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The Age of Stupid, to be released on September 21

Health & EnvironmentThe Age of Stupid is the new four-year epic from McLibel director Franny Armstrong. Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite stars as a man living alone in the devastated world of 2055, looking at old footage from 2008 and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?

The Age of Stupid USA Trailer from Age of Stupid on Vimeo.

Showing September 21st 2009 at

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Action: Harford Rd - accommodate cyclists please

Biking in BaltimoreThe good news is we are getting bicycle accommodations for most of the project area. But for the section of Harford Rd between Erdman and Chesterfield the community was given options:

Option 1 - Oppose
Title: Median and narrow travel lanes
A nice median (traffic calming??? and being space for green plants and trees) and 4 10 foot travel lanes (2 each way,) with off-peek parking allowed in the outside lanes putting cyclists in the reaming narrow travel lane. Ugh!

Option 2 - Support
Title: No median and wide outside lanes
No median, inner travel lanes 10 feet and outer travel lanes 13.5 feet. This at least gives cyclists some extra width in the outside lane both when there is traffic and when there is parking.

Option 3 - Support
Title: Median, two travel lanes and bike lanes
This option came up during the meeting and I am not sure how viable it is but none the less cool. Remove two travels lanes and on-street parking to accommodate both a median and bike lanes. This will make this section of Harford Rd a two lane road rather then a four lane Rd have a calming effect on traffic.

Please send your support for the option of your choice and voice opposition to option 1.
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Mayor Dixon to Cycle Through Baltimore - Canceled

Looking for local rides(ers)Due to weather this ride has been canceled. :(


WHAT: Mayor Dixon to cycle through Baltimore with individuals visiting Baltimore for the Blacks in
Government Training Conference and cycling enthusiasts to promote wellness and alternative
methods of transportation.

WHEN: Friday, August 28th @ 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Ride Begins on the City Hall Cobblestones
Baltimore, MD
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Bicycling and Hostelling

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Upcoming Events at the Hostel:


Every Morning, 8:15am to 10:30am –  FREE make your own pancake breakfast.  We provide the batter and the syrup, you do the rest!

Thursday Nights, 7pm - Join other hostellers for a pasta dinner, cook out, or make your own pizza! Share travel tales, make new friends, or simply enjoy some good food.  Dinner is $3 to $5 depending upon whats being served.   

Weekly Events - Be sure to check out the weekly events available only to hostellers staying the hostel.  The events are listed throughout the hostel and are a great way to meet people and disocover the city.

Sunday August 30th: Last Sunday Last Rites! 7pm*
Monthly event at the Baltimore Hostel featuring local writers, poets, and musicians presenting an eclectic night of spoken word and music.  Free! Sunday September 20th @ 1pm: Hog Day!*
Rich Casciato will share his travel tales from his cross-country adventures on his Harley Hog (motorcycle).  Come and find out what riding the open road on that most American of machines, a Harley-Davidson, is all about.  Since Rich is HI-Baltimore's official photographer,there will be lots of great photos and hog-appropriate food.  Hog parking will be available. 

Sunday October 4th @ 2pm: Bicycling and Hostelling*
Join fellow hostelers as they share their stories of bicycle trips along the Atlantic Coast, Pacific Coast and beyond.  Bring your tales of trials and conquest as we share how one and all can see the world via cycle and keep it economical via hostels. 

*All special day events are a suggested donation of $3 to $5.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
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Big Wheel Race for Cancer Part Deux- Rock and Ride

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Proceeds go to the Harry and Jeanette Wineburg Cancer Institite. Big wheel race and rock party with live local music presented by Arden Studios featuring Girls Like Cigarettes and others.
September 19, 2009, Loch Raven Village. The event will begin at 1:00 p.m.
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Create a better Maryland with clunkers program

Bike Maryland updatesNow that the "Cash for Clunkers" program has ended you maybe wondering what else you can do to help the environment with that old clunker. Your old car can help support One Less Car's mission of improving the quality of life by supporting alternate transportation and it's tax deductible!
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One Less Car acts to support the Complete Streets Act

Bike Maryland updatesDear Senator Cardin:

I am writing to you to encourage you to cosponsor S. 584, the Complete Streets Act of 2009. As the Executive Director of One Less Car, a Maryland non-profit organization with over 12,000 members, I strongly believe in the importance of providing a wide variety of transportation options. At One Less Car, we are working to make Maryland an example of the economic and social good that comes from a society where everyone regardless of age, physical condition or economic background has the opportunity to bike, walk or use mass transit to get where they need to go. The Complete Streets Act is an important first step in making that happen.

I strongly encourage urge you to co-sponsor the Complete Streets Act and support complete streets throughout the development of the next transportation authorization bill. This important piece of legislation would ensure that future transportation investments made by state Departments of Transportation (DOT) and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) create appropriate and safe transportation facilities for all those using the road motorists, transit vehicles and riders, bicyclists, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.

