the damage done by turning Mount Vernon's streets into high speed traffic sewers, or by building a lifeless canyon of parking garages on Lombard. Should we make those same mistakes in southeast Baltimore?

People flock to the city, especially vibrant waterfront neighborhoods, because it is possible to walk to lunch, people-watch from a sidewalk caf

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Maryland should adopt the Idaho stop law.

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The state should support what kind of bicycle facilities?

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