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Road Safety Needs to be Taken Seriously

Bike Maryland updates Hi Everyone,

Pop quiz. What's the number one killer of kids in the world?

No. Not the scary murderer on the 11 o'clock news.

Not some disease with a hard to pronounce name.

It's cars. More young people are killed on roads than anywhere else. This is true WORLDWIDE.

In America the numbers are pretty grim. Every day 6 children age 14 and under are killed on U.S. roads, while another 670 are injured. That's 2,200 children dead each year and a staggering 245,000 injured.

Most of this carnage is accidental. But all of it is totally avoidable. Speed is usually the fundamental reason for these deaths. A child hit at 25 mph has a 90 percent chance of surviving. If he is hit at 40 mph his survival rate is less than 10 percent.

This year One Less Car has been doing its best to raise the profile of the road safety issue in Maryland. We supported bills in Annapolis that would have increased the penalties for reckless motorists and we put a lot of effort into passing a requirement that motorists give 3 feet when passing bicycles. Both of these measures failed.

In our opinion these bills would have made Maryland roads a safer place for all users (including motorists). The fact that they failed to make it out of committee is a disgrace. It's disheartening that so many of our elected representatives seem so ignorant of how dangerous our car culture has really become.

As the weather gets warmer and more of us are out walking and biking give some consideration to how you would make the case for safer roads to your state delegate or senator. Think about your neighborhood and how much better it would be with fewer and slower cars. Do you think you could make your elected representatives listen? We'll need your voice during the next General Assembly session.

Meanwhile, take a look at the website of the Make Roads Safe Campaign http://www.makeroadssafe.org/ . They are tackling the problem on a global scale. If you have time, please sign their petition for safer roads in developing countries. Every name helps.

Thanks,

Richard Chambers, Executive Director
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When will Baltimore be a more bike friendly city?

Biking in BaltimoreDeputy Mayor Andy Frank on the Marc Steiner Show - December 2007

Caller, Q: "When will Baltimore be a more bike friendly city?"

Frank, A: "The transportation department working with planning dept is implementing a bike strategy, we funded $1mm worth of construction mostly in lane striping improvements to connect what is referred to as the collegetown route to connecting some of the universities in Baltimore. If you drive down some of the streets now you'll begin to see the striping

We opened the promenade in the inner harbor to biking.

The mayor every Friday morning is leading a delegation of city cabinet heads and community folks who want to come out at 6:30 in the morning, it's a little too early for me, [Marc: too early for you?] if she did it at 12:30 in the morning I might get up and do it...

We have a bike coordinator and we have an entire plan and every time now when we design and construct streets we do it keeping in mind that there need to be bike lanes, this is a major part of the mayor's cleaner and greener initiative and we want to encourage more biking."
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DONATE $50 or more to OLC and get a chance to win a Half Dome 4 Tent from REI!

Bike Maryland updatesDONATE $50 or more to OLC and get a chance to win a Half Dome 4 Tent from REI!

One Less Car is YOUR voice for better bicycling, walking and mass transit in Maryland. You may not know this, but a significant percentage of our funding comes from donations. The more you donate the more we can work for safer streets, less car traffic and better transportation choices.

Our very good friends at REI in Timonium have donated a great HALF DOME 4 TENT (list price $250) to us. We'd like YOU to have it! Just make a tax-deductible donation of $50 or more to One Less Car by May 5th, 2008 and you'll be entered to win this very cool prize.

You can make your donation by using our new online system or by sending your check to One Less Car, PO Box 19987, Baltimore, Md. 21211

The winner will be announced in our May email update.

THANKS and GOOD LUCK!
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Excellent cycling instruction videos

Biking ElsewhereThese videos made by a pair of a cyclists often feature front and rear view so you can get a better feel of what safe cycling is all about.
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Our New Pace Car Coordinator is Looking for YOUR HELP

Bike Maryland updatesWhen One Less Car started its Community Pace Car program back in October of last year, our objective was simple - to give people an opportunity to make a statement and curb speeding on their neighborhood streets. Since then over 100 Marylanders have joined the effort.

In February we hired Eva Khoury, the former Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Baltimore, to be our point person for the Pace Car project. Since then she's been working hard educating people about the Pace Car concept and expanding our ability to make an impact on road safety in Maryland.

But now we need your help to make Community Pace Car a success. If you are interested in any of the following, please contact Eva at ekhoury@onelesscar.org

* Participating on our Pace Car Advisory Board, or
* Volunteering to help get the word out in your community for an hour or two a week, or
* Gathering your neighbors to sign the Pace Car pledge
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DOES BICYCLING SEEM LIKE MORE WORK THAN FUN?

Biking in BaltimoreJOIN THE DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION AND PARKS AND FREINDS FOR THE FIRST BEGINNER
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Hopkins 4K for Cancer - 2008

Cyclist\'s Yellow PagesHi everyone!

I'm part of an group called Hopkins4k, and this summer we are going to ride from Baltimore to San Francisco in order to spread Awareness, raise funds, and foster hope for cancer patients and their families. Our goal is to ride 4000 miles, raising $1 for every mile we ride. You can find out more information at http://hopkins4k.org/

Please help me achieve my fundraising goal! Visit http://www.active.com/donate/hopkins4k/H4KJGao to donate online, or email me at hopkins4k@jamesgao.com if you have any questions.

Thanks!
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The fast lane or the fat lane

Biking Elsewhere
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The Best National Bike Summit Yet

Biking ElsewhereThe 2008 National Bike Summit, held March 4-7 in Washington, D.C., was the best one yet. This annual event is organized by the League of American Bicyclists with top sponsorship from Bikes Belong. This year, a record number of suppliers, retailers, advocates, and our partners rallied in our nation's capital in an unprecedented show of strength, unity, and professionalism.

2008 National Bike Summit snapshot:

* The highest attendance ever, with more than 500 participants
* Record industry involvement, with 145 industry representatives, including 12 Bikes Belong board members
* 290 Congressional meetings
* A successful BikesPAC fundraiser, attended by three U.S. senators and one U.S. representative
* High-level IMBA sponsorship and participation
* Introduction of a bill to support an ambitious national bicycling strategy
* Announcement of a Capitol Hill bike-sharing program to be launched by May

Bikes Belong is lead sponsor of the National Bike Summit because we believe it is crucial to the future of our industry. We're aiming for 1,000 attendees at next year's summit. Please join us in March 2009 to campaign for bicycling.
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AAA Declares Last Year's Protest by Drivers a Success

Bike Critical Mass

Washington DC (AP) - The American Automobile Association announced that last year's coordinated protest against cyclists and pedestrians was a smashing success. During 2007, drivers engaged in a "Critical Mass" event for cars, making their presence known on virtually every public road in the United States. They formed long queues during critical peak travel hours on major urban highways, delaying commuters and commercial vehicles. They defiantly took up the entire width of right, center, and left lanes, leaving no room for others who might try to use these "cars first" areas. They drove across crosswalks, many containing pedestrians, without stopping or yielding. They turned right on red and often went straight on red, drove on highway shoulders and in bike lanes, backed into front-in-only parking spots, and otherwise engaged in acts of civil disobedience. In a choreographed protest, 70% of drivers drove at 10 to 15 mph over the posted speed limit to highlight their strength and power. Drivers expressed their anger at cyclists by honking, yelling, and gesturing at them whenever they encountered them on public roads, especially those wearing objectionable lycra.

In a prepared statement, AAA declared the protest very successful, saying "We'll try it again next year. We see no reason why this can't be an annual, January to December event."

Happy 4/1 to everyone!

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