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Action - Support HB 143

Bike LawsHB 143 is the Safe passing of cyclists and right of way in a bike lane bill. (Ref: http://www.baltimorespokes.org/article.php?story=20080123152825335 )

The following Delegates need to know of your support of this bill. The hearing is 2/5 1:00 if you want to come and testify in person.

A personal story of unsafe passing would be helpful. And if you have the time use the comment button to post your story or your thoughts about this bill.

Facts: Collision type: The motorist made a right turn and struck the cyclist (4.7% of which 11% were serious or fatal). ... at least 60% of the time, the motorist turned in front of the cyclist ... Bike lanes were involved 8% of the time.
http://www.kenkifer.com/bikepages/traffic/accident.htm

The Most Common Cause of Cycling Fatalities
#3. The motorist was overtaking the bicyclist, cause of the accident unclear.
http://www.kenkifer.com/bikepages/health/risks.htm
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One Less Car supports 3 bills this year

Bike Maryland updatesOne Less Car will be supporting three bills (at least) in the Maryland General Assembly this year. The following is a quick summary of each bill, a link to the text of the bill, and the date when the bill will be heard in committee. If you are interested in writing letters to your representative or testifying in person to support these bills, please contact Richard Chambers at 410-235-3678 or by email rchambers@onelesscar.org

HB 143 - Bicycle Safety

* Requires that a driver of a motor vehicle, when overtaking a bicycle, not pass at a length of less than 3 feet, and that the driver of a motor vehicle yield the right-of-way to a person who is riding a bicycle in a designated bicycle lane. This bill creates a legal "safe-zone" for bicyclists and gives them an extra added measure of safety on the road.
* First Hearing - House Environmental Matters - Tuesday, Feb. 5th at 1PM
* Read the bill http://mlis.state.md.us/2008RS/bills/hb/hb0143f.pdf

SB 204 - Makes transit-oriented development a State transportation priority

* Ensures that commercial and residential development adjacent to transit stations is a statewide "transportation priority" and expands MTA's ability to coordinate and further these projects. More transit oriented development means less sprawl and more options for Marylanders who don't want to travel everywhere in their car.
* First hearing - Senate Finance Committee - Wednesday, Feb. 6th at 1PM -
* Read the bill http://mlis.state.md.us/2008RS/bills/sb/sb0204f.pdf
* This is cross-filed in the House under HB 373
* Read the Baltimore Sun editorial in support of this bill. http://xml.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/editorial/bal-ed.transit31jan31,0,3701372.story

SB 492 - Bicycle and Pedestrian access on MdTA toll facilities

* Removes the state's current total prohibition on bicyclists and pedestrians on Maryland Transportation Authority (MdTA) bridges and tunnels and gives the MdTA the option of allowing access. This means future and current bridges and tunnels may be fitted with bike/ped facilities.
* First Hearing in the Senate - Not scheduled yet
* Read the bill http://mlis.state.md.us/2008RS/billfile/sb0492.htm
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The Maryland Bicycle Symposium is a few days away.

Bike Maryland updatesAt the Symposium you get to meet and share information with advocates, planners, state and local officials, and community leaders who want more bike lanes, wider sidewalks, better trails and a statewide COMPLETE STREETS policy. Best of all, you will have the opportunity to tell your local representatives your story of why better and safer bicycle and pedestrian access is important where you live.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Date Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Time 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Symposium

Location President's Conference Center ,
Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis .
11 Bladen St.
Annapolis, MD 21401

8:30 AM Registration
9:00 AM John Porcari, Maryland Secretary of Transportation
9:30 AM Stephanie Yanovitz, Acting Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, SHA
10:00 AM Update State Bike Master Plan, Michael Jackson Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, MDOT
10:30 AM Visit your legislators office
11:00 AM Panel Discussion Bicycle Performance Measures (Bob Patten, Toole Design, Dave Whittaker, Maryland Dept. of Planning & Barry Childress, Baltimore Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Committee)
Noon 2008 One Less Car Excellence in Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Awards Ceremony and Pizza Lunch (Del. Jon Cardin will present)
1:00 PM Update on Baltimore City Bicycle Master Plan, Jessica Keller-Watson, BDOT
1:30 PM "Ciclovia in Bogota" video and presentation, Greg Cantori, The Knott Foundation
2:00 PM A Short History of the Bicycle in Maryland, Randy Mardres, Montgomery County Bicycle Action Group
2:30 PM Talk to your legislators
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10 Ways We Get the Odds Wrong

Biking ElsewhereOur brains are terrible at assessing modern risks. Here's how to think straight about dangers in your midst.
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As a result of these evolved emotional algorithms, ancient threats like spiders and snakes cause fear out of proportion to the real danger they pose, while experiences that should frighten us
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Bill would make it illegal to feed the obese

Health & Environment
Three legislators want to make it illegal for restaurants to serve obese customers in Mississippi.
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About two-third of Mississippians are considered overweight or obese, according to a recent analysis of federal health data.

Maryland's overweight or obese rate is 60.7% just below the National average of 61.6%.
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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 info@velocipedebikeproject.org, or come to the meeting if you are interested!!!

Thanks!
-the folks at velocipede
www.velocipedebikeproject.org/about
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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:

(D) THE DRIVER OF A MOTOR VEHICLE SHALL YIELD THE RIGHT
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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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