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Biking around the national mall


The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public comment on proposed alternatives for the National Mall. This is your choice to voice your passion for making the National Mall bike friendly. Hurry! Comments should be submitted on-line and must be received by January 15, 2008. Commenting on-line is efficient and makes comments easy to analyze.

The League of American Bicyclists supports the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) and their efforts to ensure that the National Mall is more bike and pedestrian friendly. As part of an Environmental Impact Study, the NPS has proposed three alternatives that can be combined in a variety of ways. WABA and the League feel that Alternative C, which focuses on open spaces, ecology and recreation, offers the best improvements for cyclists and pedestrians. Among the recommendations of Alternative C are:

1. Creating separated routes for cyclists and pedestrians
2. Upgrading the surfaces of the existing paths along the Mall
3. Improving wayfinding signage for bikes and peds
4. Focusing on improving connections between the Mall and Rock Creek and East Potomac Parks, as well as the southwest waterfront
5. Providing more walking and biking tours and bike rental opportunities

Many of the above recommendations were supported by WABA during the previous Mall transportation study.

In addition to the above, WABA is recommending the following additions to the plan:
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Travel to school has changed dramatically over the last 40 years

Biking Elsewhere
Like all trip-making, travel to school has changed dramatically over the last 40 years. The change that is most apparent is the increase in children being driven to school. In 1969, about 15 percent of school children ages 6-12 arrived at school in a private vehicle, in 2001 half of all school children were driven to school. Exhibit 1 shows the comparison of how children
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Biking for a healthier heart

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Staff writer Ruth Solomon went on a mission - to lower her bad cholesterol and raise her good cholesterol. She opted to watch her food intake and ride to bike as many days as he can from her Chicago home to work at Pioneer Press in Glenview. (Jeff Krage/For Pioneer Press)
"I was almost 50, very out of shape, and knew my bad cholesterol level teetered on the verge of needing medicine. I have four children, ages 10 to 19, and they need their mother to be alive, I thought."
All summer long, I rode.
The results came back with good news: My bad cholesterol was down, my body mass index was down, my girth was below 35 inches, and, even though still overweight, my favorite line on the report stated: "METS indicates fitness to be in above average category."

I was fat, but fit. And my 10-year risk of cardiovascular disease had gone down to 2.7 percent. Four smiley faces were stamped in my Heart of a Woman booklet acknowledging my progress.
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Cycling to work an addiction

Biking ElsewhereBesides the benefits to your health, commuting to work by bicycle can also make you feel guiltless about carbon emissions and allow you to fret a bit less as the price of gas creeps inexorably toward $4 a gallon.

But the most important benefit to riding your bicycle to work is far more simple -- it's fun. It's more than fun, it's addictive.
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What's a pedestrian to do?

Biking Elsewhere"Coupled with the fact that 95 percent of vehicles observed during the study period did not yield to pedestrians"

This quote from the article linked below is very disturbing. While the quote is about NYC I don't think you would find much better behavior here in Baltimore especially since Baltimore kills pedestrians at twice the rate they do in NYC.
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$1,050 fine for... get this, for causing drivers to slow down and going too fast on a bicycle

Biking ElsewhereIf I am reading the story right a cyclist tried to cross a busy roadway at an intersection during rush hour, I assume no traffic light or crosswalk was installed to allow a cyclists safe and legal passage across this intersection so the lack of accommodations for cyclists turns a victim into a criminal, just for trying to cross a road. I only wish I could get a $1,000 every time some idiot pulled in front me causing me to slow down.

Note: I just posted a new link to a video in which the cyclist says the police accused him of going too fast. Things do not make much sense in this story.
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Bicycle Brawl

Biking ElsewherePedal-powered transportation is good for your health
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Presidential Candidates' Transportation Forum

Biking ElsewhereThe NYU Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management and Transportation Alternatives will host the leading Presidential Candidates' transportation and infrastructure representatives. Hillary Clinton, Rudolph Guliani and Barack Obama have confirmed that they will send staffers. Other candidates are expected to confirm in the near future. "Gridlock" Sam Schwartz will moderate the event.

Thursday, January 31st
8:30-10:30 am
Eisner and Lubin Auditorium
The Kimmel Center, 4th Fl.
60 Washington Square South
New York

Breakfast will be available starting at 8 am.
Space is limited, so please RSVP by January 25th.
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2007 NYC Street Memorial Ride & Walk

Biking in BaltimoreOn Sunday, January 6th, over two hundred people gathered to remember New Yorkers who were killed while biking and walking. The Street Memorial Project lead the 3rd Annual Memorial Ride & Pedestrian Memorial Walk to honor those killed. In 2007, 23 bicyclists and over 100 pedestrians died on NYC streets.

To Contrast that with Baltimore City with a population 1/13 of that of NYC we had 16 (NYC 8) pedestrians killed and one (NYC 2) cyclists killed.
(Numbers in parenthesis are what NYC would be for the same size population as Baltimore (fractions rounded up.))
Also note that bicycle and pedestrian traffic fatalities compose 39% of Baltimore's traffic fatalities.
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Decongestant M

Mass TransitDrug Facts
Active Ingredients
* MetroBus.....................................Clog relief/Stress reducer
* MetroLink........................................Highway decongestant

Adults: Take Metro once in the morning and once at night for maximum traffic congestion relief. Metro can also be taken when traveling to ball games, concerts or other area events.

Recommend Decongestant M to friends suffering from similar traffic congestions symptoms.

Children: Take Metro only under adult supervision.

Use of Decongestant M may result in the following:

* Less stressful arrivals to work
* Swelling of wallet
* Lower levels of road rage
* A reduced need to locate parking
* An abundance of free time
* Happy thoughts about how environmentally responsible you are
* Difficulty understanding why anyone takes the highway when there is obviously a better way

DO NOT USE if you enjoy sitting in traffic for extended periods of time

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