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Cars are discretionary, phones are not.

Biking ElsewhereBy Lloyd Alter, Treehugger.

For most Gen Y buyers, also known as Millennials, skipping a vehicle purchase is preferable to forgoing technology. Smartphones, laptops and tablet devices compete for their dollars and are higher priorities than vehicle purchases, said Joe Vitale, an automotive consultant with Deloitte. Financing, parking, servicing and insuring a vehicle all add up to a commitment that cash-strapped Millennials aren’t ready to make, he said. “A vehicle is really a discretionary purchase and a secondary need versus an iPhone, mobile phone or personal computer,” Vitale said.

Driving isn't fun anymore.

Finally, it has to be pointed out that driving just isn't as much fun as it used to be. The roads are clogged, the parking is hard to find, you don't pick people up by cruising down Main Street anymore, you can't fiddle with your car because they have turned into computers. To get all anecdotal, I used to take my Volkswagen Beetles apart on the side of the road if I had to fix something. I used to drive everywhere and never had trouble finding parking. I still have a sports car (an 89 Miata) but I never use it in the city, I bike everywhere year round. It's faster, cheaper, good exercise and frankly, a lot more fun than driving in downtown Toronto. When we go anywhere now, I let my wife drive so that I can look at my iPad and catch up on my reading.

image© The Atlantic
[B' Spokes: I'll note that now I am driving a bit I find using my bike routes a lot more pleasant then the typical car route. Being a cyclist has more benefits then what first meets the eye. ;) ]
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Bicycling is a form of preventative health care

Biking ElsewhereBy Lloyd Alter. Treehugger

We have been writing so much lately about helmet laws and people on bikes getting squished that you might think that cycling is dangerous. In fact, the opposite is true; Karin Olafson suggests in Momentum Magazine that bicycling is a form of preventative health care. She writes:

"The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified the positive impact of making cities more bike-friendly: “integrating health-enhancing choices into transportation policy has the potential to save lives by preventing chronic diseases, reducing and preventing motor-vehicle-related injury and deaths, improving environmental health, while stimulating economic development, and ensuring access for all people.” The CDC also recognized that a lack of efficient transportation alternatives to driving and a fear of biking in heavy traffic only encouraged people to continue to drive all or most of the time."

She claims that with safe bike routes that encouraged people to ride, "billions of health care dollars saved."
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‘It’s starting to happen’ Bicycle touring an emerging tourism market

Biking ElsewhereBy LYNNETTE HINTZE, The Daily Inter Lake

onducted by the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research and graduate students from the University of Montana College of Forestry and Conservation, the study found that multiday cyclists spend $75 per day and stay an average of eight or more nights as they pass through Montana.

“What I think people are realizing is that adventure tourism groups are pretty big,” said Jan Brunk, who with her husband, Ron, owns Glacier Cyclery in Whitefish. “It’s been going on in Whitefish and Flathead County for years. What I think is that the pundits have gotten ahold of it, and it’s a good thing” for the state’s economists to understand.
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Cycling Scotland : See cyclist. Think Horse. [video]

Biking Elsewhere
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Take Action Alert to Help Strengthen the 3 Feet to Pass Law!

Bike Maryland updatesVia Bike Maryland

Please Take Action now to pass Maryland pro-bicycle legislation. Act today in support of House Bill 241 and help strengthen the current 3 feet to pass law. Send a letter to the Maryland Environmental Committee below.

Send the pre-written letter as it is below or even better make a few polite personal comments in the letter.
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Anti-Bicycle Policing Must Stop

Biking in BaltimoreThis post in Bikemore is very alarming. Please follow the link and at the bottom are some email address, please write.

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Tempe PD Bicycle Thefts/Trafficking Investigation and Arrest

News you will not see in Maryland[B' Spokes: News you will not see around here. :( On a government web site no less!]
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Bike safety advocates push 2 bills, get frosty reception in Maryland General Assembly

Politics[B' Spokes: This is way we need to connect with those that represent us.]
By Ashley Halsey III, Washington Post

“I’m a little shell-shocked that there are so many bike bills,” said Del. James E. Malone Jr. (D-Baltimore-Howard counties), who chaired the hearing before the House Environmental Matters Committee. “This year it’s four feet, and next year it’s five feet, and before you know it the cars are on the shoulders and the bikes are on the road.”

Malone said many cyclists he observes “don’t pay any attention to the rules of the road.” [Is he including us not riding far right as possible on a lane too narrow to share as State highways asserted? Confusion over what the rules are for cyclists and signaling out cyclists as the sole source scofflaw behavior on our roads are a big problem here.]
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Maryland Cyclists Against DOT Saying Stupid Shit

Biking in MarylandI started a new Facebook group to see how much support I could gather to change what we have into something better.

What we have in Maryland:

What we would like to see instead:

Maryland Cyclists Against DOT Saying Stupid Shit

After all you don't want to see this here: Delaware Cyclist Ticketed for Riding His Bike
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The Invention of Jaywalking Was a Massive Shaming Campaign

Biking ElsewhereBy Matt Novak, Paleofuture

Before the invention of the car, jaywalking wasn't a recognized concept. Want to get across the street? Then just walk across the street—nobody's going to stop you. But the rise of the automobile posed a new problem for people of the early 20th century. While the median state-designated speed limit for American cities was just 10 miles per hour in 1906, the pace of American streets soon increased enough that people who wanted to cross them were suddenly putting themselves in harm's way. So cities across the U.S. started to regulate where and when pedestrians could cross.

Despite the clear mortal danger, these regulations were pretty broadly ignored until motorists and police started using an even more powerful force than law: ridicule.


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