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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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BALTIMORE GREEN FORUM

Health & EnvironmentTHE BALTIMORE GREEN FORUM
An environmental education & discussion forum, features:
BRAD HEAVNER
Executive Director, Environment Maryland, and

SHELLEY MORHAIM
Environmental advocate & award-winning documentary film maker

Sunday February 24th, 2008 4:30 - 6:30 pm
MD Presbyterian Church, 1105 Providence Road, Towson, 21286
http://www.mpchurch.org/directions.htm

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

Editor:

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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Scot smashes world cycle record

Biking ElsewhereMark Beaumont, from Fife, completed the journey in 195 days - beating the previous record of 276 days.

The 25-year-old crossed the finish line at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris at 1430 GMT after an 18,000-mile journey which began on 5 August last year.

Mr Beaumont passed through 20 countries on his way, including Pakistan, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand and the US.
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He endured floods and road rage, and was knocked off his bike in the American state of Louisiana by an elderly motorist who drove through a red light.
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MARYLAND TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION SHAKES IT UP

Mass TransitMTA is making February Count

The MTA is making a splash this month. They have:

* Added new service to MARC's Penn Line,
* Added off-peek and weekend trains to the light rail system,
* Are making bus service modifications and adding a new line to the bus system,
* Are going eco-friendly with the anouncement its intent to purchase 30 hybrid deisel/electric buses,
* And have installed a "Next Train Arrival Systems" at Charles Center Metro Station.
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Don't Trash Presidants' Day

Health & EnvironmentFebruary 18th is recognized as a Baltimore City Government Holiday. City offices will be closed and there will be no trash collection.

If Citizens place out trash on that day they will be ticketed.
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A day out cycling in 1955

Biking ElsewhereA YouTube video (in two parts) about England's Cycling Touring Club. There are trains that accommodate bicycles and a running dialog that seems to touch on everything from bonking prevention to gear inches and beautiful country side to the diversity of the club members.
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My Other Car is a Bright Green City

Health & Environment
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This is a rough draft of a long essay about why I believe building compact communities should be one of America's highest environmental priorities, and why, in fact, our obsession with building greener cars may be obscuring some fundamental aspects of the problem and some of the benefits of using land-use change as a primary sustainability solution.
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This is what economists call "the commuting paradox." Most people travel long distances with the idea that they'll accept the burden for something better, be it a house, salary, or school. They presume the trade-off is worth the agony. But studies show that commuters are on average much less satisfied with their lives than noncommuters. A commuter who travels one hour, one way, would have to make 40% more than his current salary to be as fully satisfied with his life as a noncommuter, say economists Bruno S. Frey and Alois Stutzer of the University of Zurich's Institute for Empirical Research in Economics. People usually overestimate the value of the things they'll obtain by commuting -- more money, more material goods, more prestige -- and underestimate the benefit of what they are losing: social connections, hobbies, and health. "Commuting is a stress that doesn't pay off," says Stutzer.
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In other words, there is a direct relationship between the kinds of places we live, the transportation choices we have, and how much we drive. The best car-related innovation we have is not to improve the car, but eliminate the need to drive it everywhere we go.

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