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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, or come to the meeting if you are interested!!!

-the folks at velocipede
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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:

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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.
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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Biking ElsewhereThe 27-year-old laughed when a friend told her she deserved a medal and a parade because she had "taken out" what he said was a "tree hugger, a bicyclist, a Frenchman and a gay guy all in one shot."
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Davos Question 2008 - Urban traffic and congestion

Biking Elsewhere[Watch this Youtube video, favorite the video and forward the link and change the world. ]

"What one thing do you think that countries, companies or individuals must do to make the world a better place in 2008?"

We can make the world a better place by doing something about transportation and traffic.
There is an old-established invention we can revitalise for the 21st century city.
First, look at the wider issues:-
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Drivers Using Cell Phones Are Very Dangerous, Austrailian Study Finds

Bike Laws[What do you think about SB2? Here is one cyclists opinion:]

Dear Senator,

I urge you to support Senator Mike Lenett's bill (SB2) banning the use of cell phones by young drivers. Actually the bill is not nearly sufficient. No driver should use a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle. I have been nearly run over many time by drivers who were talking on cell phones while I was trying to walk across streets at intersections. What is worse, most of the time those drivers had no idea that they nearly killed me!

The following responsible study determined that drivers using cell phones have a four fold greater risk of traffic accidents. Please note that the study found that hands-free devices did not reduce the incidence of accidents.

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