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Saturday, September 20 2014 @ 11:58 AM UTC
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Cycling to work an addiction

Biking ElsewhereBesides the benefits to your health, commuting to work by bicycle can also make you feel guiltless about carbon emissions and allow you to fret a bit less as the price of gas creeps inexorably toward $4 a gallon.

But the most important benefit to riding your bicycle to work is far more simple -- it's fun. It's more than fun, it's addictive.
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What's a pedestrian to do?

Biking Elsewhere"Coupled with the fact that 95 percent of vehicles observed during the study period did not yield to pedestrians"

This quote from the article linked below is very disturbing. While the quote is about NYC I don't think you would find much better behavior here in Baltimore especially since Baltimore kills pedestrians at twice the rate they do in NYC.
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$1,050 fine for... get this, for causing drivers to slow down and going too fast on a bicycle

Biking ElsewhereIf I am reading the story right a cyclist tried to cross a busy roadway at an intersection during rush hour, I assume no traffic light or crosswalk was installed to allow a cyclists safe and legal passage across this intersection so the lack of accommodations for cyclists turns a victim into a criminal, just for trying to cross a road. I only wish I could get a $1,000 every time some idiot pulled in front me causing me to slow down.

Note: I just posted a new link to a video in which the cyclist says the police accused him of going too fast. Things do not make much sense in this story.
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Bicycle Brawl

Biking ElsewherePedal-powered transportation is good for your health
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Presidential Candidates' Transportation Forum

Biking ElsewhereThe NYU Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management and Transportation Alternatives will host the leading Presidential Candidates' transportation and infrastructure representatives. Hillary Clinton, Rudolph Guliani and Barack Obama have confirmed that they will send staffers. Other candidates are expected to confirm in the near future. "Gridlock" Sam Schwartz will moderate the event.

Thursday, January 31st
8:30-10:30 am
Eisner and Lubin Auditorium
The Kimmel Center, 4th Fl.
60 Washington Square South
New York

Breakfast will be available starting at 8 am.
Space is limited, so please RSVP by January 25th.
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2007 NYC Street Memorial Ride & Walk

Biking in BaltimoreOn Sunday, January 6th, over two hundred people gathered to remember New Yorkers who were killed while biking and walking. The Street Memorial Project lead the 3rd Annual Memorial Ride & Pedestrian Memorial Walk to honor those killed. In 2007, 23 bicyclists and over 100 pedestrians died on NYC streets.

To Contrast that with Baltimore City with a population 1/13 of that of NYC we had 16 (NYC 8) pedestrians killed and one (NYC 2) cyclists killed.
(Numbers in parenthesis are what NYC would be for the same size population as Baltimore (fractions rounded up.))
Also note that bicycle and pedestrian traffic fatalities compose 39% of Baltimore's traffic fatalities.
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Decongestant M

Mass TransitDrug Facts
Active Ingredients
* MetroBus.....................................Clog relief/Stress reducer
* MetroLink........................................Highway decongestant

Directions
Adults: Take Metro once in the morning and once at night for maximum traffic congestion relief. Metro can also be taken when traveling to ball games, concerts or other area events.

Recommend Decongestant M to friends suffering from similar traffic congestions symptoms.

Children: Take Metro only under adult supervision.

Warnings
Use of Decongestant M may result in the following:

* Less stressful arrivals to work
* Swelling of wallet
* Lower levels of road rage
* A reduced need to locate parking
* An abundance of free time
* Happy thoughts about how environmentally responsible you are
* Difficulty understanding why anyone takes the highway when there is obviously a better way

DO NOT USE if you enjoy sitting in traffic for extended periods of time
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Do you know your manditory use bike lanes?

Bike LawsFigure 1 Sample Bike Lane. Figure 2. Sample Bike Route w/small shoulder.
Did you know that one of the lanes pictured above is a NOT a mandatory use bike lane for us in Maryland? This article from AZ covers many of the issues that we face here in Maryland over the confusion with extra width that is not defined.

There seems to be a rash of confusion amongst the general public -- both motorists and cyclists -- about what constitutes a bike lane. Adding to the confusion, is the term Bike Route, and compounding all of that is penchant by all most all Maryland DOTs to paint a solid white stripe enclosing whatever space is left over between the right hand travel lane and the gutter.
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Ped Safety Training in conjunction with New Partners Conference

Biking in MarylandPed Safety Training is being held in conjunction with the New Partners Conference in DC in February. The training is described below. People can sign up for just the training if they don't want to attend the conference.

Designing for Pedestrian Safety
Tuesday, February 5th - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, February 6th - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This 2-day course was developed for the Federal Highway Administration to help states and cities that are dealing with a higher than average rate of pedestrian crashes. The course is taught by some of the nation's experts in planning and designing "complete streets" and is aimed at a broad audience including traffic engineers, transportation planners and pedestrian advocates with a basic knowledge of the issues. The course provides detailed discussion of how to design streets, sidewalks, crossings, intersections, transit stops, freeway interchanges, and roundabouts to accommodate pedestrians. It also includes a module on road diets and how they can be used to help pedestrians. The second day of the course includes a field exercise in which students apply what they have learned to an actual set of streets and intersections.
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Use Electricity Wisely

Health & Environment
We don't think much of ugly, power-sucking billboards, but this one from South Africa's Eskom delivers its message.

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