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The Maryland Bicycle Symposium is a few days away.

Bike Maryland updatesAt the Symposium you get to meet and share information with advocates, planners, state and local officials, and community leaders who want more bike lanes, wider sidewalks, better trails and a statewide COMPLETE STREETS policy. Best of all, you will have the opportunity to tell your local representatives your story of why better and safer bicycle and pedestrian access is important where you live.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Date Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Time 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Symposium

Location President's Conference Center ,
Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis .
11 Bladen St.
Annapolis, MD 21401

8:30 AM Registration
9:00 AM John Porcari, Maryland Secretary of Transportation
9:30 AM Stephanie Yanovitz, Acting Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, SHA
10:00 AM Update State Bike Master Plan, Michael Jackson Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, MDOT
10:30 AM Visit your legislators office
11:00 AM Panel Discussion Bicycle Performance Measures (Bob Patten, Toole Design, Dave Whittaker, Maryland Dept. of Planning & Barry Childress, Baltimore Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Committee)
Noon 2008 One Less Car Excellence in Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Awards Ceremony and Pizza Lunch (Del. Jon Cardin will present)
1:00 PM Update on Baltimore City Bicycle Master Plan, Jessica Keller-Watson, BDOT
1:30 PM "Ciclovia in Bogota" video and presentation, Greg Cantori, The Knott Foundation
2:00 PM A Short History of the Bicycle in Maryland, Randy Mardres, Montgomery County Bicycle Action Group
2:30 PM Talk to your legislators
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10 Ways We Get the Odds Wrong

Biking ElsewhereOur brains are terrible at assessing modern risks. Here's how to think straight about dangers in your midst.
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As a result of these evolved emotional algorithms, ancient threats like spiders and snakes cause fear out of proportion to the real danger they pose, while experiences that should frighten us
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Bill would make it illegal to feed the obese

Health & Environment
Three legislators want to make it illegal for restaurants to serve obese customers in Mississippi.
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About two-third of Mississippians are considered overweight or obese, according to a recent analysis of federal health data.

Maryland's overweight or obese rate is 60.7% just below the National average of 61.6%.
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upcoming meeting!!!! plus, financial types needed

Velocipede Bike Project Bici-lovers--

The time is coming round again for the monthly meeting. This is where we make decisions about policies, events and the direction we will take in the next month and beyond. This is a good thing to come to if you are interested in getting more involved in velocipede. (which we would love)

We will be meeting this Monday, February 4th from 7pm until 9 at Kristen's house (328 E 33rd St at abell st)

call Beth at 410-926-5077 for directions.

and speaking of getting more involved-....

we are looking for people with good organizational skillz to join our finance committee. We will helping out the treasurer to do bookkeeping, working on our budget, and improving on the organization of our financial information...if we find someone who is willing this could include a grant seeking and writing aspect as well.....

(and we are also recruiting people for our PR, education, and shop management committees as well)

write to info@velocipedebikeproject.org, or come to the meeting if you are interested!!!

Thanks!
-the folks at velocipede
www.velocipedebikeproject.org/about
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Right-of-way in a bike lane law

Bike LawsI need reality check here. We have a Bill in with the following text:

(D) THE DRIVER OF A MOTOR VEHICLE SHALL YIELD THE RIGHT
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Chesapeake Sustainable Business Alliance presentation

Health & EnvironmentJoan Norman from One Straw Farm will speak on community support agriculture and how buying local supports a sustainable lifestyle.

Rick Packie from Earth Alley will speak on upcycling and how local retailers can make a difference by offering items that are sustainable.

Join a lively mixture of people from NGOs, academia, government and business are welcome and encouraged! This is an opportunity to share information, network and find out about who is doing what in the Baltimore area.
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A bike-friendly presidential candidate? Not yet

PoliticsBy Elly Blue -

Have you been following the presidential primary campaigns this year? I have.

If you
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Man braves cars, bureaucrats to bike on tollways

Biking ElsewhereChuck Thomas tried to get a TxTag; he really did.

Thomas, a financial analyst at Dell Inc., went on the tollway Web site and started filling in the boxes.

"I got as far as 'type of vehicle,' " he says.

That was a problem, though, because you see, there's no box for "bicycle."

Yes, Thomas wanted to ride his bike to work on the Texas 45 North tollway. Actually, Thomas does ride his bike to work on the Texas 45 North tollway
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The 2010 Campaign for Active Transportation

Biking ElsewhereAt TrailLink 2007, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy officially kicked off the 2010 Campaign for Active Transportation, a grassroots movement to make walking and biking mainstream transportation options for communities across the country. The campaign will empower at least 40 communities to each advocate for $50 million in the next federal transportation reauthorization, anticipated by 2010.
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RTC needs your help to make this movement a reality. Local actions or campaigns supporting active transportation in your community can prepare the groundswell necessary to give Americans the choice of safe and convenient biking and walking options. RTC has provided a series of issue briefs (see sidebar) to help you "make the case" for active transportation in your community. Over the coming months, RTC will roll out a 2010 Toolkit to provide you with specific guidance for building your campaign, including materials from TrailLink 2007.
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Baltimore Collegetown (Bike) Network

Biking in Baltimore
Signs like this are popping up all over town. The city wants to wait till the network is finished before making any announcements but for the curious you can see the original design plan on the last page here, expect some changes for the final version.

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