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What to Do in a Bicycle Crash

Biking in BaltimoreThere are a few things you need to know to protect your legal rights in a bike crash. If you are in a crash with a car, do not leave the scene without:
* The tag number of the car
* The names and phone numbers of any witnesses
* Driver name and contact information
* Police officer name and badge number

Even in cases where cyclists are badly hurt, the police have not always identified the vehicles or driver involved. The ambulance personnel will not include this information in their report
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10 year olds in the UK are being taught how and when to use the center of the lane

Biking ElsewhereRIDING POSITIONS

Primary Position
* A position that is further out from the kerb, taking control of the entire width of the lane.
* Following traffic must stay behind or use the next lane to overtake.
* This position is used when passing road junctions and road narrowings, or when the cyclist wishes to discourage other traffic
from overtaking.

Secondary Position
* A position up to a metre away from the kerb, allowing traffic to pass in the same lane.

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100% Wind-Generated Electricity for your home in Maryland

Health & EnvironmentIn the past, electric utilities such as BGE were tightly regulated by state laws. You could buy power only from your local utility and only at the price set by the state's Public Service Commission (PSC).

Now a number of states - including Maryland - have changed the laws and regulations that govern the electric industry. These changes are part of deregulation. This doesn't mean there will be no regulation. It means competition and customer choice will occur on the electric supply side of the industry. With deregulation, a number of electric suppliers are allowed to compete for your business.
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Special Report: Who's to blame - drivers or cyclists?

Biking in BaltimoreGenerally there is not a lot of interest locally in our Bike Elsewhere topic but occasionally I like to take stats mentioned in an article from somewhere else and contrast them with Baltimore City stats. And this one is a real shocker!

There has been a lot of buzz in Portland, OR about police bias in reporting bicycle and motor vehicle accidents. This article makes a point that motorists, not cyclists are found more at fault in the Portland Metro area. So how do their ratios hold up to ours?
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Recycling in Maryland

Health & EnvironmentA question came up on where to dispose of Hazardous waste and the only convenient option I have found is Baltimore County
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Baltimore to Philadelphia

Bike PathsEast Coast Greenway has their route on Google!
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Getting behind bicycle safety

Biking ElsewhereA 20-mile Halloween ride by sumo bicyclists had motorists looking twice. Ken Webster, David Winnie, Kelley Hansen, Lance Anderson, Curt Doman and Elliott Smith put on inflatable sumo suits and helmets
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Bicycle Trails and Bridges Are Nice, But Changing Attitudes Would Be Better

Biking ElsewherePEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll Finds Tensions Between Cyclists, Drivers

SEATTLE, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The greater Seattle region has a ways to go before becoming one of the country's great bicycling cities, according to the results of the 2007 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll. And, the poll shows, some of the biggest challenges are not funding bike trails or signage, but changing attitudes and creating a spirit of sharing the road between cyclists and drivers.
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"There's still a lot of misunderstanding between riders and motorists," said Osterberg. "Many times that misunderstanding fuels some dangerous encounters, like the road rage incident in Fremont a few days ago." In that incident, a motorist frustrated with a cyclist's use of a lane allegedly followed and harassed the cyclist with his vehicle. The poll shows why such a scenario can occur: only one out of every five Washingtonians (20 percent) believes that it is legal for bicyclists to ride two abreast, taking up an entire lane of traffic.

Two of the most important aspects of bicyclists' legal rights are the right to take an entire lane, and to ride two-abreast in a lane.

"Drivers often get frustrated by that, but it's the law, and it's there to provide a margin of safety for the rider," Osterberg said.
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Portland Tips, Graphs and Stats

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A bank is just like a bike?

Biking ElsewhereA bank is doing a promotional comparing itself to a bike.

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