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Cyclist pepper-sprayed for not wearing helmet

Biking ElsewhereA Nelson police officer is to stand trial on assault charges after pepper-spraying a cyclist not wearing a helmet and then ramming him into a bank with his patrol car.

Justices of the peace Donald Horn and Mary Harley yesterday committed Senior Constable Garry Dunn to trial after a two-day depositions hearing in Nelson District Court. Dunn, who faces two charges of assault, has been stood down from duty on full pay.

Nelson chef Shaun Robert Taylor told the court Dunn used excessive force against him for not wearing a helmet on February 10 this year.
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Constructing Fear of Cycling - by Dave Horton

Biking Elsewhere...
The transformation of streets for people into roads for cars, perhaps inevitably, produced death and injury. By 1936 concerns about the alarming rise in cyclist casualties had led to the idea of a cycling proficiency scheme, eventually adopted nationally in 1948 (CTC 2005). To stem the carnage, cyclists must be trained to deal with the new, dangerous conditions. But things could have been otherwise. A 1947 book by J. S. Dean, former Chairman of the Pedestrians’ Association, is instructive here. In his ‘study of the road deaths problem’, Murder Most Foul, Dean's basic tenet is that, ‘as roads are only “dangerous” by virtue of being filled with heavy fast moving motor vehicles, by far the greatest burden of responsibility for avoiding crashes, deaths and injury on the roads should lie with the motorist’ (Peel n.d., 3).

Yet road safety education concentrates not on the drivers of vehicles, but on those who they have the capacity to kill. Dean saw how placing responsibility for road danger on those outside of motorised vehicles might lead, by stealth, to placing of culpability on those groups, and Murder Most Foul is a tirade against the placing of responsibility for road accidents on children.

The dominant assumptions on which UK road safety was originally based have remained in place. Today, rather than producing strategies to tame the sources of danger on the road, road safety education tries instead to instil in 'the vulnerable', primarily school children, a fear of motorised traffic, and then to teach them tactics to escape from road dangers as best they can. The title of the UK Government’s highway code for young road users is Arrive Alive (Department for Transport 2000a). The message such a title sends to children is not how much fun and freedom can be derived from sustainable modes of mobility such as cycling and walking; rather, it tells children that the world outside is a dangerous place, full of potential accidents, and they had better make sure they ‘arrive alive’.
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The power of a purple bike and a little girl

Biking in Baltimore...
"I just wanted to ride to school, ride to Baskin-Robbins, ride to Wal-Mart," Elli said.
When Elli was 7, she wanted to ride her bike to school. But the Giammonas live off Mullan Road. Each day, 12,000 cars go by their home, and go by fast. Her parents, Luann and John, weren't keen on their daughter biking with speeding sedans.

But Elli rode on sidewalks back when the family lived in Austin, Texas, and she wanted to know why there wasn't a sidewalk on Mullan. Sidewalks, her mother explained, are expensive.

"Can you buy one?"

"Mmm. No. I don't think so. But here's an idea."

The idea was a brief lesson in lobbying one's government. Luann taught Elli the meaning of the word "petition" and told her how one works. Soon, an idea took shape.

Elli took writing utensil to notebook paper:

"Petition. We want a sidewalk on Mullan Road. With a rale."

She and her sister Kate, now 6, knocked on doors, as did her brother Nick, now 12, with a friend. Together, they gathered more than 75 signatures, and few people turned them down. It wasn't what Elli had expected.
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Biking in Maryland...
In contrast, the AASHTO Guide revision process involves multiple levels of development and review. The National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) process has created the draft fourth edition of the Guide directed by research and a diverse panel of experts. Soon AASHTO subcommittees will begin their reviews, followed by state DOT reviews and votes for or against adoption. Jennifer Toole reviewed the draft of the new guide chapter-by-chapter noting issues not addressed in previous editions as well as key changes.