As you may know, the Complete Streets Act of 2009 is based on existing successful state and local policies. The bill directs state DOTs and MPOs to adopt such policies and apply them to upcoming transportation projects receiving federal funds. The resulting policies will be flexible and cost effective, with a process that clarifies appropriate situations in which a street would be exempted from being covered under the policy, including issues of prohibitive costs. Streets designed for all users are safer, can ease congestion, are less costly in the long run, and spur economic development. Complete streets also make important contributions towards alleviating the serious national challenges of energy security, climate change and obesity. Complete streets promote clean air, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and help children and adults get more physical activity by providing safe, convenient alternatives to driving.
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No Impact Man

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Colin Beavan -- celebrated green blogger, author, subject of the No Impact Man documentary, T.A. Board member, and all-around good guy -- spent a year living with zero net environmental impact in the heart of Manhattan. His family of three lived without creating trash, using electricity or traveling on anything but a bicycle or scooter. They discovered that living simply was not only better for the environment but also created a much higher quality of living.

His book detailing the journey goes on sale September 1 and a documentary about the project opens in theaters nationwide September 11. For listings go to NoImpactMandoc.com.

If you'd like to try living like Colin and his family, you can. The No Impact Project is challenging people to try and live with no impact for one-week. They'll put participants on a team and guide them through the steps day-by-day. They promise that you'll discover for yourself that less really is more. Sign up at NoImpactProject.org.
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From Chaos to Compliance

Biking Elsewhere[I so want to do something like this here.]


The NYPD likes to brag that they issued 1.2 million traffic tickets last year. That's not much considering that drivers run 1.2 million red lights each day.

In New York City, the phrase "traffic law" often seems a misnomer for the rules of the road. More often, those "laws" appear to be suggestions, recommendations or afterthoughts.

To test this assumption, T.A., with the help of dozens of volunteers, set out to quantify just how often New York City's traffic laws are broken. We sent out scores of observers to a few big intersections and recorded nearly 40 hours of traffic data. In doing so, T.A. was able to demonstrate a simple method for understanding the pervasiveness of traffic violations that the City could easily adopt.

The results, published in the new study titled From Chaos to Compliance (PDF), are hardly surprising, but still, they paint a shocking portrait of New York City streets:
  • Traffic law violations occurred approximately three times every minute per intersection -- 157 times an hour.
  • Drivers failed to yield the right of way 24 times an hour.
  • Drivers disregarded traffic controls, including traffic signals, signs and roadway markings, approximately two times every minute -- over 100 times an hour.
  • Over 38 hours of surveying, no summonses were issued for moving violations in the survey areas.
  • 57% of pedestrians believed they were endangered by traffic while navigating the survey areas.
  • 43% of pedestrians actually avoid an area or intersection in their neighborhood because they feel endangered by lawless driving.
The report suggests that a lack of deterrence facilitates this type of behavior and calls on the Mayor and the New York City Police Department to approach this problem scientifically, by deploying personnel where they're needed most, adopting the study's methodology and applying it to gauge compliance, deploying traffic cameras to monitor conformity with speed and traffic-signal laws and enabling citizen-reported violations through 311.

Had the NYPD been enforcing the violations observed in the study, the City stood to make a minimum of $478,645 in fines. Considering the budget woes of New York City, the fact that thorough enforcement at just four locations for only 38 hours could yield nearly half a million dollars in benefits, makes a better approach to enforcement both a financial and safety necessity.

As of press time, neither the Mayor nor Police Commissioner Kelly has acted on these suggestions, but if they want to make traffic laws into more than suggestions, they've got a good place to start.
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As Bike Lanes Proliferate, So Do Disputes

Biking ElsewhereIn blistering August heat and sopping city humidity, Councilman Alan J. Gerson held a rally on the busy corner of Mott and Grand Streets in Chinatown at noon on Friday to oppose a bike lane. Mr. Gerson, his collar wilting in the heat, told the sweat-drenched crowd, which included a fair share of helmet-wearing cycling advocates, that while he supported bike lanes in general, he objected to the way this particular lane was put into place.

“It’s not whether or not there should be a bike lane,” he said, “but where.”
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Others voiced concern that reckless cyclists were putting pedestrians, especially the elderly, at risk. Those concerns have not been backed up by studies by the city’s Transportation Department, which found that total traffic accidents along the lane decreased 29 percent, despite a significant increase in the number of bicycles.

“The Grand Street bike lane provides critical protection for the nearly 1,000 bicyclists who use it daily and also for motorists and pedestrians along the corridor,” Seth Solomonow, a department spokesman, said in a statement.

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