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More cars and more highways equals...

Biking ElsewhereIn 2006, there were 6 million traffic crashes in the U.S., injuring just under 2.6 million people. In the same year, a crash occurred every 5 seconds, someone sustained a traffic-related injury every 12 seconds, and someone died in a traffic crash every 12 minutes. The Nations urban congestion problem resulted in 4.2 billion hours of travel delay, 2.9 billion gallons of wasted fuel, and a net urban congestion cost of nearly $80 billion, according to a 2007 Texas Transportation Institute report. Today, highway vehicle travel accounts for 81% of total U.S. transportation energy consumption.
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Copenhagen: City of Cyclists

Biking ElsewhereCopenhagen: City of Cyclists, Part 1 of 5: Our very first episode of A Billion Bikes, takes us to the Danish city of Copenhagen, which has one of the most advanced urban bicycling communities in the world. A full third of their city workforce commutes by bicycle! This is an excellent 5-part program of weekly episodes. But first, a brief hello from Tour de France champion Floyd Landis, and a fun open.
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It's too dangerous for kids to walk to school

Biking Elsewhere...
Even though Seminole is Central Florida's most affluent county, thousands of students who are within walking or bicycling distance of their public schools receive government-subsidized bus transportation.

Seminole provides subsidized bus rides to hundreds more students than anywhere else in Central Florida. Even Orange County, which has 100,000 more students than Seminole, has thousands fewer getting subsidized bus transportation.
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A Distorted Paradigm: Helmet Legislation Among Youth Detracts from a Comprehensive Attitude Towards Safety

Biking Elsewhere...
As H. L. Mencken would say, for every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong. This paper contends that helmet legislation as the primary thrust and cornerstone of bicycle safety campaigns among youth is a cookie cutter solution for three primary reasons. First, it misplaces the focus of campaigns and detracts from other safety behaviors. Second, it is an individual-level intervention that ignores a range of societal and structural factors that increase bicycle safety. Finally, it fails to take into account the importance of youth attitudes and social dynamics as important behavioral determinants. The overall effect is a myopic paradigm with which bicycle safety is approached, and this has harmful consequences for the overall aim of campaigns.
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Action against - Arrogance and Warming

Health & EnvironmentThe Bush administration
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Dear MBAC

Biking in BaltimoreFrom Eva Khoury -

With sadness, I will be leaving my post as DOT first Bike Coordinator the first week of Jan. It has been a pleasure working with you and all the great cyclists on the MBAC. I have really enjoyed helping to install the over 70 bike racks, introducing Sunday Streets to DOT and interviewing consultants for the next phase of the BMP.
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Seattle streetcar debuts

Mass TransitSeattle's $52 million South Lake Union Streetcar began passenger operations Wednesday following opening ceremonies and speeches. The 1.3-mile line, backed by Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen and financed largely by private businesses along its route, is touted as a tool for economic development and to combat global warming.

The line, with 11 stations, is expected to handle 330,000 riders per year.
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Product recall: Specialized 2D helmets

Biking ElsewhereRoad Bike Rider reported two months ago that there was a problem with this helmet when Specialized asked us to withhold a review. Now a recall is official, affecting at least some of the 3,000 2D helmets produced (in China). The helmets fail safety testing, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. They were sold for about $200 between July 2007 and October 2007 for men and women in black, white, silver, blue, pink and team colors. "2D" is printed on the sides. If you have one of these helmets, stop riding in it and return it to a Specialized dealer for a replacement or refund.
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Oh no, now we are anti-clean energy... which is nuclear power ???

Biking ElsewhereNuclear energy ... we know that it is the cleanest source of fuel for our future

And let me repeat, Mr. Speaker, it raises taxes, it is anti-nuclear and anti-dams, it forces people out of their cars, and gives tax credits for riding their bike to work.

- Republican minority leader of the House, John Boehner.
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Arizona Woman Charged With Going 68 In A 45 Zone - On Her Bike

Biking ElsewhereGrace Picket was in a hurry to get to work last week. She needed to travel 47 miles from her home to work in Scottsdale, Arizona. That big hill into town was just too hard to resist.

Avid cyclist Grace Picket averages around 150 mile a week on her road and mountain bikes combined. She occasionally rides the 47 miles into Scottsdale and has her husband pick her up from work and drive them back home.

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