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Due to people driving less the feds divert money from mass transit to more road projects???

Mass TransitDOT: Transit Account Raided to Fill Highway Trust Fund Gap
PROGRAMS FUNDED BELOW SAFETEA-LU "GUARANTEES"

The Department of Transportation was among the hardest hit in the proposed FY2009 budget. The budget calls for DOT to receive $57.1 billion for FY2009, which is about a 10 percent cut from current funding levels. The rationale for the decrease is lower-than-anticipated gas tax receipts flowing into the trust fund. To address the projected shortfall, the budget cuts highway funding by more than 4 percent and would allow money to be moved from the mass transit account to help maintain the highway trust fund.

The administration estimates that it will need to take about $3.3 billion from the mass transit account in FY2009. According to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the deficit could reach $12 billion unless action is taken to shore up the trust fund.

The proposed budget would fall short of the funding levels authorized in the 2005 transportation authorization legislation (SAFETEA- LU). Nonetheless, Transportation Secretary Mary Peters said that the department would spend the authorized levels over the life of the law. The administration is also asking Congress for $175 million for a program to combat highway congestion.

Amtrak is again slated for a major cut in funding. Last year Congress provided $1.35 billion for Amtrak. This budget asks for $800 million, an amount insufficient to continue current levels of service.
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A year before the tragedy, Austin Miller wrote

Biking ElsewherePlease Do Not Run Me Over

by Charlie Elsewhere, Columnist (@~14 years of age - a year later- killed by a bus while riding his bike in/near a bike lane)

It is well known that these days, the roads and parking lots of our public places are growing with numbers of bikers. With wild peddling racers zipping down the road and through intersections, it is apparent that drivers would need to have an increasing awareness for how they turn the wheel.

Long ago, I lived in a place called Vortex Sorrows. In this town, leagues of bikers ruled the streets-hardly a car was there to be found. When the ever growing and popular motorcar came to town, there was an outrage.
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Vehicular Crossings - Use by Pedestrians and Bicycles Hearing dates

Bike LawsThis bill will allow the Chairman of the Maryland Transportation Authority.to authorize bicycle and pedestrian use of toll bridges.

SENATE BILL 492 Hearing 2/19 at 1:00 p.m. http://mlis.state.md.us/2008RS/billfile/SB0492.htm
HOUSE BILL 875 Hearing 3/4 at 1:00 p.m. http://mlis.state.md.us/2008RS/billfile/HB0875.htm
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Two bills in Annapolis need Immediate Attention

Bike Maryland updatesHi Everyone,

It looks like the legislative alert we sent out last week was a success. I've heard back from quite a few of you who took the time to email and call your legislators. This is great!

So, we've got a little more work for you. The following two bills currently being considered in the House of Delegates will, if passed, greatly improve safety on our roads.

What we want from you is simple. If you live in the district of one of the legislators listed below please give them a call or send them an email telling them that you support these bills. Always remember to include your home address so that the legislator knows that you live in his or her district.

And if you're not sure who your representatives are in the House of Delegates, please check out the state's "Find Your Legislator" site.

THANK YOU!

Richard Chambers, Executive Director
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Is a pedicab really more virtuous environmentally than a taxi?

Biking ElsewhereI ask because I came across an interesting challenge to the notion that taking short trips in a car is bad for the planet. This challenge comes from Chris Goodall, the author of
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Velocipede Shop Organizing Day - Sunday 3/2

Velocipede Bike Project Hello!

This coming Sunday, March 2nd, Velocipede will be holding a Shop Organizing Day instead of regular Sunday shop. Hours will be from 12 noon to 6ish. All hours worked will count as volunteer hours to be used for co-op membership and parts. There will also be FREE FOOD for all workers, including some for the vegans among us.

The focus this time will be on weeding out our parts inventory so that it fits better in the space. We will also be weeding out unclaimed bikes that have been in the shop forever, and identifying those claimed bikes that have not been worked on in months so they can go back into the unclaimed section. The goal will then be to create more orderly sections for the bikes. We will also need some neat and organizationally skilled folks to clean up the benches/work area and our "office" area.

This is a great chance to rack up volunteer hours and network with fellow bike lovers!

Hope to see you there!

In velocidarity,

the folks at Velocipede
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BCFD Bike Paramedic Grant (II)

Biking in BaltimoreTomorrow, Riggs, Counselman, Michaels & Downes and Fireman
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Why rich people are more likely to get on their bikes

Biking Elsewhere...
But official figures reveal the bike is in fact becoming the transport method of choice for the rich, rather than those further down the earning ladder.

And the richer people become, the further they cycle, according to the Department of Transport's National Travel Survey.

The poll shows that the richest fifth of the population cycle on average five times as far in a year as the poorest fifth.

It also found that those with less money are unlikely to consider cycling as a way of getting around, despite the fact they are less likely to have a car to use instead.

Poorer people appear more concerned about the stigma of riding a bike, fearing that others will view it as a sign of inferiority.

The rich, meanwhile, are likely to be more confident in their social standing so seem to worry less about how others might perceive them from their transport choice.

Those on higher incomes also tend to be better educated about the health benefits of cycling and more aware of the need to be healthy.
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Cycling groups believe a negative stereotyping of cyclists, coupled with a lack of education about its benefits, are deterring poorer people.
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Studies show that regular cyclists typically have a level of fitness equivalent to someone 10 years younger and those cycling regularly beyond their mid-thirties add two years to their life expectancy.
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Bob Moore

Biking in BaltimoreThe 11th Annual Bicycle Symposium was a great success, but there was something missing . . . or rather, someone missing.

Many of us know Bob Moore of Baltimore City. He is a loooooong time member of the Baltimore Bicycling Club, a former member of the Maryland Bike/Ped Advisory Committee, and currently serves on the Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Committee, the Tour dem Parks Committee, and many others. He has dependably led BBC rides and is the prime mover behind Baltimore's Moonlight Madness Rides in support of the recently reopened Baltimore Hostel. He has been a huge part of the improvement of biking conditions in Baltimore.

Unfortunately, Bob was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Like the trooper he is, he is undergoing treatment with his usual grace and good humor, but on Wednesday he was unable to attend the symposium because he was in Johns Hopkins Hospital with complications from the treatment.

Bob was being released from the hospital when I left him Thursday afternoon. His chemotherapy requires that he avoid contact with a lot of people, but I'm sure he would love to hear from his friends. His contact info can be found in the "yellow pages", the Bicycle and Pedestrian Directory you received at the symposium.

- Greg Hinchliffe
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Cyclist was HIT and left on side of road like roadkill!!

Biking ElsewhereBy The Associated Press

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