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Police patrol on bikes to save on gas

Biking Elsewhere PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (AP) -- Since even the long arm of the law can't rein in fuel prices, the long legs of the law are getting more exercise these days.

Bicycle patrols -- a community policing tactic that some law enforcement agencies de-emphasized in recent years -- are seeing a resurgence as the price of gasoline approaches or surpasses $4 a gallon across the country.

"You think the car's the great savior of us all, but in urban areas and dense areas, you're probably better off on a bike," said Chris Menton, an associate professor in the School of Justice Studies at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island who has studied police bike patrols.

In the tiny western Pennsylvania borough of Hollidaysburg, police Chief Jeff Ketner said high gas prices prompted him to resume daily bike patrols several weeks ago.

The department's regular bike patrol had fallen by the wayside and was mainly being used for special events. Ketner resurrected the program after realizing he was on pace to go $6,000 over budget on the department's four vehicles by the end of the year.

Other departments are making similar decisions. In Clive, Iowa, a Des Moines suburb, police Chief Robert Cox said more officers will be biking and walking to save gas.

With gas at more than $3.50 a gallon, Cox said his department has already spent its 2007-08 budget of nearly $41,000, which allotted $2.40 a gallon for 17,000 gallons.

It's the same story in Toledo, Ohio. Chief Mike Navarre said that although the department has long had bikes, he has been telling his officers to use them more, and walk more, to save gas.

Police bike organizations say they have noticed a spike in interest.

"Gas is one of a number of factors that come together in terms of establishing, revitalizing or expanding a unit," said Maureen Becker, executive director of the Baltimore-based International Police Mountain Bike Association, which provides training and resources to public safety agencies.

In the 1980s and 1990s, many departments started bike patrols, which were then a relatively new concept, said Wes Branham, a police officer with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in North Carolina. But after the September 11 attacks, he said, they went "totally out the door. Money went elsewhere."

Now bikes are coming off the rack.

Branham, who heads his department's bike unit, said it began with two officers in 1994 and has grown to 25 full-time officers and 150 part-time riders. The department has about 1,800 officers.

"Departments are just trying to find more economical ways to patrol," he said. "A lot of departments are starting to realize they're getting a lot of bang for their buck with a bike."

Even departments that implemented bike units for other reasons are noticing gas savings.

In Bedford, Virginia, the police department bought eight bikes last year and is now saving 200 to 400 gallons of fuel per month, said Lt. Jim Bennett, who's in charge of the department's bike unit. The benefit is twofold, he said, with cost savings and increased police visibility.

Trek Bicycle Corp., in Waterloo, Wisconsin, sells more than 1,000 police bikes a year, and sales have been going up for three years, said Stefan Downing, who manages the company's police bike program. He said rising gas prices have probably been a factor.

The prices of police bikes vary, but they typically cost about $1,100, Downing said. One special feature: a silent hub that doesn't make the ratcheting sound that typical hubs make.

Bike patrols do have limitations. Weather can be a problem and bikes can't be used to transport suspects or chase vehicles.

But advocates say the benefits are worth it. Bikes even help officers keep in shape.

"I keep myself in pretty good shape, but it's hard," said Hollidaysburg Sgt. David Gehret, 46. "I'm primarily a desk sergeant ... it was really nice to get out and about."
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Crashes vs. Congestion - What's the Cost to Society?

Biking ElsewhereWashington, D.C. - 3/5/2008

Groundbreaking AAA report shows traffic crashes cost American motorists $164.2 billion per year

The societal cost of crashes is a staggering $164.2 billion annually, nearly two and a half times greater than the $67.6 billion price tag for congestion, according to a new report released today by AAA.

The report,
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Parents 'stop children cycling'

Biking ElsewhereParents' fears about road safety are turning children into a lost generation of cyclists, says a government-backed agency that promotes cycling.

Four out of five children are banned from cycling to school by their parents, a poll of 1,079 parents for Cycling England suggests.

This compares with the 35% of parents who were allowed to bike to school when they were children themselves.

Launching Bike to School Week the group said road accidents are declining.

The survey found 81% of parents ban children from cycling independently.

This was creating a new breed of "cul-de-sac kids" restricted to cycling only in their own road and neighbouring streets, Cycling England warned.

The biggest reason why parents did not let their child cycle on the road was concern about safety - but only 3% knew someone who had been in an accident.

In 2006 there were 10 times more accidents involving cars than there were accidents involving bicycles.

Most parents said cycle training would make them feel more reassured about their child cycling without any adult supervision.

And some two-thirds said they felt their child did not have the confidence and skills to ride on the road.

Although three-quarters of children are allowed to cycle for recreation at the weekend or after school, only one in five is allowed to use his bicycle as a way of getting from one place to another.

More than half of the same parents said they had regularly used cycling as a way of getting around as a child.
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They think it's funny if they swerve into you

Biking Elsewhere[Don't you wish bicyclists had some recourse in Maryland?]

