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More on the "right to drive"

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Yadda, yadda, yadda. Where to begin? Give the author credit for getting the spelling right, at least.

Let's start with the Universal Right of Speed, a part of the vehicle code so obscure that no one has been able to find it. URS states that drivers in motor vehicles have the inalienable right to drive as fast as they want whenever they want. Speed limits are merely advisory and can be ignored if there are no law enforcement vehicles in the immediate area. Drivers may operate at or above the speed limit even when the road ahead is obscured by terrain, fog, rain, snow, or smoke. Anything that forces them to slow down (other than a police car parked alongside the road) is most likely illegal, unconstitutional, and immoral.
Motorists who say it is too dangerous for bicyclists to be on the public roads as they are likely to be hit by a car, are simply roadway bullies exactly like the playground bully who says, "This is my playground and I am bigger than you, and if you get hurt it is your own fault." They are simply blaming the victim.

We had similar comments on a news article here after a motorist killed two cyclists last week. 'Bicyclists shouldn't use ABC Road because it's four lanes with heavy, high-speed traffic.' And of course, someone else chimed in with 'cyclists shouldn't use XYZ Road because it's only two lanes with hills and curves.' The underlying complaint is that 'cyclists shouldn't use the road I'm on -they should go somewhere else.'
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"Transportation systems dramatically affect the design of communities in which we live, in turn the design of our communities affects our ability to engage in healthy behaviors. Transportation systems, therefore, can be used to support healthy communities essentially by allowing people to use all modes of transportation to move through the community they occupy in a safe and efficient way."
- Dr. Ileana Arias, Director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at June 5's briefing on Complete Streets: Integrating Safety and Livability into the Next Transportation Bill

"The signing of this Executive Order is just one in a number of steps that we are taking to make Philadelphia an even better place to walk, bike and take SEPTA. Making it easy for residents, commuters and visitors to choose to not use their cars is among the most meaningful contributions the City can make toward our goal of becoming America's number one green city."

- Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, in the accompanying press release

"The widespread lack of physical activity in our nation has played a major part in the perpetuation of the obesity epidemic. A key factor contributing to the lack of physical activity is the absence of infrastructure to support or encourage pedestrian and bicycle travel as modes of transportation. The result of our collective inactivity has burdened New York State with over $6 billion annually in medical costs. That is why this bill is so important."
- New York State Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, in Buffalo Rising

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EPA Offers $10M for Climate Change Showcase Communities

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WASHINGTON, DC, June 15, 2009 (ENS) - For the first time, the U.S. EPA is opening a competitive grant program for local and tribal governments that want to establish and implement climate change initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their communities.

A total of $10 million will be distributed next January in Climate Showcase Communities grants.

"Ending climate change and moving to a sustainable, clean energy future begins on the ground in our communities,” said EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, announcing the new grants program today.

"We're offering a helping hand to local areas that are leading the way in confronting climate change, and a call to action for anyone concerned about making a difference where they live," she said.

The EPA is requesting proposals from local governments, federally-recognized Indian tribal governments, and inter-tribal consortia to create replicable models of sustainable community action, generate cost-effective greenhouse gas reductions, and improve the environmental, economic, public health, and social conditions in a community.

The agency expects to award about 30 cooperative agreements, each one ranging from $100,000 to $500,000.

Approximately five percent of the funds, or about $500,000, is being set aside for tribal governments.

A 50 percent cost-share is required for recipients, with the exception of tribal governments and intertribal consortia, which are exempt from matching requirements under this grant.

"We can cut energy costs and reduce harmful emissions at the local level, and build a model for fighting climate change in every community," Jackson said.

The Climate Showcase Communities grant program aims to create models of sustainable community action that generate cost-effective and persistent greenhouse gas reductions while improving the environmental, economic, public health, or social conditions in a community.


Knoxville , Tennessee Mayor Bill Haslam and Susan Edwards of the Knoxville Utilities Board celebrate the purchase of 400 blocks of renewable energy. April 30, 2009. (Photo courtesy City of Knoxville )
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New city rules shield cyclists

Biking ElsewhereColumbia MO
An incident of cyclist harassment by a driver in February prompted Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe to introduce an ordinance that would make harassment of bicyclists, including shouting threats and honking for the purpose of frightening a cyclist, a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by $1,000 fine or a year in jail.

After hearing testimony at last night’s meeting, the council passed the ordinance unanimously.
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Bike and Build dipping their wheels in the Atlantic Ocean!

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Kerri and crew start off on their nine week journey biking across the country and helping to build houses for Habitat for Humanity.
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Transportation Chief Wants Delay in Highway Bill

Biking ElsewhereWASHINGTON – Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Wednesday said he wants Congress to extend the current transportation-funding formulas for an additional 18 months, putting himself at odds with some senior congressional Democrats.

Mr. LaHood's proposal to put off a wholesale overhaul of federal transportation policy until after the 2010 elections is an acknowledgment that the administration is too tied up in legislative battles over health care, energy and financial overhaul to tackle the contentious issue of how to pay for an upgrade of the nation's roads, bridges and other transportation infrastructure.

