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Bicycling & Hostels Oct 4th

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After Tour de Port ends, the nearby Hostel at 17 W. Mulberry Street will be holding a "Touring the Country on Two Wheels & A Few Bucks" . The program begins with the Toulsons' talk & slide show about their self-sufficent bicycle tour from Harper's Ferry to St. Augustine, FL. Then Jeffery Marks talks about, with slides, the tours he did this summer in the Pacific Northwest: North Cascades , Olympic, & southern tip Vancover Island BC. Also, Larry Black will be giving a presentation. Hear about all the bicycle options including recumbant tandems and how much fun it is to participate in an AdventureCycle Tour.

Refreshments will be provided. Last but not least, bicycle parking will be available, and the hostel is encouraging people to bike down. This cycling program is the perfect place to go after Tour de Port.
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Pedestrian Safety

Biking ElsewhereEach year, approximately 900 pediatric pedestrians younger than 19 years are killed. In addition, 51000 children are injured as pedestrians, and 5300 of them are hospitalized because of their injuries.
Driver Characteristics
Driver characteristics also contribute to child pedestrian injuries. Male drivers, drivers younger than 40 years, and those with a record of multiple driving infractions and suspended or revoked licenses are more likely to be involved in a collision with a child pedestrian.50,51 Two studies performed by the National Safe Kids campaign show that large numbers of drivers speed and fail to stop at stop signs in school zones
Driver Education and Enforcement
Although pedestrian advocates recommend driver-education programs to remedy dangerous driving, there is little research regarding interventions aimed at improving driver knowledge, attitudes, or skills to avoid pedestrian crashes. Furthermore, a study that looked at state driver's license manuals showed that most of these publications had no information about common locations for pedestrian-vehicle conflicts, automobile movements that are most hazardous for pedestrians, safest ways to conduct turns, or requirements for yielding to pedestrians at stop signs and intersections.58 One 4-year program that combined a media campaign with strong police enforcement of crosswalk laws did not result in drivers becoming more willing to stop for pedestrians.59
Walkability Checklists
The Partnership for a Walkable America (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Federal Highway Administration, Institute of Transportation Engineers, Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) advises the use of a "walkability checklist," available on the Internet,85 to score the walkability of a community and identify the safest pedestrian routes for children. For each type of pedestrian problem, the checklist outlines specific strategies to help individuals and community groups who want to create safe walking routes for children. Formal evaluation of the ability of such checklists to decrease pediatric pedestrian injury is lacking.
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Public Safety Day - Saturday, October 3 at Eastpoint Mall

Biking in the Metro AreaHmmm 14,259 crashes resulting in 70 lives lost and 6,972 people injured in Baltimore County and this is not a topic of public safety??? WTF?

Nothing against fire safety et al but we need more focus on traffic safety!
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Highway to hell: control the car

Biking ElsewhereAbuse of power and social control is a far greater threat than cars and cigarettes, argues Michael McFadden

I believe motorists should be treated just as fairly as smokers. Taxes should be roughly triple the cost of the basic litre of fuel and hospital campuses should be car-free with parking available a minimum of four blocks away to encourage healthy exercise and avoid physical threat to normal non-driving visitors and patients.

Children should be taught that if their parents love them they won’t insist on driving them around in pollutomobiles, leaving them off at school stinking of petrol fumes and all the lovely chemicals that make up that delightful “new car smell”. College scholarships can be offered to those students who remain “car-free” to graduation, and employers can restrict job openings to non-drivers only.

Surgeons should refuse operations to accident victims who refuse to sign a legal commitment to surrender their drivers’ licenses and significant speed bumps should be put at every intersection to discourage automotive commuting.
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Cars Are the New Smoking

Health & Environment

1. Cost.

2. Addictive.

3. Killers.

4. Preventable.

5. Ostracized.

6. Second Hand Fumes.

7. Peer Pressure.

8. Deceptive Advertising.

9. Glamorized.

10. Land use.

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Halloween Critical Mass October 2009

Bike Critical MassCome one come all ! Last Friday in October, 7pm, Washington Monument.

More info to be posted soon here , and at <a href=""></a>;
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Biking in the Metro Area

·         Tour Du Port is Sunday, October 4 (One Less Car)

·         International Walk To School Day is Monday, October 7 (National Center for Safe Routes to School)


AND then the Roland Park Civic League Oct. 23-25th Sustainability Weekend one attached with emphasis on the Sunday Streets Cyclovia!!!

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Fall 2009 Bicycle Friendly Businesses Announced

Biking in MarylandCongrats to Arrow Bicycle in Hyattsville, MD for making Bronze in this years round of awards for Bicycle Friendly Businesses.

The League announced 45 new Bicycle Friendly Business award winners today, including two platinum winners Bicycle Sport Shop of Austin, Texas and Quality Bicycle Products of Bloomington, Minn. This was the third time BFB winners have been announced since the program's inception in 2008.

The Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) program recognizes employers’ efforts to encourage a more bicycle friendly atmosphere for employees and customers. The program honors innovative bike-friendly efforts and provides technical assistance and information to help companies and organizations become even better for bicyclists. This new initiative complements the League’s Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) program, which has been recognizing cities and towns for their bicycle friendliness since 2003.
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Sunday Streets to pilot 25 October

Biking in BaltimoreThe City of Baltimore is expected to issue its first permit for a Sunday Streets event in October 2009.
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