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7 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Make You (and the Planet) Healthier

Biking ElsewhereBy Dave Greene, Clean Currents’ Sustainability Guy

1. Change one trip per week from car to bike. Yes, I love my bike. No, I don’t understand why everyone else isn’t as crazy about this mode of transportation as I am. I mean, I guess I understand. It can seem scary if you’re new to the game. But seriously: it’s so much fun. Plus it’s good for you: even a slow ride can burn close to 300 calories per hour. Plus every gallon of gasoline you don’t burn keeps 19 pounds of CO2 out of the atmosphere. Win, win, win, win, win.
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Bike Lanes & Right Turns

Biking Elsewhere[B' Spokes: I am puzzled why this is such a controversy in Maryland. Is our law cristal clear on this? No but trying to make a legal case for something different is a near impossible task.]
Via San Francisco Bicycle Coalition

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New signage to show the reality of things. :p

Biking ElsewhereBicycle safety signs, comic by Brett Hamil


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SUV driver, crowding cyclist, almost hits oncoming car, then rages [video]

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[B' Spokes: This is an example of why it is imperative that drivers know the law of how cyclists are supposed to ride. I will also note that I had something similar happen to me (sans the yelling on my part) and somehow the driver was asserting that my lane position was jeopardizing the safety of her child in the back seat. I'm not sure if my response was good or not but it sure made a point from the reaction I got. "You better not let your kid (~8) ever ride a bicycle because people just like you will try and kill him." - Yes now even your son thinks you are a very bad person so you may want to rethink your position.]
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Wonder drug: Walking

Biking ElsewhereBy Jay Walljasper, Better! Cities & Towns

Researchers have discovered a “wonder drug” for many of today’s most common medical problems, says Dr. Bob Sallis, a family practitioner at a Kaiser Permanente clinic in Fontana, California. It’s been proven to help treat or prevent diabetes, depression, breast and colon cancer, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, obesity, anxiety and osteoporosis, Sallis told leaders at the 2013 Walking Summit in Washington, D.C.

“The drug is called walking,” Sallis announced. “Its generic name is physical activity.”

Recommended dosage is 30 minutes a day, five days a week, but children should double that to 60 minutes a day, seven days a week. Side effects may include weight loss, improved mood, improved sleep and bowel habits, stronger muscles and bones as well as looking and feeling better.

Biking, swimming, dancing, gardening, sports, jogging and aerobics work equally well, Sallis said
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We Don't Know Nearly As Much About the Link Between Public Health and Urban Planning As We Think We Do

Biking ElsewhereBy EMILY BADGER, The Atlantic Cities

But there's growing concern that the communities we've built – full of highways, where few people walk, where whole neighborhoods lack food access – may be pushing us towards obesity, heart disease, and asthma. By this thinking, good architecture and urban planning could encourage us to walk more. It could mitigate pollution. It could illuminate the targeted need for amenities like parks and bike lanes in neighborhoods with the worst health outcomes.

When Americans think of health, we instinctively see in our mind’s eye the medical profession and the hospitals and clinics in which they treat illness. We usually do not think of architects and other design professionals. But what if we invited designers to help us reinvent aspects of preventive medicine? What if we adopted design strategies that lead to less sedentary lifestyles? [- Robert Ivy, the CEO of the American Institute of Architects]
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Our Top Ten Content for 2013

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  1. Booby traps found [Frederick Watershed]
  2. Kids' solutions to air pollution
  3. Average Bicycle Accident Verdict
  4. Surprising Aspects of Pedestrian Laws
  5. But, but, jaywalking isn't illegal
  6. New signs up on Rossback Road, Anne Arundel County [Bicycles May Use the Full Lane]
  7. Maryland: Cell phone laws, legislation
  8. BIKES vs CARS TRAILER [video]
  9. Kamenetz [Baltimore County] Announces 23 Miles of New Bicycle Routes
  10. The "benefits" of increased car ownership

And may you all ride faster and further in 2014! And most of all smiles and laughter along the way.
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11 Reasons Why Bicycling in the U.S. Is Exceptionally Dangerous

Biking ElsewhereBy MATT PHILLIPS, The Atlantic Cities

... Here are a few interesting—if morbid—takeaways. Pedal safely!


  • Roughly “17% of all cycling fatalities were involved in a hit-and-run crash in which one (or several) of their crash opponents fled the scene (2005-2011, FARS) – presumably the motorist(s). This is nearly four times the rate of hit-and-run involvement for all recorded traffic fatalities over the same period in the United States (4%).”
  • “Investigating officers on the scene of fatal bicycle crashes in the United States found no contributory factor on the part of the motorist in 46% of cases.”
  • “An overwhelming majority of fatal bicycle crashes occur in dry or clear atmospheric conditions – 94% in the USA and 87% in Europe.”
  • “One quarter of (deceased) cyclists for which an alcohol test was performed returned blood alcohol values above 0.08 mg/ltr which constitutes a drink-driving offense in all 50 US states.”
  • “In the United States, most fatal bicycle-vehicle collisions involved a passenger car or light truck  (Sports Utility Vehicle) though 10% of fatal bicycle collisions involved a large truck.”


  • “In the United States, 36% of all fatal bicycle crashes for the period 2005-2011 occurred in junctions with another 4% in driveways (commercial and private) most likely caused by entering or exiting motor vehicles.”
  • “In the United States, the share of fatal bicycle crashes occurring in low-speed zones was lower than in Europe – possibly because low-speed traffic calmed zones are relatively less common in the United States.”
  • “In the United States, 27% of deceased cyclists for which helmet use was recorded wore helmets in 2010 and 2011.”
  • “Red light running by cyclists … is an often-cited contributory factor in fatal and serious injury bicycle crashes (at least in the United States).”
  • “Motorists were charged with traffic violations in nearly one third of all fatal bicycle crashes and investigating officers identified a crash-contributing factor on the part of the motorist in over half of all fatal bicycle crashes.” [B' Spokes: Just to note two things to take into account on these stats, kids are way over represented in at fault crashes and police officers often receive incorrect (or non existent) training for bicycling laws.]
  • “Data from the United States indicate that cyclists were imputed with an improper action in 68% of fatal bicycle crashes (though, as noted earlier, this may be biased as the cyclist was not able to give their version of events).”

This post originally appeared on Quartz.
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Be lit up like a christmas tree...

Biking Elsewhere[B' Spokes: ... Just because it looks cool. And don't worry no LEDs were harmed in making this video, other things not so much. ;) ]
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You can run over a pedestrian, but don't disturb my flight

Biking ElsewhereVia The Washcycle

... Congress wanted to ban in-flight calls on airplanes for reasons of comfort.

“Simply put, the flying experience in the United States would be forever changed for the worse if voice calls are allowed on flights,” added Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.)

So, banning in-flight phone calls for reasons of comfort is important, but banning phone calls by drivers is not. Because we all know what is really important.

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