A decision on the two-year-old draft revision of the MUTCD is scheduled for later this year. It will either be adopted or released as a supplemental NPA (notice of proposed amendments). Michael Moule noted that the experimentation process for new devices or new uses of existing devices is important because it helps generate the data needed to support wider use.

Session participants, and now you, are encouraged to engage with the process of developing design guidelines:

• As the draft AASHTO Guide is sent for state DOT review, discuss it with your state traffic engineer and Bicycle-Pedestrian Coordinator. Encourage them to vote for it as it has been proposed through the NCHRP process.

• Monitor NACTO (National Association of City Transportation Officials) leadership and response to the draft AASHTO Guide.

• Get informed about STEP research projects for funding innovations.

• Watch for the Notice of Proposed Rule Making regarding the MUTCD by the end of this year. If the manual is not adopted, and the draft is released as a supplemental NPA, advocate for interim approvals for individual devices.

• Register for the APBP October 21 webinar, "MUTCD: Bicycle and Pedestrian Signs, Markings and Experiments".
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• Advocate for the federal government to fund research on new traffic control devices and innovations.

Best regards,
APBP Staff in NYC
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Metro Needs You!

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We Need Metro More Than Ever


Dear smart growth supporters,


Please sign our petition calling on our region's elected officials to commit to fully funding our Metro System.


Last year, transit ridership in the Washington region surged. Metro had a record-breaking year with thousands of new riders, saving 255 million gallons of gasoline and cutting our region's carbon emissions by 2 million tons, according to a report released by Environment America. As our region grows, Metro will continue to be one of the most important solutions for reducing our carbon footprint.


The Metro system is also the lifeblood of our economy. Yet, Metro hasn’t received the operating and maintenance funds it critically needs or the resources to add enough new rail cars and buses to keep up with growing ridership.




Metro is convenient, offering a way to avoid frustrating and often unpredictable traffic, and saving us time and money compared to the increasing cost of owning, maintaining, and fueling our cars. Our roads couldn’t function without Metro’s help. Metro has sparked billions of dollars in transit-oriented development and helped revitalize DC, Arlington, Alexandria, Bethesda and Silver Spring.


Metro Needs Sustained Investment

Join the Coalition for Smarter Growth and the Transit First coalition in a campaign to ensure Metro has the investment it needs in three key areas:

1) Funding for annual operating and maintenance expenses ($160 million shortfall next year);
2) Funding for replacement of track, switches, electrical power systems, and station platforms;
3) Funding for new buses and rail cars to keep up with growing transit ridership.

Total replacement (2) and capacity needs (3) between 2011 and 2020 is $11.4 billion. A bill currently in Congress would address some of this need. Part of a 10-year proposal to match $1.5 billion in federal funds to $1.5 billion in state and local funds, this year’s bill would allocate $150 million in 2010. But we will need additional commitments each year from local, state, and federal governments for not just the $3 billion, but the full $11.4 billion in needs.

For comparison, the region has spent about $4.6 billion on the Beltway (Wilson Bridge, Springfield Interchange and HOT Lanes) and $3 billion on the Intercounty Connector in recent years, and Maryland DOT is now proposing $4 billion to widen I-270 to Frederick. Clearly, we have to make choices -- we believe that investing in Metro should be a top priority, because of the many benefits it offers.

Please sign the petition.

Transit Ridership Surges & Offers Range of Benefits, New Report Shows

We co-released a report with Environment America about the increase in transit ridership across the country in 2008. This comprehensive report (pdf) is the first to quantify the increase in transit ridership and decrease in vehicle miles traveled as people shifted to transit to escape high gas prices. Read our press release for more information.


The report also quantifies the savings in oil consumed and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Our dependency on imported oil and driving impacts both our wallets and our national security. Transit increases our energy independence and will ensure we have travel options as gas prices remain high over the coming years and decades. The DC region should be a national and world leader in sustainable transportation and land use, and should make funding our transit systems our top priority.





Rebecca Perring
Coalition For Smarter Growth

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Looking for local rides(ers)Finally, a HALLOWEEN ALLEYCAT!