"I recognize that there will be concerns raised about this approach," Mr. LaHood said in a statement. "However, with the reality of our fiscal environment and the critical demand to address our infrastructure investments in a smarter, more focused approach, we should not rush legislation."

But the Chairman of the House Transportation Committee, Rep. James Oberstar (D., Minn.), opposes such a long delay in attacking the nation's long-term infrastructure-financing problem, and he wants to increase highway funding significantly starting in October.

Mr. Oberstar's committee is crafting a new $450 billion, six-year transportation-spending bill. The Senate has introduced a similar bill, but the House is expected to move its version to a vote first. Mr. Oberstar plans to unveil his bill this week and hopes to bring it to the House floor for a vote before the August recess.

In a meeting with reporters Wednesday, Mr. Oberstar was adamant that Congress must pass a new law before the current one expires.

"Extension of current law is unacceptable," Mr. Oberstar said. "Now is the time to move."

The debate over how to fund transportation improvements has been simmering for months. The White House hasn't put forward a solution to the central problem: gasoline taxes and levies on vehicle purchases aren't generating enough money to pay for the projects that federal and state officials say are necessary.
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EPA, DOT and HUD Announce Interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities

Biking ElsewhereThe Partnership for Sustainable Communities established six livability principles that will act as a foundation for interagency coordination:

1. Provide more transportation choices.
Develop safe, reliable and economical transportation choices to decrease household transportation costs, reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil, improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote public health.

2. Promote equitable, affordable housing.
Expand location- and energy-efficient housing choices for people of all ages, incomes, races and ethnicities to increase mobility and lower the combined cost of housing and transportation.

3. Enhance economic competitiveness.
Improve economic competitiveness through reliable and timely access to employment centers, educational opportunities, services and other basic needs by workers as well as expanded business access to markets.

4. Support existing communities.
Target federal funding toward existing communities – through such strategies as transit-oriented, mixed-use development and land recycling – to increase community revitalization, improve the efficiency of public works investments, and safeguard rural landscapes.

5. Coordinate policies and leverage investment.
Align federal policies and funding to remove barriers to collaboration, leverage funding and increase the accountability and effectiveness of all levels of government to plan for future growth, including making smart energy choices such as locally generated renewable energy.

6. Value communities and neighborhoods.
Enhance the unique characteristics of all communities by investing in healthy, safe and walkable neighborhoods – rural, urban or suburban.
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1. Different but equal: In all states, cyclists are deemed by law to be drivers of vehicles and are entitled to the same rights on the road as motorists.

2. Patience, not patients: You may need to wait until it is safe to pass a bicycle. Don't tailgate. In conditions where there is not enough room for cyclists to ride to the right, they are allowed to ride closer to the lane of traffic, and sometimes even in the traffic lane.

3. A passing grade: Don't pass cyclists until you can see that it is safe to do so. Allow ample space between your vehicle and the bicycle. If you pass too close, the drag from your car can cause the rider to swerve out of control.

4. The right behavior: Watch out for cyclists when you turn right. A bicyclist may be to the right of you and planning to go straight at the same intersection. Do not speed ahead of bicyclists thinking you can negotiate the turn before they reach your car. Cyclists may be going faster than you think, and as you slow to turn, they could crash into the side of your vehicle.

5. To the left, to the left: Also look for cyclists when making a left-hand turn. Cyclists who are traveling straight through the same intersection from the opposite direction may be going faster than you realize.

6. A back-up plan: When backing out of your driveway, always look to see if someone is in your path.

7. Parking: After parallel parking, make sure the coast is clear for opening the car door to exit. Make sure there are no cyclists riding alongside your car or fast approaching. By using the rear view mirrors and by turning around, a driver can spot approaching cyclists and prevent disaster.

8. Respect: Cyclists help the environment with each revolution of their wheels by opting to ride rather than drive. Do not resent them.

9. Honking: If you need to honk your horn to alert cyclists that you are about pass, do so at a distance. Otherwise, the noise can cause cyclists to lose their bearings.

10. Try it, you'll like it: If you can't beat them, join them. Riding is good for you and good for your environment.

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Block Dangerous Cyclist Day - Bolder Colorado

Biking ElsewhereApparently a motorist has had it with cyclists forcing him over the double yellow line in to on coming traffic and apparently they have never heard of the brake pedal and waiting for a safe opportunity to pass or requesting the road be improved to comfortably handle all users. So a flier is being circulated to encourage civil disobedience for motorist to block riders on the "Sunrise Century" in "celebration" of "Driver's Rights" ... to be a55 holes.
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Used Bike Collection for Charity

Biking in the Metro AreaSunday, June 21st, 12 noon - 4 pm, Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI), Fairgrounds Plaza, 63 W. Aylesbury Rd, Timonium MD 21093. Area residents may drop off donations of bicycles, bike parts &amp; accessories, hand tools suitable for bike shops, and portable sewing machines. Donations will benefit Bikes for the World, a project of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, and support programs in Africa and Central America providing health, education, and employment services in poor communities. For more info, visit <a href=""></a>; or call 410-252-5920.

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