By John Meyer - The Denver Post

Six days after a friend of hers was struck and killed by a mail truck while riding his bike on West 32nd Avenue near Golden, Denver bicyclist Shelby Katz was nearly run off the road by someone driving a lawn-maintenance truck.

Katz believes the driver deliberately tried to frighten her and says motorists are getting "meaner and meaner" when confronted by cyclists.

"They honk at you, they think it's funny if they swerve into you
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How to Fit a Bicycle

Biking ElsewhereBicycle fitting is a subject most people find quite mysterious. Fitting systems with charts and graphs, computer software, measuring devices and "rules of thumb" make for a lot of confusion. But I believe it's really quite simple. Bicycle fit involves compromises. Compromises between comfort and performance, quick acceleration and handling stability, top speed and "taking in the scenery".

Your body's position on the bike affects how you ride. It affects how much power you can efficiently deliver to the pedals. It affects how comfortable you are on the bike. A position that is more comfortable may not allow you to put as much energy into moving the bike forward as a less comfortable position might. How do you decide where to position your body on the bike?
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Rest in peace Robert B. Moore

Biking in MarylandAge 73 Social Security analyst marked retirement by biking cross-country.

By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Sun Reporter

Robert Bruce Moore, a retired Social Security analyst and avid bicyclist who during a three-month odyssey rode his bike from his Roland Park home to the Pacific Ocean, died May 16 of pancreatic cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 73.

Mr. Moore was born in Los Angeles and later moved with his family to Summit, N.J., where he graduated from high school in 1952.

After earning a bachelor's degree in political science from Rutgers University in 1958, he served in the Army Intelligence Corps for two years. He later earned a master's degree in business administration from George Washington University.

He worked as a buyer for a department store until moving to Baltimore in 1966, when he took a job at the Social Security Administration's headquarters in Woodlawn. He retired in 1999.

"He had played tennis and been a swimmer before taking up bicycling in the late 1980s," said his wife of 53 years, the former Nancy Hood.

Mr. Moore enthusiastically embraced bicycling and became president of the Baltimore Bicycling Club. A dedicated cycling organizer and activist, he served as a member of the state and city Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Boards.

As a retirement present to himself, Mr. Moore decided to ride his bike from Maryland to California. On April 30, 1999, Mr. Moore hopped aboard his 12-speed Specialized Expedition titanium-frame bike and pedaled away from his Longwood Road home on a journey across the American heartland.

Mr. Moore carried neither a cell phone nor camera. He hung clothes and camping supplies from saddlebags attached to his bike. He recorded his progress, not always daily, in brief ballpoint pen entries in two small breast pocket memo pads. In the first pad on the first page, he scrawled, "Bob Moore. 1999 Adventure Cycling's Trans-Am."
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Celebrate the Gwynns Falls Trail / National Trails Day Saturday, June 7

Bike PathsPlease join us on Saturday, June 7, starting at 9 AM to celebrate the recently completed construction of the Gwynns Falls Trail to the I-70 Park & Ride facility on the City/County boundary. Come run, bike and walk on this new section of Trail through Historic Franklintown and on to Middle Branch or the Inner Harbor . There will be a professionally timed foot race as well as walking and biking with our guides or on your own. Travel to Middle Branch Park and learn to row with the Baltimore Rowing Club. Go as far as you want on this 15-mile Trail that travels through 2000 acres of stream valley parks that links 30 neighborhoods together.

The Gwynns Falls Trail is now 15 miles long traveling from the Inner Harbor visitor
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BikeJam 5-24-08

Biking in BaltimoreSaturday 5-24-08


Baltimore's "Everything Bicycle" Bike Festival in Baltimore's Patterson Park.

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Come on out for a great day of fun. Start the day with the Rec Ride , rides of 12 or 31 miles around the city. 8:00am

Watch a bike stunt show. 12:45 and 2:45
Watch bike racing all day and a
Pro bike race at 12:30 and 2:30
Kids' fun- Free Helmets, Safety rodeo, Moonbounce, interactive games, and more
Live Music, food, and beer.
Pie Eating contest.

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Greg Hinchliffe to Dedicate ECG Trail Havre de Grace

Biking in BaltimoreGreg Hinchliffe, chair of the MD State Committee of the East Coast Greenway and member of the Mayor of Baltimore's Bicycle Advisory Committee, will dedicate the new and vital East Coast Greenway route through Harford and Cecil counties on Monday, Memorial Day, at Biller's Bikes' grand opening in Havre de Grace.

If you haven't heard the dynamic international airline pilot speak on the subject of the Greenway, this is a very special opportunity.

Following the 1:00 trail dedication, many guests will ride bikes, led by the Mayor of Havre de Grace Wayne Dougherty, to the historic waterfront for a paddlewheel boat cruise. Bands, beers and BBQ follow back at Biller's Bikes until dark.

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