October 31, 2009
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Bicycle access across the Hatem Bridge anyone?

Biking in the Metro AreaFrom the MBPAC meeting minuets:
Jeff also recalled a meeting with Harford County transit officials, Kevin and himself on getting transit service extended across the Hatem Bridge to Perryville but at this point this request is unlikely to be granted. Jeff also mentioned a telephone conference call conversation with, Judy Grillo, Michael Jackson and his immediate supervisor, Don Halligan, regarding improvements in SHA’s delivery of services to bicyclists and pedestrians. Greg stated that the East Coast Greenway would be sending a letter to Maryland Transportation Authority Acting Chair, Beverley Swaim-Staley seeking the lifting of the prohibition of bicycle access across the Hatem Bridge.
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MBPAC suport of upcomming legislation

Bike LawsFrom the MBPAC meeting minuets:

2010 Legislative Session

Patrick Sheehan moved and Greg seconded a motion that MBPAC support the following bills introduced in the 2009 legislative session but not enacted into law in the event these bills are reintroduced in 2010. They were HB 97, Manslaughter by Vehicle, SB 428, Three Foot Bicycle Safety and HB 152, Arrest for Leaving Accident Scene Involving Injury. Marci, Janet, Michael Mason, Ann and Cari abstained and no one opposed it.

Another motion was to support HB 1197, which would remove the requirement that bicyclists must use shoulders when available. The motion passed with no objections but abstentions were recorded from Marci, Janet Michael Mason, Ann, Cari and Vincent Browne.
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City Council Hearing - Bike Safety Task Force

Biking in Baltimore

The Baltimore City Council will conduct a hearing on the Equal Rights for Bikes Task Force

Friday, October 23rd at 12:30 pm.

Du Burns Council Chamber, 4th floor, City Hall


While this Task Force is a good idea, the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee (MBAC) are already fully engaged in many of its goals.  DOT has since submitted a list of other laws that would help improve cycling in Baltimore :  Complete Streets, mandatory bike parking, Cyclists’ Bill of Rights among others


Please attend this important hearing to make Baltimore a better place to bike!

Sponsors: Mary Pat Clarke, Nicholas C. D'Adamo, James B. Kraft, Bill Henry, Agnes Welch, Belinda K. Conaway


Feel free to forward!!!!

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Three cheers for the courier: Messenger Appreciation Day is October 9th

Biking ElsewhereWhen ancient Greek messenger Pheidippides was dispatched to request Sparta's help against the Persians, he ran 150 miles in two days and was able to declare victory to Athenian officials with his dying breath. Homer Macauley pedaled telegrams around Ithaca, California in the World War II-era novel The Human Comedy, often bearing news of a fallen soldier to still-hopeful mothers and lovers. Though the modern-day cycle courier is hardly as idealized—and conditions for their health and safety far from ideal—it is fairly typical of a busy messenger to cover the Athenian herald's distance in the same time span, while continuously bearing information of essential import to recipients in major cities worldwide.

In 1991, San Francisco's mayor declared 10-9 to be Messenger Appreciation Day by formal proclamation. Toronto followed suit in 1997, and the day is now recognized by such cities as Chicago, Vancouver, Houston, New York, and Washington DC. Oftentimes the day is celebrated by an alleycat race (a loosely-organized race designed to mimic the day of a bike messenger, involving routing oneself to visit specified checkpoints in the area while maintaining high speed and agility); many advocacy groups hand out food or other free items to working messengers.

While some view New York City messengers as a menace, they are a vital component of a functioning, sustainable city. Thousands of couriers, both male and female, ride daily in all seasons of city traffic. Using bicycles for deliveries reduces congestion, pollution, and gridlock, improves air quality, provides jobs, takes up less space on the streets, and is still the most efficient and least expensive way to guarantee same-day delivery of crucial parcels and non-digital information.

On Friday, October 9, please take the time to thank (and tip) the messengers who may have risked his or her life for your delivery.

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